On the Radio (Donna Summer song)

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"On the Radio"
On The Radio (Belgium).jpg
One of Belgian single covers
Single by Donna Summer
from the album On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II and Foxes (soundtrack)
B-side"There Will Always Be a You"
ReleasedNovember 23, 1979
Recorded1979
Genre
Length4:05
LabelCasablanca
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Giorgio Moroder
Donna Summer singles chronology
"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"
(1979)
"On the Radio"
(1979)
"Sunset People"
(1980)

"On the Radio" is a song by American singer-songwriter Donna Summer, produced by Italian musician Giorgio Moroder, and released in late 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.

History[edit]

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 and the disco version are both heard with Donna Summer's vocals. 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 1980s 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. For the second consecutive year, Summer placed at least three singles in the Billboard Year-End charts in 1980.

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]

Charts[edit]

"On the Radio" was released as a single and became, in February 1980, her tenth top-ten hit in the U.S. as well as her eighth and final consecutive top-five single. "On the Radio" peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and number nine on the soul chart.[2] The song was also Summer's 14th entry on the Billboard Disco chart, where it peaked at number eight.[3] In Canada, it peaked at number two.[4]

Martine McCutcheon version[edit]

"On the Radio"
MartineMcCutcheonOnTheRadio.jpg
Single by Martine McCutcheon
from the album Wishing
B-side"It's All Over Again"
ReleasedJanuary 22, 2001 (2001-01-22)[17]
Length3:49
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)John Poppo
Martine McCutcheon singles chronology
"I'm Over You"
(2000)
"On the Radio"
(2001)
"Say I'm Not Alone"
(2017)

English singer and actress Martine McCutcheon covered "On the Radio" and released it as the second single from her second album, Wishing, on January 22, 2001. Her version was produced by John Poppo. Although it became McCutcheon's fifth consecutive top-ten hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number seven, it is to date her last single to appear within the top 100 on the UK chart, and it would be her last single until 2017's "Say I'm Not Alone". In Ireland, "On the Radio" reached number 18, matching the peak of the original.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD1[18]

  1. "On the Radio" (radio mix) – 3:49
  2. "It's All Over Again" – 4:42
  3. "On the Radio" (Pants & Corset radio edit) – 3:33
  4. "On the Radio" (video) – 3:45

UK CD2[19]

  1. "On the Radio" (radio mix) – 3:49
  2. "On the Radio" (Pants & Corset club mix) – 7:33
  3. "On the Radio" (Robbie Rivera's vocal mix) – 7:35

UK cassette single[20]

A1. "On the Radio" (radio mix) – 3:49
A2. "On the Radio" (Almighty radio edit) – 4:14
B1. "On the Radio" (Pants & Corset radio edit) – 3:33

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Annotations in "Donna Summer Gold"
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 556.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974–2003. Record Research. p. 249.
  4. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Forum – Oasis – part of the queue ()". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. April 19, 1980. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  7. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on April 2, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  8. ^ "dutchcharts.nl – Discografie Donna Summer". © 2006–2011 Hung Medien. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  9. ^ a b "The Irish Charts – Search Results – On the Radio". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  10. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. May 31, 1980. p. 78. Retrieved November 17, 2021.
  11. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  12. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 234.
  13. ^ "Top 100 1980-03-15". Cashbox Magazine. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 25, 2016. Retrieved October 14, 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1980/Top 100 Songs of 1980". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  16. ^ "Top 100 Year End Charts: 1980". Cashbox Magazine. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  17. ^ "New Releases – For Week Starting January 22, 2001: Singles" (PDF). Music Week. January 20, 2001. p. 31. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  18. ^ On the Radio (UK CD1 liner notes). Martine McCutcheon. Innocent Records, Virgin Records. 2001. SINCD 21, 7243 8 97362 0 5.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  19. ^ On the Radio (UK CD2 liner notes). Martine McCutcheon. Innocent Records, Virgin Records. 2001. SINDX 21, 7243 8 97363 2 8.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  20. ^ On the Radio (UK cassette single sleeve). Martine McCutcheon. Innocent Records, Virgin Records. 2001. SINC 21, 7243 8 97362 43.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  21. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 18, no. 7. February 10, 2001. p. 10. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  22. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  23. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  24. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2001" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved January 6, 2019.

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