“Love in the Hot Afternoon” is a song by composers Vince Matthews and Kent Westbury. American country music artist Gene Watson made the first recording of the track. Released in May 1975, it was the second single and title track from the album Love in the Hot Afternoon. On the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, it hit the 3rd spot. This gave Gene his first top 40 and first top 10 hit on the said chart.