Love's Unkind

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"Love's Unkind"
Donna Summer - Love's Unkind.jpg
Single by Donna Summer
from the album I Remember Yesterday
B-side "Autumn Changes" (UK)
"Black Lady" (Germany/The Netherlands)
Released November 29, 1977
Format 7" single
Genre Disco
Length 4:29
Label Casablanca (US)
GTO (UK)
Writer(s) Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte
Producer(s) Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte
Donna Summer singles chronology
"I Remember Yesterday"
(1977)
"Love's Unkind"
(1977)
"I Love You"
(1977)

"Love's Unkind" is a song by American singer and songwriter Donna Summer from her album, I Remember Yesterday, which combined modern disco beats with sounds of previous decades. "Love's Unkind" has stories of high school crushes and love triangles. It became one of her biggest hits in the UK, peaking at number three,[1] while it reached number 32 in the Netherlands. Though never released as a single in the USA, it topped the dance chart as part of the I Remember Yesterday album, as at that time entire albums could count as one entry on that particular chart.

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1977-1978) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 18
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 25
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 18
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 32
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 28
UK (Official Charts Company)[1] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[8] 1

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Cover versions[edit]

British singer-songwriter Toyah Willcox recorded a version for her 1987 album Desire.[10]

English actress Sophie Lawrence reached #21 on the UK Singles Chart in 1991 with her cover of the song.[11]

Estonian artist Onu Bella covered (parodied) the song in Estonian, titled "Koolis on vahva" ("School Is Fun") on his 1992 album "Ma võtsin viina" ("I Drank Vodka").[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1978 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive - 14th January 1978". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Donna Summer – Love's Unkind" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Donna Summer – Love's Unkind" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Donna Summer – Love's Unkind". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Love's Unkind". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Donna Summer search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Donna Summer – Love's Unkind" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  8. ^ "Donna Summer awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "British single certifications – Donna Summer – Love's Unkind". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Love's Unkind in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  10. ^ "Toyah - Desire (CD, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  11. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 314. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  12. ^ "Onu Bella - Ma Võtsin Viina (Cassette, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 

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