Hot Stuff chords



You can learn how to play Hot Stuff by Donna Summer!

Perhaps it comes as no surprise that Donna Summer didn’t write the lyrics for Hot Stuff, instead, it was three men in the late 70s who penned the words that only Glenn Quagmire could be proud of today.

Nevertheless, released in 1979, this Disco tune with some “rock guitar” was a top 10 hit in over 15 countries. In the U.S, it sold over 2 million copies.

Hilariously enough, Donna Summer won a Grammy for best rock vocal for what we today can only describe as Disco.

Responsible for the guitar solo and power chords is Jeff Baxter (Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers).

Let’s go over the chords and lyrics of this classic that still appear on the Disco band’s setlist, many decades later.


Hot Stuff chords and lyrics


||: G5 | G5 | F | G5 :||
||: Gm | Gm Gm7 | F | Gm Gm7 :||

| Gm | Gm Gm7 | F | Gm Gm7 |
Sittin’ here eatin’ my heart out waitin’, waitin’ for some lover to call.
| Gm | Gm Gm7 | F | Gm Gm7 |
Dialed about a thousand numbers lately, almost rang the phone off the wall.

||: C D7 | Gm :||
Lookin’ for some hot stuff, baby, this evenin’.
I need some hot stuff, baby, tonight.
I want some hot stuff, baby, this evenin’.
| C | D7 |
Gotta have some hot stuff, gotta have some love tonight.

||: Gm Bb | C D7 :||
Hot stuff. I need hot stuff
I want some hot stuff. I need hot stuff

||: Gm | Gm Gm7 | F | Gm Gm7 :||

| Gm | Gm Gm7 | F | Gm Gm7 |
Lookin’ for a lover who needs another, don’t want another night on my own.
| Gm | Gm Gm7 | F | Gm Gm7 |
Wanna share my love with a warm-blooded lover, wanna bring a wild man back home.

||: C D7 | Gm :||
Gotta have some hot love, baby, this evenin’.
I need some hot stuff, baby, tonight.
I want some hot stuff, baby, this evenin’.
| C | D7 |
Got to have some lovin’, got to have love tonight,

||: Gm Bb | C D7 :||
Hot stuff. I need hot stuff.
Hot love. looking for hot love.

||: Gm | Gm | Eb | Eb |
| F/C | F | Gm | Gm :||

| Gm | Gm | F | Gm |
Hot, hot, hot, hot, stuff. Hot, hot, hot.
| Gm | Gm | F | Gm |
Hot, hot, hot, hot, stuff. Hot, hot, hot.

||: C D7 | Gm :||
How about some hot stuff, baby, this evenin’.
I need some hot stuff, baby, tonight.
Gimme little hot stuff, baby, this evenin’.
| C | D7 |
Hot stuff, baby, gonna need your love tonight.

||: Gm Bb | C D7 :||
Hot stuff. I need hot stuff.
Looking for hot love. Wanna have hot love.

||: Gm | Gm Gm7 | F | Gm Gm7 :||

| Gm | Gm Gm7 | F | Gm Gm7 |
Sittin’ here eatin’ my heart out, no reason, I’ll spend another night on my own.
| Gm | Gm Gm7 | F | Gm Gm7 |
I dialed about a hundred numbers, baby, I’m bound to find somebody home.

||: C D7 | Gm :||
Gonna have some hot love, baby, this evenin’.
I need some hot stuff, baby, tonight.
Looking for my hot stuff, baby, this evenin’.
| C | D7 |
Need your lovin’ baby, gonna need your love tonight.

| Gm | Gm Gm7 |

||: C D7 | Gm :||
Hot stuff, baby, this evenin’.
I need hot stuff, baby, tonight.
I want some hot stuff, baby, this evenin’.
I want some hot stuff baby tonight.
Hot stuff, baby,
I need your hot stuff, baby, tonight.
I want your hot stuff, baby, this evenin’.
| C | D7 |
Hot stuff baby, gonna need your love tonight.

| Gm | Gm (F E) | D7 | D7 |


Hot Stuff chord progression

At home n G Aeolian, Hot Stuff’s chords move from VI – V. GmF. As a guitarist, you wanna play either distorted power chords or funkier clean chords using a combination of Gm and Gm7.

Following the verse, we have the unusual layout of a chorus, followed by a chorus tag, which almost feels like a second chorus.

The “first chorus” goes from IV – V, back to VI. CD7Gm. Which to me feels like a bridge chord progression.

The chorus tag, or “second chorus” is more complex as it goes VI – I – IV – V. GmBbCD7.

The instrumental section that follows has the same chords as the intro and verse.

When it’s time for Jeff’s solo, we change chords to VI – IV – V – VI.

||: Gm | Gm | Eb | Eb | F/C | F | Gm | Gm :||

The outro chorus repeats more than the earlier choruses did and leaves the last tag out.

The lyrics may be as outdated four decades later as the production, but Hot Stuff is still a catchy song, and studying it in depth is a great lesson in hit songwriting.


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