To say that the late Donna Summer was a hit-maker is a gross understatement. Summer, who died Thursday, had 20 top 40 Billboard hits. Of those, 14 went to the top 10, and four went straight to the #1 spot of the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Here, we present a video timeline of Summer's greatest hits, presented in chronological order:
"The Hostage" (1974)
This song was Summer's first charted single. A rocking number that hit #2 on the Dutch charts in 1974.
"Love to Love You Baby" (1975)
This is the song that brought Summer to worldwide fame. The erotically charged song was written and recorded in Germany, and went #2 in the U.S. and #1 in Canada, and was a certified gold seller in both countries.
"I Feel Love" (1976)
This song, from Summer's concept album I Remember Yesterday, hit #6 on the U.S. charts, but its legacy is thanks to its production. The all-synthesized backing track, produced by Italian producer Giorgio Moroder, is cited as an early influence on electronic music.
"Last Dance" (1978)
This song was recorded for the film Thank God It's Friday. It went gold in Canada and the U.S., and rose as high as #3 on Billboard top 40 charts.
"MacArthur Park" (1978)
A disco-ized cover of Jimmy Webb's song about love gone wrong, this was Summer's first #1 single, and signalled the start of her most successful year on the charts.
"Heaven Knows" with Brooklyn Dreams (1979)
Featuring American R&B group Brooklyn Dreams, and vocals by the group's singer, Joe Esposito, this one topped at #4 on the charts.
"Hot Stuff" (1979)
Summers' second #1 hit features a guitar solo by Steely Dan's Jeff Baxter.
"Bad Girls" (1979)
Working again with Brooklyn Dreams, "Bad Girls" was inspired by a brush with the law that Summer's assistant experienced. Like "Hot Stuff," this single topped the charts and went platinumn in both Canada and the U.S.
"No More Tears (Enough is Enough)" (1979)
This song, a duet with Barbra Streisand, was featured on albums by both artists and was Summer's third #1 hit of 1979.
"On the Radio" (1980)
While Summer would not see the same chart success in the '80s, she still had a run of chart-placing singles. "On the Radio" hit #5 in the U.S., and #2 in Canada.
"The Wanderer" (1980)
This new-wave-flavoured number hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"She Works Hard for the Money" (1983)
This well known pop-rock single topped off at #3 on the charts.
"This Time I Know It's for Real" (1989)
From her 1989 album Another Place and Time, this would be Summer's final top 10 chart hit at #7. It was certified gold in the U.K. and the U.S.
"To Paris with Love" (2010)
The last song Summer released went to #1 on the Billboard Dance charts.
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on May 17, 2012