70s Music History's Greatest Disco Songs, Ranked  

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When you think "disco," what comes to mind? Mirror balls, big hair, and bigger dance moves. The best disco songs might inspire these images, sure, but they also incorporate elements of funk, soul, and pop music, inspiring listeners to hit the dance floor and boogie oogie oogie until they drop.

Disco fever reached its peak in the late '70s, and a majority of the top disco songs on this list are from that time frame. And yes, you’ll find repeat artists listed – especially the unforgettable Donna Summer. Ask any disco fan to try and choose just one favorite Donna Summer song. It’s impossible. Her most popular and iconic disco tracks are all here, including “Last Dance,” “I Feel Love” and “Love to Love You Baby.” What deserves the highest rank? That's up to you to decide.

The Bee Gees also take multiple spots on this list of good disco songs. “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever” and “You Should Be Dancing” are just some of their biggest disco hits. The “Stayin’ Alive” soundtrack is basically a snapshot of all that was so great about this time in music history. Add a colorful dance floor (think Studio 54), a huge, diverse crowd filled with joy and total abandon, a disco ball and Tony Manero in that sweet white suit and boom – you’ve got an image that captures an entire era.

What are your favorite disco hit songs? These are some of the most famous in history, so check out the videos, bust some moves and vote for the best!

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That’s the Way (I Like It) KC & the Sunshine Band

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I Feel Love Donna Summer

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Le Freak Chic

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Boogie Wonderland Earth, Wind & Fire, The Emotions

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Stayin' Alive Bee Gees

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September Earth, Wind & Fire

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Disco Inferno The Trammps

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Last Dance Donna Summer

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I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor

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Don’t Leave Me This Way Thelma Houston

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Funkytown Lipps

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Heart of Glass Blondie

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Night Fever Bee Gees

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Boogie Oogie Oogie A Taste of Honey

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Ring My Bell Anita Ward

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Y.M.C.A Village People

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Upside Down Diana Ross

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Knock on Wood Amii Stewart

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Shame Evelyn "Champagne" King

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Love to Love You Baby Donna Summer

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The Hustle Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony

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Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson

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Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now McFadden & Whitehead

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Ladies Night Kool & The Gang

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Never Can Say Goodbye Gloria Gaynor

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If I Can't Have You is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list History's Greatest Disco Songs, Ranked
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We Are Family Sister Sledge

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I'm So Excited The Pointer Sisters

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Love Train The O'Jays

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Car Wash Rose Royce

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More, More, More Andrea True Connection

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More Than a Woman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list History's Greatest Disco Songs, Ranked
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Macarthur Park is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list History's Greatest Disco Songs, Ranked
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Love Hangover Diana Ross

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Kung Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

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Fly Robin Fly Silver Convention

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Macho Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list History's Greatest Disco Songs, Ranked
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Love Machine Supermax

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Shame Shame Shame is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list History's Greatest Disco Songs, Ranked
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Copacabana Barry Manilow

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Slide is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list History's Greatest Disco Songs, Ranked
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