Commercial use of Röyksopp’s “Eple”, Films where Scott McKenzie’s San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) appears, Roy Orbison’s “California Blue”.
The song’s title comes from the Norwegian word for apple. The song was licensed by Apple and used as the introduction music for the Mac OS X v10.3 Setup Assistant. It was also used on Sky One’s gaming show Gamezville as background music during the opening of the show. The track is also used as background music on the UK television programme The Kevin Bishop Show, in which a man called Gary in one of its sketches pretends to be a radio announcer, only to the annoyance of his girlfriend.
A small snippet of the song also is used for the station ID for American public television station KLRU, as well as for their identical production logo featured at the end of their productions such as Austin City Limits.
The single was used to accompany a television TestCard in the UK during 2001.
The song is the background music heard in a video made by Volvo called “Vision 2020” in which it showed off future semi truck concepts.
The lyrics of the song tell the listeners, “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair”. Due to the difference between the lyrics and the actual title, the title is often quoted as “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)”. “San Francisco,” released on May 13, 1967, was an instant hit. By the week ending July 1, 1967, it reached the number four spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA, where it remained for four consecutive weeks. Meanwhile, the song rose to number one in the UK Singles Chart, and most of Europe. The single is purported to have sold over seven million copies worldwide.
Phillips reported writing the song in about 20 minutes. The song is credited with bringing thousands of young people to San Francisco, California, during the late 1960s.
In Central Europe, young people adopted “San Francisco” as an anthem for freedom, and it was widely played during Czechoslovakia’s 1968 Prague Spring uprising.
The song has been featured in several films, including Frantic, The Rock, and Forrest Gump. Episode 2 in season 1 of “Getting On (U.S. TV series)” featured the song, as it was sung by one of the patients and was used over the episode’s closing credits. It was also played occasionally by Led Zeppelin as part of the improvised section in the middle of “Dazed and Confused”. U2’s Bono also led the audience in singing this song during their PopMart performances in the San Francisco Bay Area on June 18 and 19, 1997.