- Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In
from Album = The Age of Aquarius
Name = Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In
The Fifth Dimension
Released = May 1969
Length = 4:49
Label = Soul City Records
Last single = California Soul
Next single = Wedding Bell Blues
"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In", sometimes incorrectly known as "The Age of Aquarius" or "Let the Sunshine In", is a medley of two songs from the musical "Hair" ("Aquarius" and "The Flesh Failures (Let The Sunshine In)") written by
James Rado, Gerome Ragniand Galt MacDermot, and released as a single in 1969 by The Fifth Dimension. The single held the number one position on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100for six weeks and was certified Platinum. [ [http://allmusic.com/html/info_pages/bb_admatch_close.htm AllMusic.com] "The Age of Aquarius" page Accessed: November 26, 2006]
The song listed at #57 on "Billboard's Greatest Songs of all time." [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/specials/hot100/charts/top100-titles-60.shtml]
The song was based on the astrological belief that the world would be entering the Age of Aquarius, an age of love, light and humanity, unlike the then current
Age of Pisces. This change was presumed to occur at the end of the 20th century.
"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" was ranked thirty-third on the 2004
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs.
description=A chorus from the Original Broadway Cast
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title="The Flesh Failures/Let the Sunshine In"
description=The last verse of "The Flesh Failures" and first chorus of "Let the Sunshine In" from the Original Broadway Cast
Cover versions and samplings
from Album = Good Vibrations
Name = Aquarius
Artist = Party Animals
27 July 1996
Happy Hardcore, Gabber
Last single =
Next single =
Helena Paparizou, Greek female singer, covered "Aquarius/Let the sunshine in" at her performance at the Mad Video Music Awards 2007.
gabberDutch band, the Party Animals covered "Aquarius" on their debut album "Good Vibrations" in 1996. The single was certified Platinum [ [http://www.nvpi.nl/nvpi/pagina.asp?pagkey=60461 NVPI.nl] Certification page. Accessed: November 26, 2006] and peaked at the number one position for three weeks. [Stichting Nederlandse Top 40, "500 Nr. 1 Hits uit de Top 40", page 330, ISBN 9023009444 (Book in Dutch)] .
* "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" is performed with dancing at the conclusion of the 2005 movie "
The 40-Year-Old Virgin" after the lead character's first sexual encounter.
* British comedian
Vic Reevesalso sang it.
* "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" is also used in commercials for the
* The "Aquarius" song is used in commercials for the Aquarius sports drink.
William Shatnersang a version of "Aquarius" in a commercial for Priceline.com.
Société Bic(brand name, Bic) also used the song in the 2007 advertising campaign for the debut of their "Soleil Triple Blade Razors" in America.
* This song is sampled in the
Mos Defsong "Sunshine" on the album " The New Danger".
* The "Let the Sunshine In" portion of the medley was covered by the band
Army of Loverson their 2000 album "Le Grand Docu-Soap."
* The 1999 remake of The Out of Towners used "Aquarius" when
Steve Martin's character has a psychedelic scene after ingesting a hallucinogenic.
* In the (2001) Disney Movie "", "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" plays during the end of the movie, moving into the credits with the chorus let the sunshine in.
Bob Riversrecorded a parody entitled "I Think It's Time to Clean My Aquarium".
Milk & Sugar, a German dance music production duo, have recorded a chart-topping remake of the "Let the Sunshine In" portion.
Hans Zimmercreated a version of the song for the opening sequence of Bird on a Wire (film).
* The U.K. electronic/ambient artist
Boards of Canadasamples portions of the movie soundtrack version for their own track of the same name as featured on their album " Music Has The Right To Children".
* In 2008,
Mike Doughtyused the "Let the Sunshine In" portion in the chorus of his song "Fort Hood" on the album "Golden Delicious".
Dresden Dollshave been known to perform covers of The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In).
Andy Williamshas also recorded the song, as highlighted in his 'Best of . . .' album
* The "Let the Sunshine In" portion of the song was used as one of the official theme songs for the 2008 general election campaign of
Daniel Johnstonperformed a live on-air semi-cover (involving him adding his own vocals over the original track) on WFMUon February 4th, 1990 .
Hot 100 No. 1 Hits of 1969 (USA)
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