Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Best Disco Songs of All Time till 2017. In popular culture, decades have always been congruent with trends that deal with fashion, interiors, music, and even television. Many people have a favorite time period, even if they weren’t yet born or too young to remember. The 1970’s will always be associated with platform heels, bean bag chairs, and disco music.
The top 10 best disco songs of all times is mostly a combination of pulsating beats, heavy bass lines, a sleek string section, and is easy to dance to. During the disco craze, it was about this hypnotic sound as well as a counterculture similar to the late 1960’s where people just wanted to feel good. People who were fans felt that it also helped express themselves on the dance floor as well as their personal life. The stark difference is that people got dressed up in their best clothes. Then they had to learn moves that ranged from a simple two-step to a complex combination of flips and spins that required two people to practice before showing off at their local discotheque. Here is a little information about each song, the artist and how it impacted future generations.
List of Top 10 Best Disco Songs of All Time till 2017
10. Funky Town by Lipps Inc. (1980)
As disco waned on the music charts, this Minneapolis group would spend four weeks at #1 in the U.S. Using the talk box, heavy synthesizers and strings, the lead vocals by Cynthia Johnson were vibrant, along with a catchy guitar riff that’s most prominent on the album (or extended single) version. While the act would have few hits over the next few years, this song has been played on various movies and TV shows. It’s also heard in advertising, as it can be heard in commercials for Nissan and Volkswagen.
9. Shadow Dancing by Andy Gibb (1978)
This uptempo song remained at #1 on the U.S. charts for seven weeks and one of the few to go platinum (or sell more than one million units). The youngest member of the Gibb singing family would have a steady stream of hits in the late 1970’s, when disco ruled the charts. Eldest brother Barry would produce most of his hits with arrangements that gave the Bee Gees their signature sound.
8. Good Times by Chic (1979)
A midtempo song written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rogers, this was not only Chic’s biggest hit but its most ironic. Like their other chart-toppers, this song had a driving guitar and intense string section working together but it was also the group’s swan song. This song entered the pop charts as the disco genre reached its peak and other forms of music began to dominate the charts. The following year, it was heavily sampled on Rapper’s Delight, the first song of the rap genre to reach the Top 10 music charts.
7. Disco Inferno by The Trammps (1976)
Shortly after its initial release, this uptempo song would hit only on the dance charts in the following year. However, its addition to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack would introduce it to another audience. Probably the funkiest single from the album, the soulful yet commanding vocals by lead singer Jimmy Ellis encourage dancing or at least having fun. This song has also been covered by Tina Turner and Cyndi Lauper. This is one of the Top 10 Best Disco Songs of All Time till 2017.
6. Don’t Stop til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson (1978)
A few years before the megahit Thriller, this was Jackson’s first solo success after leaving Motown Records for Epic. The Off the Wall album was also his first attempt at co-producing, alongside veteran Quincy Jones. Sung in a high register synonymous with the Jackson vocal sound, this uptempo hit lets the strings and synthesizers stand on their own to create a soulful but fun psychedelic journey for the listener.
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5. Turn the Beat Around by Vicki Sue Robinson (1976)
Uptempo with busy horns, heavy bass lines, and jazzy “scat” vocals to match; this was the first disco song to be nominated for a Grammy. The somewhat metaphorical lyrics describe the singer’s love for music in general. While Laura Branigan and Gloria Estefan would cover this song (Estefan’s version would top the U.S. charts and remain in the Top 10 for weeks, Robinson’s version peaked at #10), many remember this danceable hit for its originality at the time.
4. YMCA by the Village People (1978)
This song has become a staple in popular culture for many reasons. The choreographed body gestures that spell out the letters got its start on American Bandstand during a performance by the Village People. However, the tradition continues today, as audiences still do the steps anytime to song is performed. This uptempo track, written by former member Victor Willis (who was married to Phylicia Rashad at the time) describes it as something of a tribute to the long-standing non-profit organization – and nothing else.
3. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor (1978)
Like Last Dance, this starts off slow with soft, innocent vocals that seem to depict someone in distress but less than a minute later, that’s changed. The new singing voice is strong and the now midtempo groove has empowering lyrics that will make anyone feel better. People from all over have different interpretations of this hit, which rose to #1 in 1979 and would win a Grammy the following year for Best Disco Song. Covers have been made by Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, and sampled by the Pussycat Dolls.
2. Last Dance by Donna Summer (1978)
This was also part of a soundtrack based on several characters love for disco music. While Thank God It’s Friday (starring a very young Jeff Goldblum) didn’t have the same critical success as Saturday Night Fever the year before, it would become something of a cult classic. Like the Bee Gees, Summer (who had a small part in the movie) had some chart success prior to this hit. Last Dance starts out as a 2-minute ballad before transforming into familiar beats and rapid string section. It’s also the first song to show off Donna Summer’s range, which would go from whisper-soft to take-command vocals fitting of the legend she would become.
1. Stayin Alive by the Bee Gees (1977)
This mid-tempo song will always be remembered for its funky bass lines, Barry Gibbs’s falsetto and unique background vocals. As the opening song for the classic flick Saturday Night Fever, it not only brought the genre to the masses, but catapulted the career of many. Its star, John Travolta, had success on a TV sitcom but this flick raised the profile of many, including the Bees Gees. While all four songs the soundtrack would go on to chart high in the U.K. and the States, this hit would stay #1 on the charts for weeks. Stayin Alive also won a Grammy the following year for Best Vocal Arrangement.
Today, these disco songs 2017 are discovered by a new audience and sometimes used in a new form. Commercials, video games and song samples are the most popular ways for introducing to another generation of music lovers. While some of the artists here have moved on, there are ways to have the disco experience in the 21st century.
Anyone feeling nostalgic may be able to catch their favorite disco artists on tour. Sometimes recording acts that had one or two hit songs during this time may collaborate with similar artists. Often they may choose to do a concert series held at small venues or a themed cruise ship tour.