Five Star Disco
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Disco is a genre of dance music and a subculture that emerged in the 1970s from the United States’ urban nightlife scene.The disco sound is typified by “four-on-the-floor”beats, syncopated bass-lines, and string sections, horns, electric piano, synthesizers, and electric rhythm guitars. Lead guitar features less frequently in disco than in rock. Disco started as a mixture of music from venues popular with African Americans, Hispanic and Latino Americans, Italian Americans, LGBT people (especially African-American, Latino-American, and Italian-American gay men), and psychedelic hippies in Philadelphia and New York City during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Disco can be seen as a reaction by the counterculture during this period to both the dominance of rock music and the stigmatization of dance music at the time. Several dance styles were developed during the period of disco’s popularity in the United States, including “the Bump” and “the Hustle”. Disco emerged in the 70s to promote freedom and liberation at the time. DIsco is compromised of funk and r&b. Disco was heavily influenced by the LGBTQ+ community. Because disco promoted freedom and liberation, the genre helped create safe spaces and increase acceptances of people belonging to the LGBTQ+ community. By the late 1970s, most major U.S. cities had thriving disco club scenes, and DJs would mix dance records at clubs such as Studio 54 in New York City, a venue popular among celebrities. Discothèque-goers often wore expensive, extravagant and sexy fashions.




Here are my personal top six favorite disco songs scroll through and take a listen. When you’re finished see if you can name some of the artists and their songs correctly!

Artist #1

This woman was actually one of the first disco artists, having remade “Never Can Say Goodbye” into a dance floor smash in 1974.

Gloria Gaynor

One of my favorite songs by Gloria Gaynor is "I Will Survive" my mom used to play it for me all the time.

Artist #2

This groovy group is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, dance, Latin, and Afro pop. They have been described as one of the most innovative and commercially successful acts of all time.

Earth, Wind, and Fire

Since I was younger every year on my birthday my mom would play "September" because of the month I was born in. To this day I still play the song every year and it will always be one of my favorites.
Take A Listen!!

Artist #3

The Queen of Disco gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s.

Donna Summer

Arguably the most successful female artist of the disco era and surely its foremost icon Donna Summer actually helped kick off the disco revolution with her seminal 1975 record “Love To Love You,” produced by Georgio Moroder.