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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Bryan Adams performs onstage during 'A Concert For Killing Cancer' at Hammersmith Apollo on January 13, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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Bryan Adams: “Summer of ’69”

The Hook: He wanted it to be the “bookend” to Bob Seger’s “Night Moves”

Album: Reckless

Year: 1984

Writers: Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance

Stats:
Peaked at number-five on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: Bryan Adams says that although it may not be obvious, his biggest inspiration for writing “Summer of ’69” was a Bob Seger song.

Bryan Adams on the inspirations behind the idea and title for “Summer of ’69.” OC:…song title. :24

“That song, truly, I wanted to write the bookend to ‘Night Moves’ and I wanted to write a song that had that conversation that you have with yourself about how to deal with romance and nostalgia when you’re young. So that song really is about that and it was inspired by ‘Night Moves.’ Originally the song was called ‘Those Were the Best Days of My Life,’ but I threw that in for a lark and it stayed in the song and ended up being the song title.”