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1982-1989 Disco

During this period some disco songs enjoyed success on the American and British Pop charts, somewhat more frequently in Britain than in the USA, but more often than not disco songs either were confined to the R&B and Dance charts or remained entirely out of sight. For a while, the disco scene shifted to other countries, like Italy, the Netherlands, and India. But by 1983 disco production worldwide had slowed to a trickle and there are only a handful of disco and electro-disco songs. Almost every dance song from 1983 was heavily dominated, and in many cases completely created, by electronics. Despite disco's decline, there are many good tracks from these years, in particular "My Darling" by Rainbow Team, "I Can Make You Feel Good" by Shalamar, "I Can't Shake This Feeling" by Klique, and "Boom Boom" by Nazia Hassan. In the middle of 1985, the last disco hits of the '80s charted in the United States: "Fresh" by Kool and the Gang (#9 Pop, #1 R&B, #1 Club) and "Glow" by Rick James (#5 R&B, #1 Club). By August 1985, 13 years after disco's introduction as a genre, it was the end for mainstream disco in the West for almost an entire decade.

Disco Music released during 1982:

Collage of Disco Products made in 1982

  • 52nd Street - "Express" - funky disco
  • ADC Band - "Give It Up" - electro-disco-funk
  • Ago - "Let's Fun" - funky electro-disco
  • Ago - "You Make Me Do (It)" - funky disco
  • Akira Kushida and Space Cats - "Lightning Speed Gavan - Disco Gavan" - electro-disco in English and Japanese
  • Al Marshall - "I Like the Way You Dance With Me" - funky electro-R&B-disco
  • Alphonse Mouzon - "Everybody Party" - disco-funk
  • Alphonse Mouzon - "That's Right" - electro-disco-funk
  • Amuzement Park - "So Inspired" - R&B-disco
  • Andy Nelson - "Lady Angie" - electro-disco
  • Archie Bell - "Touchin' You" - electro-disco-soul
  • Asha Bhosle - "Disco Station" - disco-pop in Hindi and English from India
  • Asha Bhosle - "Jawani Jan-E-Man" - Hindi disco-pop from India
  • Asha Bhosle - "Paas Aao Na" - Hindi electro-disco-pop from India
  • Asha Bhosle, Bappi Lahiri, and Shashi Kapoor - "Raat Baaqi Baat Baaqi" - Indian-flavored disco-pop in Hindi
  • Atlantic Starr - "Circles" - R&B-disco; reached #38 Pop in the USA in May 1982, #9 Dance in the USA in 1982
  • Atlantis - "Keep on Movin' and Groovin'" - electro-disco
  • Avonn [McDougal] - "Everybody Get Down" - electro-disco-funk
  • B.T. Express (featuring William Robinson) - "This Must Be the Night for Love" - electro-disco
  • Banigeoljeu - "Bumelang" - Korean electro-disco version of Celi Bee's 1978 English disco song "Boomerang"
  • Bappi Lahiri (a.k.a. Alokesh Lahiri) - "Yaad Aa Raha Hai" - Hindi disco from India
  • Bappi Lahiri presents Runa Laila - "De De Pyar De" - Indian-flavored disco/dance-pop in Hindi
  • Bappi Lahiri presents Runa Laila - "Disco Premee" - Hindi electro-disco from India
  • Bappi Lahiri presents Runa Laila - "Hello Hi" - Chinese-flavored disco-pop in Hindi from India
  • Bappi Lahiri presents Runa Laila - "Iya Iya O" - Hindi disco-pop from India
  • Bappi Lahiri presents Runa Laila - "Romance" - Hindi disco-pop from India
  • Behroze Chatterjee and Chorus - "Sweety Seventeen" - electro-disco in English and Hindi from India
  • Bezinky - "BD 15" - Czech electro-disco
  • Bezinky - "Diskotéka na nábřeží" - Czech electro-disco
  • Bezinky - "Strejdo, hraj dál" - Czech electro-disco
  • Billy Griffin - "Be With Me" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Billy Ocean - "Dance with Me" - R&B-disco
  • Billy Ocean - "I Can't Stop" - R&B-disco
  • Blue Feather - "Baby Don't Say Maybe" - funky electro-disco
  • Blue Feather - "High Up to the Sky" - disco-funk
  • Brain - "D.I.X.O." - electro-disco-pop
  • Brass Monkey - "Party When I Can" - electro-disco
  • Brian Auger - "The Hurricane" - electro-disco-pop
  • Brian Auger - "The Seeker" - electro-disco-pop
  • Brooklyn Express - "You Need a Change of Mind (Special Disco Mix)" - disco version of the 1972 Eddie Kendricks hit "Girl, You Need a Change of Mind"
  • Candi Staton (a.k.a. Canzetta Staton) - "Suspicious Minds" - disco-pop version of an Elvis Presley classic; reached #31 Pop in the U.K. and #92 on the Cash Box R&B Chart in the USA in 1982
  • Carol Jiani (a.k.a. Uchenna Ikejiani) - "Kicking the Habit" - electro-disco
  • Carol Jiani (a.k.a. Uchenna Ikejiani) - "X-Rated" - electro-disco
  • Cecil Lyde - "I'll Make It On My Own" - electro-disco-soul
  • Chaplin Band - "Il Veliero" - electro-disco cover of a 1976 song by Luigi Battisti in Italian
  • Cheri - "Star Struck" - electro-disco
  • Chuck Cissel - "Night Miracles" - R&B-disco
  • Claudia Mori and Adriano Celentano - "Non Succederà Più" - mellow disco-pop in Italian
  • Coco De Jour - "Love Me Tonight" - electro-rock-disco
  • Coffee - "My Turn to Burn" - electro-disco
  • Coffee - "Purpose" - mellow disco
  • Cool Runners - "Play the Game (So You Think It Funny)" - electro-disco
  • Dalida - "Jouez Bouzouki" - Greek-flavored disco in French; based on the 1977 song by Disco Bouzouki Band
  • Dance Reaction - "Shanks Mare Honey" - electro-disco
  • David Morris - "Somebody You'd Love to Love" - disco-soul
  • Decoupage - "Puerto Rico" - electro-disco
  • Disconnection - "Bali Ha'i" - disco version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein showtune from the 1949 musical "South Pacific"
  • Dolly Dots - "Do You Wanna Wanna" - disco in English and Spanish
  • Donna Summer - "Mystery of Love" - R&B-disco
  • Double Discovery - "Can He Find Another One? (West Side Mix)" - electro-disco; produced by Boris Midney
  • Double Discovery - "Living Up to Love" - produced by Boris Midney; this 1982 disco version differs from the version of this song which appears on the "Companion" album
  • Electra featuring Tara Butler - "Feels Good" - funky rock-disco-pop
  • Exportations - "Party Down"
  • Fat Larry's Band - "Act Like You Know" - electro-disco
  • Fat Larry's Band - "Be My Lady" - electro-disco
  • Fern Kinney - "Pipin' Hot" - electro-rock-disco
  • Fillmore King - "Keep on Dancin'" - electro-disco
  • Finesse - "Feel It" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Flowchart - "Ask the Boss" - electro-disco-funk
  • Flowchart - "I Saw Him Make Eyes Atchoo" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Flower (a.k.a. Cheryl Lynn Flor) - "Someone Special" - electro-disco
  • Forrrce - "Keep on Dancin' (Phase II)" - electro-disco-funk-fusion
  • Frank and James - "Dancin' with Nancy" - rock-disco
  • Frank and James - "How Long Is Forever" - disco-soul
  • Frank Dana - "Rock 'N' Love" - italo-disco (electro-rock-disco)
  • Frank Dana - "Sexy Lady" - italo-disco (funky electro-disco)
  • Frank De Lima and Na Kolohe - "Mr. Hu" - electro-disco
  • George Duke - "Shine On" - jazzy disco; reached #41 Pop in the USA in April 1982, #36 Dance in the USA, #15 R&B in the USA
  • Gerald Mallory - "Lay It Down on Me" - soul-disco
  • Gidea Park - "Lightnin' Strikes" - electro-rock-disco-pop cover of "Lightning Strikes", a 1966 hit for Lou Christie
  • Gino Soccio - "It's Alright" - electro-disco
  • Gonzalez - "(I Want to Get) Closer to You" - jazzy disco/jazz-funk
  • Greg Henderson - "Dreamin'" - funky electro-disco
  • Gwen Guthrie - "It Should Have Been You" - electro-disco; reached #11 Dance in the USA in 1982
  • Gwen McCrae - "Keep the Fire Burning" - electro-disco; reached #5 Dance in the USA in early 1983
  • Hi-Tension - "How D' You Feel" - funky disco
  • Hot Chocolate - "Girl Crazy" - electro-disco; reached #7 Pop in the U.K. in May 1982
  • Hot Quisine - "Ride on a Rhythm" - funky electro-disco
  • Indeep a.k.a. In Deep - "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" - funky disco with a rap ending and sound effects - reached #13 Pop in the U.K. in February 1983; reached #2 Club in the USA in 1983, #10 R&B in the USA, #101 Pop in the USA
  • Janet Jackson - "You'll Never Find (A Love Like Mine)" - disco-soul
  • J. Gale Gaymon - "(If You) Study Long, You'll Study Wrong" - electro-disco-funk
  • Jay Player - "Love is the Answer" - disco-soul
  • Jorma Markos - "Villi Tunne Valtaa Mun" - Spanish-flavored disco in Finnish; cover of Luis Rodriguez's 1978 disco song "Mujer"
  • K.C. and the Sunshine Band - "Give It Up" - electro-disco; reached #18 Pop in the USA in March 1984; reached #1 Pop in the U.K. in August 1983
  • K.C. and the Sunshine Band - "You're Going Out of Your Mind" - electro-disco
  • K.I.D. - "Fine Time Tonight" - electro-disco-funk
  • K.I.D. - "My Love is on the Way" - electro-disco
  • Kabbala - "Ashewo Ara" - African disco with a rock-disco section
  • Karin Jones - "Under the Influence of Love" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Keni Burke - "Can't Get Enough (Do It All Night)" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Keni Burke - "Shakin'" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Khemistry - "Can You Feel My Love" - R&B-disco
  • Khemistry - "I Can't Lose with the Stuff I Use" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Khemistry - "Who's Fooling Who" - R&B-disco
  • Kikki Amity - "Feel the Need in Me" - electro-disco
  • Kimiko Kasai - "I Felt You Glancin'" - electro-disco
  • Kimiko Kasai - "The Right Place"
  • Kishore Kumar [Ganguly] and Chorus - "(Disco Disco Disco) Yeh Disco Ka Bukhar Hai" - Hindi disco from India
  • Kishore Kumar [Ganguly] and Chorus - "Pag Ghunghroo Baandh" - electro-disco from India; first part of song is partly based on "A Fifth of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy, next parts (with Hindi lyrics) are not disco
  • Kishore Kumar [Ganguly] and the "Disco Dancer" Chorus - "Ae Oh Aa Zara Mudke" - Hindi disco-pop from India; influenced by "Green Light" by Cory Daye
  • Klique - "Best of Love" - R&B-disco
  • Klique - "I Can't Shake This Feeling"
  • Kool and the Gang - "Pretty Baby" - R&B-disco
  • Koxo - "Step by Step" - electro-disco in English and French
  • La Voyage - "All Nite Affair" - funky electro-disco
  • La Voyage - "Make It Last" - jazzy electro-disco
  • Lady Butterfly - "Daddy I'm Coming Home" - electro-disco
  • Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar [Ganguly] - "Disco '82" - Hindi disco-pop from India
  • Linda Fields and the Funky Boys - "Shame, Shame, Shame (New Disco-Version)" - electro-disco remake of a song they originally recorded in 1975 and which in turn was a cover of the 1974 Shirley and Company hit
  • Lonnie Givens - "The Heat Is On" - electro-disco
  • Love Connection - "Hot Blood" - electro-disco; with Jocelyn Brown as lead vocalist
  • Love Twins - "Miami Heatwave" - cover of the Seventh Avenue hit
  • Lyeysya, Pyesnya - "Karate" - Russian electro-disco
  • Majik - "You Gotta Get Up" - electro-disco-funk
  • The Managers - "Shake It Up, Shake It Up" - funky disco
  • Margaret Reynolds - "Day After Day"
  • Maurice Massiah - "We Can Go to Your House" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Maxx Traxx - "Let Me Love You" - electro-disco-soul
  • Maxx Traxx - "Tell Me" - electro-disco-soul
  • Meiju Suvas - "Oot paha" - Finnish rock-disco
  • Melba Moore - "Mind Up Tonight" - electro-disco; reached #22 Pop in the U.K. in January 1983
  • Milon Gupta - "Boom-Boom" - electro-disco instrumental version of the 1982 song "Boom Boom" by Nazia Hassan, from India
  • Milon Gupta - "Ooei Ooei" - electro-disco instrumental version of the 1982 song "Ooe Ooe" by Zoheb Hassan, from India
  • Mystic Merlin - "Mr. Magician" - mellow disco
  • Nandu Bhende and the "Disco Dancer" Chorus - "Krishna Dharti Pe Aaja Too" - Hindi disco from India; record single certified gold status in India in January 1984
  • Nandu Bhende presents Music India's Disco Sound - "Disco Duniya Theme" - Hindi electro-disco from India
  • Nandu Bhende presents Music India's Disco Sound - "Disco Nasha Theme" - Hindi disco from India
  • Nandu Bhende presents Music India's Disco Sound - "Disco Station" - Hindi electro-disco from India; cover of the song from the 1982 Indian film "Hathkadi"
  • Nandu Bhende presents Music India's Disco Sound - "Hari Om Hari" - electro-disco-pop in Hindi and English; cover of the 1980 song by Usha Uthup and Chorus
  • Nandu Bhende presents Music India's Disco Sound - "Ramba Ho Samba Ho" - Hindi electro-disco from India; cover of the 1981 song by Usha Uthup and Chorus
  • Nazia Hassan - "Boom Boom" - Hindi electro-disco from India
  • Nazia Hassan - "Khushi" - Hindi mellow electro-disco from India
  • Nazia Hassan - "Koi Nahin" - Hindi mellow electro-disco-pop from India
  • New Paradise - "Easy Life" - electro-disco-funk; also released in a French version
  • Nighthawk - "Eye of the Tiger" - electro-disco version of the song from the Rocky III movie soundtrack
  • Original - "Sen Qaydan Bilasan" - Uzbek electro-disco from Uzbekistan, U.S.S.R.
  • Otis Clay - "The Only Way is Up" - soul-disco
  • Park Avenue - "Looking Ahead" - electro-disco
  • Parvati Khan - "Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja" - Hindi disco from India
  • Passion - "Don't Stop My Love" - mellow disco
  • Patrice Rushen - "Forget Me Nots" - electro-disco; reached #2 Dance in the USA in May 1982, reached #23 Pop in the USA in July 1982, #4 R&B in the USA in March 1982, #8 Pop in the U.K. in 1982
  • Patrice Rushen - "Number One" - funky electro-disco
  • Patrick Boothe and the Phenix Horns - "Dance All Night"
  • Patrick Boothe and the Streetwave Orchestra featuring the Phenix Horns - "Never Knew Love Like This Before" - R&B-disco
  • Peter Micioni - "I'm a Man"
  • Peter Micioni - "If You Wanna Dance" - rock-disco
  • Plamya - "Goroskop" - Russian electro-disco
  • Prophecy - "Do You Keep His Commandments" - funky electro-gospel-disco
  • Queen - "Back Chat" - electro-rock-disco; reached #40 Pop in the U.K. in 1982
  • Queen Samantha - "Give Me Action"
  • Rainbow Team - "Bite the Apple"
  • Rainbow Team - "My Darling"
  • Rainbow Team - "Please Let's Go"
  • Ren Woods - "Lovin' Power"
  • Rev. Jerry Burns and the Youth Ensemble - "Rapture" - electro-gospel-disco
  • Revelation - "Shout for Joy" - electro-disco-soul
  • Rocket - "Come Together" - electro-disco
  • Rod Stewart - "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? (Live)" - electro-rock-disco reprise of his 1978 hit
  • Roundtree - "Hit on You" - electro-disco-funk
  • Runa Laila - "Ho Oho Ho Janan" - electro-disco-pop in Urdu (a form of the Hindistani language nearly equal to Hindi) from Pakistan
  • Runa Laila - "Tera Mera Saath He Pal" - electro-disco-pop in Urdu (a form of the Hindistani language nearly equal to Hindi) from Pakistan
  • Runa Laila - "Vo Aankhein" - electro-disco in Urdu (a form of the Hindistani language nearly equal to Hindi) from Pakistan
  • S.O.S. Band - "Looking for You" - electro-disco-funk
  • Saint Tropez - "Midnight Fantasy" - produced by Laurin Rinder and W. Michael Lewis
  • The Salsoul Orchestra - "Take Some Time Out (For Love)" - with Jocelyn Brown as lead vocalist; reached #52 Soul on the USA Billboard chart and charted for 12 weeks; reached #46 Club in 1982
  • Santa Esmeralda and Jimmy Goings - "Green Talisman" - electro-latin-disco
  • Santo - "Snake" - rock-disco
  • Satin and Green - "Spectacular" - mellow electro-disco
  • Savanna - "Never Let You Go" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Scherrie Payne - "Medley: I'm Not in Love / Girl, You're in Love" - disco; reached #35 Dance in the USA; partly a disco version of 10cc's 1975 pop hit "I'm Not in Love"
  • Shalamar - "Friends"
  • Shalamar - "I Can Make You Feel Good" - reached #7 Pop in the U.K. in May 1982
  • Sharon [Prabhakar] "Aage Jo Hua" - Hindi electro-rock-disco from India; a version of "Funkytown" by Lipps, Inc.
  • Sharon [Prabhakar] "Aaj Ki Raat" - Hindi mellow disco from India; a version of Donna Summer's 1975 hit "Love to Love You Baby"
  • Sharon [Prabhakar] "Halchal" - Hindi electro-rock-disco from India; a version of Donna Summer's 1979 hit "Hot Stuff"
  • Sharon Prabhakar - "My Body Has a Surging Fire" - electro-disco from India
  • Sharon [Prabhakar] "Pul Pul Pyar" - Hindi disco; a cover of some non-Indian song
  • Sharon [Prabhakar] "Raja" - Indian-flavored electro-disco instrumental version of the Bobby Hebb classic "Sunny", inspired by the 1976 version by Boney M
  • Sharon [Prabhakar] "Wo Mera Hi Hai" - Hindi electro-disco-pop from India; a version of some song by Boney M
  • Sharon Prabhakar and Chorus - "Disco Dilruba" - electro-disco in Hindi and English from India
  • Side Effect - "You Can Do It" - electro-disco-funk
  • Skyy - "Sky Jammer"
  • Special Forces - "Stroke It" - electro-disco-funk
  • Splash - "When We Touch" - funky electro-disco
  • Starpoint - "Miracle Love" - R&B-disco
  • Suede - "Determination" - electro-disco-funk
  • Sunil Ganguly - "Ramba Ho-Ho-Ho Samba Ho-Ho-Ho" - instrumental cover of the 1981 song "Rambha Ho" by Usha Uthup and Chorus, influenced by "Que Sera Mi Vida" by the Gibson Brothers
  • T-Connection - "Might As Well Dance" - electro-R&B-disco
  • T-Connection - "Rushing Through the Crowd" - funky electro-disco
  • Take Five - "The Word Is Out (12-Inch Remix)"
  • Time Bandits - "I'm Specialized in You" - electro-disco-pop
  • Time Five and the Kung Fu Express - "Dragon Lord" - electro-disco; theme song to the movie "Dragon Lord" starring Jackie Chan
  • Touchdown - "Ease Your Mind (UK Mix)" - jazzy electro-disco
  • Trilark - "Sweat It Out" - funky electro-disco
  • The Twins - "In the Year 2525" - electro-rock-disco version of the 1960s song by Zager and Evans
  • Universal Robot Band - "Barely Breaking Even (John Morales' Club Version)" - electro-disco
  • Usha Uthup, Bappi Lahiri, and the "Disco Dancer" Chorus - "Auva Auva Koi Yahan Nache" - Hindi disco from India; based on the 1979 Buggles hit "Video Killed the Radio Star" but the lyrics are totally different (Note: "Nache" means "dance")
  • Vicki Sue Robinson - "Give My Love Back"
  • Vijay Benedict and the "Disco Dancer" Chorus - "I am a Disco Dancer" - Indian-styled disco in Hindi and English
  • Vincent Montana Jr. - "Paul's Happy" - rock-disco-fusion
  • Viola Wills (a.k.a. Viola Wilkerson) - "Stormy Weather" - electro-disco
  • Viola Wills (a.k.a. Viola Wilkerson) - "The More I See You"
  • Voyage - "Let's Get Started" - electro-disco
  • Walter Murphy - "Themes from E.T. (The Extra Terrestrial)" - disco-pop; reached #47 Pop in the USA in July 1982
  • War - "You Got the Power" - electro-disco-funk; reached #6 Dance in the USA in 1982
  • The Weather Girls - "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" - electro-disco version of the song by Rodgers and Hammerstein from the 1949 musical "South Pacific"
  • The Weather Girls - "Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man This Christmas)"
  • Weeks and Co. - "Go with the Flow" - funky electro-disco
  • Wham! - "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do?)" - parody; partly sung and partly rapped; reached #8 Pop in the U.K. in February 1983
  • Yvonne Elliman - "Love Pains (1982 Extended Dance Version)" - electro-disco reworking of her 1979 hit
  • Zalmac featuring Zulema Cusseaux - "Friends" - electro-disco-funk
  • Zalmac featuring Zulema Cusseaux - "What's in it for Me" - electro-disco-funk
  • Zoheb Hassan - "Dheere Dheere" - mellow Chinese-flavored electro-disco in Hindi
  • Zoheb Hassan - "Ooe Ooe" - Hindi electro-rock-disco from India
  • Zoheb Hassan - "Star" - mellow electro-disco-pop in Hindi; title track to the 1982 Indian movie "Star"
  • Zzzang Tumb - "En Gång Till" - electro-disco in Swedish

    DISCO FOR CHILDREN

    The "Mousercise" children's album was released in 1982 by Disney. These tracks are disco:

  • "Ducks Dance, Too"
  • "Mousercise Medley" - several songs (with both sung and spoken words) related to Winnie the Pooh and Disney themes
  • "Pig Out"
    "Miss Piggy's Aerobique Exercise Workout Album", produced by Joe Raposo and released in 1982 by Warner Brothers Records, contains a disco track overlaid with Miss Piggy's motivational lesson:
  • "Stereau Warmup"

    Disco songs featured on the American television show "American Bandstand" in 1982 included: "Steppin' Out" by Kool and the Gang (February 6 program), "She's a Bad Mama Jama" by Carl Carlton (February 13 program), "Circles" by Atlantic Starr (May 8 program), and "Forget Me Nots" by Patrice Rushen (May 29 program).

    Disco songs featured on the American television show "Soul Train" in 1982 included: "It's a Love Thing" by the Whispers (March 20 program) and "Forget Me Nots" by Patrice Rushen (May 29 program).

    "Hold Me Tighter in the Rain" by Billy Griffin is an electro-soul song which reached #17 Pop in the U.K. in February 1983. One of the year's best soul songs was "Looking Up to You" by Michael Wycoff. The classic "A Night to Remember" by Shalamar was also released. All three songs are backed by strings, but the tempo is a little slower than most disco songs. Songs like these are called "downtempo disco" by some people.

    "The Look of Love" by ABC is a hit dance song (#18 Pop in the USA in January 1983) that is heavily electronic but does incorporate prominent violins and some horn moments, giving it a disco feel. The other dance-pop songs on ABC's Lexicon of Love album are notable for their frequent injections of trumpet, trombone, bass, guitar, and piano - for instance, the heavy bass in "Date Stamp". David Christie's "Saddle Up" (#9 Pop in the U.K. in 1982) has real horns but otherwise electronic instrumentation, including (apparently) fake bass and keyboard backings, bringing it into the broad category of electro-dance.

    Electro-dance had become the dominant style of popular dance music by 1982. Michael Jackson's "Baby Be Mine", "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", "Thriller" (reached #1 Pop in the USA in March 1984), "Billie Jean" (#1 Pop in both the U.K. and USA in March 1983), and "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" are dance tracks that are heavy on synths - i.e. synth-pop. Here are some other non-disco dance songs from 1982: "Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)" by Donna Summer (electro-dance), "It's Right" by Michelle Wallace, "You Can't Hurry Love" by Phil Collins, "It's Raining Men" by the Weather Girls (electro-dance), the extraordinary "Love Come Down" by Evelyn "Champagne" King (#17 Pop in the USA in November 1982, #1 R&B in the USA for 5 weeks), "Music and Lights" by Imagination, "You are a Danger" by Gary Low, "Why" by Carly Simon, "Dancing Tight" by Phil Fearon and Galaxy, "Knock Me Out" by Gary's Gang, "Don't Let Go of Me" by Mike and Brenda Sutton, "Die Hard Lover" by Loverde (Hi-NRG), "She's Got to be (a Dancer)" by Jerry Knight, "Rock Shock" by B.B.C.S. & A., "Voodoo Man" by Roni Griffith, "Tease Me" and "Stop! In the Name of Love" by Gloria Gaynor, "Hold On" by Kreamcicle, and "I Surrender" by Voyage, "Mama Used to Say" by Junior (electro-R&B), the incomparable "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" by Hall and Oates (electro-R&B), "Over Like a Fat Rat" by Fonda Rae (garage), "Rock Your Baby" by Disco Connection (1982 remix of George McCrae's 1974 original), "Keep in Touch (Body to Body)" by Shades of Love (garage), "You Can't Have Your Cake and Eat it Too" by Brenda Taylor, "Too Hot" by Pure Energy, "Dance Fever" by Gwen Guthrie, "Say That Again" by the B.B. and Q. Band (The Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens Band), "All Night Long" by the B.B. and Q. Band (The Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens Band) (electro-dance), "Take Me Up" by Matrix (electro-dance), "Space-Disco" by Cosmic Hoffmann (electro-dance), "Best Love" by Rose Royce (electro-dance-soul), "Inside Out" by Odyssey, "Passion" by the Flirts, "I'm Specialized in Love" by Sharon Brown (electro-dance), "Love Reaction" and "Shoot Your Shot" by Divine (Hi-NRG), "Music Turns Me On" by Sparque, "Walk On By" and "Keep On" by D-Train (a pioneer of electro-funk), "Do It" by Herley Johnson Jr. (electro-funk), "Detour" by Karen Young (electro-funk), "Standing on the Top" by the Temptations featuring Rick James (electro-funk), "Free and Easy" by Plush (an electro-funk cover of the 1980 Rene and Angela disco song), "Reach Up" by Toney Lee, "Moment of My Life" and "I Like It Like That" by Inner Life, "Donnez Moi (Give It to Me)" by Dusty Springfield, "Holiday" and "Everybody" and "Borderline" by Madonna, and just about any other dance song from that year.

    "Hooked on Swing" by Larry Elgart and His Manhattan Swing Orchestra, a #31 Pop (USA) June 1982 release, is a jazz number. This was also the year for the hit "Do I Do" by Stevie Wonder (#13 Pop in the USA in July 1982, #2 R&B in the USA for 4 weeks, #1 Dance in the USA in 1982, #10 Pop in the U.K. in June 1982), which is very jazzy dance music. "Baby Don't You Know" by Bobbi Humphrey is another 1982 jazzy dance song and it includes flute playing, violins, and both a real bass guitar and an electronic bassline. The Clash merged funk-dance and rock in their hit "Rock the Casbah". "Dance Like Fred Astaire" by Delegation and "Call Me Up" by Blue Feather are funk-dance. "Disco Gate (Keep on Dancing)" by Mandingo Griot Society is African-styled dance. Forrest Thomas recorded a electronic remake of the classic disco song "Rock the Boat" and it reached #4 Pop in the U.K. in March 1983. El Coco came out with their last album in 1982, including the funk song "Shake It Down". The group Change released the cool electro-R&B-dance song "The Very Best in You". Aretha Franklin's amazing "Jump To It" is another electro-R&B-dance track that's well known from 1982. Caviar's "Never Stop Lovin' You" is disco-influenced R&B. "Le misunderstanding" by Idris Cheba is disco-backed rap in French. "Let's Disco Dance" by Peter Micioni is pop.

    In 1982, the Indian film "Disco Dancer" was released. Bappi Lahiri composed and Nandu Bhende produced the film's disco songs: "I am a Disco Dancer", "Auva Auva Koi Yahan Nache", "Ae Oh Aa Zara Mudke", "Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja", "Yaad Aa Raha Hai", and "Krishna Dharti Pe Aaja Too". "I am a Disco Dancer" got played in discotheques in many different countries.

    The 1982 soundtrack to the American film "Soup for One" included the disco song "I Want Your Love" by Chic.

    Billboard Magazine's "Disco Top 80" chart (the name it went by as late as 1981) was renamed "Dance/Disco Top 80" in 1982, and the word "Disco" was dropped entirely in 1983.


    Disco Music released during 1983:

  • Above and Beyond - "Love Love Love" - disco-pop
  • Ashford and Simpson - "High Rise" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Band AKA - "Joy" - electro-disco; reached #24 Pop in the U.K. in March 1983
  • Bappi Lahiri (a.k.a. Alokesh Lahiri) - "Osa Osa" - Hindi electro-disco from India
  • Bappi Lahiri and Amit Kumar - "Karate" - Hindi disco from India
  • Bappi Lahiri and Asha Bhosle - "Raat Aaye Raat Jaye" - Hindi disco from India
  • Bappi Lahiri featuring Asha Bhosle - "Koi Lutera" - disco in Hindi and English from India
  • Bappi Lahiri featuring the "Hum Se Na Jeeta Koi" singers - "Disco Disco" - Hindi disco from India
  • Bappi Lahiri featuring the cast of "Pasand Apni Apni" - "Ding Dong Ding Dong" - Hindi disco from India
  • Bappi Lahiri and Usha Uthup - "Superstar Banenge" - Hindi electro-disco from India
  • Bilalian Creation - "(We've Got to) Save the Children (And We'll Save the World)" - electro-disco-soul
  • Boys Town Gang - "I Just Can't Help Believing" - electro-disco
  • Brass Construction - "Breakdown" - R&B-disco
  • Chill Fac-Torr - "Fox Hunting" - electro-disco-funk with a rap segment in the middle
  • Contessa - "Super Star" - electro-disco; French (mixed with a little English) version of Cheri's 1982 song "Star Struck"
  • Disfida - "Back to Reality" - electro-disco
  • Doobie Brothers - "What A Fool Believes (Live)" - electro-disco-pop reprise of their 1978 hit
  • Ellie Hope - "Lucky" - electro-disco
  • Fake - "Donna Rouge" - electro-disco-pop
  • Fat Larry's Band - "Changes" - R&B-disco
  • Fats Gaines Band presents Zorina - "Born to Dance"
  • Fats Gaines Band presents Zorina - "Sweet Freak" - electro-disco-funk
  • Frieda Norwood - "Your Love (Is Getting Better All the Time)" - disco-funk
  • George Duke - "Reach Out" - reached #59 R&B in the USA
  • Gloria Gaynor (a.k.a. Gloria Fowles) - "I Will Survive (1983 Version)" - electro-disco
  • Gypsy Wade - "Action"
  • Hi-Voltage - "Hollywood Party" - rock-disco
  • Isabelle Antena - "Be Pop" a.k.a. "Sois Pop" - disco-pop
  • Janice McClain - "Giving My Love" - mellow disco
  • Jayne Kennedy's Advanced Exercise Program - "Love Your Body" - electro-disco overlaid by introductory words by Jayne Kennedy
  • Jessica - "Amour À Minut" - French electro-disco
  • Jessie Rogers - "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show" - electro-disco
  • K.I.D. - "Come and Get It" - electro-disco
  • Kamelie (Hana [Buštiková] & Dana [Vlková]) - "Nemůžu Spát" - Czech electro-disco
  • Kamelie (Hana [Buštiková] & Dana [Vlková]) - "Video Disko" - Czech electro-disco
  • Kishore Kumar [Ganguly] and Asha Bhosle - "Yaar Mila" - Indian-styled disco in Hindi
  • Kitty Grant - "Glad to Know You" - electro-disco cover of the Chas Jankel hit
  • Kool and the Gang - "Straight Ahead" - electro-disco; reached #103 Pop in the USA in 1984
  • Lafleur - "Boogie Nights (Special Remix)" - electro-disco cover of the 1976 Heatwave hit
  • Laine - "Lõpulaul" - Estonian Hi-NRG-disco that copies the melody of 1979's Hi-NRG-disco tune "Walking on Music" by Peter Jacques Band
  • Lew Kirton - "Just Can't Get Enough" - disco-soul
  • Loose Joints - "Tell You (Today)"
  • Loverde - "My World is Empty (Without You)" - disco version of the 1965 Supremes song
  • MCB - "I'm the One" - funky disco-soul
  • Manhattan Rhythm (featuring the Smithcox Organization) - "Manhattan Rhythm" - disco-soul
  • Manny's - "I Love You So"
  • Master Jam - "Dancin' All Night" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Menage - "Memory (Theme from the Broadway Musical 'Cats') (Instrumental)" - disco version of the famous song written by T.S. Eliot and Trevor Nunn with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Michigan Avenue - "That's How Heartaches Are Made" - disco version of the 1969 song by the Marvelettes
  • Montana Sextet featuring Nadiah - "Who Needs Enemies (With a Friend Like You)"
  • Nini Rosso - "Italian Suite" - jazzy disco medley of various discofied songs, and including a cover of "More" by Kai Winding
  • Nini Rosso - "Music of Ennio Morricone" - jazzy disco medley of songs by Ennio Morricone
  • Nini Rosso - "Neapolitan Medley" - jazzy disco medley of various discofied songs
  • Nini Rosso - "Sanremo Medley" - jazzy Italian-language disco medley of various discofied songs, and includes a cover of the disco classic "Tell Me How You Like It" by John Davis and the Monster Orchestra
  • Noodweer - "In De Disco (Special Re-Mix)" - disco in Dutch; reached #11 Pop in the Netherlands
  • Noodweer - "Kom Bij Ons" - Dutch rock-disco
  • Noreen Noor - "Dia dan dunianya" - Malay disco-pop from Malaysia
  • Norma Lewis - "Maybe This Time" - disco version, with slightly modified lyrics, of the 1964 song written by John Kandler and Fred Ebb and made famous by Liza Minnelli in the 1972 film version of the musical "Cabaret"
  • Philippe Wynne - "You Ain't Going Anywhere But Gone" - disco-soul
  • Q - "The Voice of 'Q'" - electro-disco
  • Rick Dees - "Hurt Me Baby - Make Me Write Bad Checks"
  • Rita Lee e Roberto [De Carvalho] - "Banho De Espuma" - electro-disco-pop in Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish; theme song to the Italian television program "Te lo do io il Brasile"
  • The Ritchie Family - "Real Love" - electro-R&B-disco
  • The Ritchie Family - "Stop and Think" - funky electro-disco
  • Rodney Dangerfield - "Rappin' Rodney" - mix of disco and rap; parody; reached #83 Pop in the USA in January 1984
  • Sapan Jagmohan featuring Parvati Khan - "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" - electro-disco song with lyrics from the 1806 English poem "The Star" by Jane Taylor
  • Scraptown - "Taxman Ratman" - jazzy electro-disco
  • Sergio Mendes - "Voo Doo" - jazzy electro-disco
  • Shine - "Dance-O-Matic" - electro-disco
  • Starshine - "All I Need is You" - electro-disco-funk
  • Stereo Fun, Inc. - "Got You Where I Want You Babe" - Hi-NRG-disco cover of the 1976 Hazell Dean song "Got You Where I Want You"; reached #16 Dance in the USA in 1983
  • Sylvester [James] - "Band of Gold" - electro-disco version of Freda Payne's 1970 hit with a section covering "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" by the Four Tops
  • Technique - "Can We Try Again?" - Hi-NRG-disco; the B-side of the "(Looking for Someone to Love) Tonight" single, together the two songs reached #29 Dance in the USA in 1983
  • Ubangi - "Heartbeat" - electro-disco-pop
  • Usje Sukatma - "Waiting For Your Love" - electro-disco-funk
  • Viktoras Malinauskas - "Lunaparke" - Lithuanian disco
  • Voggue - "I Love to Dance" - electro-rock-disco
  • Voggue - "Loverboy" - electro-disco-pop
  • Voggue - "Sun Struck Lovers" - mellow electro-disco
  • Wendy Lambert - "Never Without You (Just Holding You) (Extended Version)" - electro-disco
  • Wham! - "A Ray of Sunshine"
  • Wham! - "Bad Boys" - electro-disco-pop; reached #2 Pop in the U.K. in 1983
  • Wham! - "Come On" - disco-pop
  • Wham! - "Love Machine" - remake of the 1975 hit by the Miracles
  • Yehudit Ravitz - "Bo'u LeRio (Come to Rio)" - Hebrew rock-disco from Israel

    "Circles" by Atlantic Starr was featured on the October 22, 1983 episode of "Soul Train". "I Can't Shake This Feeling" by Klique was a highlight of the May 14, 1983 episode of "Soul Train". Chas Jankel performed "Glad to Know You" on the February 26, 1983 broadcast of "American Bandstand".

    "Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)" by Billy Ocean is definitely a great party song, which became a big hit in 1984, reaching #1 Pop in the USA in November 1984, but I don't think it can be classified as disco; despite the violin-sounding flourishes (apparently arranged by Barry Eastmond) and the presence of some real instruments including guitar, and a great saxophone solo, the overall sound is not disco, the bassline is provided by an electronic synth bass, and the 4/4 beat is the heavy '80s-like type. Another great non-disco party song this year was "Tonight" by Kool and the Gang (rock-dance). "Let's Dance" by David Bowie and "I'm Only Shooting Love" by Time Bandits are also great but not disco. Donna Summer's "She Works Hard for the Money" is not disco, nor is "Love Town" by Booker Newbury III, nor "Get Down Saturday Night" by Oliver Cheatham (#37 R&B in the USA in spring 1983), nor "Love Game" by Pure Energy, nor "I.O.U." by Freeez (#2 Pop in the U.K. in summer 1983), nor "Loving You" by Status IV (electro-dance-funk), nor "Follow the Brightest Star" by Voyage, nor "Skiing in the Snow" by Laura Pallas and the Reputations, nor "So Many Men, So Little Time" by Miquel Brown, nor "I Am What I Am" by Gloria Gaynor (a U.K. Top 20 hit in 1983; Hi-NRG), nor "You Can't Hide (Your Love from Me)" by David Joseph (#13 Pop in the U.K. in March 1983; electro-dance). "All Night Long (All Night)" by Lionel Richie is a calypso-dance song. "Paris Latino" by Bandolero is a rap-dance song in Spanish and English with electro-disco sections. "The Crown" by Gary Byrd and the GB Experience featuring Stevie Wonder is a disco-flavored funk song with rap sections. "Magic" by Circle City Band is electro-funk. Julia and Company's "Breakin' Down (Sugar Samba)", which reached #15 Pop in the U.K. in 1984, is R&B-dance. "Disco King" by Carrara, "Disco Delight" by Regina Rogers, and "Flashlight on a Disco Night" by Rofo are electronic dance. Disco Connection's cover of Patrick Hernandez's "Born to be Alive" is electro-dance.


    Disco Music released during 1984:

  • Alicia Myers - "Appreciation" - electro-disco
  • Bappi Lahiri featuring the "Chakma" singers - "Chakma" - Hindi disco from India
  • Boys Town Gang featuring Cynthia Manley with Debbie Jacobs, Jessica Williams, Two Tons O' Fun, Sylvester [James], Margaret Reynolds, Jeanie Tracy, Jo-Lo, and Marlena Shaw - "Dance Trance Medley (Megamix)" - electro-disco medley consisting of remakes of "Dance Trance/You're the One", "High on Your Love", "Hot Hot (Give It All You Got)", "Gambling on Your Love", "Queen of Fools", "I Got the Feeling", "Dance (Disco Heat)", "Earth Can Be Just Like Heaven", "Keep On Holding On", "Disco Kicks", "Dance Trance", "Touch Me in the Morning", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", and the grand finale of "We Are Family"
  • Brass Construction - "International" - electro-disco-funk
  • Carol Jiani (a.k.a. Uchenna Ikejiani) - "Don't Leave Me This Way" - cover of the disco song made famous by Thelma Houston
  • Cercle of New York - "Meddley CHIC" - a medley of short versions of songs originally recorded by Chic, beginning with a disco cover of "Le Freak", followed by an electro-disco cover of "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)", a non-disco cover of "Rebels Are We", an electro-funk cover of "You Are Beautiful", a disco-funk version of "Stage Fright", a disco version of "Believer", a disco cover of "Good Times", a funk cover of "Hangin'", and concluding with repeats of "Dance, Dance, Dance" and "Le Freak"
  • Claudja Barry - "Trippin' on the Moon" - electro-disco
  • Contrast - "Tantalize" - funky electro-disco with sung and rapped lyrics
  • Finesse - "Dance People" - funky electro-disco which includes the lyrics "do it any way you wanna do it, do it any way you wanna" from People's Choice's 1975 disco hit "Do It Anyway You Wanna", and "it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing" from the song of that title by Duke Ellington, but which is otherwise lyrically original
  • Freedom - "All For You" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Fresh Band - "Come Back Lover" - electro-disco; reached #68 Club in the USA
  • The Horn Section a.k.a. T.H.S. - "Lady Shine (Shine On)" - electro-disco
  • Hot Luv - "You Do It Right" - electro-disco-funk
  • Jesse James - "I Can Feel Your Love Vibes" - mellow disco-soul
  • Jessica Williams - "I Wanna Be" - electro-disco
  • K-Ram - "Menage a Trois (Long Version)" - funky electro-disco with a mix of sung and rapped lyrics
  • Kat Mandu - "We Got Your Groove" - funky electro-disco
  • Kool and the Gang - "Fresh" - electro-disco; reached #9 Pop in June 1985 in the USA: #1 R&B and #1 Club in the USA in 1985
  • Matsubara - "S.O.S." - jazzy electro-disco
  • Mirage - "Let's Groove (Medley)" - a medley of short versions of songs originally recorded by Earth, Wind, and Fire, beginning with a non-disco version of "In the Stone", followed by a non-disco version of "Star", a recreation of the disco-R&B "September", a disco cover of "Boogie Wonderland", a non-disco version of "I've Had Enough", and disco covers of "Can't Let Go" and "Let's Groove"
  • Neco (a.k.a. Tahir Nejat Özyılmazel) - "Hani" - Turkish electro-disco
  • Salma Agha and Bappi Lahiri - "Jeena Bhi Kya Hai Jeena" - Hindi rock-disco from India; instrumentation and song title influenced by "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson
  • Sharda - "Hotel Mein Bottle" - disco in Hindi and English from India
  • Sharon Prabhakar - "Dance Dance Dance" - electro-disco in English and Hindi from India
  • Shina Williams and His African Percussionists - "Agboju Logun" a.k.a. "Agb'oju L'ogun" - African electro-disco-funk in Nigeria's Yoruba language
  • The Trammps - "Fantacity" - electro-disco
  • Usha Uthup - "Main Gul Badan" - Hindi disco from India
  • Vijay Benedict - "Kasam Paida Karnewale" - Hindi disco from India; title track to the 1984 film "Kasam Paida Karnewale Ki"

    A remix of Sister Sledge's 1979 song "Lost in Music" which still retained its disco flavor became a hit in Britain for a second time during 1984.

    "Give It Up" by K.C. was featured on the March 31, 1984 edition of "American Bandstand".

    "I Feel For You" by Chaka Khan is great but it's not disco. Other popular non-disco electronic dance songs from 1984 included "Freakshow on the Dancefloor" by the Bar-Kays, "You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record)" by Dead or Alive (Hi-NRG), "High Energy" by Evelyn Thomas (Hi-NRG), "Disco Band" by Scotch, "Glamorous Life" by Sheila E., "We Can Make It" by Purple Flash, "Florida (Move Your Feet)" by Paul Sharada, "Dr. Beat" by Miami Sound Machine, and "Change of Heart" by Change. Carol Jiani (a.k.a. Uchenna Ikejiani) released the non-disco track "Touch and Go Lover" this year. Cafe Society's remake of "Relight My Fire" is electro-dance. "Black Stations/White Stations" by Martha and the Muffins (M + M) is funk-pop. "You Do It Right" by Hot Luv is electro-funk

    "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Sylvester (1978) plays in the soundtrack of the 1984 documentary "The Times of Harvey Milk".


    Disco Music released during 1985:

  • Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar [Ganguly] - "Jhoom Jhoom Ke" - Indian-flavored disco/dance-pop in Hindi
  • Bappi Lahiri featuring Kishore Kumar [Ganguly] and S. Janaki - "Ankhe Do" - Hindi disco from India
  • Biddu Orchestra - "Himalayan Sunrise" - Indian-flavored disco
  • Blue Feather - "Who Will Be the One" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Doris Guy - "Listen Baby" - electro-disco
  • Irina Uvarova - "Mama, ty zhe sama molodoyu bila" - Russian disco
  • Mc4 - "Gow Dance" - italo-disco (electro-disco)
  • Peggi Blu (a.k.a. Peggie Blue) - "I Want It All Now" - electro-disco
  • Rick James - "Glow" - electro-disco; reached #1 Club for 2 weeks in the USA in summer 1985, #5 R&B in the USA in 1985
  • Sharon Prabhakar - "Aayeh Bahon Mein" - electro-disco in Hindi and English from India with its instrumentation covering 1975's Swahili disco track "A.I.E. (A'mwana)" by Black Blood
  • Sharon Prabhakar, Parvati Khan, and Ursula - "Tum Meri Nazar Se Dekho" - Hindi electro-rock-disco from India
  • The Swinging Erudites - "Disco Lives! (Tribute to the Village People)" - electro-rock-disco parody medley with modified lyrics from the Village People hits "Macho Man", "YMCA", and "In the Navy"

    Mai Tai's "History" a.k.a. "Our Love is History" (1985) is structurally electro-funk with real rhythm-guitar, bass, and synth backing. Kasso's "Baby Doll" is electro-funk. Fresh Color's "Disco Future" is synth-pop.


    Disco Music released during 1986:

  • ABBA - "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme (A Man After Midnight)" - electro-rock-disco-pop reprise of their 1979 track, recorded live in 1979 in England
  • Agitpop - "Funkytown" - rock-disco version of the Lipps, Inc. hit
  • Asha Bhosle and Bappi Lahiri - "Bugi Bugi" - Hindi electro-disco-pop from India
  • Bappi Lahiri featuring Asha Bhosle, Amit Kumar, and Chorus - "Music is My Life" - Indian-flavored disco in English and Hindi from India
  • Marian Stockley "Give Me Love" - Middle Eastern-flavored electro-disco
  • Ruth Dawes - "I Love Only You" - disco-soul
  • Savvy - "Mizz Mean" - electro-rock-disco-pop
  • Sharon Prabhakar - "Aap Kya Aaye" - Hindi electro-disco-pop from India
  • Sugjamae a.k.a. Sook Sisters - "Salang-ui nageune" - Korean electro-rock-disco

    1986's "I Can't Wait" by Nu Shooz is very cool and has several real instruments in the mix. The piano-heavy "Move Your Body" by Marshall Jefferson is a nice house song. "Queen of the Disco" by Whitehouse Connection is electro-R&B-dance with real bass and real rhythm guitar. "Disco Halloween" by Forbidden Fruits is italo-styled electro-dance.

    The disco hit "Boogie Oogie Oogie" by A Taste of Honey plays during a scene in the 1986 film "At Close Range".


    Disco Music released during 1987:

  • Alisha Chinai - "Yaar Mera Kho Gaya" - Hindi disco-pop from India
  • Alisha Chinai - "Zooby Zooby" - Hindi rock-disco from India; based on Modern Talking's 1986 song "Brother Louie"
  • Bappi Lahiri featuring the cast of "Himmat Aur Mehanat" - "Touch Me (I Want Your Body)" - Indian disco version of the 1986 Samantha Fox hit, with modified lyrics, in English and Hindi
  • Frieda - "Disco Lover" - electro-disco
  • Loretta Stokes - "You'll Never Escape My Love" - recorded in 1979, but first released in 1987 by Nightmare Gold Records as a 12" single
  • Pearly Gates - "No Two Ways About It" - recorded in late 1979 or early 1980, but first released in 1987 by Nightmare Gold Records as a 12" single
  • Pearly Gates - "Fading into the Light" - mellow disco; recorded in late 1979 or early 1980, but first released in 1987 by Nightmare Gold Records as a 12" single
  • Susan Wells - "Nightmare" - recorded in 1979, but first released in 1987 by Nightmare Gold Records as a 12" single

    1987's awesome "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley is a Hi-NRG song that has echoes of the disco vibe, especially during the 16 seconds in the middle where the real guitar gets strumming while the background girls sing "oooh give you up, oooh give you up" and Rick follows with "never gonna give, never gonna give...never gonna give, never gonna give". Fleetwood Mac's "Little Lies" is an electro-pop tune that has a real bass being played and real drums played usually in a disco pattern so it verges on being disco though the flavor is different; it reached #4 on the Billboard US Hot 100 Singles chart in November 1987 and #5 on the UK Singles Chart in November 1987. "Love an Adventure" by Pseudo Echo, also from 1987, combines an up-tempo dance rhythm and electronics with violins.


    Disco Music released during 1988:

  • Arthur Prysock - "Rock Me Baby" - jazzy electro-disco remake of "Rock Your Baby", the 1974 hit by George McCrae
  • Bappi Lahiri featuring the cast of "Commando" - "O Dada O Dada" - Hindi disco from India; from the soundtrack to the film "Commando", composed by Bappi Lahiri
  • James Last - "Always on My Mind" - electro-disco cover of the 1982 Willie Nelson country-pop hit; this version, which appears on the 1988 album "Dance Dance Dance", differs from the country version James Last released on his 2004 album "Country Roads"
  • Plunky - "This is Our Time"
  • Vijay Benedict - "O Mere Apne O Mere Sapne" - Hindi disco from India; from the soundtrack to the film "Commando", composed by Bappi Lahiri

    "Tribute (Right On)" by The Pasadenas (a #5 Pop hit in the U.K. in 1988) is a great danceable soul song that has a heavy bass, rhythm guitar, horns, and a mix of disco-timed and erratic dance beats. It is considered a disco song by some people. The 1988 electro-dance remake of Penny McLean's "Lady Bump" by The Bump Project featuring Loni Peroni also succeeds in keeping a disco vibe. So does the 1988 electro-dance remake of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes's "The Love I Lost" by Seventh Avenue. And check out all the real instruments on the 1988 dance song "Flashin' Back (Dance Mix)" by Tyrone Davis, very untypical for that year. "Disco Maniac" by Denise and Baby's Gang is italo-styled electro-dance. "Teardrops" by Womack and Womack is electro-dance with electronic bass.


    Disco Music released during 1989:

    Diana Ross released one of the last disco songs of the 1980s, a live cover of "Love Hangover", recorded in Wembley Arena in London in June 1989. It was included on her album "Greatest Hits Live", released November 20, 1989. But the songs that get the distinction for last 1980s disco releases are "La Vie Continue" by Fragile on the Rocks, released as a 7- and 12- inch single in Belgium in December 1989 (and in France early the following year) and "Main Jaadugar" by Kalyanji Anandji on the soundtrack album "Jaadugar" that came out in December 1989 though the movie itself came out in August 1989.

  • Alisha Chinai and Shailendra Singh - "I am a Bad Girl" - electro-disco in English and Hindi from India; copies some elements from Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean"
  • Diana Ross - "Love Hangover" - electro-disco reprise of her 1976 hit; recorded live in England in 1989
  • Dink Perry and the Breeze Band - "Between Hello and Goodbye" - electro-disco-pop version of Arthur Prysock's 1977 disco song
  • Fragile on the Rocks - "La Vie Continue" - French electro-disco version of "And the Beat Goes On", the 1979 hit by the Whispers
  • Jimmy Somerville - "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" - electro-disco cover of the 1978 Sylvester hit; reached #34 Dance in the USA in spring 1990; reached #5 Pop in the U.K. in January 1990
  • Kalyanji Anandji featuring Kumar Sanu and Jolly Mukherjee - "Main Jaadugar" - Hindi disco from India
  • Pearly Gates - "The Race is On" - recorded in late 1979 or early 1980, but first released in 1989 by Nightmare Records as the B-side of their single "One Less Bell to Answer"

    Big Fun's "Can't Shake the Feeling" (1989) is very disco-like for an electronic dance number. There's also a disco influence on some of the music by Ten City, such as their 1989 deep-house track "That's the Way Love Is"; check out the "Underground Mix Version" for disco flavor, as the group emphasized real instruments and powerful vocals. "Express Yourself" by Madonna (1989) is interesting for its use of real rhythm guitar and real horns, though the bassline is fake and the overall sound is very electro-dance particularly with the '80s-styled beats. Loleatta Holloway's 1980 disco song "Love Sensation" was sampled on Black Box's 1989 dance hit "Ride on Time", which soared to #1 Pop in the U.K. in September 1989. Lisa Stansfield's soulful 1989 single "All Around the World" (a #1 Pop hit in the U.K. in November 1989, and a #3 Pop hit in the USA in April 1990) was an outstanding violin-backed pop song. Stansfield chose to refer to her music as "disco" (even though it really isn't).


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