Thursday, 6 February 2020

Disco Playlist

The much-maligned genre of disco was one that dominated my mid-late teenage years. It was everywhere - on the radio, on the TV, in fashion. Its music is finite, however, covering a relatively short period. So, here are some of those glitter ball floor fillers.

1. Stayin’ Alive - The Bee Gees
2. Disco Inferno - The Trammps
3. Ladies Night - Kool & The Gang
4. Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind & Fire
5. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel - Tavares
6. Rock The Boat - Hues Corporation
7. Use It Up, Wear It Out - Odyssey
8. Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead
9. The Hustle - Van McCoy
10. Good Times - Chic
11. Never Can Say Goodbye - Gloria Gaynor
12. Funky Town -  Lipps Inc.

13. Native New Yorker - Odyssey
14. Celebration - Kool & The Gang
15. That’s The Way (I Like It) - KC & The Sunshine Band
16. More Than A Woman - Tavares
17. Is It Love You’re After - Rose Royce
18. Night Birds - Shakatak
19. Night Fever - The Bee Gees
20. Nights On Broadway - Candi Staton
21. If I Can’t Have You - Yvonne Elliman
22. I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
23. The Mighty Power Of Love - Tavares
24. Boogie Nights - Heatwave
25. Street Life - The Crusaders
26. Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) - The Jacksons
27. You Should Be Dancing - The Bee Gees
28. We Are Family - Sister Sledge
29. Don’t Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston
30. Off The Wall - Michael Jackson


31. Everybody Dance - Chic
32. I’m Every Woman - Chaka Khan
33. The Best Of My Love - The Emotions
34. Knock On Wood - Amii Stewart
35. Car Wash - Rose Royce
36. Love Come Down - Evelyn “Champagne” King
37. Jive Talkin’ - Andy Gibb
38. Get Down Tonight - KC & The Sunshine Band
39. This Is It - Melba Moore
40. Love Train - The O’Jays
41. Lost In Music - Sister Sledge
42. Love Hangover - Diana Ross
43. Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
44. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) - Sylvester
45. Oops Upside Your Head - The Gapp Band
46. Get Down On It - Kool & The Gang
47. September - Earth, Wind & Fire
48. Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
49. I Haven’t Stopped Dancin’ Yet - Gonzalez
50. Rock Your Baby - George McCrae
51. I Can Make You Feel Good - Shalamar
52. Bad Luck - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
53. Rock With You - Michael Jackson
54. Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
55. Young Hearts Run Free - Candi Staton
56. I Feel Love - Donna Summer
57. Fantasy - Earth, Wind & Fire
58. Boogie Shoes - KC & The Sunshine Band
59. Blame It On The Boogie - The Jacksons
60. Le Freak - Chic
61. Back To My Roots - Odyssey
62. Disco Stomp - Hamilton Bohannon
63. (Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop - The Fatback Band
64. I Wanna Dance Wit ‘Choo - Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes
65. Get Down Saturday Night - Oliver Cheatham
66. I’ve Seen That Face Before - Grace Jones
67. Lady Marmalade - Labelle
68. You Gave Me Love - Crown Heights Affair
69. Shame - Evelyn “Champagne” King
70. Get Dancin’ - Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes



  1. great disco playlist. Very similar to my own. It's especially great how you have Native New Yorker and Disco Tex Get Dancin'. Those are really really good Disco productions. They came right before the disco bland-out. Early Disco is the best I think. It hadn't really become bland formula yet. Although there was good stuff right up till the end I think.

  2. Another good 'early disco' number is Eddie Kendricks' Girl You Need A Change Of Mind from 1972 and Keep On Truckin' from 1973. The O'Jays did some good stuff around that period too.

  3. Absolutely. Love Train and Back Stabbers by The O'Jays seem to me were the first Proto- Disco that really have the same sound as Disco . And The Love I Lost by Harold Melvin I always thought was the first one that had that swishy hi-hat drum sound that everyone associates with Disco. That typical disco drum thing

  4. Harold Melvin's Bad Luck - what a groover that one was too. So disco/funky it hurts. Another one I absolutely love is KC & The Sunshine Band's Sound Your Funky Horn, although it is more brassy and punchy than disco in its sound.

    I also like the slightly unusual disco grooves like Hamilton Bohannon's Disco Stomp, War's Me And Baby Brother and and The Fatback Band's (Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop. Also, for sheer irresistibility you cannot beat The Staple Singers' If You're Ready (Come Go With Me). (All those bracketed titles).

  5. Come go with me is one of my favorite singles. It sounds like a re-write of their own song from the year before I'll Take You There, but I like it better. On the same album there was another hit that's just as good called Touch a Hand Make a Friend. I always knew who Fatback Band was but I don't think I ever heard them. The song Gypsy Man by War is even more like a Proto-Disco than their other hits. It has a really luxurious beat and really cool harmonica and stuff. It is on the Same album as Me and Baby Brother. War was one of those Rock/Funk bands that they don't have anymore but they had in the seventies. War was the best by far. Get Down Tonight was the best KC song I think

  6. Yes, rock/funk was a good sub-genre.