Disco Songs – A Historical Timeline

The rise and fall of disco (and rebirth)…these songs are representative of the progression of 70’s music from funky/soul to early disco, followed by disco-cliches that drove the “disco sucks” movement, culminating in the Disco Demolition event of July of 1979. In the mid 90’s, Jamiroquai revived disco. More recently, in the 2000’s and 2010’s nu-disco became a thing.

1960’s pre-disco

You Just Keep Me Hanging On
It’s Not Unusual
Got to Get You into My Life
Mah Na Mah Na [Piero Umiliani]
The Honey Cone [Want Ads]
Touch Me
Brazil
Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag

1970 funky, almost-disco

Move on Up [Curtis Mayfield]
I Want to Take You Higher
Thank You Falletin Me
I Want You Back
ABC
Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine
It’s a New Day
Oh, Calcutta [Dave Pell Singers]
Lonely Days [Bee Gees]
Spanish Harlem [Aretha Franklin]
Theme from “Star Trek”
Theme from “Love, American Style”

1971

Theme from “Shaft”
Never Can Say Goodbye [The Jackson 5]
Rock Steady
Mr. Big Stuff [Jean Knight]
Jungle Fever [Chakachas]

1972

Love Train
Zing! Went the Strings of my Heart [The Trammps]
Pillow Talk [Sylvia Robinson]
(Win, Place or Show) She’s a Winner
One Night Affair [Jerry Butler]
Soul Makossa
Let’s Stay Together
Freddy’s Dead/Superfly [Curtis Mayfield]

1973

TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)
Love’s Theme
Never Gonna Give You Up
Dancing Machine
Keep on Trucking [Eddie Kendricks]
Love is the Message
Superstition
Let’s Get it On
The Love I Lost
Love Epidemic
Give Me Your Love [Sisters Love]
Look Me Up [Blue Magic]
The Crunge [Led Zeppelin]
Theme from “Toma”
Theme from “Kojak”

1974

Rock the Boat
Jungle Boogie
Pick Up the Pieces
Kung Fu Fighting
Boogie Down [Eddie Kendricks]
Waterloo
Get Dancing’ [Disco Tex]

1975

Love to Love You
Love Will Keep us Together
Shining Star
The Hustle
Get Down Tonight
That’s the Way I Like It
Wonder Woman TV Theme
Fly, Robin, Fly
Get Down Tonight
Fame
Jive Talking
Full of Fire [Al Greene]
Swearin’ to God
Never Can Say Goodbye [Gaynor]
Theme from “Barretta”
Theme from “Starky and Hutch”

1976

Love Rollercoaster
Love Machine
Boogie Fever
Disco Lady
Disco Inferno
Shake Your Booty
Play that Funky Music
You Should Be Dancing
Turn the Beat Around
Don’t Leave Me This Way
Disco Duck
Disco Boy
Fifth of Beethoven
Theme from “Love Boat”
Theme from “Charlie’s Angels”

1977

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
San Francisco (You’ve Got Me)
Car Wash
Dancing Queen
Best of My Love
How Deep is Your Love
I Feel Love
Strawberry Letter 23
Boogie Nights
Theme from “Chips”
Theme from “Three’s Company”

1978

Staying Alive
Love is In the Air
September
Macho Man
Boogie Oogie Oogie
Le Freak
Night Fever
Blame It On the Boogie
Miss You
Take a Chance on Me
Got to Be Real
YMCA
Last Dance
Shakedown Street [Grateful Dead]
Plastico [Ruben Blades]
Theme from “WKRP in Cincinnati”

1979

I Will Survive
We Are Family
Ring My Bell
Hot Stuff
Heart Of Glass
Do You Think I’m Sexy
Good Times
Bad Girls
Boogie Wonderland
In The Navy
Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
I Was Made (for loving you) [KISS]
Gimme, Gimme (a man after midnight)
Shine a Little Love (in my life)
The Original Disco Man [James Brown]
Goodnight Tonight [Wings]
Theme from “Makin’ It”

1980

Funkytown
All Over The World
Stomp
I’m Coming Out
Celebration
Rock with You
Fashion
Whip It
Another One Bites the Dust

1990’s NuDisco

Canned Heat [Jamiroquai]
Cosmic Girl
Virtual Insanity
Lovefool

2000’s Nu-disco

Darts of Pleasure [Franz Ferdinand]
Miss Europa, Disco Dancer
One More Time
Rock DJ
Treasure
Get Lucky
Uptown Funk
Dance Originality [VO5]
Beam Me Up [Midnight Magic]
I Don’t Feel Like Dancing [Scissor Sisters]
I Need Your Love [Mirror People]
Reflektor [Arcade Fire]

 

 

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