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By Charles Apple
The Spokesman-Review

Forty years ago Sunday, “Funkytown” by Lipps Inc. hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, becoming the final big hit of the disco era. Here’s a look at 53 essential No. 1 disco hits to help you remember how to shake, shake, shake your booty.

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Shown: song, artist, when the single hit No. 1 and how long it spent there

Theme From Shaft
Isaac Hayes
Nov. 20, 1971
No. 1 for 2 weeks

Superstition
Stevie Wonder
Jan. 27, 1973
No. 1 for 1 week

Love Train
O’Jays
March 24, 1973
No. 1 for 1 week

Love’s Theme
Love Unlimited Orchestra
Feb. 9, 1974
No. 1 for 1 week

TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)
MFSB and the Three Degrees
April 20, 1974
No. 1 for 2 weeks

Rock the Boat
The Hues Corporation
July 6, 1974
No. 1 for 1 week

Rock Your Baby
George McCrae
July 13, 1974
No. 1 for 2 weeks

Kung Fu Fighting
Carl Douglas
Dec. 7, 1974
No. 1 for 2 weeks

The Hustle
Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony
July 26, 1975
No. 1 for 1 week

Jive Talkin’
Bee Gees
Aug. 9, 1975
No. 1 for 2 weeks

Get Down Tonight
KC and the Sunshine Band
Aug. 30, 1975
No. 1 for 1 week

That’s the Way (I Like It)
KC and the Sunshine Band
Nov. 22, 1975
No. 1 for 2 weeks

Fly, Robin, Fly
Silver Convention
Nov. 29, 1975
No. 1 for 3 weeks

Love Machine
The Miracles
March 6, 1976
No. 1 for 1 week

December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)
The Four Seasons
March 13, 1976
No. 1 for 3 weeks

Disco Lady
Johnnie Taylor
April 3, 1976
No. 1 for 4 weeks

Boogie Fever
The Sylvers
May 15, 1976
No. 1 for 1 week

Love Hangover
Diana Ross
May 29, 1976
No. 1 for 2 weeks

You Should Be Dancing
Bee Gees
Sept. 4, 1976
No. 1 for 1 week

(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty
KC and the Sunshine Band
Sept. 11, 1976
No. 1 for 1 week

A Fifth of Beethoven
Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band
Oct. 9, 1976
No. 1 for 1 week

Disco Duck
Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots
Oct. 16, 1976
No. 1 for 1 week

Dancing Queen
ABBA
April 9, 1977
No. 1 for 1 week

Sir Duke
Stevie Wonder
May 21, 1977
No. 1 for 3 weeks

I’m Your Boogie Man
KC and the Sunshine Band
June 11, 1977
No. 1 for 1 week

Got to Give It Up
Marvin Gaye
June 25, 1977
No. 1 for 1 week

I Just Want to Be Your Everything
Andy Gibb
July 30, 1977
No. 1 for 4 weeks

Best of My Love
The Emotions
Aug. 20, 1977
No. 1 for 5 weeks

Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band
Meco
Oct. 1, 1977
No. 1 for 2 weeks

Dec. 16, 1977
The disco-themed dance movie “Saturday Night Fever” starring John Travolta was released in theaters. The soundtrack album would spend 24 straight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

How Deep is Your Love
Bee Gees
Dec. 24, 1977
No. 1 for 3 weeks

Stayin’ Alive
Bee Gees
Feb. 4, 1978
No. 1 for 4 weeks

(Love is) Thicker Than Water
Andy Gibb
March 4, 1978
No. 1 for 2 weeks

Night Fever
Bee Gees
March 18, 1978
No. 1 for 8 weeks

If I Can’t Have You
Yvonne Elliman
May 13, 1978
No. 1 for 1 week

Shadow Dancing
Andy Gibb
June 17, 1978
No. 1 for 7 weeks

Boogie Oogie Oogie
A Taste of Honey
Sept. 9, 1978
No. 1 for 3 weeks

MacArthur Park
Donna Summer
Nov. 11, 1978
No. 1 for 3 weeks

Le Freak
Chic
Dec. 9, 1978
No. 1 for 6 weeks

Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?
Rod Stewart
Feb. 10, 1979
No. 1 for 4 weeks

I Will Survive
Gloria Gaynor
March 10, 1979
No. 1 for 3 weeks

Tragedy
Bee Gees
March 24, 1979
No. 1 for 2 weeks

Knock on Wood
Amii Stewart
April 21, 1979
No. 1 for 1 week

Heart of Glass
Blondie
April 28, 1979
No. 1 for 1 week

Hot Stuff
Donna Summer
June 2, 1979
No. 1 for 3 weeks

Love You Inside Out
Bee Gees
June 9, 1979
No. 1 for 1 week

Ring My Bell
Anita Ward
June 30, 1979
No. 1 for 2 weeks

July 12, 1979
“Disco Demolition Night” is held at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. D.J. Steve Dahl blows up disco albums. A riot breaks out. The second game of a doubleheader is canceled.

Bad Girls
Donna Summer
July 14, 1979
No. 1 for 5 weeks

Good Times
Chic
Aug. 18, 1979
No. 1 for 1 week

Don’t Stop ’Till You Get Enough
Michael Jackson
Oct. 13, 1979
No. 1 for 1 week

Rise
Herb Alphert
Oct. 20, 1979
No. 1 for 2 weeks

No More Tears (Enough is Enough)
Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer
Nov. 24, 1979
No. 1 for 2 weeks

Rock With You
Michael Jackson
Jan. 19, 1980
No. 1 for 4 weeks

Funkytown
Lipps Inc.
May 31, 1980
No. 1 for 4 weeks

Sources: “Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits” by Joel Whitburn, “To Disco With Love” by David Hamsley, “45 RPM: A Visual History of the Seven-Inch Record” edited by Spencer Drate