Billie Jo Spears, "I Will Survive"
As anthems go, the original late-Seventies version of this screw-you tune spoke not only to the broken-hearted but to feminists, gays and anyone else suddenly feeling empowered in the Equal Rights Amendment era. Spears, a twangy Texan best known for the provocative "Blanket on the Ground," released this zippy remake just months after Gloria Gaynor, making it the title cut of her 1979 LP. With the familiar piano opening by Hargus "Pig" Robbins and backing vocals from the Jordanaires, the Grammy-nominated country-meets-western-meets-Studio 54 concoction remains deliciously odd and totally irresistible. S.B.