I Will Survive

Some songs make you cry.

Some songs remind you of days gone by.

Some songs make you grin and tap your toes. And sing along.

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At first I was afraid, I was petrified
Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side
But then I spent so many nights thinking how you did me wrong
And I grew strong
And I learned how to get along
And so you’re back
From outer space
I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face
I should have changed that stupid lock, I should have made you leave your key
If I’d known for just one second you’d be back to bother me
Go on now, go, walk out the door
Just turn around now
’Cause you’re not welcome anymore
Weren’t you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye
Do you think I’d crumble
Did you think I’d lay down and die?
Oh no, not I, I will survive.
— Gloria Gaynor, 1979

Great songs get copied and covered and used for movies, TV, and even commercials.

This first example is by The Puppini Sisters, a contemporary group who sing in a 1940’-style three part harmony. I have it on my swing dance playlist!

Here are three examples of I Will Survive used in movies. The first one is from a funny-touching football movie from 2000. The other two, from an animated movie and an Australian movie, I haven’t seen, but are fun in the way they adapt the song to fit the movie.

In case you need more, here is Gloria Gaynor herself singing her song I Will Survive.

What other songs are great as the original and also the copies?