Because sometimes you just need to shake shake shake your booty…
We give you Trash Disco Essentials. If you’re feelin’ all fancy, feel free to call it Classic Dance. Whatever you call it, it’s fun and can be the perfect headphone escape on a bad day at work or great “feel good” background tracks for a party with friends.

The songs listed on this page provide the tools you need to assemble your own private playlist so that you, yes you, can become the disco dancer you always dreamed you’d be back when you were watching Solid Gold…

From Wikipedia:

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 basslines, and string sections, horns, electric piano, synthesizers, and electric rhythm guitars. Lead guitar features less frequently in disco than in rock. Well-known disco artists include Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, the Bee Gees, Chic, KC and the Sunshine Band, Thelma Houston, Sister Sledge, the Trammps, Village People and Michael Jackson. While performers and singers garnered public attention, record producers working behind the scenes played an important role in developing the genre. Films such as Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Thank God It’s Friday (1978) contributed to disco’s mainstream popularity.”

Below is an A to Z list with most of the classic “must haves” along with a few of the more obscure gems that you will probably recognize but never knew the name of the song (thanks for the recommendations, Paul). So, go find yourself an old whistle, dig out your best polyester duds and let’s get this fantasy playlist started. Enjoy!

A Taste Of Honey | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Boogie Oogie Oogie

ABBA | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Dancing Queen

Alicia Bridges | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: I Love The Nightlife (Disco ‘Round)

Amii Stewart | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Knock On Wood

Andrea True Connection | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: More More More

Andy Gibb | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Shadow Dancing

Anita Ward | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Ring My Bell

Average White Band | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Pick Up The Pieces

Barbra Streisand | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: The Main Event / Fight, No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) with Donna Summer

Barry Manilow | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Copacabana

Bee Gees | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Night Fever, Jive Talkin’ You Should Be Dancing, Stayin’ Alive, Tragedy

Bill Conti | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)

Blondie | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Heart of Glass, Atomic

Boney M | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Daddy Cool

Carl Douglas | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Kung Fu Fighting

Chaka Khan | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: I’m Every Woman, Tell Me Something Good

Cher | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Take Me Home, Hell On Wheels

Cheryl Lynn | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Got To Be Real

Chic | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Le Freak, Dance Dance Dance, Everybody Dance, Good Times, I Want Your Love

Clarence Carter | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Strokin’

Commodores | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Brick House

Dan Hartman | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Relight My Fire, Instant Replay

Diana Ross | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: I’m Coming Out, Upside Down, Love Hangover

Donna Summer | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Hot Stuff, Bad Girls, I Feel Love, No More Tears, Love To Love You Baby, Last Dance

Dr Hook | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Sexy Eyes

Earth Wind and Fire | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Boogie Wonderland, Shining Star, September

Ethel Merman | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Everything’s Coming Up Roses, There’s No Business Like Show Business

Evelyn “Champagne” King | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Shame

Foxy | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Get Off

France Joli | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Come To Me, Gonna Get Over You

Frankie Valli | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Grease

Gloria Gaynor | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: I Will Survive, Never Can Say Goodbye

Grace Jones | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: I Need A Man, La Vie En Rose, Fame

Heatwave | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: The Groove Line

Incredible Bongo Band | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Apache

Jimmy “Bo” Horne | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Spank

KC and the Sunshine Band | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Get Down Tonight, I’m Your Boogie Man, That’s The Way (I Like It), I Like To Do It

Kelly Marie | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Feels Like I’m In Love

Kiss | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: I Was Made For Loving You

LaBelle | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Lady Marmalade

Leif Garrett | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: I Was Made For Dancin’

Lipps Inc | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Funky Town

Loleatta Holloway | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Love Sensation

Love and Kisses | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Thank God It’s Friday (Movie Theme Song)

McFadden and Whitehead | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now

MFSB feat The Three Degrees | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)

Meco | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Star Wars Theme / Cantina Band

Michael Jackson | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, Rock With You

Millie Jackson | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: We Got To Hit It Off

Musique | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: In The Bush

Odyssey | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Native New Yorker

Parliament | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)

Patrice Rushen | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Forget Me Nots

Patrick Cowley | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Do You Wanna Funk (feat Sylvester), Menergy

Patrick Hernandez | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Born To Be Alive

Peaches and Herb | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Shake Your Groove Thing

Peter Brown | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Do You Want To Get Funky With Me

Prince | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: I Wanna Be Your Lover

Rick James | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: You And I, Give It To Me Baby, Super Freak

Rod Stewart | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?, Passion

Rose Royce | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Car Wash

Roxy Music | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Angel Eyes

Shalamar | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: The Second Time Around

Sister Sledge | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: We Are Family, He’s The Greatest Dancer

Stars On 45 | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Stars on 45

Stephanie Mills | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Never Knew Love Like This Before

Sylvester | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Do You Wanna Funk, You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

Tavares | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: More Than A Woman

The Brothers Johnson | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Stomp!

The Emotions | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Best Of My Love

The Hues Corporation | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Rock The Boat

The Jacksons / The Jackson 5 | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground), Blame It On The Boogie, Dancing Machine

The Michael Zager Band | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Let’s All Chant

The Rolling Stones | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Miss You (Special Disco Version)

The Sylvers | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Boogie Fever

The Trammps | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Disco Inferno

Thelma Houston | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Don’t Leave Me This Way

Two Tons Of Fun | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: I Got The Feeling, It’s Raining Men

Van McCoy | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: The Hustle

Vicki Sue Robinson | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: Turn The Beat Around

Village People | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: YMCA, In The Navy, Macho Man

Walter Murphy | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: A Fifth Of Beethoven

Yvonne Elliman | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Track: If I Can’t Have You