THE BEST DISCO IN TOWN 1974-1981

 

 

 

In alphabetical order, below is a list of what are likely my favourite Disco songs of the classic Disco era 1974-1981. Some may argue including me, that the Disco era might have started as early as 1968 with Dance To The Music by Sly & The Family Stone, or in 1971 with Theme From Shaft by Isaac Hayes, or in 1973 with Loves Theme by the Love Unlimited Orchestra. For clearly the writing was on the wall many years before the Miami Disco sound of Rock Your Baby by George McCrae ushered Disco into the Pop charts in mid-1974. Ive managed to fit 101 songs into the list (thanks to a classic Donna Summer mix). Some may argue that a few of them arent really Disco songs because they didnt make the national Disco chart (theres even one release that was a Canadian club hit). I own a copy of each song but one in some shape or form. I stopped the list with 1981 since 1982 ushered in one of the most important records that transformed Pop, R&B, and Disco/Dance Michael Jacksons Thriller. Enjoy and tweet me about your favourites @billcs on Twitter J

 

After Dark

Pattie Brooks

1978

Ain't That Enough For You

John Davis & The Monster Orchestra

1978

Automatic Lover

Dee D. Jackson

1978

Bad Girls/Hot Stuff (12 mix)

Donna Summer

1979

Bad Luck

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

1975

The Best Disco In Town

Ritchie Family

1976

Boogie Nights

Heatwave

1977

Born To Be Alive

Patrick Hernandez

1979

Boys Will Be Boys

Duncan Sisters

1979

Brazil

Ritchie Family

1975

Brick House

Commodores

1977

Car Wash

Rose Royce

1977

Chase

Giorgio Moroder

1979

Come To Me

France Joli

1979

Contact

Edwin Starr

1979

Daddy Cool

Boney M.

1977

Dance (Disco Heat)

Sylvester

1979

Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah)

Chic

1977

Dance With Me

Peter Brown

1978

Dancer

Gino Soccio

1979

Dazz

Brick

1977

Do It Any Way You Wanna

People's Choice

1975

Doctor's Orders

Carol Douglas

1975

Don't Leave Me This Way

Thelma Houston

1977

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

Santa Esmeralda

1977

Everybody (Get Dancin')

Bombers

1979

Follow Me

Amanda Lear

1978

From Here To Eternity

Giorgio Moroder

1977

Get Down Tonight

K.C. & The Sunshine Band

1975

Get Off

Foxy

1978

Gimme Some Lovin'

Kongas

1977

Got To Give It Up

Marvin Gaye

1977

The Groove Line

Heatwave

1978

He's The Greatest Dancer

Sister Sledge

1979

Heart That Breaks The Heart

France Joli

1980

Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel

Tavares

1976

Heaven Must Have Sent You

Bonnie Pointer

1979

Hot Shot

Karen Young

1978

I Could Have Danced All Night

Biddu Orchestra

1975

I Feel Love

Donna Summer

1977

I Love The Night Life

Alicia Bridges

1978

I Love To Love

Tina Charles

1976

I Remember Yesterday

Donna Summer

1977

I Want Your Love

Chic

1979

I'll Be Good To You

Brothers Johnson

1976

I'm Every Woman

Chaka Khan

1978

I'm On Fire

5000 Volts

1975

If My Friends Could See Me Now

Linda Clifford

1978

Instant Replay

Dan Hartman

1978

It Only Takes A Minute

Tavares

1975

Jive Talkin'

Bee Gees

1975

Knock On Wood

Amii Stewart

1979

Last Dance

Donna Summer

1978

Le Freak

Chic

1978

Let's All Chant

Michael Zager Band

1978

Let's Start The Dance

Bohannon

1978

Like An Eagle

Dennis Parker

1979

Love And Desire

Arpeggio

1979

Love Hangover

Diana Ross

1977

Love's Unkind

Donna Summer

1977

A Lover's Holiday

Change

1980

MacArthur Park

Donna Summer

1978

Mandalay

La Flavour

1980

More More More

Andrea True Connection

1976

More Than A Woman

Bee Gees

1978

Movin'

Brass Construction

1976

My Baby's Baby

Liquid Gold

1979

My Love Is Music

Space

1979

Native New Yorker

Odyssey

1977

Night Fever

Bee Gees

1978

No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)

Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer

1979

Now That We Found Love

Third World

1979

Pull Up To The Bumper

Grace Jones

1981

Queen Of Clubs

K.C. & The Sunshine Band

1976

Rasputin

Boney M.

1979

Rock With You

Michael Jackson

1980

Rock Your Baby

George McCrae

1974

Romeo & Juliet

Alec R. Costandinos

1978

Sexy

MFSB

1975

Star Love

Cheryl Lynn

1979

Stayin' Alive

Bee Gees

1978

Strawberry Letter 23

Brothers Johnson

1977

Sunset People

Donna Summer

1979

Supernature

Cerrone

1977

T.S.O.P.

MFSB

1974

Take Your Time (Do It Right)

S.O.S. Band

1980

There But For The Grace Of God Go I

Machine

1979

This Time Baby

Jackie Moore

1979

Tragedy

Bee Gees

1979

Turn The Beat Around

Vicki Sue Robinson

1976

Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone

Manhattan Transfer

1980

Up In A Puff Of Smoke

Polly Brown

1975

Warm Leatherette

Grace Jones

1980

Weekend Two Step

THP Orchestra

1979

Which Way Is Up

Stargard

1977

Whispering/Cherchez La Femme/Se Si Bon

Dr. Buzzard'S Original Savannah Band

1976

You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

Sylvester

1978

You Should Be Dancing

Bee Gees

1976

Young Hearts Run Free

Candi Staton

1976

 

May 2013