Donna Summer - The Queen of Disco
Donna Summer - The Queen of Disco
Donna Summer may have been referred to as the Queen of Disco, but her Billboard chart hits weren't confined to the so-called "disco era" of the late 1970s.

Donna Summer may have been referred to as the Queen of Disco, but her Billboard chart hits weren’t confined to the so-called “disco era” of the late 1970s.

While she earned a string of smash singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the ’70s — many produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte - she continued to chart hits on into ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s.

Summer earned a total of 32 hit singles on the Hot 100 in her lifetime, with 14 of those reaching the top 10. She claimed a top 40 hit every year from 1976 and 1984. And, between 1976 and the end of 1982, she had more top 10 hits — 12 — than any other act.

Her very first entry on the Hot 100 was the epic “Love to Love You Baby” in 1976, which spent two weeks at No. 2. (The 17-minute long song was edited down to a more radio-friendly length of 4:57.)

Her biggest singles include her four No. 1s “MacArthur Park,” “Hot Stuff,” “Bad Girls” and “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” (with Barbra Streisand). On June 30, 1979, when “Hot Stuff” descended 1-2 and “Bad Girls” moved up 5-3, Summer became the first woman to have two singles in the Hot 100’s top three at the same time.

After a successful streak of hits in the late ’70s and very early ’80s, she returned to the Hot 100’s top 10 in 1983 with the No. 3 anthem “She Works Hard For the Money.” She claimed her final top 10 in 1989 with the Stock-Aitken-Waterman-produced “This Time I Know It’s For Real” (No. 7).

Hot Stuff (1979)

Bad Girls (1979)

She Works Hard for the Money (1983)

MacArthur Park (1979)

Love To Love You Baby (1976)

No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (1979 featuring Barbra Streisand)

Dim All the Lights (1979)

Last Dance (1978)

On the Radio (1980)

I Feel Love (1977)

This Time I Know It's for Real (1983)

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