Donna Summer discography

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Donna Summer discography
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Studio albums17
Live albums2
Compilation albums32
Music videos44
Singles89

The discography of American disco singer Donna Summer includes 17 studio albums and 89 singles, plus many other releases. Her first single, "Wassermann", a German version of the song "Aquarius" from the musical Hair, was released in Europe in 1968 under her maiden name, Donna Gaines. She would become known as Donna Summer from 1974 onwards. Her first full-length album under that name was Lady of the Night.

Label associations[edit]

Summer's debut album, Lady of the Night, was released only in the Netherlands by Groovy Records. This was followed by her first international release, Love to Love You Baby, issued by Giorgio Moroder's Oasis Records in association with Casablanca Records in the United States and Canada. (At this time Summer would again become based in the United States, having lived in Germany for several years previously.) "Love to Love You Baby" was her first single in the US; it was recorded on Oasis Records, which would join with Casablanca Records to release it in the US. Casablanca would assume responsibility for recording and distributing Summer's albums during the 1970s and also become one of the premier labels of that decade.

While Casablanca would become the main label responsible for managing Summer, Groovy continued to distribute her work in the Netherlands and other labels were used to distribute her work in other countries, such as GTO in the United Kingdom, Atlantic in Germany and France, Polar in Sweden and Durium in Italy. From 1977's Once Upon a Time... album, Casablanca would take over the distribution of Summer's albums in most countries (though her releases in the Netherlands would be issued by Philips and [until 1978 and 1979 respectively] would continue to be issued by Atlantic in Germany and France). As a result, some of her former labels released hits compilation albums in an attempt to cash in on losing her: GTO even scored a Top 5 placing in the United Kingdom with The Greatest Hits of Donna Summer. Summer remained with Casablanca, who helped make her one of the biggest stars in music and "The Queen of Disco" until the end of 1979, when she left due to personal and professional disputes with them and filed a lawsuit against them.

Summer subsequently became the first ever artist to be signed to David Geffen's Geffen Records and, after refusing to release her second album recorded for them (in 1981), they requested that she no longer work with long-term collaborator Giorgio Moroder, who had produced and co-written the vast majority of her hits in the previous decade. From the following album (issued in 1982), her Geffen work outside North America would be distributed by Warner Bros. Records, the umbrella company to Geffen.

By 1983, Casablanca had been bought out by PolyGram Records, who informed Summer that she still owed them an album as per her legal settlement with Casablanca. She delivered the album "She Works Hard for the Money," which PolyGram chose to release on its Mercury Records imprint as opposed to Casablanca, Summer's former label. Following this, she released another album with Geffen a year later, but they reportedly refused to release much of her material in the remainder of the decade and, after they refused to release her album Another Place and Time in 1988, Summer left the label. However, Warner Bros. released the record in Europe the following year where it became a success, resulting in Summer being signed to their Atlantic label in North America. She remained signed to Atlantic and Warner Bros. until the early 1990s.

In 1990, Geffen Records was sold to MCA Records, which was owned by alcoholic beverage-maker Seagram; although Summer was no longer an artist on Geffen Records. In 1998, PolyGram and its imprints were purchased by Seagram, which merged the company with its MCA Records label and imprints to create the gigantic Universal Music Group. This had the result of Summer's MCA, Oasis, Casablanca, Geffen, and Mercury releases now being owned by one conglomerate, Universal Music. This catalogue of Summer's material stretches from 1971 to 1987 for Universal Music Group.

Summer again signed to PolyGram's Mercury label, who released two hits compilation albums, her 1994 Christmas album and the previously unreleased second Geffen album from 1981. Mercury also re-released some of Summer's Warner Bros. albums in the 1990s. By the end of the decade, she was signed to Sony's Epic Records, who released a live album. Her final album, in 2008, was released by Sony's Burgundy Records.

After 1987, Donna Summer owned the masters to her recordings released by Geffen/Warner Bros, Atlantic Records, Epic Records and Burgundy Records releases.

Albums[edit]

  • All albums were released internationally unless otherwise stated. The record labels given are those used to release the records in the US (unless of course they were not released in that country). As explained in the previous paragraph, other labels were sometimes used to distribute Summer's work in other countries (most notably for the Casablanca/Geffen/Atlantic albums). From Once Upon a Time through to the end of the Casablanca albums, this label was used to distribute Summer's work in most nations.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Record label
US
[1]
US R&B
[1]
AUS
[2]
CAN
[3]
GER
[4]
NZ
[5]
UK
[6]
1974 Lady of the Night [A] 27 Groovy
1975 Love to Love You Baby 11 6 7 16 23 16 Casablanca [B][C][D]
1976 A Love Trilogy 21 16 32 6 24 41
Four Seasons of Love 29 13 16 31
1977 I Remember Yesterday 18 11 4 15 7 6 3
Once Upon a Time... 26 13 44 27 24
1979 Bad Girls 1 1 6 1 7 24 23
1980 The Wanderer 13 12 18 54 55 Geffen
1981 I'm a Rainbow[E]
Mercury[F]
1982 Donna Summer 20 6 45 32 37 4 13 Geffen[G]
1983 She Works Hard for the Money 9 5 21 23 14 9 28 Mercury
1984 Cats Without Claws 40 24 91 84 39 19 69 Geffen[G]
1987 All Systems Go 122 53 72
1989 Another Place and Time 53 71 93 60 49 29 17 Atlantic[G]
1991 Mistaken Identity 97
1994 Christmas Spirit[H] Mercury
2008 Crayons 17 5 244 73 Burgundy
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
  • A Released in the Netherlands only.
  • B Love to Love You Baby and A Love Trilogy released by Oasis in North America in association with Casablanca.
  • C Love to Love You Baby, A Love Trilogy, Four Seasons of Love and I Remember Yesterday released by various labels outside of North America including Groovy, who continued to distribute Summer's work in the Netherlands, GTO in the United Kingdom and Atlantic in Germany and France. Once Upon a Time... also released by Atlantic in Germany and France.
  • D Once Upon a Time... and Bad Girls released by Philips in the Netherlands.
  • E Recorded in 1981 but unreleased until 1996 and released in North America and Japan only.
  • F Recorded in 1981 while Summer was signed to Geffen (who refused to release it). Eventually released by Mercury in 1996.
  • G Released by Warner Bros. outside of North America.
  • H Released only in North America.

Live albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Record label
US
[1]
US R&B
[1]
AUS
[2]
CAN
[3]
GER
[4]
NL
[18]
NZ
[5]
UK
[6]
1978 Live and More 1 4 27 2 25 4 16 Casablanca [I]
1999 Live & More Encore 43 33 112 75 Epic
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilations[edit]

Main compilations[edit]

These compilation albums were issued by the record labels to which Summer was signed at the time of their releases. She had full involvement in the putting together of them and recorded new material for them.

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Record label
US
[1]
US R&B
[1]
AUS
[2]
CAN
[3]
GER
[4]
NL
[18]
NZ
[5]
UK
[6]
1979 On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II [J] 1 4 16 10 42 40 2 24 Casablanca [J]
1994 Endless Summer: Donna Summer's Greatest Hits 90 93 75 10 37 Mercury
2003 The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer 88 65 54 64 57 6 UTV
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
  • J Released by Philips in The Netherlands; also available there with different artwork under the title Wereldsuccessen.

Other official compilations[edit]

These compilation albums were also issued by the record labels to which Summer was signed (or had recently left) at the time of their releases. However, some of them were only released in certain countries (particularly if a certain label was used to distribute Summer's work exclusively in that country/those countries) and none contained any new material from Summer (although The Donna Summer Anthology featured two tracks from the then unreleased 1981 I'm A Rainbow album).

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Record label
US
[1]
US R&B
[1]
AUS
[2]
GER
[4]
NL
[18]
UK
[6]
1977 Greatest Hits [K] 30 Groovy/Atlantic
The Greatest Hits of Donna Summer [L] 4 GTO
1978 Lo Mejor De Donna Summer Volume 1 [M] Casablanca
Lo Mejor De Donna Summer Volume 2 [M]
1980 Walk Away - Collector's Edition: The Best of 1977-1980 50 54
1985 The Summer Collection: Greatest Hits Mercury
1987 The Dance Collection: A Compilation of Twelve Inch Singles Casablanca
1990 The Best of Donna Summer [N] 124 76 44 24 Warner Bros.
1993 The Donna Summer Anthology 144 Mercury
1998 Greatest Hits 194
2003 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Donna Summer 101
2016 The Ultimate Collection [O] 30 Driven by the Music
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
  • K Released only in The Netherlands and Germany with different artwork by Groovy and Atlantic respectively. These labels were responsible for distributing Summer's earlier work in those countries and released the compilations independently of any other label.
  • L Released only in the United Kingdom (with a slightly different track listing to the Dutch/German Greatest Hits releases and similar [but not identical] artwork to the Dutch one) by GTO. This label was responsible for distributing Summer's earlier work in that country and released the compilation independently of any other label.
  • M Released only in South America.
  • N Released only outside of North America. It was issued by Warner Bros., who had been responsible for distributing much of Summer's material outside of North America since 1980. This work had been distributed in North America firstly by Geffen and later Atlantic, both of which were Warner Bros. companies. Atlantic (to whom Donna was still signed in North America at the time) did not release the compilation there.
  • O Released in Europe and different from the 2003 compilation of the same name.

Miscellaneous compilations[edit]

  • Star-Collection (1977, Midi, Germany)
  • Star Gold (1979, Global, Germany)
  • 12"ers (1990, WEA, Japan)
  • The Complete Hits Collection (1991, Mercury, Japan)
  • This Time I Know It's for Real (1993, WEA, Europe)
  • The Complete Donna Summer (1994, Razor & Tie, USA)
  • Donna Summer (1997, Mercury, Europe)
  • Millennium Edition (2000, Mercury, Germany)

Remix albums[edit]

Year Title Peak Record label
US
[1]
2013 Love to Love You Donna 97 Verve

Film soundtracks[edit]

Song(s) featured Year Album Label Note(s)
"Theme from The Deep (Down, Deep Inside)" 1977 Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "The Deep"[27] Casablanca The soundtrack, composed by John Barry, features two versions of the same track, the "main" version of which became a hit single for Summer.
"Theme from The Deep (Down, Deep Inside) (A Love Song)"
"With Your Love" 1978 Thank God It's Friday (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)[27] Casablanca Summer, who also appeared in the film, is credited as the performer of three songs for the soundtrack (plus a reprise of "Last Dance") and also wrote and sang background vocals on the song "Take It to the Zoo", performed by Sunshine, a group composed of her sisters. When released as a single, "Last Dance" would become one of the biggest hits of Summer's career and one of her signature songs.
"Last Dance"
"Take It to the Zoo"
"Last Dance (Reprise)"
"Je T'aime... Moi Non Plus"
"On the Radio" 1980 Foxes (Music from the Original Motion Picture)[28] Casablanca Soundtrack album by various artists with music written and produced by Giorgio Moroder (although different lyricists were used, Summer herself being credited with the lyrics on this track). The song previously appears on Summer's 1979 compilation album On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2 in both its full length and edited versions (with the track being credited as "written and recorded for the motion picture 'Foxes'"). The edited version was released as a 7" single in late 1979 and a 12" single with a longer instrumental part and the omission of the final verse (replacing it with a repeat of the second verse) was also available. It is in fact the 12" version featured on this soundtrack, which also features an instrumental of "On the Radio" credited to Moroder alone. "On the Radio" became a Top 5 hit for Summer.
"Highway Runner" 1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Music from the Motion Picture)[28] Full Moon [P] Track from Summer's shelved 1981 album I'm a Rainbow that made its first appearance on this soundtrack album the following year.
"Romeo" 1983 Flashdance (Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)[28] Casablanca Track from Summer's shelved 1981 album I'm a Rainbow that made its first appearance on this award-winning soundtrack album two years later.
"Let It Be Me" 1996 Ordinary Miracle[29] N/A While no soundtrack for the film Ordinary Miracle has been released, this song (produced by Narada Michael Walden) can be heard playing over the end credits.
"Whenever There Is Love" 1996 Daylight (Music from the Motion Picture)[29] Universal Soundtrack to a Sylvester Stallone film. The song, a duet with longtime collaborator Bruce Roberts was released as a single and also in a dance remix. A French version entitled "Tant Qu'il Y Aura L'Amour" was also issued and a Spanish version features on the Spanish DVD of the film.
"Dreamcatcher" 2000 Naturally Native (Original Soundtrack Recording)[30] Silver Wave Film soundtrack featuring one song by Summer.
"The Power of One" 2000 Pokémon 2: The Power of One (Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture)[30] Atlantic Film soundtrack featuring one song by Summer, also released as a single.

Cast recordings[edit]

Song(s) featured Year Album Note(s)
"Wassermann" 1968 Haare (Deutsche Originalaufnahme)[27] The original German cast recording of the musical "Hair." Donna Gaines is credited as a joint lead vocalist on some songs ("Wassermann"/"Luft"/"White Boys"/"Schweben Im Raum"/"Finale") and sings as part of the ensemble on the others listed. "Wassermann" was also released as a single in Germany, making it her first single release.
"Donna"
"Manchester"
"Ich Bin Ein Farbiger"
"Ich Hab Kein..."
"Luft"
"Ich Bin Reich"
"Bergab"
"Haar"
"Hare Krishna"
"Wo Geh' Ich Hin"
"White Boys"
"Schweben Im Raum"
"3500"
"Die Letzten Sterne"
"Finale"
"Light Sings" 1971 The Me Nobody Knows (Original German cast recording)[27] The English-language version of "The Me Nobody Knows" sung by the German cast. For reasons unknown, Summer is credited as "Gayn Pierre." Her main song as a lead vocalist is "How I Feel," but she can also be heard on other tracks.
"This World"
"How I Feel"
"If I Had a Million Dollars"
"Sounds (Reprise)"
"Fugue"
"Sounds"
"Black"
"Let Me Come In"
"Licht singt" 1971 Ich Bin Ich (Original German cast recording)[27] The German-language version of "The Me Nobody Knows" sung by the German cast. The German version of "How I Feel" however is sung by a different person, although "Gayn Pierre" is still credited on several tracks.
"Die Welt"
"Hätt ich eine Million Dollars"
"Schall"
"Fuge"
"Schwarz"
"Schall (Reprise)"
"Laß mich herein"
"Bereitet den Weg" 1971 Godspell (Original German cast recording)[27] The original German cast recording of the musical "Godspell." The original LP credits "Gayn Pierre" and the CD credits "Donna Summer." Although she is only credited on two tracks ("Oh, segne Gott mein' Seel" and "Du bist das Licht der Welt"), she can be heard in the background on many of the other tracks.
"Gott, hilf den Menschen"
"Tag für Tag "
"Lernt eure Lektion"
"Oh, segne Gott mein' Seel"
"Dann hat sich's gelohnt"
"Gut und schön"
"Di bist das Licht der Welt"
"Kehr um, oh Mensch"
"Geschieht euch recht, was kommt"
"Warum mußt du gehen?"
"Wir beschwör'n dich"
"Auf den Weiden"
"Finale"
"Lang' leb' Gott"
"Tag für Tag"
"Elizabeth Recitative" 2000 Child of the Promise (A Musical Story Celebrating the Birth of Christ)[28] A concept album written by Christian writers Michael and Stormie Omartian telling the story of the Nativity of Jesus through music, on which Summer sings the part of Elizabeth.
"When the Dream Never Dies"
"Mary and Elizabeth Recitative"
"I Cannot Be Silent"

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Album Artist(s) Note(s)
"The Family" 1976 Trouble Maker (entitled The Trouble Maker in Europe)[27] Roberta Kelly Album largely written and produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. Summer's background vocals feature on one track.
"Happiness in the World" 1976 Winterference[27] Tom Winter Summer features as a backing vocalist on one track.
"Shut Out/Heaven Is a Disco" 1977 Shut Out[27] Paul Jabara Summer features as a guest vocalist on one track. "Shut Out" was also released as a single.
"Old Fashioned Girl" 1977 Brooklyn Dreams[27] Brooklyn Dreams Summer features as a backing vocalist on one track. She would continue to work with the Brooklyn Dreams for several years. They sang backing vocals on several of her songs (lead singer Joe "Bean" Esposito also shared lead vocals with her on some, most notably the top five hit "Heaven Knows") and wrote numerous songs with her (including the number one hit "Bad Girls"). Summer would later marry group member Bruce Sudano and continue to write with him for many years.
"Burning Up With Fever" 1978 Gene Simmons[27] Gene Simmons Summer sings background vocals on two tracks.
"Tunnel of Love"
"Mimi's Song" 1979 The Music for UNICEF: A Gift of Song[27] Various Artists Features Summer's spoken introduction to her performance at the UNICEF benefit concert. While she performed the song live at the concert, the version used on the album is in fact from the Live and More album the previous year, which was recorded live at the Universal Amphitheater.
"Heaven Knows" 1979 Sleepless Nights[27] Brooklyn Dreams "Heaven Knows" originally featured on Summer's Live and More album the previous year, with Brooklyn Dreams member Joe Esposito sharing the lead vocals (performing the "echo" parts on the verses), and became a Top 5 hit single. This version on the Brooklyn Dreams's album is a re-recorded version with Summer and Esposito's vocal parts being swapped around.
"Foggy Day"/"Never Lose Your Sense of Humor" 1979 The Third Album[27] Paul Jabara Medley of two songs, "Never Lose Your Sense of Humor" being a duet with Summer. The track was also released as a single.
"Too Much for the Lady" 1979 Joy Ride[27] Brooklyn Dreams Features spoken vocals by Summer.
"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" 1979 Wet[27] Barbra Streisand The original, full length version of the later Number 1 hit single. A longer version, remixed by Harold Faltermeyer, appears on Summer's compilation album On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2. Edits of both album versions appear on 7" singles issued by Columbia Records (edit of Wet version) and Casablanca Records (edit of On the Radio version), Streisand and Summer's respective record labels. The extended On the Radio version was issued as a 12" single by both labels, making Wet the only release to contain the original version.
"A Lover in the Night" 1980 Won't Let Go[28] Brooklyn Dreams Summer sings background vocals on two tracks.
"I Won't Let Go"
"Pretenders" 1981 Fugitive Kind[28] Bruce Sudano Summer provides background vocals for five tracks on husband and former Brooklyn Dreams member Bruce Sudano's album and is credited as Donna Sudano.
"A Girl Like You"
"True Love"
"Modern Age"
"Talk to Me"
"Walk Hand in Hand" 1982 Disco Round 2[28] Various Artists Previously unreleased track that features on this compilation album released in Germany.
"Incommunicado" 1983 Different Style![28] Musical Youth Summer provides guest vocals on the British group's song that was co-written by Bruce Sudano, after they provided guest singles on her hit single "Unconditional Love" in the same year.
"This Girl's Back in Town" 1986 De La Noche: The True Story – A Poperetta[28] Paul Jabara Summer's final appearance on an original Paul Jabara album.
"Something's Missing" 1989 Greatest Hits... and Misses[28] Paul Jabara A track originally released as a Jabara solo track on his Keeping Time album in 1978. The duet version with Summer remained unreleased until this compilation album eleven years later.
"Carry On" 1992 Forever Dancing[29] Giorgio Moroder The first collaboration between Summer and Moroder for 11 years. The song was released as a single in Germany and, some years later, in a remixed form in other countries, winning the Grammy award for Best Dance Recording in 1998.
"La Vie En Rose" 1993 Tribute to Edith Piaf[29] Various Artist An album of various artists covering songs made famous by Edith Piaf. Summer's version of "La Vie En Rose" was released as a single in France and a promotional single in the United States.
"She Works Hard for the Money" 1994 Grammys Greatest Moments Volume 1[29] Various Artists Live performance of Summer's hit from the 26th Annual Grammy Awards in 1984.
"Does He Love You" 1996 Gently[29] Liza Minnelli A duet cover of the 1993 song originally by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis.
"From a Distance" 1996 One Voice[29] Various Artists An album produced by Summer's long-term collaborator Michael Omartian featuring a cover of the popular song with lead vocals by Summer, Nanci Griffith and Raul Malo.
"Someday" 1996 Mouse House: Disney's Dance Mixes[29] Various Artists Compilation of dance versions of various songs from Disney films. "Someday" was originally featured in The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1996 and performed by Heidi Mollenhauer.
"Black Power" 1998 Moonflowers & Mini-Skirts[27] Peter Thomas Compilation of tracks recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Summer's song is taken from a German television show called 11 Uhr 20, in which she had a cameo as a nightclub diva.
"My Prayer for You" 1999 Sing Me to Sleep, Mommy[29] Various Artists Compilation of original ballads and lullabies featuring one song by Summer.
"When I Look Up" 2000 Vertical[30] Darwin Hobbs Duet with the American gospel singer.
"Rosie Christmas" 2000 Another Rosie Christmas[30] Rosie O'Donnell/Various Artists Christmas album by American comedian Rosie O'Donnell featuring one track by Summer, produced by Ric Wake.
"Take Heart" 2000 The Mercy Project[30] Various Artists Gospel album released on the Christian Word label. Features one song by Summer.
"Someone to Watch Over Me" (Video Version) 2001 Keeping the Dream Alive: Race to Erase MS[30] Various Artists Charity album to raise money for/awareness of multiple sclerosis. This live recording of the Gershwin standard is actually from Summer's 1999 VH-1 special Live & More Encore but was not included on the accompanying album. The other songs performed on the special/video but not released on the album would remain unreleased on CD until 2013 on a compilation entitled Playlist: The Very Best of Donna Summer.
"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" 2004 DiscoMania[30] Various Artists U.K. album featuring a compilation of pre-recorded performances from a TV special of the same name, on which contemporary pop acts (mostly British ones) performed disco classics from the 1970s. Summer hosted the show and performed her hit "Enough Is Enough" as a duet with Irish boyband Westlife. The CD also included "The Donna Summer 'Eternity' Megamix."
"Power of Love" 2005 So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross[30] Various Artists Tribute to the late Luther Vandross by various artists covering his songs. Summer's version of "Power Of Love" was also released as a maxi-single.
"Are You Brave?" 2005 Songs from the Neighborhood - The Music of Mister Rogers[30] Various Artists Tribute album to the late children's television host Fred Rogers by various artists performing songs used in his popular programme Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Summer performs "Are You Brave?" and is featured in the ensemble of "Thank You For Being You".
"Thank You For Being You"
"MacArthur Park" 2005 Night of the Proms[30] Various Artists Soundtrack of the Belgian concert on which Summer performs two of her hits live. "State of Independence" also features vocals by Jenny Berggren of Ace of Base.
"State of Independence"
"A Whole New World" 2007 At the Movies[30] Dave Koz Summer provides guest vocals for saxophone player Dave Koz on a cover of the song from Disney's Aladdin.
"Un-Break My Heart/Crazy/On The Radio" 2011 Hit Man Returns[30] David Foster Soundtrack to the TV special.

Singles[edit]

Commercially released singles[edit]

1968–1975 (Pre-Casablanca signing)[edit]

Summer's first single, "Wassermann" was taken from the German cast recording of the musical Hair and released by Polydor Records. The next few singles were one-offs, released on different labels until she was signed to the Dutch label Groovy Records in 1974 ("The Hostage" being her first single for them). Atlantic Records became responsible for distributing Summer's work in Germany at the same time and both labels would continue to distribute Summer's work in the respective countries for the following few years (including the first few years of her signing to Casablanca Records in North America).

Year Title Peaks Album
GER
[4]
NL
[18]
1968 "Wassermann" [A]
b/w "Finale"
(Donna Gaines und Ensemble)
Haare (Hair)
1969 "If You Walkin' Alone" [A]
b/w "Can't Understand"
(Donna Gains)
N/A
1971 "Sally Go 'Round the Roses"
b/w "So Said the Man"
(Donna Gaines)
1974 "Denver Dream" [B]
b/w "Something's in the Wind"
"The Hostage"
b/w "Let's Work Together Now"
2 Lady of the Night
"Lady of the Night"
b/w "Wounded"
40 4
1975 "Love to Love You" [C]
b/w "Need-A-Man Blues"
13 N/A
"Virgin Mary" [C]
b/w "Pandora's Box"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
  • A Released in Germany only.
  • B Released in the Netherlands, Belgium and France only.
  • C Released in the Netherlands only.

None of the above singles were released in the United States and "Sally Go 'Round the Roses" and "The Hostage" were released in the United Kingdom.

1975–1980 (Casablanca Records era)[edit]

These singles were all released commercially in at least one format in one country. Promotional formats may have also been released in that country/those countries or in others.

Summer's recordings during this era were distributed by Casablanca Records in North America and, from late 1977 onwards, in most other nations. Various other labels released Summer's work internationally prior to said time (and in a small number of cases, during it). Summer left the label in 1979 but they continued to issue previously released material for a while afterwards.

Singles from the film soundtracks of The Deep and Thank God It's Friday were distributed internationally by Casablanca, as that label was responsible for releasing the soundtracks worldwide.

Year Titles (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[31]
US Dan
[31]
US R&B
[31]
AUS
[2]
CAN
[32]
GER
[4]
IRE
[33]
NL
[18]
NZ
[5]
UK
[6]
1975 "Love to Love You Baby"
b/w "Need-A-Man Blues"
2 1 3 4 1 6 11 13 8 4 Love to Love You Baby
1976 "Could It Be Magic"
b/w "Whispering Waves" (from Love to Love You Baby)
52 3 21 64 23 5 40 A Love Trilogy
"Try Me, I Know We Can Make It" [D]
b/w "Wasted"
80 1 35 68 42
"Spring Affair" [D]
b/w "Come With Me" (from A Love Trilogy)
58 1 24 80 25 Four Seasons of Love
1977 "Winter Melody"
b/w "Full of Emptiness (Reprise)" (from Love to Love You Baby)
43 21 59 20 27
"Can't We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over)" [E]
b/w "I Feel Love"
1 20 I Remember Yesterday
"I Feel Love"
b/w "Can't We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over)"
6 9 1 4 3 9 1 2 1
"Theme from The Deep (Down, Deep Inside)" [F]
b/w Instrumental version of A-side
3 70 25 5 5 "The Deep" soundtrack
"I Remember Yesterday" (Part 1) [F]
b/w "I Remember Yesterday (Part 2)"
1 20 14 I Remember Yesterday
"Love's Unkind" [F]
b/w "Black Lady"
18 2 28 3
"I Love You"
b/w "Once Upon a Time"
37 1 28 47 27 10 Once Upon a Time...
"Fairy Tale High" [G]
b/w "I Love You"
"Once Upon a Time" [H]
b/w "(Theme) Once Upon a Time"
1978 "Rumour Has It"
b/w "(Theme) Once Upon a Time"
53 21 64 21 20 19
"Back in Love Again" [F]
b/w "Try Me, I Know, We Can Make It" /
"Wasted" (both from A Love Trilogy) [GTO]
"A Man Like You" (from Once Upon a Time) [Atlantic]
1 29 I Remember Yesterday
"Last Dance"
b/w "With Your Love"
3 1 5 69 4 10 3 51 "Thank God It's Friday" soundtrack
"Je t'aime... moi non plus" (Part 1) [I]
b/w Part 2
"MacArthur Park"
b/w "(Theme) Once Upon a Time"
1 1 8 8 1 39 7 8 4 5 Live and More
"Heaven Knows" (with Brooklyn Dreams)
b/w "Only One Man"
4 10 15 3 14 34
1979 "Hot Stuff"
b/w "Journey to the Center of Your Heart"
1 1 3 1 1 5 14 21 7 11 Bad Girls
"Bad Girls"
b/w "On My Honor"
1 1 14 1 9 23 10 6 14
"Dim All the Lights"
b/w "There Will Always Be a You"
2 54 13 13 25 30 28 14 29
"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" [J]
(with Barbra Streisand)
b/w "Lucky" (from Bad Girls)
1 1 20 8 2 31 7 27 7 3 On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II
"On the Radio"
b/w "There Will Always Be a You" (from Bad Girls)
5 8 9 36 2 34 18 27 32 32
1980 "Sunset People" [F]
b/w "Our Love"
42 46 Bad Girls
"Our Love" [K]
b/w "Sunset People"
"Walk Away"
b/w "Could It Be Magic" (from A Love Trilogy)
36 35
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
  • D Not released commercially in the United Kingdom.
  • E Released commercially in selected countries (including North America and the Netherlands) with "I Feel Love" as the B-side. The two sides were switched around soon after release and issued with "Can't We Just Sit Down" as the B-side internationally.
  • F Not released commercially in North America.
  • G Released commercially in Germany only.
  • H Released commercially in Japan only.
  • I Released commercially in South America only.
  • J Also released by Streisand's label (Columbia Records) on different formats in different countries (hence its inclusion in the "Guest Appearances" section also). Sales/airplay of all formats on both labels were amalgamated.
  • K Released commercially in Spain only.

1980–1991 (Geffen/Atlantic/Warner Bros. era)[edit]

These singles were all released commercially in at least one format in one country. Promotional formats may have also been released in that country/those countries or in others.

Summer's material during this era was released by three different Warner Bros. labels: Geffen, Atlantic and the main Warner Bros. label. In North America, Summer was signed to Geffen from 1980-1988 and Atlantic from 1989-1991. Internationally, Geffen released her material from 1980-1981 but all subsequent Geffen/Atlantic releases were released by Warner Bros. Records.

Summer's original North American label (Casablanca), now owned by PolyGram, also released two official Donna Summer singles in the United Kingdom in 1982 and 1983 respectively; these were new remixes and/or edits of two of Summer's biggest hits from during her time with that label. See notes below for details.

During Summer's court battle regarding her leaving Casablanca, it was decided that she still owed them an album. Subsequently, PolyGram's Mercury Records released the 1983 album She Works Hard For The Money, so all singles from that album were also released by Mercury.

Year Titles (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[31]
US Dan
[31]
US R&B
[31]
AUS
[2]
CAN
[32]
GER
[4]
IRE
[33]
NL
[18]
NZ
[5]
UK
[6]
1980 "The Wanderer"
b/w "Stop Me"
3 8 13 6 4 30 5 48 The Wanderer
"Cold Love"
b/w "Grand Illusion"
33 30 44
1981 "Who Do You Think You're Foolin'"
b/w "Running for Cover"
40 100
"Looking Up" [L]
b/w "Who Do You Think You're Foolin'"
1982 "Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)"
b/w "Sometimes Like Butterflies"
10 3 4 17 4 14 12 40 18 Donna Summer
"State of Independence"
b/w "Love Is Just a Breath Away"
41 31 30 10 1 14
"I Feel Love" (Patrick Cowley Remixes) [M]
12" single b/w "Bad Girls" and "Hot Stuff" (both from Bad Girls)
18 21 N/A
"The Woman in Me"
b/w "Livin' in America"
33 30 12 62 Donna Summer
1983 "Protection" [N]
b/w "(If It Hurts Just a Little)" [Europe]
"State of Independence" [Japan]
"Love to Love You Baby" (Young & Strong Edit) [M]
12" single b/w another mix of A-side
N/A
"She Works Hard for the Money"
b/w "I Do Believe (I Fell in Love)"
3 3 1 4 4 11 26 18 23 25 She Works Hard for the Money
"Unconditional Love" (Additional vocals by Musical Youth)
b/w "Woman"
43 9 57 28 24 14
"Love Has a Mind of Its Own" (with Matthew Ward)
b/w "Stop, Look and Listen"
70 35
"People People" [O]
b/w "Tokyo"
"He's A Rebel" [P]
b/w "Love Has a Mind of Its Own"
1984 "Stop, Look and Listen" [M]
b/w "Tokyo"
57
"There Goes My Baby"
b/w "Maybe It's Over"
21 20 52 31 31 99 Cats Without Claws
"Supernatural Love"
b/w "Face the Music" (Non-album track)
75 39 51
1985 "Eyes" [Q]
b/w "It's Not the Way"
97
1987 "Dinner with Gershwin"
b/w instrumental version of A-side (Non-album track)
48 13 10 39 13 43 13 All Systems Go
"Only the Fool Survives" [R] (with Mickey Thomas)
b/w "Love Shock"
43
1988 "All Systems Go" [Q] / 54
"Fascination" [S]
1989 "This Time I Know It's for Real"
b/w "If It Makes You Feel Good"
7 5 40 6 15 4 6 3 Another Place and Time
"I Don't Wanna Get Hurt" [Q]
b/w instrumental version of A-side (Non-album track)
25 3 29 7
"Love's About to Change My Heart"
b/w another mix of A-side (Non-album track)
85 3 71 11 59 20
"Breakaway" [S]
b/w "Thinkin' Bout My Baby" (Non-album track)
"When Love Takes Over You" [Q]
b/w "Bad Reputation" (from All Systems Go)
72
1990 "State of Independence" [Q] (re-release)
b/w "Love Is Just a Breath Away"
69 45 Donna Summer
"Breakaway" [Q] (Remix)
b/w "Love Is in Control" (from Donna Summer)
49 Another Place and Time
1991 "When Love Cries"
12" single with four different mixes
77 18 Mistaken Identity
"Work That Magic"
b/w "Let There Be Peace"
147 74
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
  • L Released commercially in Japan only.
  • M Released commercially in the United Kingdom only.
  • N Released commercially in Belgium, The Netherlands and Japan only.
  • O Released commercially in The Netherlands only.
  • P Released commercially in Spain only.
  • Q Not released commercially in North America.
  • R Released commercially in North America and Japan only.
  • S Released commercially in North America only.

1993–2020[edit]

These singles were all released commercially in at least one format in one country. Promotional formats may have also been released in that country/those countries or in others.

Several of the singles from this era are in fact from albums by various artists on which Summer appeared.

PolyGram released the 1994 compilation album Endless Summer, so the two singles from that album (both newly recorded tracks) were released on Mercury, as were the 1999 and 2000 re-releases of "Last Dance" and "I Feel Love" respectively.

The remixes of "I Feel Love" and "State of Independence" were released by the former UK-based Manifesto label, a division of Universal (who had owned the rights to much of Summer's back catalogue for some time).

Summer signed to Sony in 1999 and both her singles from that year were released by their Epic label. Summer's final album (2008's Crayons) and the singles from it were released by Sony's Burgundy Records.

Universal released 2005's "I Got Your Love", originally featured two years earlier in the television series Sex and the City.

The final Donna Summer single, "To Paris with Love" was released on her own Driven by the Music label.

The posthumous remix album released in 2013 (entitled Love to Love You Donna) and its singles were released by Verve Records, by then part of Universal Music Group, who had long since owned the rights to Summer's Casablanca/PolyGram recordings from 1975 to 1983.

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US
[31]
US Dan
[31]
AUS
[2]
GER
[4]
IRE
[33]
NL
[18]
UK
[6]
1993 "La Vie en rose" [T] Tribute to Edith Piaf
1994 "Melody of Love (Wanna Be Loved)" 1 79 21 Endless Summer: Donna Summer's Greatest Hits
"Any Way at All" [U]
1995 "I Feel Love" (Remixes) 9 80 24 26 8 N/A
1996 "State of Independence" (Remixes) [V] 13
"Whenever There Is Love" [W] (with Bruce Roberts) 109 Daylight
1997 "Carry On" (Remixes) (with Giorgio Moroder) 25 273 65 N/A
1999 "I Will Go with You (Con te partirò)" 79 1 97 59 44 Live & More Encore
"Love Is the Healer" [W] 1
"Last Dance" [X] (Re-release) N/A
2000 "I Feel Love" [X] (Re-release)
"The Power of One" [U] 2 Pokémon: The Movie 2000
2005 "I Got Your Love" [U] 4 N/A
2006 "Power of Love" [U] 43 So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross
2008 "I'm a Fire" 1 Crayons
"Stamp Your Feet" 1 195 88
"It's Only Love" [U]
2009 "Fame (The Game)" 1
2010 "To Paris with Love" 1 N/A
2012 "I Feel Love" (Download) 45
2013 "Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)"
(Chromeo & Oliver Remix)
Love to Love You Donna
"Love to Love You Baby"
(Giorgio Moroder Remix)
"MacArthur Park"
(Laidback Luke Remix)
1
2017 "Enough Is Enough 2017"
(with Barbra Streisand)
3 N/A
2018 "Hot Stuff 2018" 1
2020 "Hot Stuff"[42]
(with Kygo)
74
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
  • T Released commercially in France only.
  • U Released commercially in North America only.
  • V Released commercially in the United Kingdom only.
  • W Not released commercially in the United Kingdom.
  • X Not released commercially in North America.

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Title Peaks Album
US
Dan

[31]
1978 "With Your Love" [Z] Thank God It's Friday
1979 "On My Honor" [Y] Bad Girls
1987 "Thinkin' Bout My Baby" [Y] All Systems Go
1993 "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" [Z] The Donna Summer Anthology
1999 "Donna Summer Medley" [Z] Live & More Encore
2003 "You're So Beautiful" [Z] 5 The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer
2003 "Dream-A-Lot's Theme (I Will Live for Love)" [Z] 20
2005 "I Feel Love" [!] (Remixes) N/A
  • Y Released in the United Kingdom only.
  • Z Released in North America only.

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak Album
US
Dan

[31]
1976 "Wasted"/"Come with Me" 7 A Love Trilogy
Dance Club Play chart entries

From the inception of the Billboard Dance Club Play chart (also known as Club Play Singles, and formerly known as Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Dance/Disco) until the week of February 16, 1991, several (or even all) songs on an EP or album could occupy the same position if more than one track from a release was receiving significant play in clubs. Beginning with the February 23, 1991 issue, the dance chart became "song specific," meaning only one song could occupy each position at a time. Therefore;

  • "Wasted" and "Come With Me" charted at #7 due to their inclusion on the A Love Trilogy album, so the chart position is in fact for the entire album. The reason these two tracks have been singled out is because the other two tracks on the album ("Could It Be Magic" and "Try Me, I Know We Can Make It") reached their own peak positions when they were released as singles.
  • "Spring Affair" and "Winter Melody" both appear on Summer's Four Seasons of Love album, so their joint #1 position is actually for the whole album.
  • "Can't We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over)", "I Feel Love", "I Remember Yesterday", "Love's Unkind" and "Back in Love Again" all appear on Summer's I Remember Yesterday album, so their #1 position is also for the full album..
  • "I Love You", "Fairy Tale High", "Once Upon a Time" and "Rumour Has It" all appear on her Once Upon a Time album, so again the #1 position is in fact for the whole album.
  • "Last Dance" shared its entry with three other tracks from the Thank God It's Friday film soundtrack, none of which were sung by Summer (though she was credited as co-writer and background vocalist on "Take It to the Zoo", a track by her sisters' group Sunshine.
  • "MacArthur Park" and "Heaven Knows" are both part of a medley titled "MacArthur Park Suite," which was released as a 12" single for use in clubs. A slightly different version appears on the Live And More album.
  • "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls" was released for use in clubs as a continuous medley on a one-sided 12" single, so these two also count as one #1 on this chart.
  • "The Wanderer", "Cold Love", "Who Do You Think You're Foolin'", and "Looking Up" all appear on Summer's The Wanderer album, so yet again their entry is for the whole album.

Guest appearances[edit]

All of the following singles were released commercially.

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[31]
US Dan
[31]
US R&B
[31]
AUS
[2]
CAN
[32]
GER
[4]
IRE
[33]
NL
[18]
NZ
[5]
UK
[6]
1977 "Shut Out" (Paul Jabara featuring special guest Donna Summer) 31 Shut Out
1979 "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" [AA]
(with Barbra Streisand)
1 1 20 8 2 31 7 27 7 3 Wet
1980 "Foggy Day/Never Lose Your Sense of Humor"
(with Paul Jabara)
The Third Album
1989 "Spirit of the Forest" (as part of charity group Spirit of the Forest) N/A
1992 "Carry On" (Giorgio Moroder featuring Donna Summer) Forever Dancing
2012 "Angel"
(O'Mega Red featuring Donna Summer)
N/A
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
  • AA Also released by Summer's label on different formats in different countries (hence its inclusion in the main section also). Sales/airplay of all formats on both labels were amalgamated.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title
1975 "Lady of the Night"
1975 "Love to Love You Baby"
1976 "Try Me, I Know We Can Make It"
1976 "Could It Be Magic"
1976 "Spring Affair"
1976 "Autumn Changes"
1976 "Winter Melody"
1977 "I Remember Yesterday"
1978 "Last Dance"
1978 "Fairy Tale High"
1979 "Bridge Over Troubled Waters"
1979 "Bad Girls" (not official - TV appearance)
1979 "Sunset People"
1979 "My Man Medley"
1980 "The Wanderer"
1982 "Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)"
1982 "State of Independence"
1982 "The Woman in Me"
1983 "Romeo"
1983 "She Works Hard for the Money"
1983 "Unconditional Love"
1984 "Supernatural Love"
1984 "There Goes My Baby"
1987 "Dinner with Gershwin"
1987 "Dinner with Gershwin (Remix)"
1987 "All Systems Go"
1987 "Love Shock"
1989 "This Time I Know It's for Real'
1989 "This Time I Know It's for Real (Remix)"
1989 "Love's About to Change My Heart"
1989 "I Don't Wanna Get Hurt"
1990 "When Love Takes Over You"
1991 "Work That Magic"
1994 "Melody of Love (Wanna Be Loved)"
1994 "Endless Summer Medley"
1995 "I Feel Love (Remix)"
1996 "Whenever There Is Love"
1999 "My Prayer for You"
1999 "I Will Go with You (Con te partirò)"
1999 "I Will Go with You (Con te partirò) (Big Red Remix)"
2008 "Stamp Your Feet"
2008 "Mr. Music"
2008 "The Queen Is Back"
2009 "Fame (The Game)"

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