“Sunshine Superman” is a song written and recorded by Donovan. The “Sunshine Superman” single was released in the United States through Epic Records (Epic 5-10045) in July 1966, but due to a contractual dispute the United Kingdom release was delayed until December 1966, where it appeared on Donovan’s previous label, Pye Records (Pye 7N 17241). The “Sunshine Superman” single was backed with “The Trip” on both the United States and United Kingdom releases. It has been described as “[one of the] classics of the era,” and as “the quintessential bright summer sing along”
“Sunshine Superman” reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and subsequently became the title track of Donovan’s third album, Sunshine Superman. Chart positions were No. 1 (US), and No. 2 (UK) (the single was released in December 1966 in the UK). It was Donovan’s only single to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100. A different mix of “The Trip” (without harmonica) is also included in the album. It was the first product from the highly successful three-year collaboration between Donovan and producer Mickie Most and is generally considered to be one of the first examples of the musical genre that came to be known as psychedelia. The song features styles of psychedelic folk, psychedelic pop and folk rock.
Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, later of Led Zeppelin, play on the recording.