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Who's the Queen of the '70s: Diana Ross or Donna Summer?

Diana Ross is widely known as the Boss and Queen of the Motown, while Donna Summer is revered as the Queen of Disco. Both legendary music queens were fierce in their own lanes, but there were some similarities in their aesthetics. Diana was a standout pop star while fronting the Supremes in the '60s, but she embarked on a successful solo career in music and movies in the '70s. But Summer quickly earned her honorific title with top 10 disco hit after hit. Who's the queen of the '70s? 🎤

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Diana Ross is literally *the* Boss!

She left a successful girl group years after it was rebranded Diana Ross & the Supremes. In 1970, she released her first solo single to moderate success, but it was her rendition of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" that became her first solo hit to top the Billboard pop chart. After a string of success in music in the '70s, Diana expanded to film. Her debut performance as Billie Holiday in "Lady Sings the Blues" scored her an Oscar nod for Best Actress in 1973. 

Her film projects continued with "Mahogany" and "The Wiz," as well more successful hits like "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" and "Love Hangover" throughout the '70s. She kicked off the '80s with big hair, even more glamorous dresses and leotards, and more iconic smashes—like "Upside Down," "I'm Coming Out" and "Endless Love."  

Ms. Ross was always a star. She was one of the first pop divas in the '60s (alongside other female pop acts like Cher and Dionne Warwick). Future divas modeled themselves after Ross' gigantic amount of presence and star power.

Watch a live performance of "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" below. 

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Donna Summer is literally *the* Queen of Disco.

Summer brought a level of sensuality and sexuality never really seen by a black female artist at the time, bursting onto the scene with "Love to Love You Baby" in 1975. While Summer struggled with her sexy image, she became a sex symbol in the '70s with hits like "I Feel Love," "Last Dance," Hot Stuff," and "On the Radio."

Even when disco "died" in the summer of 1979 and she toned down the sex appeal, Donna Summer's career and icon continued to thrive into the '80s. Summer gained hits like "The Wanderer," "Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)" and "She Works Hard for the Money" in the '80s while exploring new wave, soul, and post-disco. 

Watch a live performance below of "I Feel Love."

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