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Unconditional Love (Donna Summer song)

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"Unconditional Love"
Single by Donna Summer
from the album She Works Hard for the Money
ReleasedAugust 1983
Producer(s)Michael Omartian
Donna Summer singles chronology
"She Works Hard for the Money"
"Unconditional Love"
"People, People"

"Unconditional Love" is the second single from Donna Summer's eleventh studio album, She Works Hard for the Money (1983). The song was released in August 1983 by Mercury Records. It was written by Summer and Michael Omartian, produced by Omartian. Though uncredited, it also features vocals by British reggae act Musical Youth, who had scored a Top 10 pop and R&B hit in the US with "Pass the Dutchie" earlier in 1983.

The song peaked at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #40 on the Cashbox chart,[1] though it performed significantly better on the R&B chart (reaching the Top Ten). In the UK, it became Summer's fourteenth Top 20 single, reaching a peak position of No.14.[2] The song also peak #26 in Spain Radio chart.[3]

Cashbox called the "purity and innocence" of the song "a bright departure [for Summers] and complete success."[4]

The song was edited from the original album version for its release on the 7" single format. The 12" single featured an extended remix clocking in at 5:20.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Unconditional Love" was popular on MTV. In the video, Summer plays a school teacher, and the reggae group Musical Youth are members of the class. After the class is over, Summer removes her heavy fur coat, revealing a tight blue glittery nightclub singer outfit, and goes outside, singing with all the students in the school. The local school who were invited to be a part of the Music video was King Athelstan Primary School and the school the filming took place was the Bonner Hill Road Girls School before it was demolished.

Track listing[edit]

A. "Unconditional Love" (Club Mix) – 5:20
B. "She Works Hard for the Money" (Club Mix) – 6:00
A. "Unconditional Love" (Club Mix) – 5:20
B. "Unconditional Love" (Instrumental) – 4:40

In popular culture[edit]

Cover Versions[edit]

In 1986, Christian punk band Altar Boys recorded a cover version of "Unconditional Love" on their studio album Gut Level Music.


  1. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 10/22/83". Archived from the original on June 3, 2015. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 539. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  4. ^ "Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. August 27, 1983. p. 8. Retrieved 2022-07-20.

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