Endless Summer Nights

"Endless Summer Nights" is a song written and performed by American rock singer Richard Marx, and released in January 1988 as the third single from his eponymous Triple Platinum debut album. The song peaked at #2 on the U.S. pop and Adult Contemporary charts.[2]

"Endless Summer Nights"
Richard Marx - Endless Summer Nights.jpg
Single by Richard Marx
from the album Richard Marx
B-side"Have Mercy"
ReleasedJanuary 16, 1988 (1988-01-16)[1]
Format7" single
12" maxi
GenreSoft rock
Length4:27 (album version)
4:14 (single version)
Songwriter(s)Richard Marx
Producer(s)Richard Marx
Humberto Gatica
Richard Marx singles chronology
"Should've Known Better"
"Endless Summer Nights"
"Hold On to the Nights"

Background and compositionEdit

"Endless Summer Nights" was a track from Marx's original demo tapes. The song begins with a similar intro beat style as "It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette.[3] The lyrics were inspired by a trip to Hawaii that Marx had taken with his then-girlfriend (and future wife), Cynthia Rhodes.[4] According to Marx, he wrote the song as a theme to the summer love that does not last when lovers go their separate ways in the fall.[4] In the liner notes of his 1997 Greatest Hits album, Marx commented on the song: "Aside from replacing synthesized bass with the great Nathan East, this recording is the demo that every record company in the business rejected in 1985 and 1986."[3] Marx eventually signed with EMI-Manhattan Records in 1986.[3]

Release and receptionEdit

Released in January 1988 as the third single from his debut solo album, "Endless Summer Nights" entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number 53, the highest debut of the week.[3] In March, the song reached number two, where it stayed for two weeks, behind "Man In The Mirror" by Michael Jackson.[5] The single also peaked at number two on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart, behind "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley.[5] Elsewhere, the single reached number 13 in Sweden, 19 in Australia, number 42 in New Zealand, number 50 in the United Kingdom, and number 62 in the Netherlands.[6]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Endless Summer Nights" (Marx) – 4:11
  2. "Have Mercy" (live) (Marx) – 5:30


Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1988) Peak
Australia (Australian Music Report)[7] 16
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[8] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 62
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 42
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 13
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 50
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 2
US Adult Contemporary[5] 2

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1988) Position
United States (Billboard)[13][14] 31

Other versionsEdit

Soul singer Dorothy Moore performed a cover version of "Endless Summer Nights" on her 1988 album Time Out for Me.[15]Smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz, who accompanied Marx on his first tour, covered the song on his eponymous 1990 debut solo album.[16]Jawaiian trio Ekolu recorded a cover version of the song on their 2009 album Ekolu Music II: Anthem.[17]


  1. ^ https://www.45cat.com/record/b50113
  2. ^ "Richard Marx - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2009-10-22.
  3. ^ a b c d Feldman, Christopher (2000). The Billboard Book of Number Two Singles. New York: Billboard Books. p. 214. ISBN 978-0-8230-7695-6.
  4. ^ a b Bronson, Fred (2005-07-30). "All Time Hottest Songs of Summer". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 117 (31): 35. Retrieved 2009-10-22.
  5. ^ a b c d "'Endless Summer Nights' - Chart history". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). Retrieved 2009-10-22.
  6. ^ "Richard Marx - 'Endless Summer Nights'". Ultratop. Retrieved 2009-10-22.
  7. ^ "Australian ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart – Week Ending 29th May, 1988". ARIA, via imgur.com. Retrieved 2019-10-16. N.B. ARIA licensed the Australian Music Report chart between mid-1983 and June 12, 1988. Only Australian chart data from the commencement of the ARIA-produced chart is archived on australian-charts.com; hence this single's lower peak listed there.
  8. ^ RPM Top Singles peak RPM Magazine
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Richard Marx – Endless Summer Nights" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  10. ^ "Charts.nz – Richard Marx – Endless Summer Nights". Top 40 Singles.
  11. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Richard Marx – Endless Summer Nights". Singles Top 100.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ "1988 The Year in Music & Video: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. 100 (52): Y-20. December 24, 1988.
  14. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1988". Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  15. ^ "Time Out for Me - Overview". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2009-10-22.
  16. ^ Widran, Jonathan. "Dave Koz - Overview". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2009-10-22.
  17. ^ Berger, John (2009-09-25). "Touching Tribute". Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Black Press). Retrieved 2009-10-22.

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