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Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry

Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry

It’s time to honor one of the all-time classic one-hit wonders. “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry sounded amazing when it was released in 1976 and still sounds amazing today. It’s white-boy funk at its finest and makes people shake their booties, even if they detest 1970s music. Ask any songwriter and it’s likely they’ll tell you that one or two of their best songs were written in a fit of inspiration. While it’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Take Your Time (Do It Right) – The SOS Band

Take Your Time (Do It Right) – The SOS Band

Is “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” by The SOS Band the last great disco one-hit wonder? I would argue it’s a natural bridge between late 1970s disco and early 1980s funk/r&b hits. The funky and distinctive analog synthesizer sounds of early ’80s funk in the mix peg it as a funk tune in the tradition of bands like The Gap Band and Cameo. But the guitar work, background vocals and orchestral bells peg this song … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

The Hustle – Van McCoy

The Hustle – Van McCoy

This is it…one of the greatest disco anthems ever. Someday in a far-distant future, aliens or some post-apocalyptic explorer will discover a cassette tape or vinyl copy of “The Hustle” by Van McCoy and will instantly deem it the World States National Anthem. At least the United States Disco Anthem. Think about it for a moment; besides “Staying Alive” by The Bee Gees, is any song more associated with disco than “The Hustle?” Can “The Hustle” be … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Disco Duck – Rick Dees

Disco Duck – Rick Dees

We love a good novelty song. They’re simple. They’re disposable. They remind you that the American public is often fascinated by supreme silliness. At least for a few weeks. That’s what you hear in “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees. A #1 hit from 1976 that emerged just as disco music was emerging from the gay nightclubs of New York City and appearing on top 40 stations around the country. Click to hear other Billboard number-one hit … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

A Fifth Of Beethoven – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band

A Fifth Of Beethoven – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band

When I was a little kid, my dad showed up at the house with a record titled A Fifth Of Beethoven by Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band. We played this record to death. Disco meets classical music. A sound so good they added it to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. I’m going to go out on a limb here and call it sheer brilliance. Today, with sampling and mash-ups on radio formats like … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Spring Rain – Bebu Silvetti

Spring Rain – Bebu Silvetti

Some one-hit wonders are simply forgettable. Some are awful. A few are awful and forgettable. It takes a special combination to be both awful and utterly forgettable. But “Spring Rain” by Silvetti (Bebu Silvetti if you’re feeling formal) is just that kind of song. Click to hear more of the worst one-hit wonders ever What does it sound like? How about the background music to a cheesy 1970s movie you might catch on cable TV at … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s