Donna Summer may be gone like the disco era that she was so much a part of, but her songs will live on.
The legendary diva, who passed away today at the age of 63 following a battle with cancer, left the world a legacy of '70s dance-floor favorites that remain club anthems to this day.
In tribute to Summer, E! News takes a trip back to the time when disco was
king queen and bell bottoms, big mustaches and afros were all the rage as we round up five of her greatest hits.
"Love to Love You Baby"
Summer's breakout hit, this sexy 1975 ditty was cowritten by famed record producer and Eurodisco visionary Giorgio Moroder and was the first of several collaborations they worked on. It was one of the first disco tunes released in extended form—a whopping 16 minutes—and became an international smash as it featured the crooner moaning in sexual ecstasy, along with a slew of recorded orgasms. We love the space-age dancers in this video, too!
"I Feel Love"
Another of Summer's productions with Moroder, 1976's "I Feel Love" became one of her signature anthems, particularly in gay clubs, and influenced the likes of David Bowie and Brian Eno, who once declared it "the sound of the future." Sorry, Madonna, but Confessions on a Dance Floor doesn't hold a candle to this original disco number.
What would weddings and bar mitzvahs be like without "Last Dance" to send drunken partygoers out into the night? But little did you know this 1978 classic actually won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song after Summer debuted it in the film Thank God It's Friday, in which she played an aspiring singer, natch.
This 1979 gem went all the way to No. 1 and snagged her a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, the first African-American, not to mention the first woman, to ever win in that category. It's since found new life in everything from 1997's The Full Monty and Sex and the City to the video game Just Dance 2, sung by Katy Perry and Rebecca Black.
Summer often performed this song in tandem with "Hot Stuff" as both came out the same year and topped the charts. Legend has it, her Casablanca Records honcho wanted her to give the song to Cher, but the diva refused. We're glad she kept it. "Toot-too, hey, beep-beep," indeed!