That's the Way (I Like It)

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"That's the Way (I Like It)"
German 5-inch maxi single
Single by KC and the Sunshine Band
from the album KC and the Sunshine Band
A-side That's The Way (I Like It)
B-side What Makes You Happy
Released June 10, 1975
Format Vinyl record (7")
Genre Disco,[1] funk[1]
Length 2:58 (single version)
Label TK Records
Writer(s) Harry W. Casey
Richard Finch
Producer(s) Harry W. Casey
Richard Finch
KC and the Sunshine Band singles chronology
"Shotgun Shuffle"
(1974)
"That's the Way (I Like It)"
(1975)
"Rock Your Baby"
(1975)

"That's the Way (I Like It)" is a song written by H. W. (KC) Casey and Richard Finch. It was recorded and published in 1975 by KC and the Sunshine Band for its second album. At the time, this song was considered by some to be rather risqué because of the obvious meaning behind the title as well as its chorus with multiple "uh-huhs" and its verses.

The song is in natural minor.[2]

KC and the Sunshine Band version[edit]

"That's the Way (I Like It)" became the band's second number-one hit in the Billboard Hot 100, and it is one of the few chart-toppers in history to hit number one on more than one occasion during a one-month period, as it did between November and December 1975. This song topped the American pop chart for one week, and then it was replaced by "Fly, Robin, Fly" by the Silver Convention. "That's the Way (I Like It)" returned to number-one for one more week after "Fly, Robin, Fly" completed three weeks at the top. "That's the Way (I Like It)" also spent one week at number-one in the soul singles chart.[3]

The song was also an international chart hit, reaching #1 in Canada[4] and the Netherlands and charting in Australia (#5), Belgium (#2), Germany (#20), Ireland (#17), New Zealand (#12), Norway (#5) and the UK (#4).

Chart performance[edit]

KC and the Sunshine Band[edit]

Chart (1975-1976) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report) 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 2
Canada RPM Top Singles[6] 1
Germany (Media Control Charts)[7] 20
Irish Singles Chart[8] 17
Italy (FIMI)[9] 17
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 12
Norway (VG-lista)[13] 5
South African Chart[14] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 3
UK (Official Charts Company)[16] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 1
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[17] 1
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles[17] 1

Dead or Alive[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report) 45
Irish Singles Chart[8] 23
UK (Official Charts Company)[18] 22
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[19] 28

Other cover versions[edit]

Uses in media[edit]

References[edit]

  • Craig MacInnis, "That's the Way I Like It (The Harry Wayne Casey Story)", Team Power Publishing, 2002, ISBN 2-89568-059-0
  1. ^ a b Alex Henderson. "KC and the Sunshine Band review on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 9 June 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. ^ Stephenson, Ken (2002). What to Listen for in Rock: A Stylistic Analysis, p.89. ISBN 978-0-300-09239-4.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 315. 
  4. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?brws_s=1&file_num=nlc008388.4043a&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=kjerdnvbvl3a8p4jfufutrc7u6
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – KC & the Sunshine Band – That's the way (I like it)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "That's the way (I like it) in Canadian Top Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "KC & the Sunshine Band – That's the way (I like it)". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment.
  8. ^ a b "That's the way (I like it) in Irish Chart". IRMA. Retrieved 30 May 2013.  Only results when searching "That's the way (I like it)"
  9. ^ "The best-selling singles of 1976 in Italy". HitParadeItalia (it). Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
    67. That's the way (I like it) - K.C. and the Sunshine Band [#17]
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – KC and the Sunshine Band search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – KC & the Sunshine Band – That's the way (I like it)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  12. ^ "Charts.org.nz – KC & the Sunshine Band – That's the way (I like it)". Top 40 Singles.
  13. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – KC & the Sunshine Band – That's the way (I like it)". VG-lista.
  14. ^ John Samson. "That's the way (I like it) by KC & the Sunshine Band in South African Chart". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – KC & the Sunshine Band – That's the way (I like it)". Singles Top 60.
  16. ^ "1975 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive - 6th September 1975". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  17. ^ a b c "KC and the Sunshine Band Awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "1984 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive - 21st April 1984". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "Dead or Alive awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Island Girl" by Elton John
"Fly, Robin, Fly" by Silver Convention
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
November 22, 1975 (one week)
December 20, 1975 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Fly, Robin, Fly" by Silver Convention
"Let's Do It Again" by The Staple Singers
Preceded by
"Let's Do It Again" by The Staple Singers
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number one single
November 29, 1975
Succeeded by
"I Love Music" by The O'Jays
Preceded by
"Black Superman" by Johnny Wakelin
Canadian RPM number-one single
December 13, 1975 – January 3, 1976
Succeeded by
"Saturday Night" by Bay City Rollers
Preceded by
"Dansez maintenant" by Dave
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
November 29, 1975 – December 6, 1975
Succeeded by
"Mississippi" by Pussycat