The fact is, Disco got Americans up and dancing again. You didn't have to wear a white leisure suit or ridiculously high platform shoes. And the line dancing and overly complicated partner dancing? You could ignore it and still have a great time.
There were some great dance tunes between 1970 and 1977. The list below contains the sure-thing dance tunes.
- I'm Your Boogie Man - KC & the Sunshine Band (tied with Get Down Tonight. Both Classics!)
- Disco Inferno - The Trammps
- Le Freak - Chic
- I Wish - Stevie Wonder
- Bad Girls - Donna Summer
- Play That Funky Music White Boy - Wild Cherry (yes, I know...it was in Part 2 also)
- Tear the Roof Off the Mother - Geo. Clinton & Funkadelic/Parliament (because you MUST have music you can BUMP to!)
- Shake Your Groove Thing - Peaches & Herb
- Let's Groove - Earth, Wind and Fire
- September - Earth, Wind and Fire
- Get the Funk Out Ma' Face - Brothers Johnson
- Almost anything by Kool & the Gang...except CELEBRATION!
- Rockin' Down the Highway - Doobie Brothers
- Dancin' Machine - The Jackson 5
- Breakdown Ahead - Boz Skaggs
- You're Still a Young Man - Tower of Power
- Livin' In The USA - Steve Miller Band (back when he remembered how to do dance tunes)
- Yes We Can Can - Pointer Sisters
- Take Me In Your Arms (Rock me a little while) - Doobie Brothers...go Motown!
Okay, obviously this list could be MUCH larger. No Bee Gees? None of the ballad tunes like "I Will Survive" or Rick James. Yeah, I know. Disco is dangerous because it can wander over into the "camp / parody" side of the street so easily, like anything from the Village People or Andy Gibb. And ABBA? What was that? Anyway, not a problem if you are presenting a "disco-themed" party, but disco was an era of truly wretched musical excess, so unless your group are all liquored up, too much disco, or disco up front...might as well put on Barbara Streisand or Boxcar Willie.