Bad Girls (Donna Summer album)

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Bad Girls
Bad Girls LP.jpg
Studio album by Donna Summer
Released April 25, 1979
Recorded December 1978 — March 1979
Genre Disco, Italo Disco
Length 71:27
Label Casablanca
Donna Summer chronology
Live and More
Bad Girls
On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II
Singles from Bad Girls
  1. "Hot Stuff"
    Released: April 13, 1979
  2. "Bad Girls"
    Released: June 23, 1979
  3. "Dim All the Lights"
    Released: October 5, 1979
  4. "Sunset People"
    Released: July 11, 1980
  5. "Our Love"
    Released: August 22, 1980
  6. "Walk Away"
    Released: September 1, 1980

Bad Girls is the seventh studio album by American singer and songwriter Donna Summer, released in April 25, 1979 on Casablanca Records. Originally issued as a double album. Bad Girls became the best-selling album of Summer's career. The album spent 6 weeks at the top of Billboards Hot 200 albums in 1979.


Since the release of her breakthrough album which contained the sexually suggestive "Love to Love You Baby", Summer had been nicknamed "the First Lady of Love" in the press and her record label wanted her to keep this image, despite the fact that she was never truly comfortable with it. Several years later, Summer became addicted to prescription medication and reportedly suffered a mental breakdown at her California home in 1979; shortly afterwards, one of her sisters and backing vocalists in her band took her to a church in Los Angeles and Summer reconnected with her faith. Upon her recovery, Summer set to work on her new album with long-time partners Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, as well as various others she had not worked with before. By this time, although disco music was still popular, other styles such as punk and heavy metal were also doing well on the charts, so the team decided to incorporate a rockier sound into some of the songs. Other songs had a more soul/R&B feel to them, and in all it was probably Summer's most diverse album to date. The fusion of rock and disco was particularly evident, and synthesizers were used to augment the sound for a more electronic and dance oriented electro music in the first two songs on the album - "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls", which also became the first two singles to be released from the album. Both were huge hits and made number one on the American singles chart. The former also won Summer a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and became popular again in the 1990s when it was featured in The Full Monty and again in the film The Martian. "Dim All the Lights" was the third single and also became a huge hit, peaking at number two in the U.S.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
PopMatters favorable[3]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone favourable 1979[5]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars 2003[6]
Virgin Encyclopedia 4/5 stars[7]
Yahoo! Music favorable[8]

The album was certified double platinum for sales in excess of 2 million copies in the U.S. on December 1, 1993 (double albums are certified per disc by the RIAA rather than per complete unit). It also became her second consecutive number-one album in the U.S., also spending three weeks at number one in Canada on the RPM 100 national albums chart.[9] As well as the aforementioned Grammy Award for "Hot Stuff" (Best Female Rock Vocal Performance), the song "Bad Girls" was also nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. "Dim All the Lights" was nominated for Best Disco Recording and the album itself was nominated for Album of the Year.

Bad Girls would be Summer's final studio album for Casablanca Records, who ended 1979 with the release of a greatest hits double-album. For her next studio album, Summer wanted to branch out into other formats of music but since she and Casablanca could not come to an agreement on her musical direction, Summer opted to sign a new deal with Geffen Records, the then-new label formed by David Geffen. Her first album with Geffen Records was more rock/new wave oriented. In the meantime, Casablanca chose to release more singles from the Bad Girls album into 1980: "Sunset People" and "Walk Away", the latter of which became a moderate hit reaching the top 40. Casablanca/PolyGram also released a special edition compilation entitled Walk Away - Greatest Hits 1977-1980, which featured a selection of her hits from the Bad Girls period and the preceding years. In 2003 Universal Music, owners of the Casablanca/PolyGram back catalogue since 1998, re-issued Bad Girls as a digitally remastered and expanded deluxe edition.


The RIAA site has the album certified as 1,000,000 sales as of May 3, 1979 (certification on December 1, 1993 is a format change and not due to sales).[10] The RIAA did not introduce multi-plantinum awards until 1984, thus there are no artist with multi-plantinum certifications on the RIAA web site before 1984. Bad Girls the album was designated Triple Platinum in 1979.[11] It has sold over 4 million copies in the US.[12]

Track listing[edit]

Original LP[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hot Stuff" Pete Bellotte, Harold Faltermeyer, Keith Forsey 5:14
2. "Bad Girls" Donna Summer, Bruce Sudano, Joe "Bean" Esposito, Edward "Eddie" Hokenson 4:55
3. "Love Will Always Find You" Bellotte, Giorgio Moroder 3:59
4. "Walk Away" Bellotte, Faltermeyer 4:27
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Dim All the Lights" Donna Summer 4:40
6. "Journey to the Center of Your Heart" Bellotte, Moroder 4:36
7. "One Night in a Lifetime" Bellotte, Faltermeyer 4:12
8. "Can't Get to Sleep At Night" Bob Conti, Sudano 4:45
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Length
9. "On My Honor" Summer, Faltermeyer, Bruce Sudano 3:34
10. "There Will Always Be a You" Summer 5:07
11. "All Through the Night" Summer, Bruce Roberts 6:01
12. "My Baby Understands" Summer 4:03
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Our Love" Summer, Moroder 4:51
14. "Lucky" Summer, Moroder, Esposito, Hokenson, Sudano 4:37
15. "Sunset People" Bellotte, Faltermeyer, Forsey 6:27

Deluxe edition[edit]

In 2003, Universal Music re-issued Bad Girls as a digitally remastered and expanded deluxe edition.




  • Producers: Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte
  • Arranged by: Harold Faltermeyer
  • Recording Engineer: Jürgen Koppers, Steven D. Smith
  • Assistant Engineer: Carolyn Tapp
  • Mixing Engineer: Jürgen Koppers
  • Original Mastering Engineer: Brian Gardner at Allen Zentz Mastering, Hollywood [13]
    • recorded and mixed at Rusk Sound studios, Hollywood; January - March 1979 [14]
  • Production manager: Budd Tunick
  • Art direction: Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff
  • Design: Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff, Jeri McManus

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[15] 8
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[16] 24
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[17] 7
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[18] 3
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[19] 3
Spanish Albums (Promusicae)[20] 6
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 3
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 23
US Billboard 200[23] 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[24] 2× Platinum 200,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[25] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[27] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Preceded by
Breakfast in America by Supertramp
US Billboard 200 number-one album
June 16, 1979 – June 22, 1979
July 7, 1979 – August 10, 1979
Succeeded by
Get the Knack by The Knack
Preceded by
Breakfast in America by Supertramp
Canadian RPM 100 number-one album
July 21, 1979 - August 4, 1979
Succeeded by
Cheap Trick at Budokan
by Cheap Trick

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Review: Bad Girls. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-03-27.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Bad Girls". The Village Voice: 1979.
  3. ^ Malone Jr., Melvin. Review: Bad Girls. PopMatters. Retrieved on 2010-03-27.
  4. ^ Columnist. "Review: Bad Girls". Q: 138. November 2003.
  5. ^ Holden, Stephen (July 12, 1979). "Donna Summer: Bad Girls : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-10-13. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  6. ^ Hunter, James (August 21, 2003). "Donna Summer: Bad Girls : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  7. ^ Larkin, Colin. "Review: Bad Girls". Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music: March 1, 2002.
  8. ^ Walls, Richard C. Review: Bad Girls. Yahoo! Music. Retrieved on 2010-03-27.
  9. ^ RPM Magazine - Bad Girls
  10. ^
  11. ^ Ruben Norte (w/prod)A&E (February 9, 1995). "Donna Summer". Biography. Season 8. Episode 15. 
  12. ^ "Whitney Houston Pops New Queen". New York Times. 1986-05-25. Retrieved 2016-06-08. 
  13. ^ Discogs - Allen Zentz Mastering profile, contact info, and discography
  14. ^ Discogs - Bad Girls 2-vinyl LP 1979 Polygram (NBLP-2-7150) New Zealand
  15. ^ " – Donna Summer – Bad Girls" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  16. ^ " – Donna Summer – Bad Girls" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  17. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  18. ^ " – Donna Summer – Bad Girls". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  19. ^ " – Donna Summer – Bad Girls". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  20. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  21. ^ " – Donna Summer – Bad Girls". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  22. ^ "Donna Summer | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  23. ^ "Donna Summer – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Donna Summer. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  24. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Donna Summer – Bad Girls". Music Canada. 
  25. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Donna Summer – Bad Girls". Recorded Music NZ. 
  26. ^ "British album certifications – Donna Summer – Bad Girls". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Bad Girls in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  27. ^ "American album certifications – Donna Summer – Bad Girls". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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