The Best Disco Songs Of The 70s 80s

Abba band members, they were the pioneers of the disco music in the 70s and 80s.
Abba band members, they were the pioneers of the disco music in the 70s and 80s. ( Source : facebook )

Best Disco Songs of the 70s and 80s are 1. Gimme Gimme by ABBA 2. Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind & Fire 3. Rasputin by Boney M, among others.

Those two decades were known as the disco era, where the pop music of Michael Jackson, Redbone, and Whitney Houston songs were the most popular tracks.

Despite the influence of pop-rock, disco was able to take place due to singers like Bee Gess, Boney M, Sister Sledge, The Tramps, and Chic.

ABBA, the first Swedish artist to win Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, were among the pioneers of influencing disco song worldwide.

Disco and funk are still prominent genres practiced by artists like Weekend, Daft Punk, Lionel Richie, Vulfpeck, and many more.

The Best Disco Songs Of The 70s 80s

Song NameSinger's Name
Gimme GimmeABBA
Boogie WonderlandEarth, Wind & Fire
RasputinBoney M
Never Gonna Give You UpRick Astley
I Wanna Dance with SomebodyWhitney Houston
All Night LongLionel Richie
Stayin AliveBee Gees
Come and Get Your loveRedbone
Hooked on a FeelingBlue Swede
Dance, Dance, DanceChic

1. Gimme! Gimme! Gimmie! By ABBA

Gimme! Gimme! by ABBA is the best disco song of the late 70s. It was released in 1979 by ABBA.

The track is certified platinum in Denmark and UK with sales of 90,000 and 600,000 respectively. The track narrates the loneliness of a woman on a dark night.

The song became mainstream and became a pedestal for the band's popularity. This 70s male and female band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

They were also honored with the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015. 

Famous songs of the band include tracks like Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, The Winner Takes It All, Money Money, and many more. 

Gimme! Gimmie! song's lyrics go like this:

Gimme, Gimmie, Gimme a man after midnight

Won't somebody help me chase the shadows away?

2. Boogie Wonderland By Earth, Wind & Fire

Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind & Fire is a pop-disco song of the 70s. The track was released in 1979.

It is the first single from the band's album I Am (1979).

To elaborate, the song was nominated for Grammy in two categories which were Grammy Instrumental Performance and Best Disco Recording, but they were not successful to receive the award.

According to Billboard, the chart peaked at the #14 position on the US Billboard Dance chart. The track is also certified gold in four countries. Rolling Stone also honored the track by listing it in "1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made."

Wonderland song's lyrics go like this:

Dance, Boogie Wonderland Hey, Hey

Dance, Boogie Wonderland

Sounds fly through the night

I chase my vinyl dreams to Boogie Wonderland

3. Rasputin By Boney M

Rasputin by Boney M  is one of the best disco songs of the 80s. It was released in 1978.

The musical group Boney M featured a male singer (Bobby Farrell) and three female singers.

This song is about Grigori Rasputin who was the advisor to the last emperor Tsar Nicholas II in Russia. Myths about Rasputin made him a subject of intrigue.

Grigori is described as a playboy, political manipulator, and healer in the song. Rasputin was the extremely popular Russian elite thus the disco sound and popularity of the track led it to be certified platinum in Australia and Canada.

Likewise, it was one of the best-selling songs in the UK in the late 70s, when the track sold more than 600,000 units. Also, the lyrics of the song go like this:

Ra ra Rasputin

Lover of the Russian Queen

There was a cat that really was gone

4. Never Gonna Give You Up By Rick Astley

Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley is one of the best disco songs of the 80s. It was the debut single of the singer released in 1987.

From the album "Whenever You Need Somebody," this song won the Best British Single 1988 Brit Awards. It also topped the charts in 25 countries.

Similarly, the song's video has already surpassed the 1.3 billion mark. The disco song peaked at the #1 position on Billboard Hot 100 charts. It was also number one the in the UK and South Africa.

The track has become a meme and TikTok sensation, as people are using the song in their funny videos. It has become a cult classic of making fun of people.

Thus, the lyrics of the song go like this:

Never gonna give you up

Never gonna let you down

Never gonna run around and desert you

5. I Wanna Dance With Somebody By Whitney Houston

I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston is atop the list of Best Disco dance songs. It was released in 1987.

It was from the singer's second album Whitney. Houston is the best-selling solo artist who has sold more than 200 million records.

Her 1987, track also won Grammy for "Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Female."

Billboard also debuted the track at number 38 on the Hot 100 charts. It became the fourth number-one single of the artist. According to Rolling Stone, the song took place at 231 position in "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

The song was certified multiple times platinum in four countries including Australia which certified the record 8 times platinum.

Thus, Houston's best-selling song's lyrics go like this:

Oh, I wanna dance with someody

I wanna feel the heat with somebody

6. All Night Long By Lionel Richie

All Night Long by Lionel Richie is a best-selling disco track. It was released in 1983 from the singer's second album "Can't Slow Down."

As per Billboard Charts, the song peaked at the #3 position in Pop, R&B, and adult contemporary charts. Richie, an old-school R&b singer attained significant success in both US and Europe with his single.

The artist's track went 3 times platinum in Sweden selling over 24 million units and one-time platinum in the U.S. Richie capitalized on the Disco wave that began in the 70s to the 80s.

Likewise, the melodic single heightened the popularity of the artist. The lyrics of one of its best-selling singles of Lionel are as follows;

People dancing all in the street

See the rhythm all in their feet

All night long (all night)

7. Stayin Alive By Bee Gees

Stayin' Alive by Bee Gees is the best funk disco song of the 70s. The track is from Saturday Night Fever Motion Picture Soundtrack (1977). 

According to Rolling Stone, the track is listed at 189 in the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Bee's track reached the number one position on Billboard Hot 100 charts in February 1978. It became the second number-one single tying the record with The Beatles.

According to a UK television poll on ITV, it became the Nation's favorite Bee Gees song. The musical group known for their harmonies and vibrato was able to release a unique disco record that became a popular number in the U.S.

To illustrate, the lyrics of the song go like this:

Where you're a brother or whether you're a mother

You're stayin' alive, stayin' alive

8. Come And Get Your Love By Redbone

Come and Get Your Love by Redbone is a popular disco song of the 70s. It was featured in their fifth album Wovoka (1973).

Similarly, the song peaked at the #5 position on BillboardHot 100 chart. The track was later featured in the greatest hits of the 1970s. It also became a staple track for Netflix's sitcom F is for Family.

However, the song garnered popularity after it was played in the movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol I and III. The music track was certified gold in US and platinum in the UK.

Redbone's popular single's lyrics go like this:

Hail (Hail), what's the matter with your head, yeah

Hail (Hail), what's the matter with your mind

And your sign an-a, oh-oh-oh

9. Hooked On A Feeling By Blue Swede

Hooked On A Feeling by Blue Swede is rerecorded from BJ Thomas's track. Originally, it was released in 1968 but Swede rerecorded the track in 1974.

Thomas's pop song transformed into a disco track which went no. 1 on the U.S charts. The song was also featured in Quentin Tarantino's debut movie Reservoir Dogs. 

It amassed global attention after the track was featured in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) feature movie. Likewise, the track peaked within the top ten list in countries like Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

Swede's cover song's lyrics go like this:

I can't stop this feeling

Deep inside of me

Girl, you just don't realize

What you do to me

10. Dance, Dance, Dance By Chic

Dance, Dance, Dance by Chic is high atop the list of disco music of the 70s. It was from the album "Chic" (1977).

The track peaked at #6 in the Pop and R&B Billboard charts. Moreover, the song was co-written by one of the world's richest music producers Nile Rodgers.

The song also went number one in US Dance Club Songs (Billboard). The music track received a positive reception from both critics and the audience. 

According to Record World, it was called "Pure Disco With Something Extra." The track is still popular to date, garnering millions of streams on Youtube and Spotify.

Song's lyric goes like this:

Dance, Dance, Dance, Dance

Keep on dancing

Dance, dance, dance, dance

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