Disco Songs of the 70s
Nothing says 70s music like Disco songs of the 70s.
Though there were many other musical genres that emerged during the decade and plenty of other artists that made their mark, it was disco music and those who performed it that remain most closely associated with the 1970s.
Say the word “disco” and most people harken back to the days of Saturday Night Fever, picturing John Travolta in his iconic white suit. Certainly, disco was a major part of that flick, but there was so much more that 70s disco offered in addition to that particular movie’s memorable soundtrack.
Rolling Stone magazine published its first article about disco at the end of 1973 and disco songs of the 70s began to gain popularity with the masses about a year later.
By that time, the word “disco” was commonly attached to a particular style of dance music that combined Latin and soul rhythms. Though earlier songs probably had similar disco beats, the term had not yet been coined.
Real disco aficionados will tell you that what most Americans know as disco didn’t come about until way after D.J.s started spinning lesser known tracks that were considered to be the start of this dance music fad.
Nonetheless, those who were alive and dancing in the 70s probably remember the most popular artists, like Donna Summer and Gloria Gaynor, as providing them with their first taste of disco music.
The first all-disco radio show began in New York City in 1974 and the rest was history as Americans everywhere began to embrace this new trend in music.
By the following year, there were an estimated 10,000 disco clubs in the United States! So what were they playing? If you were part of the culture of the 70s, you no doubt remember particular songs that were certainly iconic disco songs of the 70s.
They had that driving beat that kept the party going and a sound that will forever be associated with disco. Some of the favorites include:
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Last Dance – Donna Summer
Turn the Beat Around – Vicki Sue Robinson
You Should Be Dancin’ – The Bee Gees
Get Down Tonight – KC and the Sunshine Band
Brick House – The Commodores
The First, the Last, My Everything – Barry White
Dancing Queen – Abba
YMCA – The Village People
Stayin’ Alive – The Bee Gees
The Hustle – Van McCoy
Disco Inferno – The Trammps
Le Freak – Chic
On the Radio – Donna Summer
It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
Macho man – The Village People
TSOP – The Three Degrees
Don’t Leave Me This Way – Thelma Houston