Everybody Dance (Chic song)

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"Everybody Dance"
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Single by Chic
from the album Chic
B-side"You Can Get By"
ReleasedApril 1978
Format7", 12"
Recorded1977
GenreDisco
Length6:41 (album version)
3:30 (radio edit)
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Rodgers
  • Edwards
Chic singles chronology
"Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)"
(1977)
"Everybody Dance"
(1978)
"Le Freak"
(1978)
"Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)"
(1977)
"Everybody Dance"
(1978)
"Le Freak"
(1978)

"Everybody Dance" is a song by American band Chic. The disco song, which features Norma Jean Wright on lead vocals and Luther Vandross, Diva Gray, Robin Clark on background vocals, was released as the second single from the band's self-titled debut album Chic (1977). According to guitarist Nile Rodgers, it was the first song specifically written for Chic, and, due to its historical status and popularity, is usually played as the opening song of the band's live set. It was later heavily sampled by British group Steps on their song "Stomp" and by the Manic Street Preachers on their single "(It's Not War) Just the End of Love".

The song has featured in films such as The Last Days of Disco (1998) and Summer of Sam (1999) and is also featured in the Grand Theft Auto IV expansion pack The Ballad of Gay Tony on the radio station K109.

According to Rodgers speaking for the BBC4 documentary "How to Make It in the Music Business", the session the song was recorded during cost the band $10, which went on bribing the elevator engineer not to tell the manager they were recording in there.[1]

Release[edit]

Unlike most Chic singles, its 12" version was not included on a regular album, nor was it widely available upon original release, with the 12" format being issued only as a promo. The extended 12" version has, however, subsequently been issued on numerous compilations. Also unlike most Chic singles, the b-side "You Can Get By" was edited down from the original album track; almost all future Chic b-sides would be presented in their full-length versions.

Chart performance[edit]

"Everybody Dance" became another hit for the band in the United States, topping the Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart in 1977, and peaking at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 12 on the Billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 1978.

Track listing and formats[edit]

Atlantic 7" 3469, 1978
  • A. "Everybody Dance" (7" Edit) - 3:30
  • B. "You Can Get By" (7" Edit) - 3:59
Atlantic promo 12" DSKO 109, 1978
  • A. "Everybody Dance" (12" Mix) - 8:25
  • B. "You Can Get By" - 5:36
Atlantic 12" DK 4621, 1978 / Atlantic Oldies promo 12" DSKO 179, 1979
  • A. "Everybody Dance" (12" Mix) - 8:25
  • B. "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" - 8:21

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1977–78) Peak
position
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 45
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 9
US Billboard Hot 100 38
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 12
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard) 1

Cover versions[edit]

1990s
  • In 1993, RuPaul recorded a version of the song for his debut album Supermodel of the World.
  • In 1993, British dance group Evolution scored a UK Top 20 hit with a house cover of the track, released on Deconstruction Records. The extended version was appropriately titled 'Chic Inspirational Mix'.
2000s
  • In 2007, Canadian singer Deborah Cox reinterpreted the track as "Everybody Dance (Clap Your Hands)", incorporating a sample of the original Chic vocals in the mix. The track briefly hit the US Hot Dance Club Songs Chart, peaking at No.17.
2010s

External links[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

"Everybody Dance" became another hit for the band in the United States, topping the Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart in 1977, and peaking at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 12 on the Billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 1978.

Track listing and formats[edit]

Atlantic 7" 3469, 1978
  • A. "Everybody Dance" (7" Edit) - 3:30
  • B. "You Can Get By" (7" Edit) - 3:59
Atlantic promo 12" DSKO 109, 1978
  • A. "Everybody Dance" (12" Mix) - 8:25
  • B. "You Can Get By" - 5:36
Atlantic 12" DK 4621, 1978 / Atlantic Oldies promo 12" DSKO 179, 1979
  • A. "Everybody Dance" (12" Mix) - 8:25
  • B. "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" - 8:21

Charts[edit]

Chart (1977–78) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 9
US Billboard Hot 100 38
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 12
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard) 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Episode 1". Nile Rodgers: How to Make It in the Music Business. 25 August 2018. BBC4.

External links[edit]