It remains one of the most popular Disco songs ever made
In 1979, the iconic Disco hit “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor reaches No.1 on the Hot 100 on this day
Written by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris, “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor remains one of the most popular Disco songs to this day. It sold 14 million copies worldwide since it’s release in 1978, however, the iconic song was first released as a B-Side to “Substitute”, a cover of The Righteous Brothers. “I Will Survive” entered the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1978 and reached No. 1 on the chart on March 10, 1979. The song received the Grammy Award for Best Disco Recording in 1980, the only year the award was given. It is ranked #492 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, and ranked at #97 on Billboard magazine’s “All-Time Hot 100”. “I Will Survive” had a particularly large influence within the LGBT community. This is mostly attributed to the lack of acceptance of LGBT individuals, especially at the time of the song’s release. The song is often referred to as a gay anthem because of this. People in the LGBT community have said they identified with “I Will Survive” because the “textual message of defiant and enduring presence was already well tailored to queer identification needs, but this message and the song’s titular statement took on even deeper meaning with the dawn of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980’s”.
Look back at the iconic 1979 music video for “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
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