Best Disco Songs For Weddings
ListCaboodle is proud to present this playlist of the best disco songs for weddings and receptions.
Take a spin through this list to find your favorite dance selections for your event. These songs are guaranteed to get your guests up and grooving on the dance floor!
Get down tonight: The best dance songs for weddings, receptions
The disco era began in the early 1970s and lasted until the early 1980s when its mainstream popularity began to fade. Its name derives from ‘discotheque’ which is a dance club.
Many popular artists of the time dipped their toes into the disco pool, resulting in some of their biggest hits and best dance songs. Here are some of our favorites.
1. “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer
Album: Bad Girls
Donna Summer is known as “The Queen of Disco” for her significant contributions to the disco era. During the 1970s and ‘80s, she scored 42 hit singles, 14 of which reached the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100.
Summer pulled off the steamy lyrics of her hit song “Hot Stuff” by pretending to be something she was not — a bad girl. According to her husband, she drew on her acting abilities to play the role and bring the song to life.
“Hot Stuff” became Summer’s second #1 hit after “MacArthur Park.”
2. “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees
Album: Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack
The epitome of disco cool is expressed in the falsetto vibe of the Brothers Gibb—the Bee Gees. And more than any Bee Gee’s song, “Stayin’ Alive” is sure to get people up out of their seats and moving on the dance floor.
The song provides the disco vibe to the opening scene of the blockbuster movie “Saturday Night Fever,” with John Travolta confidently walking down New York City’s 86th Street. With 1970s swagger, he struts to the immediately recognizable guitar riff and dance beat that is repeated throughout the song.
“Stayin’ Alive” is one of four #1 hits from the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack. The record also won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
3. “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire
If your wedding is in the month of September, this song is a no-brainer selection for your playlist! (Especially if the wedding falls on the 21st of the month, as the opening lyrics sung by Maurice White include the date, the “21st night of September”.)
Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” is full of the positive energy and a catchy groove that makes people happy when they hear it — always a good choice for wedding receptions.
The group’s signature disco song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart in the U.S.
4. “Get Down Tonight” by KC and the Sunshine Band
Album: KC and the Sunshine Band
In the 1970s a KC and the Sunshine Band record on the turntable elevated any party to a discotheque. To millions of fans, their iconic songs represent the disco era of the 1970s.
By 1975 the band’s funky sound became popular in dance clubs and on the radio, featuring a heavy dose of their signature keyboard sound and vocals by Harry Wayne Casey. (The band’s name comes from Casey’s last name “KC” and the Sunshine State of Florida, their home state.)
“Get Down Tonight” is the band’s first #1 hit (along with four others) on the Billboard Hot 100.
5. “Le Freak” by Chic
Album: C’est Chic
As the story goes, this song is inspired by its songwriters’ experience of being rejected from entering Studio 54 on New Year’s Eve in 1977.
Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards were about to enter the exclusive New York City club when a bouncer turned them away, not believing who they claimed to be.
Rightfully ticked off, the two proceeded to write this song, “Le Freak,” with the original opening line “aaa (bleep) off!” as an angry retort to the doorman. When cooler heads prevailed, the line became “aaa freak out!” in final production.
“Le Freak” sold more than six million copies and landed in the #1 spot on the U.S. charts.
6. “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang
Kool & the Gang’s good-times anthem “Celebration” is an excellent choice for any dance party, including weddings to graduations.
The band’s sax player Ronald Bell (a.k.a. Khalis Bayyan) explained the song’s origin in a Billboard interview. “The initial idea came from reading the Q’uran,” he said. “I was reading the passage where God was creating Adam, and the angels were celebrating and singing praises. That inspired me to write the basic chords and the line, ‘Everyone around the world, come on, let’s celebrate.’”
“Celebration” is Kool & the Gang’s only #1 single in the U.S.
7. “Funkytown” by Lipps Inc
Album: Mouth to Mouth
The one-hit-wonder “Funkytown” was written by songwriter and producer Steven Greenberg as an homage to New York City (at the time he was living in Minneapolis and was longing for the excitement and energy of the Big Apple).
Cynthia Johnson (Miss Black Minnesota from 1976) sings the vocals in this catchy tune from the late disco era.
Lipps Inc’s later releases never matched the popularity of their first hit single, while the band’s lineup changed frequently over the years.
“Funkytown” reached the #1 spot on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
8. “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson
Album: Off The Wall
Michael Jackson forged his own sound with this breakout hit. He can even be heard delivering some of his signature squeals throughout the vocals for the first time in a recording.
Jackson’s siblings Randy and Janet helped their famous brother produce his song too. They can be heard at the beginning of the song performing percussion by tapping drumsticks on bottles.
The song hit #1 on the U.S. charts and earned Jackson his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male.
9. “Heart of Glass” by Blondie
Album: Parallel Lines
Debbie Harry and her boyfriend/bandmate Chris Stein originally wrote “Heart of Glass” with the working title “The Disco Song.”
The pop-punk band Blondie departed from their usual sound with this dance song, often to the chagrin of fans. “Chris always wanted to do disco. We used to do ‘Heart of Glass’ to upset people,” keyboardist Jimmy Destri told Rolling Stone.
The “uncool” disco song (as described by lead singer Debby Harry) scored the band the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.
10. “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge
Album: We Are Family
The band members of Sister Sledge are really sisters from the same family and their last name really is Sledge. Makes sense, right?
Their 1979 album was their first record and “We Are Family” was their biggest hit.
Since its release, the song has become an anthem for women’s unity and girl power. It created a connection with fans and strengthened the bond between the sisters, who grew up singing together in Philadelphia.
“We Are Family” rose to #2 in the U.S. on the singles charts.
11. “Upside Down” by Diana Ross
Diana Ross turned to the songwriting team of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of the group Chic for this song. The disco sound of Chic was very popular at the time. “That’s what I want my record to sound like,” she told Billboard magazine.
Several members of the band played instruments behind Ross’ lead vocals for the song, including guitar, drums, keyboards, strings, and backing vocals.
It became her biggest hit as a solo artist and topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, R&B, and Dance charts.
List of best disco songs for weddings A to Z
Looking for more disco songs to play at your wedding reception or special event? Check out the tunes in this list. You can’t go wrong with any of these hits!
- Aint No Stopping’ Us Now by McFadden & Whitehead
- Bad Girls by Donna Summer
- Best Of My Love by The Emotions
- Boogie Nights by Heatwave
- Boogie Oogie Oogie by A Taste of Honey
- Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind & Fire
- Can’t Get Enough of Your Love by Barry White
- Car Wash by Rose Royce
- Daddy Cool by Boney M.
- Dance, Dance, Dance by Chic
- Disco Inferno by The Trampps
- Disco Nights by GQ
- Don’t Leave Me This Way by Thelma Houston
Best disco songs for weddings, continued
- Everybody Dance by Chic
- Fire by the Ohio Players
- Fly Robin Fly by Silver Convention
- Get Up and Boogie – That’s Right by Silver Convention
- Good Times by Chic
- Got To Give It Up by Marvin Gaye
- Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel by Tavares
- Hot Stuff by Donna Summer
- The Hustle by Van McCoy
- I Feel Love by Donna Summer
- A Fifth of Beethoven by Walter Murphy
- The Groove Line by Heatwave
- If I Can’t Have You by Yvonne Elliman
- I Love the Nightlife (Disco Round) by Alicia Bridges
- I’m So Excited by The Pointer Sisters
- I’m Your Boogie Man by KC and the Sunshine Band
- I Need Your Lovin’ by Teena Marie
- It’s Raining Men by the Weather Girls
- I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
Best disco songs for weddings, continued
- Jive Talkin’ by The Bee Gees
- Knock On Wood Amii Stewart
- Ladies Night by Kool and the Gang
- Last Dance by Donna Summer
- Let’s Groove by Earth, Wind & Fire
- Let It Whip by The Dazz Band
- Love Come Down by Evelyn King
- Love Machine by Supermax
- Love to Love You Baby by Donna Summer
- Love Train by The O’Jays
- Macho Man by The Village People
- More, More, More by Andrea True Connection
- More Than A Woman by Tavares
- Never Can Say Goodbye by Gloria Gaynor
- Night Fever by The Bee Gees
- Nights on Broadway by The Bee Gees
- On The Radio by Donna Summer
Best disco songs for weddings, continued
- Pick Up The Pieces by Average White Band
- Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry
- Pull Up the the Bumper by Grace Jones
- Ring My Bell by Anita Ward
- Rock the Boat by Hues Corporation
- The Rubberband Man by The Spinners
- Second Time Around by Shalamar
- Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) by The Jacksons
- Shake Your Groove Thing by Peaches and Herb
- (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty by KC and the Sunshine Band
- Shame by Evelyn “Champagne” King
- She’s a Bad Mama Jama by Carl Carlton
- Stomp by Brothers Johnson
- Super Freak by Rick James
- That’s the Way (I Like It) by KC and the Sunshine Band
- Turn the Beat Around by Vicki Sue Robinson
- Working My Way Back to You by The Spinners
- Y.M.C.A. by The Village People
- You Know How To Love Me by Phylis Hyman
- You Should Be Dancing by The Bee Gees
- You’re the First, the Last, My Everything
- You Sexy Thing by Hot Chocolate
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By Greg Johnson | Published 1/5/2022