Bad Girls (Donna Summer song)

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"Bad Girls"
Single by Donna Summer
from the album Bad Girls
B-side "On My Honor"
Released June 23, 1979
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1979
Genre
Length 4:55 (album version)
3:56 (radio edit)
Label Casablanca
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Certification Platinum
Donna Summer singles chronology
"Hot Stuff"
(1979)
"Bad Girls"
(1979)
"Dim All the Lights"
(1979)

"Bad Girls" is a song by American singer Donna Summer, co-written by Summer and the Brooklyn Dreams.

The song hit the spot on the Billboard pop, R&B and disco singles charts simultaneously becoming, alongside "Hot Stuff", her most successful single. Bad Girls the single, spent 5 weeks on the top of the "Hot 100 chart" and sold over 2 millions copies in the US. The song helped the album of the same name to reach the multi-platinum status in the United States. A 12" single of the song was released as a medley with "Hot Stuff".

Although "Hot Stuff" was extended for the 12" single, "Bad Girls" remained in the 4:55 album version. A "Bad Girls" 12" single with a time of 6:55 was produced but never released commercially. A demo version of the song was released on the "Deluxe Edition" of the "Bad Girls" CD.

Background[edit]

The inspiration for her to write the song came after one of her assistants was offended by a police officer who thought she was a street prostitute. A rough version of the song had originally been written a couple of years before its release. Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart, upon hearing it, wanted Donna to give it to Cher for her upcoming album.[1] Donna refused and put it away for a couple of years. The song won favourite Pop/Rock single at the American Music Awards, and Donna won both Favourite Soul/R & B Female Artist and Favourite Pop/Rock Female Artist for the song. She was also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance Female and Best R & B Vocal Performance Female for the song at the 22nd Grammy Awards in 1980.

Chart performance[edit]

The song was a huge hit, making it number one on the Billboard Hot 100, R&B and disco singles charts simultaneously becoming, alongside "Hot Stuff", her most successful single. Bad Girls the single, spent 5 weeks on the top of the "Hot 100 chart" and sold over 2 millions copies in the US. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1979.[2] The song helped the album of the same name to reach the multi-platinum status in the United States. A 12" single of the song was released as a medley with "Hot Stuff".

Cover versions[edit]

Sampling[edit]

  • Its "toot-toot, beep-beep" chant would be sampled by hip hop artists, most notably Aaliyah, in her album track, "Ladies in Da House", from her 1996 release, One in a Million.
  • The "toot-toot, beep-beep" chant was also used for Miranda!'s Mirandamix from their 2008 Album 'El Templo Del Pop'.
  • The chorus was sampled in Lil Kim's unreleased song 'Bad Girl' in which RuPaul takes Donna Summers part.

Appearances in other media[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]