5: San Francisco – Scott McKenzie


Entered Charts21 June 1967
Entry Point39
Highest Chart2
Weeks In:15

Today’s selection is almost an anthem, more so than simply a song. It was a call to action for San Francisco-bound hippie set. Like the upcoming number 4 song, San Francisco is listed in the lazy man’s guide to creating a 1960’s movie soundtrack. Play San Francisco and we’ll know what era we are talking about very, very quickly.

The song was written by John Phillips of Mamas and Papas fame, reputedly in 20 minutes. Phillips also plays guitar on the track.

It is said that the Bee Gees wrote their song Massachusetts as a direct response to San Francisco – about a person who’d been to San Francisco and was home sick for the north east coast. Fact or urban myth?