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Your Top Disco Songs From 1980 To 1983

Written by Bernard Lopez

 


In 2003 the members of DiscoMusic.com were posed a question from a fellow member (Leanmean) to list their Top Disco Songs from 1980-1983.

Here are the lists from each of our members...

SteelyDan:

  • 'Hit n Run Lover' - Carol Jiani (1981)

  • 'Cruisin The Streets' - Boystown Gang (81)

  • 'You're Too Late' - Fantasy (81)

  • 'Hupendi Muziki Wangu' - K.I.D. (81)

  • 'Keep On Movin' - Deodato (82)

  • 'Beat The street' - Sharon Redd (82)

  • 'Love sensation' - Lolleatta Holloway (80)

  • 'Taste of Bitter love' - Gladys Knight & the pips (80)

  • 'Passion' - The Flirts (82)

  • 'Im a Wonderful Thing Baby' - Kid Creole & the Coconuts (82)

  • 'Candidate For Love' - T.S.Monk (81)

  • 'Time Out For Love' - Salsoul Orchestra/ Jocelyn Brown (82)

  • 'Cherry Tree' - Cerrone (81)

  • 'Dancin The Night Away' - Voggue (81)

  • 'Lovers Holiday' - Change (80)


Listen to You're Too Late by Fantasy:




Listen to Beat the Street by Sharon Redd:




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K-Bee

  • SOS Band - High Hopes (1982)

  • Midnight Star - Wet My Whistle (1983)

  • Leon Haywood - Secret Rendezvous (1983)

  • Klique - Try It Out (1983)

  • Finis Henderson - Skip to my Loot (1983)

  • Evelyn Champagne King - I'm In Love (1981)

  • Quincy Jones - The Dude (1981)

  • Carl Anderson - Buttercup (1982)

  • Ashford & Simpson - It's Much Deeper (1983)

  • Wally Badarou - Chief Inspector (1983)

  • George Benson - never Give Up On A Good Thing (1983)

  • Brothers Johnson - You make Me Wanna Wiggle (1980)

  • Brothers Johnson - Dancin' Free (1981)

  • The Crusaders - Night Moves (1983)

  • Tom Browne - Brighter Tomorrow (1983)

  • Deco - Freas Idea (1983)

  • Debarge - Stop Don't Tease me (1982)

  • George Duke - Shine On (1982) & Reach Out (1983)

  • Deodato - Happy Hour & keep In In The Family (1982)

  • Dynasty - I've Just Begun To Love You (1980)

  • Aretha Franklin - Get It Right (1983)

  • Freeez - Southern Freez (1981 (I think)

  • Johnny Gill - Super Love (1983)

  • Gwen Guthrie - It Should Have been You (1982)

  • Curtis Hairston - I Want You All Tonight (1983)

  • Steve Harvey - Something Special (1983)

  • Leon Haywood - TV Mama (1983)

  • Jennifer Holiday - Shine A Light (1983)

  • James Ingram - Party Animal (1983)

  • Howard Johnson - So Fine (1982)

  • Jones Girls - Nights Over Egypt

  • Glenn Jones - Everybody loves A Winner (1982)

  • Kashif - Rumours (1983)

  • Chaka Khan - Best In The West (1982)

  • Lew Kirton - Talk To me (1983)

  • L.T.D. - Kickin' Back (1981)

  • Locksmith - Far beyond (1980)

  • Stacy Lattisaw - Dynamite (1981), Sneakin Out (1982)

  • Light Of The World - Time (1980)

  • Linx - You're Lying (1980)

  • Little Benny & the Masters - Who Comes To Boogie (1983)

  • Loose Ends - Let's Rock & Dial 999 (both 1983)

  • Manhattans - Crazy (1983)

  • Maze Feat. Frankie Beverly - everything from the period

  • Midnight Star - Standing Together (1981)

  • Marcus Miller - Suddenly & be My Love (both 1983)

  • Melba Moore - Love's Comin' at 'Cha (1982)

  • Mtume - Juicy Fruit & green Light (both 1983)

  • Mystic merlin - mr Magician (1982)

  • Booker Newberry III - Love Town (1983)

  • O'Bryan - Lovelite

  • O'jays - Put Our Heads Together (1983)

  • Ohio Players - Try A little Tenderness (1981)

  • Jeffry osborne - Stay with me Tonight (1983)

  • Pieces Of A Dream - Mt. Airy Groove (1982)

  • Raw Silk - Just in Time (1983)

  • René & Angela - Bangin' The Boogie (1982)

  • Roger - So Ruff So Tuff (1981)

  • Rufus - Tonight We Love (1981)

  • SOS Band - Groovin' (That's What We're Doin') (1982)

  • Second Image - Can't Keep Holding On (1982)

  • Skyy - Let Love Shine (1982)

  • Teena Marie - Behing The Groove

  • Temptations:

  • - Power (1980),

  • - The Seeker (1983),

  • - Miss Busybody (1983) &

  • - Bring Your Body here (1983)

  • Lillo Thomas - You're A Good Girl (1983)

  • Bobby Thurston - Check Out The groove (1980)

  • Trammps - Hard Rock And Disco (1980)

  • Luther Vandross - all the 1981-83 classics - too many to mention

  • Whispers - Imagination (1982) & Tonight (1983)

  • Bill Wolfer - Call me



I've Just Begun To Love You:




Listen to So Fine by Howard Johnson:




Listen to Never Too Much by Luther Vandross:




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DJ-Pir

  • Raw Silk - Just in time ('83 West End)

  • Rags & Riches - El watusi-La Bamba ('83 Casablanca)

  • Melba Moore - Love's comin' at ya ('82 Capitol)

  • LTD - Kickin' back ('81 A&M )

  • Mahogany - Ride on the rhythm ('82 Westend)

  • Cheryl Lynn - Shake it up tonight ('81 CBS)

  • Bobby King - Midnight shine ('83 Motown)

  • Harlow - Take off ('80 CBS)

  • Elbow Bones & the Racketeers - A night in New york ('83 EMI)

  • Patrick Cowley & Sylvester - Do you wanna funk ? ('82 Megatone)


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Ron "Nicky" Nicholson

  • Sharon Redd --- Can You Handle It (1980)

  • Sharon Redd --- Love How You Feel (1983)

  • Sharon Redd --- In the Name of Love (1982)

  • France Joli --- The Heart to Break the Heart (1980)

  • Odyssey --- Hang Together (1980)

  • Odyssey --- Don't Tell Me, Tell Her (1980)

  • Odyssey --- Use It Up, Wear It Out (1980)

  • Odyssey --- Inside Out (1982)

  • Pointer Sisters --- We Got the Power (1980)

  • Pointer Sisters --- Slow Hand (1981)

  • Pointer Sisters --- Someday We'll Be Together (1981)

  • Loleatta Holloway --- Love Sensation (1980)

  • Company B --- Fascinated (1986)

  • Company B --- Perfect Lover (1986)


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Robbie

  • "A Lover's Holiday"/"The Glow Of Love"-Change (1980)

  • "I Need You" by Sylvester (1980)

  • "I'll Do Anything For You" by Denroy Morgan (1981)

  • "Paradise"-Change (1981)

  • "Forget Me Nots"-Patrice Rushen (1982)

  • "I've Got The Feeling"/"Earth Can Be Just Like Heaven"-Two Tons O' Fun (1980)

  • "Call Me" by Skyy (1981)

  • "One More Shot" by C-Bank (1982)

  • "Infatuation" by Upfront (1983)


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Marcio

  • " Let's Get Started " by Voyage, 1982


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Sierra-Leone

  • Lipps, inc. - Designer music (81)

  • Ottawan - any song of 80's album, for example D.I.S.C.O., You're OK

  • Ottawan - any song of 81's album, for example Hands up

  • Chilly - Play me a classic simphony (82)

  • Patrick Cowley - both complete albums (81)(82)

  • Arabesque - Keep the wolf from the door (81)

  • Chilly - We are the pop kings in town (80)

  • Boney M - Felicidad (80)

  • Aneka - Ooh shooby doo doo lang (81)

  • Kelly Marie - Loving just for fun (81)

  • Maywood - Late at night (80)

  • Neoton family - Marathon (81)

  • Boney M - Silly confusion (81)

  • Cerrone - You are the one (80)

  • Cerrone - Trippin' on the moon (82)

  • Bisquitte - Zoo zoo (82)

  • Trans X - Living on video (83)

  • Gilla - Tom cat (80)

  • Dschinghis Khan - Alladin (81)

  • Arabesque - Make love whenever you can (81)


Listen to D.I.S.C.O. by Ottawan:




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Hustlebaby

  • Inside Out/Don't Tell Me Tell Her - Odyssey

  • Ai No Corrida/Razzamatazz - Quincy Jones

  • The Glow of Love/Paradise/Hold Tight - Change

  • Hit N' Run Lover - Carol Jiani

  • Dancin' The Night Away - Voggue

  • Cool - Kid Creole & The Coconuts

  • Encore - Cheryl Lynn

  • Do It To The Music - Raw Silk

  • Can You Handle It/Beat The Street - Sharon Redd

  • Steve Harrington

  • I Need You/Do Ya Wanna Funk - Sylvester

  • Love Sensation - Loleatta Holloway


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Discosavvy

  • 1980 Average White Band -Let's Go 'Round Again

  • 1980 Bobby Thurston -Check Out the Groove

  • 1980 Bobby Thurston -You Got What It Takes

  • 1980 Brothers Johnson -Stomp ***

  • 1980 Diana Ross -I'm Coming Out ***

  • 1980 Dynasty -I've Just Begun to Love You

  • 1980 Gayle Adams -Stretchin' Out

  • 1980 George Benson -Give Me the Night ***

  • 1980 George Benson -Love X Love

  • 1980 McFadden and Whitehead -I Heard It In A Love Song

  • 1980 Mtume -So You Wanna Be A Star *** This one especially!!

  • 1980 Ramona Brooks -I Don't Want You Back ***

  • 1980 Shalamar -Make That Move

  • 1980 Sheila and B. Devotion -Your Love Is Good

  • 1980 S.O.S. Band -Take Your Time (Do It Right) ***

  • 1980 Stephanie Mills -Never Knew Love Like This Before ***

  • 1980 Teena Marie -I Need Your Lovin' ***

  • 1981 Brothers Johnson -The Real Thing ***

  • 1981 Cheryl Lynn -Shake It Up Tonight ***

  • 1981 The Commodores -Lady (You Bring Me Up) ***

  • 1981 France Joli -Gonna Get Over You

  • 1981 K.I.D. -Hupendi Muziki Wangu?! (You Don't Like My Music)

  • 1981 Luther Vandross -Sugar and Spice (I Found Me A Girl)

  • 1981 Quincy Jones featuring Charles May -Ai No Corrida

  • 1982 Salsoul Orchestra -Take Some Time Out (For Love)

  • 1982 Shalamar -I Can Make You Feel Good


Listen to I Need Your Lovin' by Teena Marie:




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Quinny

  • Revelation - Feel It 1981

  • Rose Royce - R R Express 1981 (pure uptempo funky disco)

  • Sheila E - The Glamourous Life 1983? (there's some strings in there somewhere)

  • Hot Streak - Bodywork 1983? (not an orchestra in sight but pure disco)

  • Nick Straker - Straight Ahead 1982?

  • Electric Mind - Pick Me Up 1982? (forget the band's name, this was absolutely brilliant)

  • Jimmy Young - Times Are Tight (instr'l) 1983

  • Blue Rondo A La Turk - Me And Mr. Sanchez 1982?

  • Arrow - Hot, Hot, Hot 1984 (O.K. this was Soca, but wouldn't it have had everyone rockin' in '79?)

  • David Grant - Stop and Go 1981? (such a powerful track)

  • Aretha Franklin - Freeway of Love 1984 (happy, happy dance music at its best?)

  • T Life - Something That You Do To Me 1981 Never gets a mention anywhere, but this is quintessential Disco

  • Collage - Romeo Where's Juliet - 1985 a monster in the US, but fairly unknown in the UK

  • Taffy - I Love My Radio - 1985 Ditto above, and this is true slightly cheesy disco.

  • Any Go Go track from '84/85


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Martinus

  • High Fashion: Feelin' Lucky Lately / Winner of my heart

  • Gayle Adams: Your love is a Life Saver (album version)

  • Peter Jacques Band: Mighty fine

  • France Joli: Gonna get over you

  • Mona Rae: Do me

  • Gino Soccio: Try it out

  • Surface: Falling in love

  • Three Million: I've got the hots for you

  • Carol Jiani: Hit'n run lover

  • Vaughan Mason & Crew: Roller skate

  • Barbara Roy & E.P.P.: If you want me

  • Dells: All about the papers

  • Northend: Tee's happy/Happy days

  • Pure Energy: Party on

  • Change: Glow of love and Miracles complete albums

  • BBQ Band: On the beat/Time for love

  • Kasso: The Walkman/One more round/Kasso

  • Sharon Redd: Beat the street instrumental

  • Lime I and Lime II


Listen to If You Want Me by Barbara Roy and Ecstasy, Passion and Pain:




Listen to Feelin' Lucky Lately by High Fashion:





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SammyPerez

  • Rock your world - Weeks & Co. ('81)

  • It should have been you - Gwen Guthrie ('81)

  • Watch out - Brandi Wells ('81)

  • You and me just started - Linda Taylor ('82)

  • Love is gonna be on your side - Firefly ('80)

  • I hear music in the streets - Unlimited Touch ('80)

  • This beat is mine - Vicky D ('81)

  • Another man - Barbara Mason ('83)

  • So fine - Howard Johnson ('82)

  • Keep on - D Train ('81)

  • The Glow of love - Change ('80)

  • I want to thank you - Alicia Myers ('83)

  • You used to hold me - Thelma Houston ('84)

  • Starchild - Level 42 ('81)

  • Love has come around - Donald Byrd ('81)

  • Keep in touch body to body - The Shades of love ('82)

  • You can't hide your love - David Joseph ('83)

  • You ain't really down - Status IV ('84)

  • Aahh dance - Fine Quality featuring Cuz ('81)

  • Body music - The Strikers ('81)

  • Let's do it - Convertion

  • Rock Shock - B.B.C.S.&A.

  • You're the one for me - D Train

  • Beat the Street - Sharon Redd

  • Walking in Sunshine - Central Line


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jazz_pilgrim

  • Rose Royce - Magic Touch (85)

  • Fatback Band - I Found Lovin' - truly massive

  • Carl Anderson - Buttercup (84)

  • Arnie's Love - She's Out Of My Life (85) nice and sophisticated

  • Royalle Delight - Freak For You (85) - ditto

  • Krystol - After The Dance (84)

  • Gary's Gang - Knock Me Out (83) - disco stormer

  • Chilites - Stop What You're Doing (83-ish) - ditto

  • Unique - What I Got Is What You Need (84) on Prelude - massive!

  • Passion - Don't Stop My Love - more Prelude

  • Matsubara - SOS (84) - jazz fusion MONSTER - really meaty beat to this one with Ken Matsubara's guitar over the top. Classy!

  • Oneness Of Juju - Every Which Way But Loose (82)


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bobbchap

  • "Feels like I'm in love" - Kelly Marie

  • "Menergy" - Patrick Cowley

  • "Cruisin the streets" - Boystown Gang

  • "Mercy" - Carol Jiani

  • "Lay all your love on me" - Abba

  • "On and on and on" - Abba

  • "New York at night" - Kelly Marie

  • "Ain't no mountain high enough..." - Boystown Gang

  • "Hit n' run lover" - Carol Jiani

  • "Dancing is dangerous" - Noel

  • "Dancing the night away" - Voggue

  • "Japanese boy" - Aneka

  • "Walk right now" - The Jacksons

  • "Don't stop the music" - Yarbrough & People

  • "Funkytown" - Lipps


Listen to Walk Right Now by The Jacksons:




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Hope you enjoyed everyone's Disco picks of the 1980s. Have more to add to this? Please leave your comments below.