May 17th, 2012
01:25 PM ET
Five-time Grammy Award winner Donna Summer, who first hustled into our hearts in the 1970s, died Thursday morning. She was 63.
Having released 17 studio albums between 1974 and 2008, it seems fitting that we honor the Queen of Disco’s legacy by lacing up our dancing shoes. Starting at the beginning…
“Love to Love You,” originally released in 1975, is the provocative tune that first put Summer on the map. Her moaning and groaning throughout the track prompted Time magazine to tally up the number of orgasms that were simulated during the making of the song. (There are 22, for the record.)
Summer’s cover of “MacArthur Park” peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, as did her hit single “Hot Stuff,” which earned her a Grammy Award for best rock vocal performance by a female in 1979.
“Bad Girls” spent 20 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100, also peaking at No. 1:
Summer married Bruce Sudano of Brooklyn Dreams after releasing “Heaven Knows,” her collaboration with the group, in 1978:
And quite possibly the best song to play at the end of a wedding - or any event, for that matter - “Last Dance” earned Summer a Grammy for best R&B vocal performance by a female in 1978:
With 1979’s “On the Radio,” Summers proved you can, in fact, find love on FM.
Later, the title track on her 11th studio album, “She Works Hard for the Money,” carried Summer seamlessly into the ‘80s:
What’s your favorite tune by the Queen of Disco?
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