page_refresh Playlist: Funk & Disco Edition I

Funk & Disco — the soundtrack to the 1970’s. Funk with its combination of soul, R&B, and jazz, developed in the 1960’s, when artists such as James Brown started to experiment, creating what is known as the “funk beat”. Bands such as Sly and the Family soon followed. From Funk, came Disco, with clubs like Studio 54 leading the charge. Donna Summer is classed as one the most celebrated disco artists, her song ‘I Feel Love’ was the first disco track with an entirely synthesised backing track (soon techno and electronic music would follow). Here are 20 top funk and disco tracks which showcase what an amazing period the 70’s were for music.

  1. George Benson – Give Me the Night (1980)
  2. The Four Seasons – December, 1963 (1975)
  3. Chocolate Milk – Blue Jeans (1981)
  4. The Bee Gees – Night Fever (1977)
  5. Biddu – Summer of 42 (1975)
  6. Tavares – Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel (1986)
  7. Average White Band – Let’s Go Round Again (1980)
  8. Chic – Everybody Dance (1977)
  9. Diana Ross – Upside Down (1980)
  10. Rodney Franklin – The Groove (1980)
  11. KC & The Sunshine Band – (Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty (1976)
  12. Carl Carlton – Everlasting Love (1974)
  13. Thelma Houston – Don’t leave me this (1976)
  14. Donna Summer – I Feel Love (1977)
  15. James Brown – Get Up (I Feel like Being a) Sex Machine (1970)
  16. Earth, Wind & Fire – September (1978)
  17. Mcfadden and Whitehead – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now (1979)
  18. Gloria Gaynor – Never Can Say Goodbye (1975)
  19. Jimmy McGriff – Tight Times (1970)
  20. Sly & The Family Stone – Thank You (Falattinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (1970)

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