This song was a 1971 crossover single, written and recorded by Jerry Reed. The song was his most successful on the country charts peaking at number one for five weeks.

"When You're Hot, You're Hot" also was Jerry Reed's second song to cross over to the Top 40, peaking at number nine. It also appeared Australian and New Zealandian charts. "When You're Hot, You're Hot" was certified gold for sales of one million units by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The chorus lyrics of this song appear at the very end of an episode of Scooby Doo, spoken by Scooby and Shaggy as they attend a performance by Jerry Reed, who guest starred in the episode.