Boogie Wonderland

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"Boogie Wonderland"
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Single by Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
from the album I Am
B-side "Boogie Wonderland (Instrumental) (Vinyl)"
Released

March 20, 1979 (Vinyl)

March 20, 2004 (CD)
Format
Genre
Length 4:48
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Certification Gold (RIAA 5/29/79)
Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology
"September"
(1978)
"Boogie Wonderland"
(1979)
"After the Love Has Gone"
(1979)

"Boogie Wonderland" is a song by American R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire, featuring The Emotions. Released as a single on March 20, 1979 by The American Record Company and Columbia Records, The song was certified Gold by the RIAA on May 29, 1979. "Boogie Wonderland" was written by Allee Willis and Jon Lind, and recorded by Earth, Wind & Fire. It was included on the album I Am. It is regarded as a classic of the disco era, peaking at number 14 on the disco chart.[1] On other US charts, "Boogie Wonderland" peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the Hot Soul Singles chart.[2]

Reception[edit]

"Boogie Wonderland" was written for The Emotions - cousins of Earth, Wind, & Fire's lead singer - and was commercially successful, selling over a million copies and being certified gold in the US (until the RIAA lowered sales levels required for certified singles in 1989, a gold certification was awarded for sales of one million units) and gold by the British Phonographic Industry for selling over 400,000 copies in the U.K.[3][4][5]

Covers[edit]

  • "Boogie Wonderland" was the basis for the dance song "I'm Alive" by Stretch & Vern Present "Maddog"; the song reached number 6 in the U.K. in September 1996.[6]

Appearances in other media[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Accolades[edit]

The information regarding accolades attributed to "Boogie Wonderland" is adapted from AcclaimedMusic.net.[19]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Gary Mulholland U.K. This Is Uncool: The 500 Best Singles Since Punk Rock 2002 *
Dave Marsh U.S. The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made 1989 737
Bruce Pollock U.S. The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000 2005 *
Panorama Norway The 30 Best Singles of the Year 1970-98 1999 13

(*) designates lists that are unordered.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 86. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 179. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-10. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  4. ^ "Rock Music, etc., Terms". spider.georgetowncollege.edu. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  6. ^ "Chart Stats Stretch 'N' Vern Presents 'Maddog' - I'm Alive". 
  7. ^ "American Idol: Not The Final Coundown!". TV.com. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ American Idol. Season 2. Episode 23. April 2, 2003. FOX. 
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Earth Wind and Fire – Boogie Wonderland" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1979-07-22. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2016-05-11. 
  12. ^ Steffen Hung. "Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions - Boogie Wonderland". Lescharts.com. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  13. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Austchartbook.com.au. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  14. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  15. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 1979 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1979-12-31. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  16. ^ "Chart Archive – 1970s Singles". everyHit.com. Retrieved October 10, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1979/Top 100 Songs of 1979". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  19. ^ "Boogie Wonderland". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 

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