Get Down Tonight

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"Get Down Tonight"

French 7-Inch Single Cover
Single by KC and the Sunshine Band
from the album KC and the Sunshine Band
B-side “You Don’t Know”
Released February 11, 1975
Genre Disco,[1] funk[1]
Length 3:12 (radio edit)
5:19 (album version)
Label TK Records
Writer(s) Harry Wayne Casey, Richard Finch
Producer(s) Harry Wayne Casey, Richard Finch
KC and the Sunshine Band singles chronology
"I’m a Pushover"
"Get Down Tonight"
"Shotgun Shuffle”

"Get Down Tonight" is a song released in 1975 on the eponymous album by the disco group KC and the Sunshine Band. The song became widely successful, becoming the first of their five number-one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also reached the top of the Hot Soul Singles chart[2] and was an international chart hit, reaching #1 in Canada and charting in Australia (#44), Belgium (#11), the Netherlands (#5) and the UK (#21).


The song displays some of the signature characteristics of the disco era such as a fast tempo, and repeating lyrics. The song features a distinctive introduction, in which a recorded guitar solo is rendered at double speed in a distinct samisen rhythm over a normal-speed guitar line in the background.

The song was originally titled "What you Want Is What you Get" before KC changed the title to "Get Down Tonight".

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1988, "Get Down Tonight" was covered by British band Shriekback. Harry Wayne Casey appears in the videoclip for a few seconds.
  • In 2010, The song was covered by Sing It Out Loud for the MTV original movie Turn The Beat Around soundtrack.


Mack 10 interpolated the chorus for the hook of "Get A Lil' Head" off his 1998 album The Recipe (album).

In 1998, the song was sampled by the house production act Bamboo for the hit single "Bamboogie". The song reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1998. [3] [4]

Appearances in other media[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) 44
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 13
Belgium VRT Top 30 11
Canadian RPM Top Singles[6] 1
France (SNEP)[7] 74
Italy (FIMI)[8] 9
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 5
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[10] 5
UK (Official Charts Company)[11] 21
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 1
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[12] 6
US Billboard Hot Disco Singles[12] 13
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles[12] 1
Preceded by
"Fallin' in Love" by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
August 30, 1975
Succeeded by
"Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell
Preceded by
"Dream Merchant" by The New Birth
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
August 23, 1975
Succeeded by
"Your Love" by Graham Central Station
Preceded by
"Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell
Canadian RPM number-one single
September 27, 1975
Succeeded by
"Ballroom Blitz" by Sweet


  1. ^ a b Alex Henderson. "KC and the Sunshine Band review on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 23, 2013.  "Fueled by such addictive funk hits as "That's the Way (I Like It)" and "Get Down Tonight," the album established K.C. as one of the top stars of the disco era."
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 315. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (Ed.) (2004). British Hit Singles & Albums (17th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 0-85112-199-3.
  4. ^ "Search results for the artist 'Bamboo'". Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  5. ^ " – KC & The Sunshine Band – Get Down Tonight" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Get down tonight in Canadian Top Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Get down tonight in French Chart". Dominic DURAND / InfoDisc. Retrieved 12 June 2013.  You have to use the index at the top of the page and search "KC & the Sunshine Band"
  8. ^ "Indice per Interprete: K". HitParadeItalia (it). Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – KC and The Sunshine Band search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  10. ^ " – KC & The Sunshine Band – Get Down Tonight" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100.
  11. ^ "1975 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive - 26th April 1975". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Simple Pleasures awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 

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