A friend of mine wasn't a local and wanted help finding "70s music" for a party.
The Jackson 5
- Blame it on the boogie
- Dancing machine
- Enjoy yourself
- I want you back
Sly & The Family Stone
- Thank you
1975 was the year when disco really took off, with hit songs like Van McCoy's "The Hustle" and Donna Summer's "Love To Love You Baby" reaching the mainstream. 1975 also marked the release of the first disco mix on album, the A side of Gloria Gaynor's Never Can Say Goodbye (Jones and Kantonen, 1999). Disco's popularity peaked in the so-called Disco era of 1977 - 1980, driven in part by the 1977 classic film Saturday Night Fever.
Among the most popular disco artists of the 1970s and early 1980s include
The Bee Gees,
The Village People,
K.C. and the Sunshine Band,
Vicki Sue Robinson,
Evelyn 'Champagne' King,
Love and Kisses,
Pre/Early-disco TK Records tracks:
- Betty Wright - "Clean Up Woman" (1972) (ibid)
- George McCrae- "Rock Your Baby" (1974) (ibid)
- KC and the Sunshine Band - "Get Down Tonight" (1975) (ibid)
KC and the Sunshine Band - "That's the Way (I Like It)" (1975) (ibid)
Early disco hits include:
- Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes - "The Love I Lost" (1973)
- Love Unlimited Orchestra - "Love's Theme" (1973) (ibid)
- The Jackson 5- "Dancing Machine" (1974) (ibid)
- Barry White - "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" (1974) (ibid)
- Shirley and Co. - "Shame, Shame, Shame" (1974) (ibid)
- Hues Corporation - "Rock the Boat" (1974) (ibid)
- Commodores - "Machine Gun" (1974)
- LaBelle - "Lady Marmalade" (containing the lyric: "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?") (1975) (ibid)
- Van McCoy - "The Hustle" (1975) (ibid)
- Silver Convention - "Fly Robin Fly" (1975)
- Andrea True- "More More More" (1975) (ibid)
Dalida- "J'Attendrai" (the first french disco song and first hit in Europe) (1975) (ibid)
However, many disco fans would agree that "for every chart hit pounded into the public's consciousness, fifty far superior tracks from all over the world were being played at some hard-to-find basement club" (Jones and Kantonen, 1999). Many non-disco artists discofied some of their songs, including
The Rolling Stones,
Kiss (band) ,
The Grateful Dead,
the Beach Boys,
Electric Light Orchestra,
The Pointer Sisters,
Earth, Wind and Fire,
and many more.
The word "funk" is often used widely to refer to African-American pop music of the 1970s in general. For example, Grand Funk Railroad is actually a rock band.
"P-funk" also came to mean something in its quintessence, of superior quality, or sui generis, as in the lyrics from "P-Funk," a hit single from Parliament's album "Mothership Connection":
"I want the bomb. I want the P-Funk. I want my funk uncut."
- Bootsy's Rubber Band, The Meters, Ohio Players, The Commodores, War, Kool & the Gang, Slave, Cameo, the Bar-Kays, Zapp
- Confunkshun, Midnight Star
Influential soul or funk records that influenced disco include:
- Sly and the Family Stone - "Dance to the Music" (1968), "Everyday People" (1968) (Jones and Kantonen, 1999), "Family Affair" (1971)
- Friends of Distinction - "Grazing in the Grass" (1969)
- Stevie Wonder - "Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday" (1969), "Superstition" (1972) (ibid)
- Isaac Hayes - "Shaft" (1971)
- Incredible Bongo Band - "Bongo Rock" (1973) (ibid)
- Eumir Deodato - "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (1973)
- Average White Band - "Pick Up the Pieces" (1974), "Cut the Cake" (1975) (ibid)
James Brown - "Get Up Off of That Thing" (1975)
Music produced by white musicians which is stylistically similar to black soul music sometimes is called blue-eyed soul.
- Parliament-Funkadelic, The Meters, and James Brown, while more versatile groups like War, the Commodores and Earth, Wind and Fire.
- "city-soul" groups like The Delfonics and Howard University's Unifics.
- Hall & Oates started in the 70s.
- Philadelphia International Records defined Philly soul and help define disco (ibid) with records such as:
- Three Degrees - "When Will I See You Again" (1974) (ibid)
- Intruders - "I'll Always Love My Mama" (1973) (ibid)
- O'Jays - "I Love Music" (1975), "Love Train" (1972) (ibid)