Celebrating Disco Weekend With The Top 5 Disco Hits

This weekend we’re celebrating all things DISCO on WCBS-FM 101.1. And what better way to do so than by counting down the top 5 hits of the genre?

Every song featured on this list was, at some point during it’s immediate release, ranked in at number one on the charts.

What else do these hits have in common? They were all released in the late ’70s early ’80’s…

Be sure to listen all weekend; “You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life…” with WCBS-FM!

5. “Funky Town” (1979)

Lipps, Inc

Written by Steven Greenberg and performed by the band Lipps Inc., “Funky Town” is a song about wanting metaphorical place for dancing. The song was no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Dance charts after its release in 1980. It is also the band’s only U.S. Top 40 hit and is considered one of disco’s last stands.

Watch the video here.

4. “Super Freak” (1981)

Rick James

Rick James

Performed by Rick James, “Super Freak” was the first track released on the album “Street Songs” and is one of his signature songs. Featuring background vocals form Motown singers, The Temptations, the song ranked no. 477 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Watch the video here.

3. “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)

AP Photo

AP Photo

The second single from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, “Stayin’ Alive” is the Bee Gees signature song. After its release in October 1977, the track reached the no. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for four weeks. It was also no. 191 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. Because of the popularity of the motion picture, “Stayin’ Alive” is the band’s most recognizable songs.

Watch the video here.

2. “Le Freak” (1978)

67. "Le Freak" Chic

Released in 1978, “Le Freak” was the disco band Chic’s third single album and sat at  no. 1 on the disco charts for seven weeks. It was also the band’s first track to make it on the Billboard Hot 100. It was ranked no. 19 on Billboard Magazine’s top 100 songs for the first 50 years of the Hot 100 chart. Chic’s single album is the best selling record ever for Atlantic Records.

Watch the video here.

1.  “I Will Survive” (1978)

AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams

AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams

Following its initial release on October 1978, “I Will Survive” performed by Gloria Gaynor was the top-selling song for its time and has remained at the no. 1 spot as the most popular disco anthem. The RIAA even certified it as double platinum. In 1979, the song reached no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 due to heavy airplay. The song’s lyrics narrate a woman’s self discovery of strength after a devastating breakup. “I Will Survive” is Gaynor’s biggest hit.

Watch the video here.

Help us celebrate DISCO Weekend by voting for your favorite DISCO song from the choices above… and tell us YOUR favorite song to boogie oogie oogie to in the comments section below. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for some suggestions!

– Maria Bonello, WCBS-FM/NYC

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