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 “Love’s 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.  

I’ve managed to fit 101 songs into the list (thanks to a classic Donna Summer mix).  Some may argue that a few of them aren’t really Disco songs because they didn’t make the national Disco chart (there’s 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 Jackson’s Thriller.  

Enjoy and tweet me about your favourites @billcs on Twitter 🙂

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