Saturday, September 8, 2012

"On the Radio" by Donna Summer

Top 10 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  0009
Date:  01/12/1980
Debut:  86
Peak:  5
Weeks:  17
Genre: Pop, Disco

Pop Bits: Oddly debuting the same week as Streisand's follow-up to "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)," Summer trumped Streisand's ballad (see previous post) by staying with her classic disco sound and getting a Top 10 hit.

ReduxReview: I've called this song "lazy disco." Although I love most of Ms. Summer's oeuvre, this is not one of my favorites. To me it just sounds a little too slow and not as celebratory or urgent as some of her other hits. Need proof that disco had run its course? This would be the song.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia: In 1978, Streisand had the #1 duet "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" with Neil Diamond. In their competing albums that contained the song, Streisand hit #1 with hers (a greatest hits package) while Diamond had to settle for #4. When she hit #1 with Summer, it was Summer's album (a greatest hits package!) that topped the album chart and Streisand settled for #7. Reversal of fortune...


1 comment:

  1. I originally tabbed "like it" but then decided I was firmly in between "like it" and "meh." You're right, it's pretty unspectacular. -M