Who's the real Queen of Disco: Donna Summer or Gloria Gaynor? | The Tylt
Disco Demolition Night is considered the "Death of Disco." But many great things derived from disco—like post-disco, hip-hop, house music and the honorific title "Queen of Disco." Donna Summer continued to thrive as a pop diva long past disco's backlash on July 12, 1979, and many fans regard her as the queen. But many argue "I Will Survive" alone makes Gloria Gaynor the queen because it remains an iconic empowerment anthem for women, LGBTQ people, and survivors! Who's the real Queen of Disco? 🎤
Who's the real Queen of Disco: Donna Summer or Gloria Gaynor?
Donna is literally *the* queen!
"Love to Love You Baby," "I Feel Love," "Last Dance," "MacArthur Park," "Heaven Knows," "Hot Stuff," "Bad Girls," "Dim All the Nights," "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" with Barbra Streisand, "On the Radio," "The Wanderer," "Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)" and "She Works Hard for the Money" were all Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits, four of which topped the pop chart.
Even after the death of disco, Donna's new wave, post-disco sound and powerhouse vocals continued to the slay the music game throughout the '80s. Being one of the best-selling artists not only of the '70s but of all time, along with her many iconic hits, make Donna Summer deserving of her honorific title—Queen of Disco.
Watch a beautiful live performance below of "I Feel Love."
Gloria's name will forever be synonymous with "I Will Survive." And although she is regarded as a one-hit wonder by some, she also had other moderately successful hits and another top 10 pop cover of Jackson 5's "Never Can Say Goodbye." Regardless of only having one mega #1 pop hit, she has also been called the Queen of Disco because of the power and magic behind "I Will Survive."
Almost 40 years after the release of "I Will Survive," it's considered one of the greatest anthems ever. It's now regarded as a gay anthem, a girl power anthem, a survivor's anthem, and a self-empowerment anthem. The Library of Congress even selected the iconic smash for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant." How can any other queen really top that?
Watch the legendary music video for "I Will Survive" below.