Cruel Summer Jul 1998 / Single / Mega Records
- Cruel Summer
- Cruel Summer (Normal Verison)
- Cruel Summer (Cutfather & Joe Mix)
- Cruel Summer (KLM Club Mix)
- Cruel Summer (Hani num Club Mix)
- Cruel Summer (Soul Poets House Bust)
- Cruel Summer (Hartmann & Langhoff Short Mix)
- Cruel Summer (Hartmann & Langhoff Club)
- Cruel Summer (Blazin' Rhythm Remix)
- Cruel Summer (Big Bonus Mix)
- Cruel Summer (Niv Cohen Remix)
Cruel Summer was originally released by British pop group Bananarama,
Ace of Base recorded the song at the request of their German and American recordlabel (PolyGram and Arista). It was released as the second single from their third album Flowers and as the lead single from the American version of the album titled Cruel Summer. A different “dancier” version of the song (known as the Big Bonus mix on the album) was released on mainland Europe and in the United Kingdom. The original album version, produced by Cutfather & Joe, was released in North America.
“Cruel Summer” reached number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold. In the United Kingdom, the song reached number eight on the UK singles chart, matching the peak of the original Bananarama version. It also became Ace of Base’ fifth and final top 10 single in the UK
Ace of Base united with the French boy band Alliage and re-recorded as a duet in a release designed specifically for the French markets.