Billboard #1 Hits: #459: ‘I Will Survive’- Gloria Gaynor. March 10, 1979. #1 for 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “I Will Survive”- Gloria Gaynor
- Record Company- Polydor
- Genre: Disco
- Written by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris
- Time: 3:15
- A-side: “Substitute”
- Album- Love Tracks
- Grade: A
- Peaked at #1 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
Originally “I Will Survive” was released as the b-side -with that A-side a song called “Substitute.” DJ’s began playing the other side- and while “Substitute” failed to take off- it didn’t even crack the Hot 100- ‘I Will Survive” took off and became one of the big hits of 1979. “I Will Survive” also has the distinction of being the only winner of the Grammy for Best Disco Recording- in 1980- the award was discontinued the year after it began. Rolling Stone has “I Will Survive” at #492 on their Greatest Songs Ever list and #2 on their Best Disco Songs Ever list. The song has become over the years a symbol of female empowerment.