The Wanderer (Donna Summer song)

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"The Wanderer"
The Wanderer (U.K.).jpg
Single by Donna Summer
from the album The Wanderer
B-side "Stop Me"
Released September 11, 1980
Recorded 1980
Length 3:47
Donna Summer singles chronology
"Walk Away"
"The Wanderer"
"Cold Love"
"Walk Away"
"The Wanderer"
"Cold Love"

"The Wanderer" is a song by American singer Donna Summer, released as the lead single from her 1980 eighth studio 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, it marks a change in style for The Queen of Disco, incorporating new wave styled synth riffs and a shuffling beat.

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 number 2 in Cash Box magazine as well. It was Summer's eleventh single to sell over a million copies in the US. In Canada, the song spent four weeks at number 4. A 12" promotional single was issued, however, unlike all her Top 40 hits prior to this one, it was not an extended version.


"The Wanderer" incorporates 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 1977 album Once Upon a Time and 1978 single "Last Dance".

Track Listing[edit]

  • 3:47
  • 5:01 (Extended Mix)
  • 7:28 (Long Version)

Chart performance[edit]


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