"The Boys of Summer" has lyrics written by Don Henley and music composed by Mike Campbell (guitarist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers). It is the lead track and first single from Henley's 1984 album Building the Perfect Beast. The song's music video (a French New Wave-influenced piece directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino) won a number of awards.
The song title is taken from the 1972 non-fiction book, The Boys Of Summer by Roger Kahn. Kahn's "boys .