As we get ever closer to the top of the Top 100 Songs of Summer Countdown, there’s just one more summer-season Saturday night in the Hamptons—make it a good one.
Hamptons 100 Songs of Summer #8
“Another Saturday Night” by Cat Stevens
The original version of this song, by Sam Cooke, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and remains a true classic. The cover that Jimmy Buffett put on his album Margaritaville Café, a perfectly peppy Key West-ian rendition, turns 20. But in between those two iPod-worthy versions came Cat Stevens’ 1974 interpretation, the one by which all others must be measured. Stevens knew how special the song was—aside from “Morning Has Broken,” it is the only one Stevens released that he did not write himself—and took it to another level with the perfect balance of devil-may-care swagger and I-don’t-want-to-be-lonely desperation in his vocals giving it a depth that fills any night, but particularly those at the end of summer, with what can only be described as a joyful yearning.