Boogie Wonderland

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"Boogie Wonderland"
EarthWindAndFireWithTheEmotionBoogieWonderland7InchSingleCover.jpg
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 8:21 (12" version)
4:55 (7" version)
4:47 (album version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology
"September"
(1978)
"Boogie Wonderland"
(1979)
"After the Love Has Gone"
(1979)

"September"
(1978)
"Boogie Wonderland"
(1979)
"After the Love Has Gone"
(1979)
Music video
"Boogie Wonderland" on YouTube

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

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 and gold by the British Phonographic Industry for selling over 400,000 copies in the UK.[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 UK 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.[21]

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. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Boogie Wonderland". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  11. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1979-07-22. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  12. ^ http://www.rock.co.za/files/sa_charts_1969_1989_songs_(A-B).html
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2016-05-11. 
  14. ^ Steffen Hung. "Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions - Boogie Wonderland". Lescharts.com. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  15. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Austchartbook.com.au. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  16. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  17. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 1979 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1979-12-31. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  18. ^ "Top Singles 1979". Music Week. London, England: Spotlight Publications. 22 December 1979. p. 27. 
  19. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1979/Top 100 Songs of 1979". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  21. ^ "Boogie Wonderland". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 

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