I am an avid lover of all things retro! 70’s and 80’s era created the disco genre in its true sense. One of my favorites genres that always makes me grove and how. Here are my top 10 D.I.S.C.O tracks that you’ve got to check out –

  1. Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Remember Ross’ t-shirt “Frankie says relax”. I always wondered where that line on the t-shirt came from. Turns out that it was this song, which also featured, in Netflix’s interactive Black Mirror film – Bandersnatch.

  1. Sunny – Boney M

In Berlin’s grey and gloomy winters, this song really keeps your mind and soul happy. I get a lot of funny stares when I sing and dance this in the U-Bahn.

  1. Kids in America – Kim Wilde

This song is meant for a late night expressway drive through the city. Try it. Or just imagine it. You’ll know what I am talking about.

  1. Blue Monday – New Order

New Order was never in my library until I saw Charlize Theron kick ass in Cold War Berlin in the movie Atomic Blonde. A personal favorite of every Berliner since ’82.

  1. Funky Sensation – Gwen McCrae

NO disco night is complete with a funky beat. Picture this, a disco floor, neon lights and disco ball hanging from the ceiling with this song funking up the dance floor.

  1. Upside Down – Diana Ross

Passion, instinct and desire. This disco tune is meant to danced to with a loved one. So get a hold of your girlfriend, wife, husband, boyfriend and let this song take over.

  1. Hot Stuff – Donna Summer

What can I say about the Queen of Disco? Her songs like Bad Girls, Love to love you, I Feel Love have put people into a trance since the 80s.

  1. Rasputin – Boney M

I never heard of Rasputin until I’d heard this song. History says, Rasputin was a ladies’ man. He had an affair with the Russian Queen, drank a lot and was a self-proclaimed preacher. His death goes something like this : ate pieces of cake laced with cyanide, stood up, talked, drank incredible amounts of alcohol, took him a couple of hours and 3 bullets to kill him. Oh Ra-ra-Rasputin!

  1. Funky Town – Lipps Inc.

Not only is this mentioned in Friends when Monica (Courtney Cox) dances in her fat suit, but also appears in Shrek 2.

  1. September – Earth, Wind & Fire

This song has been in more commercials and US American Weddings than any other song. I first heard this at a wedding reception in Germany in September. Right place, right time.

Notable mentions:

Shining Star – Earth, Wind & Fire

Seinfeld’s episode ‘The Little Kicks’ featured this song when Elaine Benes’ dance moves are discovered by George Costanza at her office party. The beats really fit the moves of Elaine.

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship

The ultimate prom track? Oh how many hearts have been mended into one by this track. A favorite among the Christian weddings in Mumbai.

Der Kommisar – Falco

Alles klar? Der Kommisar. About a couple on the run from the law and everytime the Commissioner shows up, they ask him, “Everything ok, Mr. Commissioner?” Alles klar? Der Kommisar.

Disco Inferno – The Trammps

John Travolta discoed so much in Saturday Night Fever (1977). I wish I was John Travolta strutting it to this song on the dance floor.

Car Wash – Rose Royce

I first heard this in 1998 from the Chris Tucker & Charlie Sheen movie Money Talks where Chris Tucker’s character Franklin works at a car wash. It’s been stuck in my head since then.