Float On (The Floaters song)

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"Float On"
Float On The Floaters.jpg
Single by The Floaters
from the album Floaters
B-side "Everything Happens for a Reason"
Released June 1977
Format 7" single, 12" single
Genre Soul
Length 4:13 (Single edit)
11:49 (Album version)
Label ABC
Songwriter(s) Marvin Willis, Arnold Ingram, James Mitchell
Producer(s) James Mitchell, Marvin Willis

"Float On" is a 1977 hit song by the R&B/soul group The Floaters. The spoken verses combine two popular trends from the time, star signs and video and phone dating, in lines such as Aquarius and my name is Ralph / Now I like a woman who loves her freedom. The song was co-written by James Mitchell of The Detroit Emeralds group.

Released from their self-titled debut album, it became one of the biggest singles of the year, spending six weeks at number one on the U.S. Hot Soul Singles chart. "Float On" was also a crossover hit, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] but with no other Hot 100 hits, The Floaters became a one-hit wonder on that chart. "Float On" also reached number one on the UK Singles Chart,[2] and number five on the Irish Singles Chart. The song was covered by two hip-hop bands: Stetsasonic on its album In Full Gear (1988),[3] and Dream Warriors on its album The Master Plan (1996), the latter of which was released as a single.

Also in 1977, Cheech and Chong released a parody of the song called "Bloat On". It was later included on their 1980 album Let's Make a New Dope Deal.

The song was adapted in the early 1990s to advertise Cadbury's Crème Eggs.

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  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 208. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 343. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Stetsasonic". TrouserPress.com. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 

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Preceded by
"Strawberry Letter 23" by The Brothers Johnson
Billboard's Hot Soul Singles number one single
August 13 - September 17, 1977
Succeeded by
"Keep It Comin' Love" by K.C. & the Sunshine Band
Preceded by
"Angelo" by Brotherhood of Man
UK number one single
August 27, 1977
Succeeded by
"Way Down" by Elvis Presley