Disco Savvy
A chronicle of disco music from 1972 to the present

This website, founded at the dawn of the new millennium on January 1, 2001, is a centralized repository of disco information, highlighting the best disco music from the 1970s through today and offering the largest and most chronologically complete year-by-year lists ever compiled of disco songs.

The Year-by-Year Lists

Here you will find extensive lists of disco songs, divided by year, supplemented by chart positions and other details (such as whether the song is a remake). The lists encompass disco sung in many languages -- including Welsh, English, Dutch, Afrikaans, Limburgan, German, Low German, Yiddish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Nynorsk (New Norwegian), Icelandic, French, Latin, Italian, Neapolitan, Portuguese, Spanish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Lemko-Rusyn, Ukrainian, Russian, Bashkir, Kazakh, Uzbek, Turkmen, Finnish, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Greek, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Burmese, Thai, Indonesian, Malay, Tagalog, Malagasy, Hawaiian, Tahitian, Akan, Duala and probably one or two additional Cameroonian languages, Swahili, Xhosa, Yoruba, Zulu, one or two Ivorian languages, Sranan Tongo (a language of Suriname), Sarnami Hindustani (a language of Suriname), Martiniquan Creole, Farsi (Persian), Tajik, Georgian, Armenian, Assyrian Aramaic, Arabic, Hebrew, Amharic, Tamazight, Hindi/Hindustani/Urdu, Sindhi, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, and Hungarian. That's 78 languages! Over 15,900 songs in all! You'll also find details on past disco events, disco-oriented products, and more.

  • 1972-1974 Disco - the first years
  • 1975 Disco - do the hustle!
  • 1976 Disco - disco gets more radio hits
  • 1977 Disco - summer heatwave in New York City
  • 1978 Disco - disco explodes into the mainstream
  • 1979 Disco - disco's peak year
  • 1980 Disco - disco's last big year on the American charts
  • 1981 Disco - disco is still alive but declining
  • 1982 Disco - disco fever in India
  • 1983-1989 Disco - the last days of classic disco
  • 1990-1999 Disco - examples of the disco revival
  • 2000-2003 Disco - disco thrives in the early 2000s
  • 2004-2006 Disco - disco continues to prosper
  • 2007-2009 Disco - she-wolves and starmen
  • 2010-2019 Disco - the music of yesterday
  • 2020+ Disco - the music of today (music to beat the pandemic blues)
  • Disco in unknown years

    Notable Disco Songs and Artists

    Like with any musical genre, disco has its share of treasures and its share of junk. So which ones are worth your time to seek out and listen to? Here are some disco songs and disco artists that have stood the test of time, performed and produced by superb singers, musicians, and producers.

  • The Best Disco Songs of All Time

  • Brothers Johnson: Light Up the Night, Winners
  • Chic: Chic, C'est Chic, Risqué
  • The Company: The Company
  • Delegation: Eau de Vie
  • George Benson: Give Me the Night, Compilation
  • Jamiroquai: Traveling without Moving, Synkronized, A Funk Odyssey, Dynamite
  • Norma Jean Wright: Norma Jean
  • Shalamar: Disco Gardens, Big Fun, Three for Love, Friends
  • Sheila and B. Devotion: Singin' in the Rain, King of the World
  • Sister Sledge: We are Family, Love Somebody Today, All-American Girls
  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Read My Lips, Trip the Light Fantastic, Familia
  • Stephanie Mills: What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin', Sweet Sensation, Stephanie
  • Ultra Nate: Situation: Critical, Stranger Than Fiction

    Other notable artists:
    Asha Puthli • Barry White • Candi Staton • Charanga 76 • Cheryl Lynn • Constellation Orchestra • Diana Ross • Donna Summer • Eddie Drennon • Fantasy • First Choice • France Joli • Frankie Valli • Jocelyn Brown • Laura Taylor • Michael Jackson • Patawawa • Phyllis Hyman • The Players Association • Rainbow Team • S.O.S. Band • The Salsoul Orchestra • Teena Marie • Thelma Houston • Voyage


    Have you ever heard statements like "All disco sounds the same" and "Disco is just meaningless party music"? These essays demonstrate the falseness of these sentiments, and will help you explore the full richness of disco.

  • Disco Message Songs
  • A Diversity of Sounds in Disco Music

    The following Year in Review features detail what happened in the disco world in particular years.

  • Disco 2003: The Year in Review
  • Disco 2004: The Year in Review
  • Disco 2005: The Year in Review

    Marco Freitas reflects on the loss of multiple disco legends.

  • 2012: The Year the Music Died

    Further Reading

  • Disco Bibliography: Books

    True disco is not synthetic

    The positive aspects of disco music are often unfairly overlooked, especially since the best disco songs are not known to most people or have been forgotten or miscategorized. First, unlike most other forms of dance music, disco performers generally use real acoustical instruments, including brass (saxophone, trumpet, etc.), strings, rhythm guitar, drums, and piano. There were even several disco orchestras like M.F.S.B., Salsoul Orchestra, Biddu Orchestra, John Davis and the Monster Orchestra, The Armada Orchestra, The Mike Theodore Orchestra, THP Orchestra, The Wonderland Disco Band, Meco Orchestra, Richard Hewson Orchestra, Montana Orchestra, and Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra. Some notable examples of orchestrated disco are M.F.S.B.'s "TLC (Tender Lovin' Care)" and "T.S.O.P.", David Shire's "Manhattan Skyline", Salsoul Orchestra's "Magic Bird of Fire" and "Runaway", and the Armada Orchestra's "Band of Gold", among many others. Occasionally, other disco bands used organ synthesizers instead of real violins, but this was still far better than the excessively electronic dance and rock music of the 1980s.

    Not all disco sounds the same

    Furthermore, disco music is generally uplifting and inspiring, providing a much-needed contrast to the dull and angry racket of many hard rock, heavy metal, alternative rock, techno, and rap songs. With its driving beats, grooving basslines, funky horns, and harmonious strings, disco conveys feeling and energy better than many other genres. ...and provides a diverse range of sounds: Disco is primarily influenced by soul and funk music, but can also utilize elements from jazz, blues, calypso, soca, sca, classical, Latino, and rock music. Effective instrumentation combined with effortful singing had stellar results, as demonstrated by the timeless disco songs by Sister Sledge, Michael Jackson, Gloria Gaynor, George Benson, Phyllis Hyman, Donna Summer, and others. Disco music, when made properly, can be fun, classy, innovative, and exciting.

    Not just party music

    It's true that up-tempo disco music is perfect for any celebration. But, more than mere party music, disco can have deep, meaningful lyrics and can be listened to anywhere, anytime. Quality disco is great for, among other things, relaxing, dancing, exercising, driving, or rollerskating.

    An abundance of talent

    Some disco artists and groups have frequently performed live in concert, including Chic, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Sister Sledge, Earth Wind and Fire, Shalamar, Black Ivory, Tavares, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Musique, Pattie Brooks, Sylvester, Barry White, Jamiroquai, Odyssey, Rose Royce, Hot Chocolate, GQ, McFadden and Whitehead, France Joli, Candi Staton, Viola Wills, Carol Williams, and Evelyn "Champagne" King. Versatile 1970s disco artists who have had considerable career longevity well into the 1980s (and in some cases 1990s and 2000s) include Gloria Gaynor, Cissy Houston, Donna Summer, Cheryl Lynn, Loleatta Holloway, Martha Wash, Barbara Pennington, Miquel Brown, Barry White, Shalamar, Jody Watley (of Shalamar), Jean Shy, Sarah Brightman, and Kool and the Gang.

    However, the majority of disco artists were solely studio singers, and when disco was made carelessly by producers and companies that were more interested in making money than making quality music, the results were mindless repetition, boring lyrics, and headache-inducing instrumentation. And radio stations in the 1970s tended to play too many inferior disco songs. A listener would be barraged by "Ring My Bell", "YMCA", "Macho Man", "Disco Duck", "Knock on Wood", "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?", "Get Dancin'", "Born to be Alive", "If There's Love", and other mindless and unharmonious mass-produced trash in between the gems. And as disco phased into over-synthesized pop, HI-NRG, house, and other forms of music, the emotion, art, and style that typified the best acts of disco was lost. Electronic keyboards and synthesizers have their place but they were used to an excess in the 1980s. Often, keyboards and synths are good as supplements to real instruments, but not as replacements. One by one each real instrument was replaced; first the violins went, then the bass guitar and trumpet, and finally the guitar.

    Fortunately, the original disco sound came back in a big way beginning in the 1990s, spawning hundreds of new disco recordings by such artists as the Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai, and BsB Disco Club.

    Unreleased disco songs:

  • "Enchanted Garden" by Giovanni Fenati featuring Madeline Bell (1980)
  • "Get Into the Mood" by Gary Dee (1978)
  • "I'm Alive" by Electric Light Orchestra (1980 demo version)
  • "If My Friends Could See Me Now" by Melissa Gilbert (on a 1978 TV show)
  • "Sevdim Bir Genç Kadını / Dinle Sevgili / 1-2-3 Get on the Floor and Dance" by Neco ve Grup Lokomotif (on a 1979 TV show on TRT)
  • "Harlem Hustle (Queen of the Disco Tonight)" by Tracy Huang (on a TV show)
  • "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" by Donny Osmond and Cheryl Ladd (on the American TV show Donny and Marie on the November 11, 1977 episode)
  • "Boogie Oogie Oogie" by Donny and Marie Osmond (on the American TV show Donny and Marie on the October 27, 1978 episode)
  • "I'm Coming Out" by Marie Osmond (on the American TV show Marie on the December 12, 1980 episode)
  • "Never Knew Love Like This Before" by Marie Osmond (on the American TV show Marie on the December 26, 1980 episode)
  • "Disco Away" by The Rebels (1979)
  • "Disco Toothbrush" by Sesame Street (English version, on the American TV show, premiered on episode 1314 on May 24, 1979)
  • "In and Out Fever" by Sesame Street (on the American TV show, premiered on episode 1328 on December 12, 1979)
  • "Can't Stop the Music" by Johnny Young and the Young Talent Team (on the Australian TV show Young Talent Time on some episode in 1982)

    Disco movies and documentaries:

  • Roller Boogie starring Linda Blair (1979, DVD format)
  • Saturday Night Fever (40th Anniversary Edition) starring John Travolta (1977, DVD format)
  • Thank God It's Friday with Donna Summer performing "Last Dance" (1978, DVD format)
  • Disco Godfather (1979, DVD format)
  • Disco: Spinning the Story with Gloria Gaynor (2005, DVD format)

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    Recommended links:
            Other disco sites: Another site that agreed with our premise that disco is still a contemporary genre, and which also had very good recommendations of classic disco, was Michelle Demers' DiscoStyle.com, which had static content since 2008 and closed in July 2019. Also excellent are Disco-Disco.com with its interviews and samples, and Disco Funk with its terrific A-Z artists database.
            Other music research sites: If you're interested in 1970s music in general, you will want to visit The Lost 45s with Barry Scott as well as Super Seventies. Discogs.com is an incredible database of albums and singles in all music genres.
            Record services: Need to restore your records? Why not transfer them to CDs using Magic Sound Restoration!
            Disco on the radio: To listen to some fine disco music on licensed streams and radio programs, the places to be are DJ Lee Porter's DanceDiscoMusic.com and Diva Radio's Disco Music Paradise. Disco is mixed with other styles of 1980s and early 1990s dance music on DiscoNet.FM (live stream's URL). SiriusXM offers Studio 54 Radio: 1970s-2000s Dance Hits. If you like disco AND soul/funk/jazz, you'll also want to hear Soul Movement Radio, 105Classics, The Disco Palace, Diva Radio's Funk Music Paradise, and Solar Radio.
            Disco dancing: Bob Dabrowski's Hustle Dance site is about this 1970s Nuyorican form of dancing that can be accompanied not only by disco but also by other forms of danceable and soulful music.

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