Top Disco Songs From 1980 To 1983

In 2003 the disco loving members of DiscoMusic.com were posed a question from a fellow member (Leanmean) to list their Top Disco Songs from 1980-1983. While 1983 was the cutoff year, you will see that some listed songs into 1985.

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

Top Disco songs from 1980-1983 as chosen by SteelyDan

  • 'Hit n Run Lover' - Carol Jiani (1981)
  • 'Cruisin The Streets' - Boystown Gang (1981)
  • 'You're Too Late' - Fantasy (1981)
  • 'Hupendi Muziki Wangu' - K.I.D. (1981)
  • 'Keep On Movin' - Deodato (1982)
  • 'Beat The street' - Sharon Redd (1982)
  • 'Love sensation' - Lolleatta Holloway (1980)
  • 'Taste of Bitter love' - Gladys Knight & the pips (1980)
  • 'Passion' - The Flirts (1982)
  • 'Im a Wonderful Thing Baby' - Kid Creole & the Coconuts (1982)
  • 'Candidate For Love' - T.S.Monk (1981)
  • 'Time Out For Love' - Salsoul Orchestra/ Jocelyn Brown (1982)
  • 'Cherry Tree' - Cerrone (1981)
  • 'Dancin The Night Away' - Voggue (1981)
  • 'Lovers Holiday' - Change (1980)

Top Disco songs from 1980-1983 as chosen by 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

Top Disco songs from 1980-1983 as chosen by 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)

Top Disco songs from 1980-1983 as chosen by 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)

Top Disco songs from 1980-1983 as chosen by Robbie

  • "A Lover's Holiday" / "The Glow Of Love" – Change (1980)
  • "I Need You" – Sylvester (1980)
  • "I'll Do Anything For You" – 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" – Skyy (1981)
  • "One More Shot" – C-Bank (1982)
  • "Infatuation" – Upfront (1983)

Top Disco songs from 1980-1983 as chosen by Marcio

  • "Let's Get Started" – Voyage (1982)

Top Disco songs from 1980-1983 as chosen by 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)

Top Disco songs from 1980-1983 as chosen by 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

Top Disco songs from 1980-1983 as chosen by 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

Top Disco songs from 1980-1983 as chosen by 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

Top Disco songs from 1980-1983 as chosen by 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

Top Disco songs from 1980-1983 as chosen by 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

Top Disco songs from 1980-1983 as chosen by 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)

Top Disco songs from 1980-1983 as chosen by 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

 

Hope you enjoyed everyone's Disco picks of the 1980s.