Anita Ward had a chart-topping disco tune in the late 1970s, but this disco diva also received a degree in psychology and was a schoolteacher.
Her Disco Anthem: "Ring My Bell"
Gloria Gaynor got her start with the Soul Satisfiers, a jazz and pop band, but made it really big when she started her solo career.
Her Disco Anthem: "I Will Survive"
Chaka Khan is a Chicago native who was born Yvette Marie Stevens. Curious as to where her name comes from? In the late 1960s, she joined the Black Panther Party and was given a name change to Chaka Adunne Aduffe Hodarhi Karifi Khan by an African shaman.
Her Disco Anthem: "I'm Every Woman"
We'll always love and remember the five-time Grammy-winning artist Donna Summer, who initially channeled the cooing of Marilyn Monroe to sing her first hit "Love to Love You Baby."
Her Disco Anthem: "Last Dance"
Thelma Houston won a Grammy in 1978 for best female R&B vocal performance.
Her Disco Anthem: "Don't Leave Me This Way"
While Diana first achieved major fame with The Supremes, she also had a successful solo career during the disco era.
Her Disco Anthem: "I'm Coming Out"
The Oakland-born girl group The Pointer Sisters was formed in the 1970s but achieved mainstream success in the early 1980s with the help of MTV.
Their Disco Anthem: "Jump (For My Love)"
Patti LaBelle spent 16 years as the lead singer of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, but the group changed its name to simply Labelle in the 1970s.
Her Disco Anthem: "Lady Marmalade"