On 17th May 2012, Donna Summer – a.k.a. “The Queen of Disco” – passed away after losing her battle with lung cancer at the age of 63. She was one of the most influential artists, particularly for a female, of her era – the 70s. She was inspired by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and Dionne Warwick, her contemporaries at the time included Diana Ross and Gloria Gaynor and she herself paved the way for other divas including Madonna, Whitney, Janet Jackson and Beyoncé.
Because of her impact on modern disco and for helping to kickstart the craze of dance-pop and electronica genres that followed in the 80s and 90s, Donna not only cemented herself as one of the greatest musical legends of all time, but also became popular with the LGBT community, despite controversy surrounding things she allegedly said about gay men. She was still recording music well into her 50s and within the first two decades of her career, which were her most successful years, notched up 19 Number One songs on the Billboard Dance and Club Songs chart and sold over 100 million records worldwide. Here is our list of our top 12 favourite hits by her:
12) She Works Hard For The Money
11) Could It Be Magic
10) This Time I Know It’s For Real
9) MacArthur Park
8) Dim All The Lights
7) No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) – with Barbra Streisand
6) On The Radio
5) Bad Girls
4) Love To Love You, Baby
3) Last Dance
2) Hot Stuff
1) I Feel Love
What do you think of this list and what are your favourite Donna Summer songs? Let us know in the comment box below! And if you want to check out some of her best but rare and lesser-knows tracks, then click here.