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Mom's Day Disco

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Neal P. Corpus

Posted on May 09, 2021

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Shimmy with your mom  with this groovy playlist.

If you’re looking for ideas on what to do for your mom, it’s always a good idea to take her out dancing. But since all the clubs are still closed, why not bring the disco to your home?

You don’t need to have any fancy cocktails or dress up in fancy clothes, but what you do need is good music. Bops. Bangers!

To get you started, we’ve compiled a playlist of disco songs that’ll get anyone dancing — including your mom. Who doesn’t love disco? Read on for some fun facts about these songs, too!

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by Gloria Gaynor

Can't Take My Eyes Off of You by Gloria Gaynor

This song was originally recorded in 1967 by Frankie Valli, and the version you’ve probably heard in the movies is Andy William’s recording. This cover by Gloria Gaynor from 1990 remixes it into a disco hit. Wait for it — the fun starts at the 1:11 mark.

Dancing Queen by Abba

Dancing Queen by Abba

What’s a dancing playlist without this song? It’s not quite disco, but it’s great fun nonetheless. This song comes from Abba’s fourth album Arrival, released in 1967.

I’m Every Woman by Chaka Khan

I'm Every Woman by Chaka Khan

This song was released by Chaka Khan in 1978, and launched her career as a solo artist outside of her funk band Rufus. An equally powerful version of this song was recorded by Whitney Houston in 1993, as part of The Bodyguard’s soundtrack.

The Boss by Diana Ross

The Boss by Diana Ross

Who’s the boss? Your mom is, that’s who. This disco classic was released in 1979 as part of an album of the same name, as Diana was gaining popularity as a dance and disco queen.

I Feel Love by Donna Summer

I Feel Love by Donna Summer

This song was released in 1977, and would go on to be a big influence in electronic dance music. It was even added to the US Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important.” Fun fact: Donna Summer recorded her vocals in just one take.

Le Freak by Chic

Le Freak by Chic

Aaaah, freak out! This song is a toast to Studio 54, which was notorious for its long lines and grumpy doormen. It was conceived in 1977 after the band couldn’t get into the famed club, where they were supposed to meet with Grace Jones.

Ring My Bell by Anita Ward

Ring My Bell by Anita Ward

Written by Frederick Knight, Ring My Bell was supposed to be a teenybopper song for then 11-year-old Stacy Lattisaw. When it was recorded by Anita Ward in 1979, it would go on to top the charts, albeit being a one-hit wonder.

You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) by Sylvester

You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) by Sylvester

If there’s anyone with the power to make us feel mighty and real, it’s our moms. This song, released in 1978, was described by music critic Robert Chirstgau as “disco’s great gift to pop music,” and it really is.

100% Pure Love by Crystal Waters

100% Pure Love by Crystal Waters

This song doesn’t hail from the disco era (it was released in 1994) and is actually categorized as house, but it’s not any less groovy. If it rings a bell, you’ve probably heard it recently on the latest season of Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

While the lyrics of this song talk about a breakup, it has become an anthem for strength, resilience, and women empowerment — perfect for dancing with your mom. After it was released in 1978, it would go on to top the charts all over the world, cementing its place in disco canon.

Here's the compiled playlist on Spotify:

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