My Ode to the Disco Era: Day 3 of My 150 Favorite Disco Songs

1.30 Disco Dancing in the 70s

Now that the election has finally been put to rest, I have noticed that many of my friends have, like me, been feeling a bit nostalgic lately. For my high school class, we are celebrating our 40th anniversary of our graduation so that may be causing so many to wax poetic about our youth. Now, when I say this I do not mean to cause controversy, but I NEVER want to be a teenager again. The thing I miss the most is the relatively lack of responsibility for anyone else. And, since I am mainly a fairly self-sustained person (introverted with a touch of shyness) that goes in the opposite direction of my image (I’m a paid extrovert, but that takes much energy to go into that mode). As a teen, I was very insecure about every aspect of my physical appearance and personality. But, when I got home, I could retreat to my bedroom, pop on a record and escape into a world in which the songwriter knew exactly to express my inner thoughts.

1.30 1970s-disco

So, the thing about disco music that I have learned over the years was how revolutionary it truly was as a cultural movement. Foremost, it was a music forum that celebrated diversity in sounds, textures and in all humanity. Disco clubs were the one place in which people danced with and next to others of different color, culture and sexual orientation. Unfortunately, when that happens, people who are scared of such changes are going to push back against anything that promotes this stuff in the public forum. And, this push and pull continues to this day. And, maybe it always will. But, at least baby steps are being made along the lines of true equality in which we celebrate the diversity of each other. Maybe we should begin to look at the States as being not so much a melting pot, as we have been taught for decades, but actually a gumbo in which are seasonings are celebrated and work together for the betterment of the taste of the pot of a mixture.

1.30 Dancing in the 21st century

Unfortunately, we really haven’t had a galvanizing movement is the intervening years. We have lived through many movements within the musical world from punk and new wave through rap and country to nu-metal, grunge, teen idols, hair metal, pop punk and EDM, none of which have brought the masses together in one cohesive movement. In science, inertia says that all matter is looking to become individualistic and chaotic, so by an extension, so to must humanity, I’m afraid. It would just be cool to see something like The Wyld Stallions from the Bill and Ted movie franchise actually happen again.

So, I am left to dream of this scenario. And to reminisce about a bygone era, the disco era. With that said, here’s my Top 50 songs of the Disco Era, as I listen to some Bee Gees.

1.30 50.Love Train

50. The O’Jays – “Love Train” (1972)

49. Kiss – “I Was Made for Loving You” (1979)

48. KC & the Sunshine Band – “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” (1976)

47. Bee Gees – “Jive Talkin'” (1975)

46. ABBA – “Dancing Queen” (1976)

45. Frankie Smith – “Double Dutch Bus” (1981)

44. Lipps Inc. – “Funkytown” (1980)

43. Peaches & Herb – “Shake Your Groove Thing” (1978)

42. Amii Stewart – “Knock on Wood” (1979)

41. Madonna – “Holiday” (1983)

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40. Heatwave – “The Groove Line” (1978)

39. Sister Sledge – “We Are Family” (1979)

38. Diana Ross – “Love Hangover” (1976)

37. Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band – “Chez La Femme/Se Si Bon” (1976)

36. Sugarhill Gang – “Rapper’s Delight” (1979)

35. Prince – “I Wanna Be Your Lover” (1979)

34. KC & the Sunshine Band – “Get Down Tonight” (1974)

33. Dan Hartman – “Instant Replay” (1978)

32. Ohio Players – “Love Rollercoaster” (1975)

31. Donna Summer – “Love to Love You Baby” (1975)

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30. Patrick Hernandez – “Born to Be Alive” (1979)

29. Chic – “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” (1977)

28. Thelma Houston – “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (1976)

27. Cheryl Lynn – “Got to Be Real” (1978)

26. Andrea True Connection – “More, More, More (Part 1)” (1976)

25. Michael Jackson – “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough” (1979)

24. Blondie – “Call Me” (1980)

23. Barry White – “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love” (1974)

22. Chaka Khan – “I’m Every Woman” (1978)

21. Village People – “Y.M.C.A.” (1979)

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20. Diana Ross – “I’m Coming Out” (1980)

19. Donna Summer – “Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)” (1982)

18. Chic – “Good Times” (1979)

17. Bee Gees – “You Should Be Dancing” (1976)

16. The Dazz Band – “Let It Whip” (1982)

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15. The Jacksons – “Shake Your Body Down to the Ground” (1978)

14. Rick James – “Super Freak” (1981)

13. Sylvester – “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” (1978)

12. Gloria Gaynor – “I Will Survive” (1978)

11. McFadden & Whitehead – “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” (1979)

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10. The Spinners – “Rubberband Man” (1977)

9. Evelyn “Champagne” King – “Shame” (1978)

8. The Rolling Stones – “Miss You” (1978)

7. A Taste of Honey – “Boogie Oogie Oogie” (1978)

6. Blondie – “Heart of Glass” (1978)

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5. Donna Summer – “Last Dance” (1978)

4. Bee Gees – “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)

3. Chic – “Le Freak” (1978)

2. The Trammps – “Disco Inferno” (1976)

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1. Donna Summer – “I Feel Love” (1977)

What a wonderful musical moment in time! Peace.

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

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