Donna Summer

Donna Summer

LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), better known as Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and painter. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach No. 1 on the United States Billboard 200 chart and charted four number-one singles in the U.S. within a 12-month period. Summer has reportedly sold over 140 million records worldwide, making her one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. She also charted two number-one singles on the R&B charts in the U.S. and a number-one in the U.K.

Queen of disco

Summer earned a total of 32 hit singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in her lifetime, with 14 of those reaching the top ten. She claimed a top 40 hit every year between 1975 and 1984, and from her first top ten hit in 1976 to the end of 1982, she had 12 top ten hits; (10 were top five hits) more than any other act. She returned to the Hot 100’s top five in 1983, and claimed her final top ten hit in 1989 with “This Time I Know It’s for Real”. Her most recent Hot 100 hit came in 1999 with “I Will Go With You (Con Te Partiro)”. While her fortunes on the Hot 100 waned through those decades, Summer remained a force on the U.S. Dance/Club Play Songs chart over her entire career.

Return to the U.S.

While influenced by the counterculture of the 1960s, Summer became the lead singer of a psychedelic rock band named Crow and moved to New York City. Joining a touring version of the musical Hair, she left New York and spent several years living, acting, and singing in Europe, where she met music producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte.
Summer returned to the U.S., in 1975 after the commercial success of the song “Love to Love You Baby”, which was followed by a string of other hits, such as “I Feel Love”, “Last Dance”, “MacArthur Park”, “Heaven Knows”, “Hot Stuff”, “Bad Girls”, “Dim All the Lights”, “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” (duet with Barbra Streisand), and “On the Radio”. She became known as the “Queen of Disco”, while her music gained a global following.

The end

Summer died on May 17, 2012, at her home in Naples, Florida. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer, which she believed was caused by inhaling toxic fumes and dust after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

In her obituary in The Times, she was described as the “undisputed queen of the Seventies disco boom” who reached the status of “one of the world’s leading female singers.” Giorgio Moroder described Summer’s work with him on the song “I Feel Love” as “really the start of electronic dance” music. In 2013, Summer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In December 2016, Billboard Magazine ranked her as the 6th most successful dance artist of all-time.

Donna Summer was one of the best!

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20 best hits from the 80s

This is a list of the top 20 songs of the 1980s in the United States, based exclusively on chart performance on the Billboard Hot 100 from 1980-1989.

List: Top 20 of the 80s hits.

1. “Physical”Olivia Newton-John
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: November 21, 1981

2. “Bette Davis Eyes”Kim Carnes
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: May 16, 1981

3. “Endless Love”Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: August 15, 1981

4. “Eye Of The Tiger”Survivor
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: July 24, 1982

5. “Every Breath You Take” – The Police
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: July 9, 1983

6. “Flashdance…What A Feeling” – Irene Cara
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: May 28, 1983

7. “Another One Bites The Dust” – Queen
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: October 4, 1980

8. “Say Say Say” – Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: December 10, 1983

9. “Call Me”Blondie
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: April 19, 1980

10. “Lady”Kenny Rogers
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: November 15, 1980

11. “Centerfold” – The J. Geils Band
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: February 6, 1982

12. “(Just Like) Starting Over” – John Lennon
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: December 27, 1980

13. “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: March 20, 1982

14. “Ebony And Ivory” – Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: May 15, 1982

15. “That’s What Friends Are For” – Dionne & Friends
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: January 18, 1986

16. “Upside Down”Diana Ross
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: September 6, 1980

17. “Abracadabra” – The Steve Miller Band
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: September 4, 1982

18. “Billie Jean”Michael Jackson
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: March 5, 1983

19. “Say You, Say Me”Lionel Richie
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: December 21, 1985

20. “All Night Long (All Night)”Lionel Richie
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: November 12, 1983

You can listen all the Billboard Top 20 and many more of the best hits from 1980 to 1989 on TIFFY Broadcasting Internet Radio.

About Billboard charts

The Billboard charts tabulate the relative weekly popularity of singles or albums in the United States and elsewhere. The results are published in Billboard magazine. Billboard biz, the online extension of the Billboard charts, provides additional weekly charts. There are also Year-End charts. The charts may be dedicated to a specific genre such as R&B, country or rock, or they may cover all genres. The charts can be ranked according to sales, streams or airplay, and for main song charts such as the Hot 100 song chart, all three pools of data are used to compile the charts. For the Billboard 200 album chart, streams and track sales are included in addition to album sales.