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Personal Top 40 Disco Songs

The songs below are 40 of my favorite disco songs, mostly from the 1973-1979 era, when I was most likely to go out dancing. Although I placed them in a top 40 order, there is really not much difference in how I feel about any of them; I like them pretty much equally.

Technically, the songs before about 1974 were not classified as "disco" at the time. We simply called them "bar music" back in the early 70s.

Additionally, below the top 40 are more than 100 other songs that could just have easily have made this list.

Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band

#1: Whispering / Cherchez la Femme / Se si Bon by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band

Thelma Houston

#2: Don't Leave Me This Way by Thelma Houston

Dan Hartman

#3: Vertigo / Relight My Fire by Dan Hartman


#4: Lovin' Is Really My Game by Brainstorm

John Davis & the Monster Orchestra

#5: Ain't That Enough for You by John Davis & the Monster Orchestra

Cheryl Lynn

#6: Star Love by Cheryl Lynn

Village People

#7: San Francisco by Village People

George McRae

#8: Rock Your Baby by George McRae

Andrea True Connection

#9: More More More by Andrea True Connection

The Raes

#10: Little Lovin' by The Raes

Double Exposure

#11: Ten Percent by Double Exposure


#12: Uptown Festival by Shalamar

Grace Jones

#13: I Need a Man by Grace Jones


#14: You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) by Sylvester

Vicki Sue Robinson

#15: Turn the Beat Around by Vicki Sue Robinson

The Stylistics

#16: Hey Girl Come & Get It by The Stylistics

Donna Summer

#17: I Feel Love by Donna Summer

The Originals

#18: Down to Love Town by The Originals

Eddie Kendricks

#19: Keep on Truckin' by Eddie Kendricks

The Mighty Clouds of Joy

#20: The Mighty High by The Mighty Clouds of Joy


#21: It Only Takes a Minute by Tavares

South Shore Commission

#22: Free Man by South Shore Commission


#23: Ain't Nobody Straight in L.A. by The Miracles

Jimmy Bo Horne

#24: Gimme Some by Jimmy Bo Horne

Roberta Kelly

#25: Love Power by Roberta Kelly

The Trammps

#26: That's Where the Happy People Go by The Trammps

Carol Douglas

#27: Doctor's Orders by Carol Douglas

The Crown Heights Affair

#28: Dreaming a Dream by The Crown Heights Affair


#29: Sexy by MFSB

Dexter Wansel

#30: Disco Lights by Dexter Wansel

Earth, Wind & Fire

#31: Shining Star by Earth, Wind & Fire

Diana Ross

#32: Love Hangover by Diana Ross

People's Choice

#33: Do It Any Way You Wanna by People's Choice

Bee Gees

#34: You Should Be Dancing by Bee Gees

Shirley & Company

#35: Shame, Shame, Shame by Shirley & Company

Bumblebee Unlimited

#36: Love Bug by Bumblebee Unlimited

KC & the Sunshine Band

#37: Get Down Tonight by KC & the Sunshine Band

The Supremes

#38: I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking by The Supremes

Gary Toms Empire

#39: 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Blow Your Whistle by Gary Toms Empire

Disco Tex

#40: Get Dancin' by Disco Tex & the Sex-O-Lettes

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Songs that didn't make the list that might have:

Andrea True Connection

New York, You Got Me Dancing (1977)
What's Your Name, What's Your Number? (1977)

Average White Band

Pick Up the Pieces (1975)

B.T. Express

Do It ('Til You're Satisfied) (1974)

Bee Gees

Jive Talkin' (1975)
Stayin' Alive (1978)

The Blackbyrds

Walking in Rhythm (1975)

David Bowie

Fame (1975)
Golden Years (1977)

The Boys Town Gang

Cruisin' the Streets (1981)

The Brothers Johnson

Get The Funk Out Ma Face (1976)
I'll Be Good to You (1976)
Strawberry Letter #23 (1977)
Stomp! (1980)

Peter Brown

Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me? (1977)
Dance With Me (1978)

C.J. & Co

Devil's Gun (1977)

Tina Charles

I Love to Love (But My Baby Just Loves to Dance) (1977)


Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) (1978)
Le Freak (1978)
Good Times (1979)

Linda Clifford

If My Friends Could See Me Now (1978)

The Commodores

Brick House (1975)
The Bump (1975)

Carol Douglas

A Hurricane Is Coming Tonight (1974)
Midnight Love Affair [entire album side] (1976)

Earth, Wind &Fire

Getaway (1976)
Sing a Song (1976)
Boogie Wonderland (1979)

Ecstasy, Passion & Pain

Ask Me (1974)
Good Things Don't Last Forever (1974)

The Edgar Winter Group [Dan Hartman]

Free Ride (1972)

The Eleventh Hour

Hollywood Hot (1976)

The Emotions

Best of My Love (1977)

Faith, Hope & Charity

To Each His Own (1975)

First Choice

Armed and Extremely Dangerous (1973)
Smarty Pants (1973)
The Player (1974)

Gary's Gang

Keep on Dancing (1978)

Marvin Gaye

Got to Give It Up (1977)

Gloria Gaynor

(album side:) Honey Bee / Never Can Say Goodbye / I'll Be There (1975)
I Will Survive (1979)

Dan Hartman

Instant Replay (1978)

Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes

The Love I Lost (1973)
Bad Luck (1975)

Loleatta Holloway

Hit and Run (1977)

Cissy Houston

Think It Over (1978)

The Hues Corporation

Rock the Boat (1974)

Willie Hutch

Brother's Gonna Work It Out (1973)

The Intruders

I've Always Loved My Mama (1973)

The Isley Brothers

That Lady (1973)
Fight the Power (1975)
It's a Disco Night (1979)

The Jackson 5

Hallelujah Day (1973)
Dancing Machine (1974)

John Davis & the Monster Orchestra

Up Jumped the Devil (1977)

KC & the Sunshine Band

Keep It Comin' Love (1977)

Eddie Kendricks

Girl You Need of Change of Mind (1973)
Boogie Down (1974)
Goin' Up in Smoke (1976)

Evelyn "Champagne" King

Shame (1978)

Kool & the Gang

Hollywood Swinging (1974)
Open Sesame (1976)


Back in Love Again (1977)


Lady Marmalade (1975)

Amanda Lear

Follow Me (1978)

Linda Lewis

It's In His Kiss (1975)

Love & Kisses

I've Found Love (Now That I've Found You) (1977)

The Love Unlimited Orchestra

Love's Theme (1974)

Cheryl Lynn

Got To Be Real (1978)

MFSB [vocals The Three Degrees]

T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia) (1974)


There But for the Grace of God Go I (1979)


I'm a Man (1978)

Barry Manilow

It's a Miracle (1975)

Herbie Mann

HiJack (1975)

Van McCoy

The Hustle (1975)

The Miracles

Love Machine (1976)

Jackie Moore

This Time Baby (1979)


Native New Yorker (1977)

The O'Jays

Love Train (1972)
I Love Music (1975)
Livin' for the Weekend (1976)


Tear The Roof off the Sucker (1976)

Lou Rawls

You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (1976)

Don Ray

Got to Have Loving (1978)

The Ritchie Family

The Best Disco in Town (1976)

Vicki Sue Robinson

Daylight (1976)
Hold Tight (1977)

Rose Royce

Car Wash (1977)

Boz Scaggs

Lowdown (1976)

Michael Sembello

Maniac (1983)

Silver Convention

Fly, Robin Fly (1975)
Get Up and Boogie (1976)

Sister Sledge

We Are Family (1978)
He's the Greatest Dancer (1978)
Lost in Music (1979)

Candi Staton

Young Hearts Run Free (1976)

Donna Summer

Love to Love You Baby (1975)
(Album side) A Love Trilogy (1976)

The Sylvers

Boogie Fever (1975)

A Taste of Honey

Boogie Oogie Oogie (1978)


Don't Take Away the Music (1976)
Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel (1976)

Johnnie Taylor

Disco Lady (1976)

The Temptations

Happy People (1974)

The Trammps

Love Epidemic (1975)
Where Do We Go From Here? (1975)
Disco Inferno (1977)

Tuxedo Junction

Chattanooga Choo Choo (1977)

The Undisputed Truth

You + Me = Love (1973)

Village People

In Hollywood (Everybody Is a Star) (1977)
Macho Man (1978)
Y.M.C.A (1978)


The Cisco Kid (1973)

Barry White

You're the First, the Last, My Everything (1974)
It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me (1977)

Wild Cherry

Play That Funky Music (1976)

Stevie Wonder

Superstition (1972)
Living for the City (1973)
You Are the Sunshine of My Life (1973)

Karen Young

Hot Shot (1978)

Disco Dancing Village People