Bad Girls (Donna Summer song)

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"Bad Girls"
Bad Girls (France).jpg
Single by Donna Summer
from the album Bad Girls
B-side "On My Honor"
Released June 23, 1979
Recorded 1979
Genre Disco, Rock, Pop, Soul

3:57 (radio edit)

4:55 (album version)
Label Casablanca
Donna Summer singles chronology
"Hot Stuff"
"Bad Girls"
"Dim All the Lights"

"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 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.


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.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Cover versions[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 last missive from Late Nite Tuff Guy in 2015 is a Disco edit of Summer‘s "Bad Girls", entitled "Do U Wanna Get Down".[25]

Appearances in other media[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. 
  3. ^ " – Donna Summer – Bad Girls" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ " – Donna Summer – Bad Girls" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  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. 
  7. ^ Dominic DURAND / InfoDisc. "Bad girls in French Chart". Retrieved 13 June 2013.  You have to use the index at the top of the page and search "Donna Summer"
  8. ^ " – Donna Summer – Bad Girls". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  9. ^ "Bad girls in Irish Chart". IRMA. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2013.  2nd result when searching "Bad girls"
  10. ^ "The best-selling singles of 1979 in Italy". HitParadeItalia (it). Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
    64. Bad girls - Donna Summer [#17]
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Donna Summer search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  12. ^ " – Donna Summer – Bad Girls" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  13. ^ " – Donna Summer – Bad Girls". Top 40 Singles.
  14. ^ " – Donna Summer – Bad Girls". VG-lista.
  15. ^ a b Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  16. ^ " – Donna Summer – Bad Girls". Singles Top 100.
  17. ^ " – Donna Summer – Bad Girls". Swiss Singles Chart.
  18. ^ "1979 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive - 28th July 1979". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  19. ^ a b c "Donna Summer awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Donna Summer – Bad Girls". Music Canada. 
  21. ^ "British single certifications – Donna Summer – Bad Girls". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Bad Girls in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  22. ^ "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
  23. ^ Konami (1999). Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix (in Japanese). Arcade. 
  24. ^ Jamiroquai live in Verona - YouTUBE
  25. ^ New Disco Edit of Donna Summer's "Bad Girls"

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Ring My Bell" by Anita Ward
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
July 14 - August 11, 1979
Succeeded by
"Good Times" by Chic
Preceded by
"Ring My Bell" by Anita Ward
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one single
July 21, 1979
Succeeded by
"Good Times" by Chic
Preceded by
"Ring My Bell" by Anita Ward
Billboard Dance Club Songs number-one single (with "Hot Stuff")
May 26, 1979 - July 7, 1979
Succeeded by
"Born to Be Alive" by Patrick Hernandez