Tuesday, January 28, 2014

TOP TEN DISCO HITS OF THE '70s

TOP TEN DISC
HITS OF THE '70s
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Today's topic is so hot and 
relevant that it will take
two geniuses to tackle it.
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I'm currently developing two book projects with my co-author and longtime friend, Bryan Dumas. As an accomplished bass player, Bryan has been involved with the music worship program at Word of Life Center in Shreveport, Louisiana for the last several years, while I mentor teens at a Christian church on Florida's east coast. This past weekend, Bryan and I were discussing some final details regarding our upcoming release, SHOUT IT OUT LOUD, when the subject of disco music entered into our long distance phone conversation. For nearly half an hour, we debated which tunes of that era were, in fact, the greatest. The following TWO lists are the result of that dialogue. When it comes to Jesus, Bryan and I always squarely see eye-to-eye. However, when it comes to disco dance hits, well, not so much...
MY LIST:

10
1978

35+ years later, this track still sizzles.


9
1976 

The sensuous vocals combined with 
that cowbell and the Alpert-like horn
track made this an instant mega hit.


8
1979  

Vintage M.J. — His best work!


7
1976 

Even as a kid, I knew that
this was stanky. (It still is!)


6
1978 

With a first hit, this hot,
she didn't need a second.


5
1979 

This track still packs more punch
than a six-pack of Red Bull.


4
"Shame"
1978 

As magical as ever!


3
1977 

So smooth, so sweet.
Sheer perfection.


2
1975 

The first-ever million-selling club
hit. But I'm still not sure just
what all that moaning was about.


1
1978 

The veteran rocker assembled an
all-star cast to create THE definitive
dance track of ALL-TIME!

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BRYAN'S LIST:

10
1977 

Bernard Edwards' pulsating
eight-plus minute bass line
— what could be better?


9
1978 

Many rock artists of the '70's had
their token disco song. Stewart's
was the most legit of the bunch.


8
1978 

One of the happiest songs ever written.
Featuring former KISS guitarist Vinnie 
Vincent (Cusano), Edgar Winter on
sax and guitarist G.E. Smith.


7
1979 

The cute Canadian teenager sounded
every bit of 15 on this dance gem.


6
1978 

You can't go to a wedding without
hearing "Always and Forever,"
but this bit of funk offers a better 
example of the band's true vibe.


5
1978 

"Y.M.C.A." gets all the play these days
but this one is what disco was all about.
No silly line dance though.


4
1975 

"That's The Way I Like It,"
"Shake Your Booty" and "I'm
Your Boogie Man," all started here.


3
"Boogie
Oogie Oogie"
1978 

This song is the reason
I play bass guitar.


2
1979 

I could have picked any of the Disco
Queen's hits for my list but there's just
something special about this one!


1
1976 

Disco owes a lot to the Brothers
Gibb. This is the cream of their
very impressive crop!
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HONORABLE 
MENTION
Best Disco Instrumental 
David Shire "Night on Disco Mountain

DISHONORABLE 
MENTION
Worst Disco Record 
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DISCLAIMER
Iconic, funky dance hits from the likes of Ohio Players, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Commodores and Parliament / Funkadelic were excluded from this list, as these acts stylistically are best classified as R&B / Funk / Soul.

Bryan and I hope that you've enjoyed our little time capsules and that maybe they've brought back some fond memories. Just wait 'til we tackle our next joint point post:  THE TOP TEN GREATEST MOVIES OF THE '80s. We probably won't agree on those either — stand by!

-Christopher Long
(January 2014)


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