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1981 Disco

While the number of new disco releases began to noticeably decline in 1981, a good amount of them were excellent and some of them even became hits, such as "Lady (You Bring Me Up)" by the Commodores, arguably the last "pure" or "traditional" (i.e., violin-backed) disco song to reach the top 10 on the Billboard pop chart in the USA. The R&B chart also had many fine disco hits in 1981. Of particular merit are "Shake It Up Tonight" by Cheryl Lynn, "I Can't Stay Away From You" by Viola Wills, and "The Real Thing" by the Brothers Johnson.

Disco Music released during 1981:

Collage of Disco Products made in 1981

  • Adal Scandy Super Band - "Pirana" - electro-rock-disco
  • The Afternoon Delights - "General Hospi-tale" - electro-disco with sung and rapped lyrics
  • Ahzz - "New York Moving" - electro-disco
  • Alec R. Costandinos - "Something's Cookin'" - electro-rock-disco-pop
  • Ali Thomson - "Foolish Child" - jazzy electro-disco-pop
  • Alicia Myers - "Don't Stop What You're Doin'" - electro-disco
  • Alicia Myers - "I Want to Thank You" - gospel-disco-soul
  • Aretha Franklin - "Truth and Honesty" - electro-disco-soul
  • Aretha Franklin - "Whole Lot of Me" - disco-soul
  • Arthur Adams - "You Got the Floor" - jazzy electro-disco; reached #38 Pop in the U.K. in November 1981
  • Asha Bhosle - "Dil Dil Dil, Kabhi Dil De Bhi To Do" - Hindi electro-disco from India
  • Aurra - "Nasty Disposition" - funky electro-disco
  • Aurra - "Party Time" - funky electro-disco
  • The B.B. and Q. Band (The Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens Band) - "On the Beat" - electro-disco
  • Babla - "Babla's Disco Dancing Theme" - Indian-flavored electro-disco
  • Baby Washington - "Come See About Me" - funky electro-disco version of the Supremes' hit from 1964
  • Baccara - "Mucho, Mucho"
  • Bappi Lahiri - "Disco Badshah" - Indian-styled disco in Hindi
  • Bappi Lahiri featuring Kishore Kumar [Ganguly], Amit Kumar, and Chorus - "Mera Dil Tera Dil...Om Namah Shivae" - Hindi electro-disco from India
  • Bappi Lahiri featuring Lata Mangeshkar - "Mera Dil Tera Dil...Om Namah Shivae (Reprise)" - Hindi disco from India
  • Barbara Roy and Ecstasy, Passion, and Pain - "If You Want Me" - electro-disco
  • Barrabas - "On the Road Again" - electro-disco
  • Barrett Strong - "Rock It Easy"
  • Barry Manilow - "Let's Hang On" - electro-rock-disco-pop/dance-pop cover of the 1965 Four Seasons hit; reached #32 Pop in the USA in 1982, #12 Pop in the UK in November 1981
  • Ben Norman - "Too Many Lovers"
  • Billy Ocean - "Stay the Night" - R&B-disco; bundled with "Night (Feel Like Getting Down)", reached #4 Disco in the USA in 1981
  • Bisquit - "Zoo Zoo" - electro-disco
  • Black Ice - "All About Love" - electro-disco-soul
  • Bliss - "Fun" - electro-disco
  • Bobby Thurston - "Is Something Wrong With You?" - funky disco
  • Booker T. Jones - "Don't Stop Your Love" - reached #11 Dance in the USA in 1982
  • Boots Clements - "Yippy-i-aye Yippy-i-yo (Ghostriders in the Sky)" - country-disco version of the Johnny Cash country classic "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky" (music and lyrics by Stan Jones)
  • Boys Town Gang - "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" - remake of the 1967 Frankie Valli classic; reached #4 Pop in the U.K. in August 1982, #15 Dance in the USA
  • Boys Town Gang - "Cruisin' the Streets"
  • Boys Town Gang - "Disco Kicks" - Hi-NRG-disco remake of a song originally performed by The Original Mass; bundled with "You're the One", it reached #6 Disco/Dance in the USA in October 1981
  • Brooklyn Express - "Sixty-Nine" a.k.a. "Change Position (88)" - largely a funky disco cover of Jimmy "Bo" Horne's 1981 disco song "Spank"
  • Brotherhood of Man - "Dance Yourself Dizzy" - cover of the Liquid Gold hit
  • Brotherhood of Man - "I Will Survive" - electro-disco cover of the 1978 Gloria Gaynor classic
  • Brotherhood of Man - "Le Freak" - electro-disco cover of the 1978 Chic original
  • Brotherhood of Man - "Night Fever" - electro-disco cover of the 1977 Bee Gees classic
  • Brotherhood of Man - "Ring My Bell" - electro-disco cover of the 1979 Anita Ward hit
  • Brotherhood of Man - "Rivers of Babylon" - electro-disco cover of the Boney M hit
  • Brotherhood of Man - "Use It Up and Wear It Out" - cover of the 1980 Odyssey hit
  • Brotherhood of Man - "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" - electro-disco cover of the 1977 Baccara hit
  • Brothers Johnson - "The Real Thing" - reached #11 R&B in the USA in June 1981; reached #50 Pop in the U.K. in August 1981 and #67 Pop in the USA in 1981
  • Brothers Johnson - "Dancin' Free"
  • C.H.A.D. featuring G.G. Gibson - "Feel the Beat (C'est Si Bon...)" - disco in English and French; portions of the bassline are similar to Chic's 1979 song "My Forbidden Lover"
  • Camille - "Keep On Shakin' That Thing" - electro-disco
  • Candy Bowman - "I Wanna Feel Your Love" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Cappuccino - "Hell Dance With Me" - rock-disco
  • Capricorn - "Pow Pow Pow" - electro-disco
  • Carina [Lemoine] - "I Love Disco" - electro-disco-pop
  • Carl Carlton - "She's a Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked)" - funky electro-disco; reached #22 Pop in the USA in October 1981, #2 R&B in the USA, #20 Disco/Dance in the USA in 1981; reached #34 Pop in the U.K. in August 1981
  • Carl Harvey - "Just Having Fun" - disco-funk
  • Carol Douglas - "My Simple Heart" - electro-disco cover of the 1979 Three Degrees hit
  • Carol Jiani (a.k.a. Uchenna Ikejiani) - "Seeing You" - funky electro-disco
  • Caroline Bernier - "Little Bit of Lovin'" - mellow disco-pop
  • Caroline Bernier - "Love I Don't Wanna Hear About It" - electro-disco
  • Caroline Bernier - "Never Enough" - electro-disco
  • Caroline Bernier - "Take It Off" - electro-disco
  • Caroline Bernier - "Young and Lively" - electro-disco
  • Cecil Parker - "What It Is" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Chaka Khan - "Fate" - electro-disco
  • Change - "Hold Tight" - electro-disco; reached #89 Pop in the USA in 1981
  • Change - "Paradise" - reached #1 Disco in the USA in May 1981, #80 Pop in the USA in 1981
  • Charles Mann - "Sho'Nuff No Funny Stuff Love" - funky electro-disco
  • Charles Veal - "Love Me Tonight" - R&B-disco
  • Charles Veal - "Show Me" - electro-disco-soul
  • Charles Veal - "The Girl's Got a Hold on Me" - disco-soul
  • Charo (a.k.a. María Baeza) - "Eres Tú" - Spanish disco; cover of the song written by Juan Carlos Calderón in 1973
  • Charo (a.k.a. María Baeza) - "Recuerdos de Alhambra (Mi Guitarra)" - Spanish-flavored disco version of Francisco Tárrega's 1896 composition
  • Chas Jankel - "Glad to Know You" - jazzy electro-disco; reached #1 on the U.S. Dance chart in 1982
  • Cheetah - "Ain't Gonna Waste No Time No More" - produced by Laurin Rinder and W. Michael Lewis
  • Cheetah - "I'm Ready" - electro-rock-disco - produced by Laurin Rinder and W. Michael Lewis
  • Cheetah - "Night Lines" - produced by Laurin Rinder and W. Michael Lewis
  • Cheetah - "Too Hot to be Cool" - produced by Laurin Rinder and W. Michael Lewis
  • Cheryl Lynn - "If You'll Be True to Me" - disco-soul
  • Cheryl Lynn - "Shake It Up Tonight" - reached #70 Pop in the USA in September 1981, #5 R&B in the USA, #5 Disco in the USA in 1981
  • The Chi-Lites - "Get Down With Me" - funky disco
  • Claire Evren - "Müzik ve Ben" - electro-rock-disco in Turkish and French
  • Clay Hunt - "Keep Me On Fire" - disco-soul
  • Clyde Alexander - "Gotta Get Your Love" - electro-disco-pop remake of the 1979 song by Gary Davis and Sanction
  • The Commodores - "Lady (You Bring Me Up)" - reached #8 Pop in the USA in September 1981, #5 R&B in the USA in 1981, #53 Disco in the USA in late 1981
  • Companion featuring Charmaine - "Living Up to Love (Companion)" - produced by Boris Midney
  • Companion featuring Charmaine - "Step On Out" - produced by Boris Midney
  • Conquest - "Give It To Me (If You Don't Mind)" - electro-disco-funk
  • Creme D'Cocoa - "I Will Survive" - instrumentation based on Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive", but the lyrics are different (a male reply to the original song)
  • Crystal and the Team - "Sooner or Later (I'm Gonna be the One)" - electro-rock-disco-pop
  • Crystal and the Team - "(Won't You) Dance with Me" - electro-rock-disco
  • D.D. Sound (Disco Delivery Sound) - "The Night They Invented Disco" a.k.a. "The Night They Invented the Disco" - disco with sung and rapped lyrics
  • Dalida - "Americana" - French latin-disco version of the 1981 song originally sung in Spanish by Alec R. Costandinos
  • Daniel Sahuleka - "We'll Go Out Tonight" - mellow electro-disco-soul
  • Danielle Devred - "Silver Spoon" - electro-disco - produced by Giancarlo Meo and Claudio Simonetti
  • Debra Laws - "On My Own" - electro-disco
  • Delegation - "In the Night" - mellow disco
  • Diana Ross - "Work That Body" - disco-funk
  • Discoteque - "For Your Love" - disco version of the Yardbirds' rock classic
  • Donald Byrd - "Love Has Come Around" - funky electro-disco; reached #15 R&B in the USA, #4 Disco/Dance in the USA in 1981
  • Donald O'Conner - "Emergency" - R&B-disco
  • Doris D. and the Pins - "I Wanna Be Loved By You"
  • Doris D. and the Pins - "Midnight" - disco-pop
  • Doris D. and the Pins - "Silver Spaceman"
  • Dos-Mukasan - "Gashyktar ani" - Kazakh electro-disco from Kazakhstan, U.S.S.R.
  • Double Exposure - "After All This Time" - funky disco
  • Dschinghis Khan - "What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor" - disco-pop version of the traditional song
  • The Duncans - "Communication" - electro-disco
  • The Duncans - "Too Damn Hot" - electro-disco
  • The Duncans - "Your Love Still Brings Me to My Knees" - electro-disco
  • Duran Duran - "Planet Earth (Night Version)" - electro-rock-disco-pop; original version reached #12 Pop in the U.K. in 1981, #1 Pop in Australia in 1981
  • Dynasty - "High Time (I Left You Baby)" - funky disco
  • Dynasty - "Love in the Fast Lane" - mellow electro-R&B-disco; reached #31 R&B in the USA
  • ESG - "Moody" - electro-disco
  • Earthling - "You Go On Natural" - electro-disco
  • Eklips (featuring Iris Lammers) - "Mi Amor" - electro-disco in Spanish
  • Eloise Whitaker - "Don't Turn Your Back on Love" - electro-disco
  • The Emotions - "Turn It Out" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Enigma - "Ain't No Stopping" - a disco medley starting with a cover of "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now", continuing with "Le Freak", then "In the Forest", "Jump to the Beat", "Use It Up, Wear It Out", "Mysteries of the World", "Oops Upside Your Head", "Car Wash", "The Hustle", "I Will Survive", and concluding with a reprise of "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"; reached #11 Pop in the U.K. in May 1981
  • Enigma - "Good Times Medley (Funkercise)" a.k.a. "Funkercise (The Chic Medley)" - a disco medley celebrating the music produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, starting with an original funk-rap song ("Funkercise"), followed by condensed covers of "Good Times", "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" (electro-disco), "Everybody Dance", "Le Freak", "My Forbidden Lover" (electro-disco), "Lost in Music", "My Feet Keep Dancing" (electro-disco), "He's the Greatest Dancer" (electro-disco), "I'm Coming Out", "Upside Down" (electro-funk), "My Old Piano", "Spacer", and "We Are Family", and concluding with a reprise of "Funkercise"
  • Enigma - "I Love Music" - a disco medley starting with "I Love Music" (originally by the O'Jays) and continuing with condensed covers of "Turn the Music Up!", "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)", "Lovely One" (originally by the Jacksons), "Celebration" (the Kool and the Gang hit), "Can You Handle It?" (the Sharon Redd tune), "It's A Love Thing", "Stomp!", "Don't Stop 'Til Ya Get Enough", "Let's All Chant", "Casanova" (the Coffee hit), "Is It Love That You're After" (originally by Rose Royce), "Boogie Wonderland", "A Lover's Holiday" (the Change hit), "I Shoulda Loved Ya" (the hit by Narada Walden Michael), "Make That Move" (the Shalamar hit), "Instant Replay", "Hot Stuff", "Cuba", and concluding with "I Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet" (originally by Gonzalez); reached #25 Pop in the U.K. in August 1981
  • Enigma - "Summer Groovin'" a.k.a. "Holiday Medley" - a disco, Spanish, and dance-pop medley (starting with the non-disco Spanish-flavored songs "Viva España", "Hasta la Vista", and George Baker Selection's "Una Paloma Blanca", then a poppish cover of La Bionda's "One for You, One for Me", followed by Boney M's disco "Rasputin", covers of the non-disco Boney M songs "Painter Man" and "Brown Girl in the Ring", and a poppish version of Boney M's "Rivers of Babylon", then a non-disco cover of Brotherhood of Man's "Figaro", a disco version of "Singin' in the Rain", a disco cover of Barry Manilow's "Copacabana", an electronic instrumental ("El Bimbo"), an instrumental disco song ("Summer of '42", originally by Biddu Orchestra), and a non-disco cover of the Crystals' "Da Do Ron Ron", then concluding with covers of "Que Sera Mi Vida", "Born to be Alive", and "D.I.S.C.O.")
  • Esther Williams - "I'll Be Your Pleasure"
  • Ethel Beatty - "I Know You Care" - mellow electro-disco-soul
  • Evelyn Smith - "(Baby) You and Me" - electro-disco
  • Fantasy - "Love Explosion" - electro-disco
  • Fantasy - "Too Much Too Soon"
  • Fantasy - "You Can't Lose What You Never Had" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Fat Eddy Band - "Let Your Body Move It" - disco-funk
  • Fat Eddy Band - "When You Feel That Love" - jazzy electro-disco
  • Fern Kinney - "Love Me Tonight" a.k.a. "Love Me Tonite" - electro-disco; cover of Sho-Nuff's 1980 song "Tonite"
  • Fern Kinney - "There'll Never Be Another Night Like This" - electro-disco
  • Firefly - "Love is Gonna be on Your Side" - reached #3 Disco in the USA in April 1981
  • Firefly - "My Desire"
  • Firefly - "You Can Lead Me" - electro-disco
  • Flakes - "Wind Yourself Up" - funky electro-disco
  • Football - "Dance to the Samba" - disco in Portuguese and English
  • Forecast - "Love Line" - disco-soul
  • France Joli - "Gonna Get Over You" - mellow disco on the album version and disco on the 12" single mix; reached #2 Disco/Dance in the USA in August 1981; also released in a Spanish version, "Te Olvidare"
  • Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - "December 1963 (Oh, What a Night) (Live)" - electro-disco-pop reprise of their 1975 electro-disco-pop hit; recorded live in 1980 in Holmdel, New Jersey
  • Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - "Our Day Will Come (Live)" - electro-disco-pop reprise of Valli's 1975 solo disco-pop hit; recorded live in 1980 in Holmdel, New Jersey
  • Freddie James - "Dance to tbe Beat"
  • Freddie James - "Everybody Here Do Your Thing" - electro-disco-funk
  • Freddie James - "I'm Just Your Fool"
  • Freddie James - "Music Takes Me Higher" - electro-disco
  • Freddie James - "She's a Lady" - funky disco
  • Freeez - "Caribbean Winter" - electro-disco
  • Fussy Cussy - "Don't Stop the Music" - electro-disco-pop
  • GQ - "Boogie Shoogie Feelin'"
  • GQ - "Shake" - reached #23 R&B in the USA in November 1981
  • Galina Shevelyova - "Ya Vyzhila" - Russian disco version of Gloria Gaynor's hit "I Will Survive"
  • Game featuring Charles Cannon - "Gotta Take Your Love" - electro-disco
  • George Benson - "Never Give Up on a Good Thing" - electro-disco; reached #14 Pop in the U.K. in February 1982
  • Gino Soccio - "Hold Tight" - funky electro-disco
  • Gino Soccio - "Try It Out" - jazzy disco; reached #1 Dance in the U.S. in June and July 1981
  • Gladys Knight and the Pips - "I Will Fight" - R&B-disco
  • Gloria Gaynor (a.k.a. Gloria Fowles) - "Chasin' Me Into Somebody Else's Arms" - electro-disco-soul
  • Gloria Gaynor (a.k.a. Gloria Fowles) - "I Can't Stand the Pain" - disco-soul
  • Gloria Gaynor (a.k.a. Gloria Fowles) - "I Kinda Like Me"
  • Gloria Gaynor (a.k.a. Gloria Fowles) - "When You Get Around to It" - electro-disco-soul
  • Goldie Alexander - "Show You My Love" - electro-disco; reached #23 Disco in the USA in 1982
  • Goombay Dance Band - "Mama Coco" - tropical-flavored electro-disco-pop
  • Grace Kennedy - "I'm Starting Again" - electro-rock-disco
  • Guldzhan Hummedova - "Yurek aydemi" - Turkmen disco-pop from Turkmenistan, U.S.S.R.
  • Gwen McCrae - "Have a Good Time" - electro-disco; bundled with "Funky Sensation" and "Poyson", reached #15 Disco/Dance in the USA in November 1981
  • Hagibis - "Ilagay Mo Kid" - Tagalog disco from the Philippines
  • Hamilton Bohannon - "Goin' for Another One"
  • Hamilton Bohannon - Let's Start II Dance Again" - electro-disco
  • Hamilton Bohannon - "Take the Country to N.Y. City" - disco-funk
  • Harvey Mason - "How Does It Feel" - rock-disco
  • Harvey Mason - "On and On" - electro-disco
  • Harvey Mason - "We Can Start Tonight"
  • Heatwave - "Jitterbuggin'" - two weeks at #34 Pop in the U.K. (March-April 1981)
  • Heatwave - "Party Suite"
  • Heaven and Earth - "He Don't Really Love You"
  • Heaven and Earth - "I Really Love You" - reached #31 Disco in the USA in 1981, #47 R&B in the USA
  • Heaven and Earth - "You're a Blessing"
  • HeeBeeGeeBees - "(Dancing) Up the Wall" - electro-disco parody of Michael Jackson's "Off the Wall"
  • Helena Salo - "Rullskridsko-Disko" - Swedish electro-disco
  • Henderson and Whitfield - "Dancin' to the Beat"
  • Hi-Gloss - "Cash" - funky disco
  • Hi-Gloss - "I'm Totally Yours" - mellow disco-soul
  • Hi-Gloss - "It's Up to You" - funky electro-disco
  • Hiroshima - "Cruisin' J-Town" - jazzy disco/jazz-funk
  • Hot Cuisine - "Disco Calypso" - electro-disco
  • Hot Cuisine - "Live My Life" - electro-disco
  • Hot Posse - "An American Dream (Medley)" - disco medley of "Theme from Wild, Wild West", "El Paso", and "Apache"
  • Hot Posse - "Ride It"
  • Hot Shot - "Fire in the Night" - electro-metal-disco
  • Hye-min - "Geu bogeumjali" - Korean electro-disco
  • Ice T - "From New York to L.A." - electro-rock-disco
  • Ilona Staller - "Disco Smack" - electro-disco in Italian and English
  • Inner Life - "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - disco-house cover of the Diana Ross classic (which was also remixed in a "Garage Version" by Larry Levan - that version reached #20 Disco/Dance in the USA in 1981)
  • Inner Life - "Pay Girl" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Invisible Man's Band - "Party Time" - disco-funk
  • Invisible Man's Band - "Really Wanna See You" - reached #79 R&B in the USA in early 1982
  • Isaac Hayes - "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"
  • The Isley Brothers - "Baby Hold On" - disco-soul
  • The Isley Brothers - "Inside You" - disco-funk; reached #10 R&B in the USA in 1981
  • Ivor Biggun and the D. Kups - "Bras on 45" a.k.a. "Bra Size 45" - electro-rock-disco parody of "Stars on 45" which references song titles like "Knock on Wood", "I Will Survive", "This Is It", "Instant Replay", and "Night Fever" in the lyrics; reached #50 Pop in the U.K. in September 1981
  • J.R. Funk and the Love Machine - "Make Your Body Move" - electro-disco-funk
  • Jackie Stoudemire - "Invisible Wind" - R&B-disco
  • The Jacksons - "Off the Wall (Live)" - live rendition of Michael Jackson's hit
  • The Jacksons - "Rock With You (Live)" - live electro-disco rendition of Michael Jackson's hit
  • The Jacksons - "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) (Live)" - live reprise of their 1978 funky disco hit
  • James Last - "Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)" - instrumental disco cover of Ottawan's hit
  • Janina Miščiukaitė - "Amžinas šokis" - Lithuanian electro-disco
  • Janina Miščiukaitė - "Aš Prisimenu Vakarykščią Dieną" - jazzy disco cover of Donna Summer's 1977 song "I Remember Yesterday", sung in English though the title is Lithuanian
  • Jaymz Bedford - "Just Keep My Boogie" - funky disco
  • Jean Carn - "I Just Thought of a Way" - disco-soul
  • Jesse Henderson - "I Did It Again" - garage-disco-soul cover of the 1977 Bobby Cutchins song
  • Jimi Rutherford - "Go For What You Know" - disco-soul
  • Jimmy Ross - "Chocolate Ice" - funky electro-disco
  • Jimmy Ross - "Fall Into a Trance" - electro-disco
  • Jimmy Ross - "First True Love Affair" - funky electro-disco
  • Jimmy Ross - "My Life" - funky electro-disco
  • Jimmy Ross - "S.O.S. of Love" - funky electro-disco
  • Joe Bataan - "Forever"
  • Joe Bataan - "Mestizo II" - electro-disco
  • Joe Bataan - "You, My Love"
  • Jonnie Vibes Lambert - "Can't Stop Dancin'" - electro-disco
  • Jumbo - "Trinidad"
  • Junior Byron - "Galaxy" - electro-rock-disco
  • Junior Byron - "Inch by Inch" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Junior Byron - "Space Cowboy" - electro-country-rock-disco
  • K.I.D. - "Do It Again"
  • K.I.D. - "Don't Stop" - electro-disco; reached #47 R&B in the USA, #4 Dance in the USA in combination with "Do It Again" in 1981
  • K.I.D. - "Hupendi Muziki Wangu?! (You Don't Like My Music)" - reached #10 Dance in the USA in late 1981
  • K.I.D. - "It's Hot (Take It To The Top)" - reached #68 Dance in the USA
  • Kamelie - "Muj sampion" - Czech electro-rock-disco
  • Kano - "Baby Not Tonight" - electro-disco
  • Kano - "Don't Try to Stop Me" - electro-disco
  • Kano - "She's a Star" - electro-disco
  • Kano - "Super Extra Sexy Sign" - electro-disco
  • Karen Le Sande - "New York City Rhythm" - jazzy latin-disco version of Barry Manilow's 1975 song
  • Karen Silver - "Love Me Tonight (Turn Off the Light)" - electro-rock-disco
  • Karen Silver - "Set Me Free" - electro-disco; reached #9 Disco in the USA in 1981
  • Kasso - "Kasso" - jazzy electro-disco
  • Kasso - "One More Round" - electro-disco
  • Kat Mandu - "I Wanna Dance" - electro-disco
  • Kathy Smith's Aerobic Fitness - "Give Me the Night" - jazzy electro-disco cover of George Benson's 1980 hit, overlaid with Kathy Smith's spoken instructions
  • Katie Kissoon - "If the Feeling is Right"
  • Katie Kissoon - "Take Off and Go" - electro-disco
  • Kelly Marie - "Head for the Stars" - electro-disco
  • Kelly Marie - "Hot Love" - rock-disco-pop
  • Keni Burke - "You're the Best" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Kool and the Gang - "Get Down on It" - electro-disco-funk; reached #10 Pop in the USA in May 1982; #4 R&B in the USA; #3 Pop in the U.K. in January 1982
  • Kool and the Gang - "Good Time Tonight" - electro-disco
  • Kool and the Gang - "Steppin' Out" - reached #12 Pop in the U.K. in December 1981; #89 Pop in the USA in 1982; also the B-side of the USA hit single "Get Down on It"
  • Korja - "My Mind" - electro-disco
  • Lamont Dozier - "Nobody Told Me" - disco-soul
  • Lee Ritenour - "Countdown (Captain Fingers)" - electro-disco
  • LOI - "Body Contact" - electro-disco
  • Leon Bryant - "Mighty Body (Hotsy Totsy)"
  • Linx - "Throw Away the Key" - electro-disco-soul
  • Linx - "Together We Can Shine (Version)" - electro-disco-funk
  • Liquid Gold - "Don't Panic"
  • Logg (Leroy Burgess) - "Dancing into the Stars" - electro-disco
  • Logg (Leroy Burgess) - "I Know You Will"
  • Logg (Leroy Burgess) - "Lay it on the Line" - electro-disco
  • Logg (Leroy Burgess) - "Sweet to Me" - mellow electro-disco
  • Logg (Leroy Burgess) - "You've Got That Something" - electro-disco
  • The Love Bite - "What Goes Up"
  • Luther Vandross - "Never Too Much" - R&B-disco - reached #1 R&B in the USA in 1981, #33 Pop in the USA in November 1981, #4 Disco/Dance in the USA in late 1981
  • Luther Vandross - "She's a Super Lady" - R&B-disco
  • Luther Vandross - "Sugar and Spice (I Found Me A Girl)"
  • Lutz Ulbrich - "Disco Diva" - German electro-rock-disco
  • Main Ingredient featuring Cuba Gooding - "Evening of Love"
  • Maria Verano - "Having Fun"
  • Mario Tremblay - "Dance in America" - double-sided record featuring two continuous medleys totalling 36 minutes of untitled electro-disco, electro-rock-disco, and electro-dance songs, including the themes "Dance" (electro-disco), "Got a Feeling Deep Down Inside, It Makes Me Come Alive" (electro-disco, a cover of Tamara's 1980 song "Everybody Loves a Dancer"), and "Hey, You Run and You Like Me, You Like Me Tonight...Just Come" (electro-disco) on Side A and the themes "New York, L.A., San Francisco" (electro-disco), "Get Up, Get Down, and Boogie" (electro-disco), and "C'mon Get Up and Do Your Thing" (electro-rock-disco) on Side B
  • Martina - "Central Park" - electro-rock-disco
  • Mel Sheppard - "Can I Take You Home" - electro-disco
  • Melba Moore - "Let's Stand Together"
  • Melody Stewart - "I'm Ready for Love" - electro-disco
  • Metropole - "Miss Manhattan"
  • [Michael] Lovesmith - "Baby Come Home With Me" - R&B-disco
  • Midnight Powers - "Dance, It's My Life"
  • Mighty Fire - "Love Fantasy" - R&B-disco
  • Mike and Brenda Sutton - "We'll Make It" - electro-disco; reached #49 Disco/Dance in the USA in early 1982, #45 R&B in the USA
  • Mimi i Start - "Chist Izvor Na Radost" - Bulgarian rock-disco
  • Min Hae-Kyung - "Salang-ui jeoljeong" - Korean electro-rock-disco
  • Modern Romance - "Everybody Salsa" - latin-disco
  • Modern Romance - "Queen of the Rapping Scene (Nothing Ever Goes the Way You Plan)" - disco with a rap ending
  • Modern Romance - "Salsa Rappsody" - latin-disco
  • Modern Romance - "Tonight" - electro-rock-disco
  • Mona Carita - "Anna, kulta, anna" - Finnish electro-disco-pop version of Ottawan's hit "Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)"
  • The Monster Orchestra - "Hangin' Out"
  • Mystic Merlin - "Sixty Thrills a Minute" - electro-disco-funk
  • Neil Norman and His Cosmic Orchestra - "Also Sprach Zarathustra" - electro-rock-disco version of Richard Strauss's 1896 composition
  • Neil Norman and His Cosmic Orchestra - "Black Hole" - electro-disco
  • Neoton Familia (a.k.a. Newton Family) - "Hazudós" - electro-disco-pop in Hungarian
  • Neoton Familia (a.k.a. Newton Family) - "Jöjjön a nyár!" - electro-rock-disco-pop in Hungarian
  • New Paradise - "Get the Look" - electro-disco
  • New Sound - "Summernight Dance" - electro-disco
  • Newz - "Disco Love" - electro-disco
  • Ney Matogrosso - "Amor Objeto" - Portuguese electro-R&B-disco from Brazil
  • Night Bandit - "Like a Thief in the Night" - jazzy electro-disco
  • Nightlife Unlimited - "If I Give You More (Will I Win Your Love)" - funky disco
  • Norman Giscombe Jr. - "Hot Up and Heated" - electro-disco
  • Oby Onyioha - "Enjoy Your Life" - funky disco
  • Odyssey - "Going Back to My Roots" - R&B-disco version of Lamont Dozier's track; reached #4 Pop in the U.K. in July 1981, #68 R&B in the USA, #55 Disco/Dance in the USA in 1981
  • Oliver Mandić - "Moja draga voli Kurosawu" - Serbian electro-rock-disco-pop from Yugoslavia
  • O'mar - "P.M. Affair" - funky electro-disco
  • O'mar - "Satisfaction" - funky electro-disco
  • Omni featuring Connie Draper - "Out of My Hands (Love's Taken Over)" - electro-disco; reached #21 Disco/Dance in the USA in late 1981
  • The Original Mass - "Disco Kicks"
  • Ottawan - "Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)" - electro-disco-pop; reached #3 Pop in the U.K. in 1981
  • Oxygen - "Party Lets Party" - electro-disco-funk
  • Parade of Stars! - "Funkytown" - condensed disco cover of the Lipps, Inc. hit
  • Parade of Stars! - "Instant Replay" - condensed disco cover of the Dan Hartman hit
  • Parade of Stars! - "Knock on Wood" - electro-rock-disco remake of an Eddie Floyd song
  • Parade of Stars! - "Last Dance" - cover of Donna Summer's hit
  • Parade of Stars! - "Makin' It" - disco-pop cover of David Naughton's 1978 hit
  • Parade of Stars! - "Sexy Eyes" - disco-pop cover of Dr. Hook's 1979 hit
  • Parade of Stars! - "Tangerine" - disco version of a 1942 song written by Johnny Mercer and Victor Schertzinger
  • Parade of Stars! - "Working My Way Back To You" - disco-pop cover of the 1979 hit by the Spinners
  • Paris and Heart - "Dancing in the Street" - electro-disco
  • Patti LaBelle - "The Spirit's In It" - jazzy R&B-disco
  • Peaches and Herb - "Freeway" - disco-funk
  • Penelope - "Com'on" - electro-rock-disco
  • People's Choice - "Hey Everybody (Party Hearty)" - electro-disco
  • Pete Banby - "D.I.S.C.O./Funkytown" - first part of this medley is a condensed electro-disco cover of the Ottawan hit; second part is a condensed electro-disco cover of the hit by Lipps, Inc.
  • Peter Batah - "Nobody's Stopping You" - Hi-NRG-disco
  • Phyllis Nelson - "Don't Stop the Train" - Hi-NRG-disco
  • Pigbag - "Papa's Got A Brand New Pig Bag" - jazzy disco
  • The Players Association - "Get On Up Now" - jazzy electro-disco
  • Powerline - "Double Journey" - electro-disco
  • Priti Sagar - "What's Your Problem" - disco in English and Hindi from India
  • Project - "Love Rescue" - electro-disco with a rap ending
  • Punkin Machine - "I Need You Tonight" - rock-disco
  • Q.T. - "Want Some, Get Some" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Quincy Jones - "Ai No Corrida" (lead singer = Charles May) - cover version of the Chas Jankel original; reached #14 Pop in the U.K. in May 1981; reached #3 Disco in the USA in May 1981; reached #10 R&B in the USA in February 1981; reached #28 Pop in the USA in May 1981
  • Quincy Jones featuring Patti Austin - "Razzamatazz" - reached #11 Pop in the U.K. in July 1981
  • Quincy Jones featuring Patti Austin - "Turn on the Action"
  • R.J.'s Latest Arrival - "Body Snatcher" - electro-disco
  • Rahmlee - "Heartbreaker" - electro-disco-soul
  • Rainbow Brown - "Happy Music" - electro-disco cover of the 1978 Cloud One track; produced by Patrick Adams
  • Rainbow Brown - "I'm the One" - electro-disco; produced by Patrick Adams
  • Rainbow Team - "Get Down" - electro-rock-disco
  • Rainbow Team - "You are Beautiful" - electro-disco
  • Ray Parker Jr. and the Raydio - "All in the Way You Get Down" - R&B-disco
  • Ray Parker Jr. and the Raydio - "You Can't Fight What You Feel" - mellow electro-disco
  • The Real Thing - "Foot Tappin'" - mellow disco
  • The Reddings - "Love Dance" - electro-disco
  • Rena - "Dance It Off"
  • Revelation - "Stand Up" - electro-disco cover of Delegation's "Stand Up (Reach for the Sky)"
  • Rhyze - "Party of Parties" - electro-disco
  • Richie Havens - "Going Back to My Roots" - jazzy R&B-disco version of Lamont Dozier's track
  • Roberta Kelly - "Gonna Getcha" - electro-rock-disco
  • Roberta Kelly - "Little Darling" - electro-disco
  • Roberta Kelly - "Makin' it to the Top" - electro-disco
  • Roberta Kelly - "Please Yourself" - electro-rock-disco
  • Ron Milner featuring the Cast of Crack Steppin' - "Hold on to Your Dreams"
  • Ron Milner featuring Kellie Evans and Don Albert - "Theme from Crack Steppin'" - electro-disco
  • Ronnie Jones and Claudja Barry - "The Two of Us" - reached #39 Dance in the USA in 1982
  • Rose Royce - "R.R. Express" - disco-funk; reached #8 Dance in the USA in late 1981
  • Ruby Wilson - "The Feelin's Still There"
  • Rufus with Chaka Khan - "Secret Friend" - R&B-disco
  • S.O.S. Band - "It's A Long Way to the Top" - electro-disco-funk
  • The Salsoul Orchestra - "Deck the Halls" - disco version of the Christmas classic; this full-length version on the Christmas Jollies II album completely differs from the abbreviated version on their 1976 album Christmas Jollies
  • The Salsoul Orchestra - "Joy to the World" - disco version of the Christmas classic; this full-length male-led version on the Christmas Jollies II album completely differs from the abbreviated female-led version on their 1976 album Christmas Jollies
  • Satin Dream - "Stay Away From My Lover" - funky electro-disco
  • Scandal featuring Lee Genesis - "Love Either Grows or Goes" - R&B-disco
  • Shalamar - "Talk to Me"
  • Sharon Prabhakar and Musarrat Nazir - "Daku Daku" - Hindi electro-rock-disco from India
  • Sharon Prabhakar and Musarrat Nazir - "Diwana Hai Ye Dil" - Hindi electro-disco-pop from India
  • Sister Sledge - "All-American Girls" - reached #6 on the Disco chart in March 1981; reached #3 R&B and #79 Pop in the USA in early 1981; reached #41 Pop in the U.K. in March 1981
  • Skyy - "Get Into the Beat" - funky disco
  • Spargo - "Just for You" - electro-disco
  • Spargo - "One Night Affair" - electro-disco-pop
  • The Sparkles - "Trying to Get Over" - electro-disco
  • Spectrum - "Takin' it to the Top" - electro-disco with rap section
  • The Spinners a.k.a. Detroit Spinners - "Yesterday Once More/Nothing Remains the Same" - electro-disco medley; reached #22 Dance in the USA in 1981; "Yesterday Once More" was originally recorded by the Carpenters in 1973
  • The Spotnicks - "Noise from the Attic"
  • Stacy Lattisaw - "Screamin' Off the Top" - R&B-disco
  • Stacy Lattisaw - "Young Girl" - electro-R&B-disco
  • Stars on 45 (Starsound) - "Boogie Nights" - condensed electro-disco cover of the Heatwave hit
  • Stars on 45 (Starsound) - "Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)" - condensed disco version of the 1975 Stylistics soul classic
  • Stars on 45 (Starsound) - "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" - condensed electro-rock-disco cover of the Rod Stewart hit
  • Stars on 45 (Starsound) - "Don't Stop (Till You Get Enough)" - condensed electro-disco cover of Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"
  • Stars on 45 (Starsound) - "Kung Fu Fighting" - condensed disco version of Carl Douglas's 1974 funk hit
  • Stars on 45 (Starsound) - "Star Wars (Main Theme)" - condensed disco cover of the John Williams theme from the movie
  • Stars on 45 (Starsound) - "Stars on 45 (Theme)" - electro-disco
  • Startrax - "Startrax Medley" - electro-disco medley of cover songs (short versions of "Working My Way Back to You", "D.I.S.C.O.", "Use It Up and Wear It Out", "That's the Way (I Like It)", "Band of Gold", "Alright Now", "Feels Like I'm in Love", "Ladies' Night", "Que Sera Mi Vida", and "Love Train")
  • Stephanie Mills - "I Believe in Love Songs"
  • The Strikers - "Body Music"
  • The Strikers - "Feel Free" - electro-disco
  • The Strikers - "Inch by Inch" - electro-disco-funk
  • The Stylistics - "Searchin'"
  • Susana Estrada - "Hagámoslo Juntos" - Spanish electro-disco
  • Susana Estrada - "Lograremos Volar" - Spanish jazzy electro-disco
  • Susana Estrada - "¡Ven!" - Spanish rock-disco
  • Susana Estrada - "Voy Desnuda" - Spanish electro-disco
  • Suzy Q a.k.a. Michelle Mills - "Get On Up and Do It Again" - electro-disco-funk; reached #4 Disco/Dance in the USA in 1981, #64 R&B in the USA
  • Suzy Q a.k.a. Michelle Mills - "I Can't Give You More" - rock-disco
  • Suzy Q a.k.a. Michelle Mills - "Medley: Intro/Hey You/Party Time/Shake Shake/Mister DJ/Push Push/Keep the Rhythm/Don't Stop/You're My #1 DJ" - electro-rock-disco
  • Suzy Q a.k.a. Michelle Mills - "Tonight" - electro-disco
  • Suzy Q a.k.a. Michelle Mills - "With Your Love" - electro-rock-disco
  • The Sylvers - "Come Back Lover, Come Back" - reached #63 Dance in the USA in January 1982
  • The Sylvers - "I'm Getting Over"
  • T Life - "Somethin' That You Do to Me (Keeps Turning Me On)" - funky electro-R&B-disco
  • T.S. Monk (Thelonious Sphere Monk, Jr.) - "First Lady of Love"
  • T.S. Monk (Thelonious Sphere Monk, Jr.) - "Too Much Too Soon"
  • Taana Gardner - "No Frills" - electro-disco; reached #52 Disco/Dance in the USA in late 1981
  • Take Five - "Gotta Walk Through It to Get to It" - funky disco
  • Thelma Houston - "96 Tears" - electro-rock-disco version of the 1966 garage rock hit by Question Mark and the Mysterians; reached #22 Disco in the USA in late 1981
  • Thelma Houston - "If You Feel It" - electro-disco; reached #48 Pop in the U.K. in summer 1981, #6 Disco in the USA in 1981
  • Tierra - "Latin Disco (Dance Version)" - latin-disco
  • Tony Rizzi and Disco Pacific - "Long Train Runnin'" - electro-rock-disco cover of the 1973 Doobie Brothers song
  • Tony Rizzi and Disco Pacific - "Love Train" - electro-disco; loosely based on the 1972 O'Jays hit, but with a lot of improvisation
  • Tony Rizzi and Disco Pacific - "Night Train" - electro-disco cover of the song by Jimmy Forrest
  • Tony Rizzi and Disco Pacific - "Take the 'A' Train" - jazzy electro-disco version of the classic composed by Billy Strayhorn and made famous by the Duke Ellington Orchestra
  • Tracy Weber - "Sure Shot" - electro-disco; reached #3 Dance in the U.S. in February 1982
  • Trix - "Fantasy" - electro-disco-pop
  • Trix - "Just Wanna Dance Tonight" - electro-disco
  • Trix - "Showdown" - electro-rock-disco
  • True Image - "Keep Me Dancing" - electro-disco
  • Two Man Sound - "Capital Tropical (English Disco Version)" - latin-disco; reached #11 Disco in the USA in 1981; also released in a Spanish-language "Latin Version"
  • Ullanda McCullough - "Rock Me" - R&B disco
  • Ullanda McCullough - "Warm and Gentle Explosion" - disco-soul
  • Unlimited Touch - "Feel the Music" - electro-disco-funk
  • Usha Uthup - "Chhupke Kaun Aya" - Hindi disco version of "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson
  • Usha Uthup and Chorus - "Rambha Ho" a.k.a. "Ramba Ho - Ho - Ho" - Hindi disco from India, influenced by "Que Sera Mi Vida" by the Gibson Brothers
  • Valerie Horton Brown - "Hands Off" - electro-disco
  • Valerie Horton Brown - "Something's Burning" - electro-disco
  • Vaughan Mason - "Rockin' Big Guitar" - funky electro-rock-disco; this version is largely instrumental and has singing, whereas "Jammin' Big Guitar" takes the tune in a rap direction with rapping in addition to singing
  • Viola Wills (a.k.a. Viola Wilkerson) - "I Can't Stay Away From You"
  • Viola Wills (a.k.a. Viola Wilkerson) - "If You Leave Me Now" - disco-pop version of Peter Cetera's 1976 hit
  • Voggue - "Back Again"
  • Voggue - "Roller Boogie" - rock-Hi-NRG-disco
  • Voggue - "Without Your Love"
  • Voyage - "Discotch" - Scottish-flavored electro-disco
  • Vulcano - "Shut Up and Boogie" - disco-pop
  • Wallace Collection - "Strings Disco"
  • Wanda Walden - "Don't You Want My Lovin'"
  • Wanda "Star" Williams - "Soap Opera Lover" - disco-funk with two rap sections
  • Wax - "Get Loose" - electro-disco
  • Weeks and Co. - "Rock Your World" - electro-disco; reached #6 Dance in the USA in late 1981
  • The Whispers - "I Can Make It Better" - reached #44 Pop in the U.K. in June 1981; reached #40 Pop and #4 Disco in the USA
  • The Whispers - "In the Raw" - R&B-disco
  • Winni Wendorff - "Magic Dancin' Shoes" - electro-disco
  • Wish featuring La-Rita Gaskin - "Nice and Soft"
  • Zinn-Zinn - "Kiss Me" - electro-disco instrumental based on "Kasso" by Kasso
  • Zoom - "Saturday, Saturday Night" - funky electro-disco

    The success of the "Mickey Mouse Disco" album led Disney to release many products related to it. In 1981, they released a "Mickey Mouse Disco Record Tote".

    Also in 1981, Vogue Dolls released a Sasson-styling Ginny doll with, as the box states, "Free Bonus disco rollerskates included".

    Here are disco songs featured on the American television show "American Bandstand" in 1981: "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang (January 10 program) and "All-American Girls" by Sister Sledge (April 11 program).

    The only disco song featured on the American television show "The Midnight Special" in 1981 was "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang (January 30 program).

    Here are disco songs featured on the American television show "Soul Train" in 1981: "It's Not What You Got (It's How You Use It)" by Carrie Lucas (February 7 program), "Breaking and Entering" by Dee Dee Sharp Gamble (February 14 program), "Make That Move" by Shalamar (February 28 program), "I'm Talking 'Bout You" by A Taste of Honey and "Overnight Sensation" by Jerry Knight (March 7 program), "Love Somebody Today" and "All-American Girls" by Sister Sledge (March 14 program), "She's a Bad Mama Jama" by Carl Carlton (September 26 program), "The Real Thing" by the Brothers Johnson (October 10 program), "Give Me the Night" by George Benson (November 21 program), and "Yesterday Once More/Nothing Remains the Same" by the Spinners (November 28 program).

    Here are disco songs featured on the German television show "Musikladen" in 1981: "All-American Girls" by Sister Sledge and "Hot Love" by Kelly Marie (March 19 program), and "Just for You" by Spargo (October 15 program).

    Viola Wills sang "If You Could Read My Mind" on the American television show "Solid Gold" in 1981.

    Marie Osmond performed George Benson's "Give Me the Night" in electro-disco style on her television show "Marie" in 1981.

    Music De Wolfe (De Wolfe Library) released the production music LP "Great Occasion" in England in 1981. It included two disco songs: "Disco Strings" and "Good News". The music was intended for use as background music for film, television, radio, and advertising. The players were in the International Studio Orchestra conducted by Nigel Hess.

            In 1981 there were a lot of other great dance songs but they weren't very disco, in my opinion, because they are heavy on synthesized imitations of real instruments - instead of the traditional strings, bass, and guitar combo - and overall don't have a disco sound and/or structure. The following songs are too electronic-sounding to be considered disco and/or have beat patterns that aren't disco: "Turn Your Love Around" by George Benson (#5 Pop in the USA in February 1982, #1 R&B in the USA), "Disco Train" by Dance Reaction, "Do You Love Me?" by Patti Austin (electro-R&B), "Exalt-Exalt" by Azoto (italo-dance/electro-dance), "Flashdance...What A Feeling" by Irene Cara (electro-dance), "Can't Shake Your Love" by Syreeta (electro-dance), "Tell Me That I'm Dreaming" by Was (Not Was), "Slide" by the Rah Band, "Dancin' the Night Away" by Voggue (Hi-NRG), "Hit 'N' Run Lover" by Carol Jiani (a.k.a. Uchenna Ikejiani) (Hi-NRG), "Mercy" by Carol Jiani (Hi-NRG), "You're My Magician" by Lime (Hi-NRG), "Agent 406" by Lime (disco-influenced electro-dance), "Love Dance" by Mystery, "Hold On to This Moment" by Mystery (disco-influenced electro-dance), "Menergy" by Patrick Cowley (techno), "Baby I Don't Know" by Kryptonite (electro-dance), "Fight Back" by L.A.X. (electro-dance), "You're the Kind of Girl I Like" by Kwick (electro-R&B-dance), "Never Give You Up" by Sharon Redd (#20 Pop in the U.K. in November 1982), "Now I Have Everything" by Fantasy, "A Little Bit of Jazz" by Nick Straker Band, "Aah Dance" by Fine Quality featuring Cuz, "Rock Radio" by Gene Dunlap featuring the Ridgeways, "Still in the Groove" by Ray Parker Jr. and the Raydio, "Move Your Sexy Body" by Pure Gold, "Feel My Love Tonight" by Stacy Lattisaw, "Drum Affair" by Bill Summers and Summers Heat, "You Can" and "Fire in My Heart" by Madleen Kane, "Dynamite" by Karen Young, "Watch Out" by Brandi Wells, "(Knockout) Let's Go Another Round" by Inner Life (electro-dance), "Live It Up" by Inner Life (electro-R&B-dance), and "The Things You Get Me To Do" by the Players Association. Some borderline disco songs with real instruments (including, in most cases, a bass guitar) accompanied by prominent synths (but no strings) I've marked as "electro-disco".
            Dynasty's "Here I Am" (#26 R&B in the USA in July 1981) is a funky R&B song which would be disco except for all the extra beats. "Be My Lady" by Kool and the Gang is an up-tempo song that fits into the R&B-dance category because it lacks the disco beat pattern. Same with "Let Somebody Love You" by Keni Burke. "Rapture" by Blondie (#1 Pop in the USA in March 1981) is like a mellow form of disco but towards the end Blondie starts rapping, so this is really a dance-rap hybrid. "Disco Dream" by Mean Machine is pure rap, despite the title, and was released in the summer of 1981. Fans of old-school rap and disco might also enjoy this year's "Bumblebee Rap" by Bumblebee Unlimited, "Poverty" by the Master Rappers, and "Can You Move?" by Modern Romance, which have a funk foundation. Also very good is the disco-backed rap song "Do It Any Way You Wanna" by Mike "T". "Heartbeat" by Taana Gardner, which reached #6 on the U.S. Disco chart in May 1981, can be considered either funky disco or garage. The great "Funky Sensation" by Gwen McCrae is another garage classic with a slower tempo than disco but some violin flourishes; it reached #22 R&B in the USA in September 1981. I'd class "Let's Go Dancin'" by Sparque as garage, too - it has that same West End Records funky dance beat and sound with electronic backing. "Come Let Me Love You" by Jeanette "Lady" Day is another garage classic; the main chorus of it is disco. Also look for "Get Down Friday Night" by Fantastic Aleems featuring Leroy Burgess. The ultra-funky "Dyin' To Be Dancin'" by Empress has only a vague disco feel and should also be considered a garage song. "Everybody Needs Somebody Sometime" by Ann-Margret is a garage track with a non-disco beat and electronic violin-sounding backing, though it also features real bass, guitar, and trumpets. "Poyson" by Gwen McCrae could be considered funk-dance or maybe garage but is slower than disco. "Caribbean Disco Show" by Lobo is a medley of 5 Caribbean song covers accompanied by trumpet, computerized basslines, and a disco beat.
            "The Disco Scene" by Yellow Cat, "Starpoint's Here Tonight" by Starpoint, "Gigolette" by Ozone feat. Teena Marie, "Keep on Dancin'" by Ozone, "Possessed" by L.A.X., "It's Winning Time" by Klique, "Spirit of the Dancer" by Evelyn "Champagne" King, "Nobody Else" by Karen Silver, "Work that Sucker to Death" by Xavier, "Everybody Get on Up and Dance" by T.S. Monk, "Evolution Orange" by Earth, Wind and Fire, "Let's Funk Tonight" by Blue Feather, and "Take It Off" by Chic are funk songs. "Dance, Prance, Boogie" by Delegation and "Pull Up to the Bumper" by Grace Jones are funk-dance. "Gigolo" by Mary Wells is funk-dance with a rap segment. "There It Is" by Shalamar (#5 Pop in the U.K. in 1982), "Superfreak" and "Give it to Me Baby" by Rick James, and "Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)" by Kool and the Gang (#17 Pop in the USA in December 1981 and #1 R&B; #29 Pop in the U.K. in March 1982), "We Call it the Box" by Bill Summers and Summers Heat, "Funtaztik" by Edwin Birdsong, "Boogie's Gonna Get Ya" by Rafael Cameron, "Call Me" by Skyy (#3 Dance in the USA in January 1982; #26 Pop in the USA in March 1982, #1 R&B in the USA), "Freaky Dancin'" by Cameo, "Heart, Heart" by Geraldine Hunt, "Shout About It" by Lamont Dozier, "I'm Gonna Miss Ya" by Aaron Broomfield, "I'm in Love" by Evelyn "Champagne" King, "It's Your Night" by Ray Parker Jr. and the Raydio, "Searching to Find the One" by Unlimited Touch, "Something About You" by Ebonee Webb, "I'll Do Anything for You" by Denroy Morgan, "I Must be Dreaming" by Wanda Walden, "You are the One" by AM-FM, "P.S." by Dolly Dots, "Keep on It" by Starpoint, "This Beat is Mine" by Vicky D (#42 Pop in the U.K. in March 1982), "Let's Celebrate" by Skyy (#16 R&B in the USA), "I Love You More" by Rene and Angela, "I Just Want to be Your Lover" by Starpoint, "Make Up Your Mind" by Aurra, "Hit and Run" by Bar-Kays, "Funky Bebop" by Vin Zee, "Let Me Ring Your Bell Again" by Frederick Knight, "This Must be Heaven" by Jerry Carr, "Walking into Sunshine" by Central Line, and "Feelin' Lucky Lately" by High Fashion are electro-funk. "Let Your Body Go" by the Players Association and "I'm Glad That You're Here" by Alphonse Mouzon are jazz-funk.
            "Ultimate Warlord" by the Immortals and "Native Love" by Divine are Hi-NRG. Kleeer's synth-backed funky dance song "Get Tough" reached #5 on the U.S. Disco chart in April 1981 and #15 Pop U.S. and has a disco style to it. Secret Weapon's "Must Be the Music", which reached #24 Pop in the USA in January 1982, doesn't have a disco beat (and has a rap section in it, too). Billy Ocean's "Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)" and Change's "Miracles" are danceable R&B. "It's You" by Afterbach is R&B. "You'll Never Know" by Hi-Gloss (#12 Pop in the U.K. in 1981) is disco-influenced soul. "Walking on Thin Ice" by Yoko Ono (#35 Pop in the U.K. in March 1981) and "Playing for Time" by Madleen Kane are rock-dance. "Are You Lovin' Somebody" by Debra Dejean and "The Freeze" and "To Cut a Long Story Short" by Spandau Ballet are electro-rock-dance. "Disco Skate" by Ranking Joe is reggae. Gayle Adams's "Baby I Need Your Loving", a cover of the Four Tops' 1964 classic, combines Motown and disco elements. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra released "Hooked on Classics", a classical medley with disco beats, in 1981, and in January 1982 it reached #10 on the American Pop chart. Then in 1982 the London Symphony Orchestra released another orchestrated medley with disco beats, this time "Rock Classics (Medley)", side one of "Hooked on Rock Classics".


    Much Respect to Record Companies that Kept Disco Alive in the Early 1980s

    After 1979 a lot of record companies, particularly in the United States, gave up on the disco sound and no longer signed new disco artists or released new disco songs. Some of their last disco songs were hidden away in vaults for a long time. But certain other labels continued the disco tradition into the early 1980s. Here are some notables:
  • Are 'N Be Records (New York City, New York, USA): for "Come Back Lover" by Fresh Band (1984)
  • De-Lite Records (Chicago, Illinois, USA): for tracks like "Slip and Dip" by Coffee (1980), "Steppin' Out" by Kool and the Gang (1981), "Use Your Body and Soul" by Crown Heights Affair (1980)
  • Friends Records (the Netherlands): for tracks like "Let's Start II Dance Again" by Hamilton Bohannon (1981), "Step by Step" by Koxo (1982)
  • Full Time Records (Rome, Italy): for tracks like "Bite the Apple" by Rainbow Team (1982), "First True Love Affair" by Jimmy Ross (1981)
  • Motown Records (Detroit, Michigan, USA): for tracks like "I'm Coming Out" by Diana Ross (1980), "I Need Your Lovin'" by Teena Marie (1980), "Lady (You Bring Me Up)" by the Commodores (1981)
  • Prelude Records (New York City, New York, USA): for tracks like "Gonna Get Over You" by France Joli (1981), "Your Love is a Life Saver" by Gayle Adams (1980), "Lay It Down on Me" by Gerald Mallory (1982)
  • Rams Horn Records (Aerdenhout, the Netherlands): for tracks like "Got You Where I Want You Babe" by Stereo Fun, Inc. (1983), "Yippy-i-aye Yippy-i-yo (Ghostriders in the Sky)" by Boots Clements (1981), "Love Sensation" by Loleatta Holloway (1982 reissue), "Take Some Time Out (for Love)" by the Salsoul Orchestra (1982)
  • Salsoul Records (New York City, New York, USA): for tracks like "Love Sensation" by Loleatta Holloway (1980), "Mestizo II" by Joe Bataan (1981), "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Inner Life (1981), "Take Some Time Out (for Love)" by the Salsoul Orchestra (1982)
  • SoLAr Records (Los Angeles, California, USA): for tracks like "I Can Make You Feel Good" by Shalamar (1982), "I Can Make It Better" by the Whispers (1981), "Do Me Right" by Dynasty (1980), "It's Not What You Got (It's How You Use It)" by Carrie Lucas (1980)
  • West End Records (New York City, New York, USA): for tracks like "There's Never Been (No One Like You)" by Kenix Music featuring Bobby Youngblood (1980), "No Frills" by Taana Gardner (1981)


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