“Hot in the City” is a song written and recorded by British rock musician Billy Idol. It was released on May 27, 1982 with “Dead on Arrival” on the B-side as the lead single from his self-titled debut album, “Billy Idol.” The track incorporates elements of rock, new wave, and dance-pop, characterized by its energetic tempo and catchy hooks.
Lyrically, “Hot in the City” captures the vibrant atmosphere of urban life, depicting the excitement and intensity of city living. The song’s lyrics touch on themes of nightlife, parties, and the frenetic energy of metropolitan areas.
The song achieved moderate success upon its release, gaining popularity on music charts in various countries, including #5 in New Zealand. It remains a notable track in Billy Idol’s repertoire and has become a staple in his live performances, known for its infectious rhythm and reflective portrayal of city life.
The Exterminator Mix of the song was released as a single in the UK in December 1987 peaking at #13 on the UK Official Singles chart.