For the '80s and beyond, nothing but 'Unconditional Love' for Donna Summer
When Donna Summer passed away in 2012 from lung cancer it was a shock as we all were weaned on the voice of the Queen of Disco. For all her songs we sang and danced to, she always had our unconditional love.
When you think of Donna Summer songs in the '80s, you undoubtedly first think of She Works Hard For The Money and the accompanying video of the dancing working women at the end. But She Works Hard For The Money was just one of ten Top 40 hits Summer charted with in the '80s. Though she never had a number one hit in the '80s (she had four in the '70s with Bad Girls, Hot Stuff, MacArthur Park and No More Tears), half of her Top 40 hits were in the '80s. One of the songs that just missed the Top 40 was Unconditional Love that featured Musical Youth (Pass the Dutchie) and peaked at No. 43 in 1983.
Though she was the proclaimed Queen of Disco, Summer also dabbled with reggae when she teamed up with Musical Youth. The boys from London even show up in her video for Unconditional Love as students in a classroom taught by taskmaster Summer.
The last time Summer hit the Top 40 was with the optimistic This Time I Know It's For Real that was a Top 10 hit in 1989. Her final album Crayons was released in 2008.