Celebration (Kool & the Gang song)

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"Celebration"
Celebration single.jpg
Single by Kool & the Gang
from the album Celebrate!
B-side"Morning Star"
Released1980
FormatVinyl record (7")
GenrePost-disco[1]
Length3:39 (single version)
5:00 (album version)
LabelDe-Lite
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Eumir Deodato
  • Kool & the Gang
Kool & the Gang singles chronology
"Hangin' Out"
(1980)
"Celebration"
(1980)
"Jones vs. Jones"
(1981)
Music video
"Celebration" on YouTube

"Celebration" is a song released in 1980 by Kool & the Gang from their album Celebrate!.

Origins[edit]

Ronald Bell, the group's saxophonist and musical arranger explained the origins of the song:

"The initial idea came from the Quran. I was reading the passage, where God was creating Adam, and the angels were celebrating and singing praises. That inspired me to write the basic chords, the line, 'Everyone around the world, come on, celebration".[2]

Composition[edit]

"Celebration" is in the key of A♭ in common time and was written as a collaboration by the whole band.[3] The song moves at a tempo of 123 beats per minute.[4] The group's vocals span from A3 to E5.[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Celebration" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on February 7, 1981, and held that position for two weeks before being ousted by Dolly Parton's "9 to 5".[5] It remains the band's only No. 1 hit.

By late 1980, the song had also reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Dance and R&B charts. The song was featured heavily on the radio throughout the year and is still heard today at weddings and parties,[5] and is a popular anthem for sporting events. It was commonly played by radio stations in honor of the release of American hostages from captivity in Iran.[6] It was also an international hit, reaching No. 7 in the United Kingdom on November 29, 1980, spending 13 weeks in the chart.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[32] Platinum 150,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[33] Silver 250,000^
United States (RIAA)[34] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

Dragon version[edit]

"Celebration"
Single by Dragon
from the album Bondi Road
B-side"Blue Blue is the Radio"
Released1987
Format7" / 12" vinyl
Length3:56
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)David Hirschfelder
Dragon singles chronology
"Nothing to Lose"
(1987)
"Celebration"
(1987)
"River"
(1988)

"Celebration" was covered in 1987 and released as a single by the New Zealand band Dragon. It was released as the lead single from the band's ninth studio album, Bondi Road (1989). The song peaked at number 11 on the Australian Kent Music Report.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[35] 11

Kylie Minogue version[edit]

"Celebration"
Kylie Minogue - Celebration.png
Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album Greatest Hits
B-side
  • "Let's Get to It"
  • "Too Much of a Good Thing"
Released1992
Format
Length3:57
LabelPWL
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Phil Harding
  • Ian Curnow
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)"
(1992)
"Celebration"
(1992)
"Confide in Me"
(1994)
Music video
"Celebration" on YouTube

"Celebration" was covered as a 1992 single by Australian singer-songwriter, Kylie Minogue. It was recorded by Minogue in 1991 for her 4th studio album, Let's Get to It, but it was not included on the album's release. However, it later appeared on the 1992 Greatest Hits album and was released as the second single. It peaked at no. 20 in the UK Singles Chart and at no. 21 in Australia. One of Minogue's least commercially popular singles, it has been cited many times as one of her favorite songs, and unlike "Finer Feelings" and "What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)", "Celebration" was included on her greatest hits compilation albums Ultimate Kylie, The Best of Kylie Minogue and Step Back in Time: The Definitive Collection. The techno-rave mix of the track is featured on the Kylie's Non-Stop History 50+1 album. It was also Minogue's last single with PWL and Stock Aitken Waterman. The music video was filmed in Rio de Janeiro.

Live performances[edit]

Minogue performed the song on the following concert tours:

The song was also performed on:

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of Minogue's version of "Celebration".

CD single

  1. "Celebration"
  2. "Celebration" (Have a Party Mix)
  3. "Let's Get to It" (12" Mix) – 4:52

7" single

  1. "Celebration"
  2. "Let's Get to It" – 3:50

12" single

  1. "Celebration" (Have a Party Mix)
  2. "Let's Get to It" (12" Mix) – 4:52

Australian CD single

  1. "Celebration"
  2. "Celebration" (Have a Party Mix)
  3. "Too Much of a Good Thing"

Japanese CD maxi single

  1. Celebration
  2. Celebration (Have A Party Mix)
  3. Celebration (Techno RAVE Remix)
  4. Let's Get To It (7" Mix)
  5. Let's Get To It (12" Mix)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992–1994) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[36] 21
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[37] 26
Ireland (IRMA)[38] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[39] 20

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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