Boogie Nights (song)

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"Boogie Nights"
Boogie Nights by Heatwave US vinyl single.jpg
US 7-inch vinyl single
Single by Heatwave
from the album Too Hot to Handle
B-side"All You Do is Dial"
Length3:36 (single edit)
5:02 (album version)
LabelGTO Records, Epic (US)
Songwriter(s)Rod Temperton
Producer(s)Barry Blue
Heatwave singles chronology
"Super Soul Sister"
"Boogie Nights"
"Too Hot to Handle"
Alternative release
One of side-A labels of the UK single
One of side-A labels of the UK single

"Boogie Nights" is a 1977 single by international funk-disco group Heatwave. It was written by keyboardist Rod Temperton, and was included on Heatwave's debut album, Too Hot to Handle. Harpist Carla Skanger (a pseudonym of Sheila Bromberg of the London Symphony Orchestra) played harp and American actor and singer Clarke Peters performed backing vocals on the recording.[1]


The song became one of the best-known disco songs by a British group and charted at #2 on the UK Singles Chart. In the US, "Boogie Nights" also peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 behind "You Light Up My Life" by Debby Boone.[2] It appeared on US Billboard R&B and dance charts during 1977. "Boogie Nights" would reach #1 in New Zealand. The single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[3]

In the United Kingdom, the song was #2, and entered on March 5, 1977, only behind Leo Sayer with "When I Need You".

"Boogie Nights" 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 tune in their live shows.[4]

The song made an appearance in the films Eyes of Laura Mars, Summer of Sam and The Stud, though it was not featured in the 1997 film named for it: Boogie Nights. Apparently the group's lead singer, Johnnie Wilder Jr., a devout born-again Christian, refused to allow the use of the recording in the film because the song was about dancing, not pornography, while the film was about the latter.[5]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[15] Gold 75,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Silver 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] Platinum 2,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Sonia version[edit]

"Boogie Nights"
Boogie nights sonia.jpeg
Single by Sonia
from the album Better the Devil You Know
B-side"My Light"
Released31 August 1992
Songwriter(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 recorded her take on the song, produced by Mark Taylor and Tracy Ackerman for her third studio album Better the Devil You Know in 1993. It was released in August 1992 and peaked at #30 in the UK Charts in September.[18] 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. ^ "The Hot 100 Chart".
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2010). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 9th Ed. (Billboard Publications), p. 293.
  4. ^ Allmusic - cover versions
  5. ^ "Boogie Nights (1997)". IMDB. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  6. ^ NZ Singles Chart info Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  7. ^ [1] Official Singles Chart Top 50 Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  8. ^ a b c U.S. Billboard chart info Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  9. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles, November 26, 1977". Archived from the original on October 20, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  10. ^ "Top 200 Singles of '77 – Volume 28, No. 14, December 31 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. 17 July 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  11. ^ "End of Year Charts 1977". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  12. ^ Hunter, Nigel; Scaping, Peter, eds. (1978). "Top 100 Singles in 1977". BPI Year Book 1978 (3rd ed.). London, England: The British Phonographic Industry Ltd. pp. 216–17. ISBN 0-906154-01-4.
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 31, 1977". Archived from the original on October 20, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  15. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Heatwave – Boogie Nights". Music Canada. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  16. ^ "British single certifications – Heatwave – Boogie Nights". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 29 March 2012.Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Boogie Nights in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  17. ^ "American single certifications – Heatwave – Boogie Nights". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  18. ^ "Boogie Nights" - Sonia, UK Charts

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