Greatest Songs, #489: “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor

Album: Love Tracks (Polydor Records)
Year: 1978
Written by: Dino Fekaris & Freddie Perren
Billboard Hot 100: #1

 From Rolling Stone:

In 1979, Gaynor‘s career was falling apart. Donna Summer had replaced her as the leading disco diva, and the thirty-two-year-old Gaynor had recently suffered the death of her mother as well as spinal surgery. So when she belted out “I Will Survive,” a song about perseverance, 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.

From Wikipedia:

The song’s lyrics describe a narrator who finds personal strength while recovering from a breakup; it has often been used as an anthem of female empowerment, and HIV/AIDS awareness – and is a firm favorite on the karaoke circuit.

The song was rated number nine on George Carlin‘s 10 Most Embarrassing Songs of All Time.

I couldn’t resist adding this scene from The Replacements: