500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Gloria Gaynor, 'I Will Survive'

492. Gloria Gaynor, 'I Will Survive'

Writers: Dino Fekaris, Freddie Perren
Producers: Fekaris, Perren
Released: Dec. '78, Polydor
27 weeks; No. 1

In 1979, Gaynor's career was falling apart. Donna Summer had replaced her as the leading disco diva, and the 32-year-old Gaynor had recently suffered the death of her mother and had undergone spinal surgery. So when she belted out "I Will Survive," she brought extra attitude. The track was originally a B side, but after enterprising DJs started to play it at discos, it turned into a smash.

Appears on: I Will Survive: The Anthology (Polygram)

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