Not only has her music been championed by the gay community for decades but it has evolved with the times from I’m Coming Out to her own interpretation of Gloria Gaynor‘s I Will Survive. The flash, the Bob Mackie wardrobe, the incredibly fabulous hair, the over-the-top personality and, of course, the ultimate Pride anthem, I’m Coming Out, have been a great source of inspiration and entertainment for millions throughout the world.
Below are five MUST HAVE Diana Ross songs for your Pride Month playlist:
I’m Coming Out
The idea for this song came about in 1980 when producer Nile Rodgers of Chic noticed “a bunch of Diana Ross impersonators,” he told Billboard in 2011. From there he called his production partner and fellow bandmate Bernard Edwards, told him about the concept and said, “What if we recognize Diana Ross’s really cool alignment with her fan base in the gay community?” And I’m Coming Out was born.
I Will Survive
Already a massive LGBTQ anthem of the 1970’s when Gloria Gaynor first recorded what was then the ‘B side’ of 45rm vinyl (with Substitute on the ‘A side’), Miss Ross released her own version of the 1978 classic, I Will Survive, as part of her 1995 Take Me Higher album. In Ross’ official video, RuPaul, the famous drag icon, is seen strutting around a stage in the middle of West Hollywood
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Originally recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967, the song became Ross’ first solo No. 1 pop single on the Billboard Hot 100 three years later. Her Grammy-nominated version was recently remixed by StoneBridge, Eric Kupper and Country Club Martini Crew securing Ain’t No Mountain High Enough as Diana’s fifth No. 1 song on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart.
This massive international pop/dance hit was written and produced once again by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, and released as the lead single from Miss Ross’ tenth studio album, Diana. And proof positive that what’s old is new again, Upside Down became part of a mash up with I’m Coming Out (on Motown / Universal Music) mixed by Eric Kupper, Chris Cox and Stonebridge securing this week’s #18* Greatest Gainer Billboard dance chart position.
Though Diana Ross and The 5th Dimension released different versions of the same song on the same day back in 1976, the diva’s version went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Soul Singles and Hot Dance Club Play charts simultaneously.