Boogie Nights (song)

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"Boogie Nights"
Side A of one of UK 7-inch vinyl singles
Single by Heatwave
from the album Too Hot to Handle
B-side "All You Do is Dial"
Released 1977
Format 7" single, 12" single
Genre Disco
Length 3:56 (single edit)
5:02 (album version)
Label GTO Records
Writer(s) Rod Temperton
Producer(s) Barry Blue
Heatwave singles chronology
"Boogie Nights"
"Too Hot to Handle"

"Boogie Nights" is a 1977 single by the British-based funk-disco group Heatwave. It was the group's debut single and was written by Rod Temperton. It was included on Heatwave's debut album, Too Hot to Handle. The American actor and singer Clarke Peters performed backing vocals on the song.[1]


The song became one of the best-known disco songs by a British group and charted at #2 in both the UK Singles Chart as well as the Billboard Hot 100. It also appeared on US Billboard R&B and dance charts during 1977. The song would reach number 1 in New Zealand. The single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[2] (The song did not chart in Ireland.)

The song has been covered many times by artists such as KC and the Sunshine Band, Will to Power, 911 and The Weather Girls. British boy-band Blue also performed the song in their live shows.[3]

The song made an appearance in the 1978 films Eyes of Laura Mars and The Stud.

Charts and certifications[edit]


Chart (1977) Peak
New Zealand RIANZ Singles[4] 1
UK Singles Chart[5] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 2
US Billboard Hot Soul Singles[6] 5
US Billboard Disco Action[6] 36

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[7] Gold 75,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Silver 250,000
United States (RIAA)[9] Platinum 2,000,000

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Sonia version[edit]

"Boogie Nights"
Single by Sonia
from the album Better the Devil You Know
B-side "My Light"
Released 12 September 1992
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" single
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:40
Label Arista
Writer(s) Rod Temperton
Producer(s) Mark Taylor, Tracy Ackerman
Sonia singles chronology
"We’ve Got the Power"
"Boogie Nights"
"Better the Devil You Know"

In 1992, British singer Sonia released a version of the song, produced by Mark Taylor and Tracy Ackerman for Sonia's third studio album Better the Devil You Know in 1993. The song was released in September 1992 and peaked at #30 in the UK Charts.[10] The single's B-side was "My Light" which also appeared on the album.

Formats and track listings[edit]

Cassette Single

  1. "Boogie Nights" - 3:40
  2. "My Light" - 3:55

CD Single

  1. "Boogie Nights" - 3:40
  2. "Boogie Nights" (Extended Mix) - 5:42
  3. "My Light" - 3:55

7" Single

  1. "Boogie Nights" - 3:40
  2. "My Light" - 3:55

12" Single

  1. "Boogie Nights" (Extended Mix) - 5:42
  2. "Boogie Nights" (Dub Mix)
  3. "My Light" - 3:55


  1. ^ "Clarke Peters: From The Wire to Nelson Mandela". The Independent. April 30, 2009. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2010). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 9th Ed. (Billboard Publications), p. 293.
  3. ^ Allmusic - cover versions
  4. ^ NZ Singles Chart info Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  5. ^ UK Singles Chart info Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  6. ^ a b c U.S. Billboard chart info Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Canadian certifications – Heatwave – Boogie Nights". Music Canada. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "British certifications – Heatwave – Boogie Nights". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 29 March 2012.  Enter Boogie Nights in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  9. ^ "American certifications – Heatwave – Boogie Nights". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Boogie Nights" - Sonia, UK Charts

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