Thursday, May 17, 2012

Donna Summer: 1948-2012

The music world lost another game changing legend when the Queen of Disco Donna Summer died May 17 at the age of 63 after battling cancer.

Summer's powerful mezzo-soprano voice helped her gain fame in the 1970s with chart-topping hits like "Hot Stuff," "Bad Girls" and "Last Dance."

Perhaps disco's biggest star, her career had its ups and downs but her songs remained in constant play on classic radio stations and in nightclubs. Even today most dance clubs still end the evening with "Last Dance."

Her influence can be heard in the popularity of acts like Rhianna, Beyonce and Lady Gaga, and in the endless stream of young girls singing her songs on "American Idol," "The X Factor" and "The Voice."

To celebrate her legacy, here are the songs every Donna Summer fan should have on their playlist.

And of course one "Last Dance" with the "Queen of Disco."

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