- George Gershwin's "Summertime"
- 67,591 total number
- Not Applicable ()
There are thousands of different versions of The Beatles' (UK) 1965 hit "Yesterday" and John Newton's (UK, 1725–1807) 1779 hymn "Amazing Grace" on record, but George Gershwin's (USA) jazz standard "Summertime" is considered to be the most recorded song, with a staggering 67,591 recorded versions in existence as of 1 June 2017. This is according to "The Summertime Connection", a group of fans from around the world with a shared passion for the aria, written by Gershwin in 1933–34 for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. As of the same date, the group had collected 57,316 full recordings of "Summertime". The song has been recorded by the likes of Sam Cooke, Fun Boy Three, Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Al Martino and Billy Stewart.
The Summertime Connection declared: "At 1 June 2017, we know of at least 82,712 public performances [of "Summertime"], of which 67,591 have been recorded. Of these, we have 57,316 full recordings in our collection."