Bad Girls (Donna Summer song)

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"Bad Girls"
Bad Girls (France).jpg
Artwork for French release
Single by Donna Summer
from the album Bad Girls
B-side "On My Honor"
Released June 23, 1979
Format
Recorded 1979
Genre Disco
Length 4:55
Label Casablanca
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Donna Summer singles chronology
"Hot Stuff"
(1979)
"Bad Girls"
(1979)
"Dim All the Lights"
(1979)
"Hot Stuff"
(1979)
"Bad Girls"
(1979)
"Dim All the Lights"
(1979)

"Bad Girls" is a song by American singer Donna Summer from her 1979 seventh studio album of the same name, released as the second single from the Bad Girls album on June 23, 1979, through Casablanca Records. The song was produced by Summer's regular collaborators Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, and co-written by Summer and the Brooklyn Dreams.

"Bad Girls" became a worldwide success, peaking within the top-ten in seven countries, including Spain and New Zealand. In the United States, it spent five weeks at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100, from the weeks of July 14, 1979 to August 11, 1979; and sold over two million copies, simultaneously becoming, alongside "Hot Stuff", her most successful single. The single, which was the second-biggest song of 1979, also helped the Bad Girls album to reach the multi-platinum status in the US. Summer placed three songs in the Top 12 of the Billboard 1979 year-end charts.

Background[edit]

The inspiration for Summer 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 Summer to give it to Cher for her upcoming album.[1] Summer refused and put it away for a couple of years.

A 12" version of the song was released as a medley with "Hot Stuff". Although "Hot Stuff" was extended for the 12" version, "Bad Girls" remained in the four minutes, fifty-five seconds album version. A "Bad Girls" 12" version with a length of almost seven minutes was produced but never released commercially. A demo version of the song was released on the "deluxe edition" of Bad Girls.

Awards and Nominations[edit]

The song was nominated and won the award for "Favourite Pop/Rock Single" and "Favourite Pop/Rock Female Artist" at the American Music Awards in 1980. Summer was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 22nd Annual Grammy Awards in 1980.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Sampling[edit]

  • Its "toot-toot, beep-beep" chant would be sampled by hip hop and R&B artists, most notably by R. Kelly on the remix to "Ignition" and his ex-wife Aaliyah and Missy Elliott on their track "Ladies in Da House", a deep cut from her 1996 album 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 Summer's part.
  • The chant was used in Lizzo's song 'Fitness'.

Appearances in other media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Summer, Donna; Marc Eliot (2003). Ordinary Girl: The Journey. New York: Villard. p. 172. ISBN 1400060311. 
  2. ^ Danyel Smith, ed. (1979). Billboard 8 september 1979. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
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  5. ^ "Bad girls in Canadian Top Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bad girls in Canadian Disco Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
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  8. ^ "Bad girls in Irish Chart". IRMA. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2013.  2nd result when searching "Bad girls"
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  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Donna Summer – Bad Girls" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
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  12. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Donna Summer – Bad Girls". VG-lista.
  13. ^ a b Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Donna Summer – Bad Girls". Singles Top 100.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Donna Summer – Bad Girls". Swiss Singles Chart.
  16. ^ "1979 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive - 28th July 1979". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  17. ^ a b c "Donna Summer awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Donna Summer – Bad Girls". Music Canada. 
  19. ^ "British single certifications – Donna Summer – Bad Girls". British Phonographic Industry.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Bad Girls in the search field and then press Enter.
  20. ^ "American single certifications – Donna Summer – Bad Girls". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  21. ^ Konami (1999). Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix (in Japanese). Arcade. 
  22. ^ JamiroquaiVEVO (13 July 2015). "Jamiroquai - Bad Girls / Singin' in the Rain (Live in Verona)" – via YouTube. 
  23. ^ "Album Search for "corner of the earth uk cd 2"". AllMusic. 

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