The Wanderer (Donna Summer song)

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"The Wanderer"
Single by Donna Summer
from the album The Wanderer
B-side Stop Me
Released November 19, 1980
Format 7" single
Recorded 1980
Length 3:47
Label Geffen, Warner Bros. Records
Writer(s) Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer
Producer(s) Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte
Donna Summer singles chronology
"Walk Away"
"The Wanderer"
"Cold Love"

"The Wanderer" is a song by American singer and songwriter Donna Summer, released as the first single from her 1980 album of the same name which was the first for her new label, Geffen Records, after recording her previous albums with Casablanca Records. Despite the label change, Summer continued to work with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte who had produced the majority of her disco hits in the late 1970s. However, "The Wanderer" marks a change in style for the queen of 70's disco, incorporating heavy new wave styled synth riffs and a shuffling beat.

Vocally, it was a return to her understated 1975 debut sound - soft, whispery phrases were the norm in this song, taking on an almost Elvis Presley effect, instead of the power belt she had used often since her album Once Upon a Time and single "Last Dance".

This first 45 from the album became a big hit for Summer in the United States - peaking at Number 3 on the Hot 100 singles chart and reaching #2 in Cash Box magazine as well. It was Donna's eleventh single to sell over a million copies in the US. In Canada, the song spent four weeks at number four. A 12" promotional single was issued, however, unlike all her Top 40 hits prior to this one, it was not an extended version.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[1] 3
Cash Box Chart 2
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[2] 4
Dutch GfK chart[3] 30
Dutch Top 40 26
UK Singles Chart[4] 48

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1980) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 79
Cashbox Chart[6] 18
Canadian RPM singles[7] 63


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