On the Radio (Donna Summer song)

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"On the Radio"

One of European cover arts
Single by Donna Summer
from the album On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II
B-side "There Will Always Be a You"
Released November 23, 1979
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1979
Genre Pop, disco
Length 4:04
Label Casablanca
Writer(s) Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder
Producer(s) Giorgio Moroder
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Donna Summer singles chronology
"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"
(1979)
"On the Radio"
(1979)
"Sunset People"
(1980)

"On the Radio" is a single by Donna Summer released in 1979 on the Casablanca record label. It was written for the soundtrack to the film Foxes and included on Summer's first international compilation album On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II. It was released as a single and became, in January 1980, her tenth top-ten hit in the U.S. as well as her eighth and final consecutive top 5 single. "On the Radio" peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and number nine on the soul chart.[1] The song was also Summer's fourteenth entry on the Billboard Disco chart, where it peaked at number eight.[2]

The song was released in three formats: the radio 45rpm single; the 5+ minute version included on Summer's Greatest Hits double album package, and a DJ Promo 7+ minute version released on 12" single (and included on the Foxes film soundtrack album). This last version was later released on the Bad Girls CD digipack double CD release. The Foxes soundtrack also includes an instrumental version of the song in a ballad tempo and crediting Moroder as a solo artist. In the film, the ballad tempo is heard with Donna Summer's vocals. The disco version is never heard. Donna Summer performed "On the Radio" on many television shows such as American Bandstand. The instrumental parts of this song were occasionally heard on the US version of The Price is Right in the early 80s when they displayed jukeboxes and stereos as prizes. While the first two versions included all written lyrics, the DJ Promo omitted the final verse, opting instead to repeat the third. Only the first "short" version ended with the famous "on the radio - adio - adio" echo vocal effect.

Official versions[edit]

  • "On the Radio" - (Single version) - 4:00
  • "On the Radio" - (On the Radio: Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2 "Long Version") - 5:50
  • "On the Radio" - ("Foxes" soundtrack and 12" single version) - 7:34
  • "On the Radio" - (Piano instrumental version from "Foxes" soundtrack) - 4:27

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1979/80) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
U.S. Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles 8
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 9
UK Singles Chart 32
Dutch GfK chart[3] 27
Dutch Top 40 20
Norwegian Singles Chart 6

Cover versions[edit]

Live cover performances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 556. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 249. 
  3. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - Discografie Donna Summer". © 2006-2011 Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  4. ^ Seacrest, Ryan (2010-04-29). "Jennifer Lopez teams up with david guetta for a cover of donna summer's on the radio". Ryanseacrest.com. Retrieved 2010-04-29. [dead link]

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