List of number-one R&B singles of 1976 (U.S.)

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These are the Billboard magazine R&B singles chart number one hits of 1976:

See also: 1976 in music, List of number-one R&B hits (United States)

Issue Date Song Artist
January 3 "Walk Away from Love" David Ruffin
January 10 "Sing a Song" Earth, Wind & Fire
January 17 "Wake Up Everybody (Part 1)" Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
January 24 "Wake Up Everybody (Part 1)" Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
January 31 "Sing A Song" Earth, Wind & Fire
February 7 "Turning Point" Tyrone Davis
February 14 "Inseparable" Natalie Cole
February 21 "Sweet Thing" Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
February 28 "Sweet Thing" Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
March 6 "Boogie Fever" The Sylvers
March 13 "Disco Lady" Johnnie Taylor
March 20 "Disco Lady" Johnnie Taylor
March 27 "Disco Lady" Johnnie Taylor
April 3 "Disco Lady" Johnnie Taylor
April 10 "Disco Lady" Johnnie Taylor
April 17 "Disco Lady" Johnnie Taylor
April 24 "Livin' for the Weekend/Stairway to Heaven" The O'Jays
May 1 "Livin' for the Weekend/Stairway to Heaven" The O'Jays
May 8 "Movin'" Brass Construction
May 15 "Love Hangover" Diana Ross
May 22 "Kiss and Say Goodbye" The Manhattans
May 29 "I Want You" Marvin Gaye
June 5 "Young Hearts Run Free" Candi Staton
June 12 "I'll Be Good to You" The Brothers Johnson
June 19 "Sophisticated Lady (She's a Different Lady)" Natalie Cole
June 26 "Something He Can Feel" Aretha Franklin
July 3 "Something He Can Feel" Aretha Franklin
July 10 "Something He Can Feel" Aretha Franklin
July 17 "Something He Can Feel" Aretha Franklin
July 24 "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" Lou Rawls
July 31 "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" Lou Rawls
August 7 "Getaway" Earth, Wind & Fire
August 14 "Getaway" Earth, Wind & Fire
August 21 "Who'd She Coo?" The Ohio Players
August 28 "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" KC & the Sunshine Band
September 4 "Play That Funky Music" Wild Cherry
September 11 "Play That Funky Music" Wild Cherry
September 18 "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" KC & the Sunshine Band
September 25 "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" KC & the Sunshine Band
October 2 "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" KC & the Sunshine Band
October 9 "Just to Be Close to You" The Commodores
October 16 "Just to Be Close to You" The Commodores
October 23 "The Rubberband Man" The Spinners
October 30 "Message in Our Music" The O'Jays
November 6 "Love Ballad" L.T.D.
November 13 "Love Ballad" L.T.D.
November 20 "You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)" Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.
November 27 "Dazz" Brick
December 4 "Dazz" Brick
December 11 "Dazz" Brick
December 18 "Dazz" Brick
December 25 "Car Wash" Rose Royce

Chart comparisons[edit]

  • Eight songs went to number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Six of the songs that peaked on the chart in 1976 are "Disco Lady", "Boogie Fever", "Love Hangover", "Kiss and Say Goodbye", "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty", and "Play that Funky Music". Two more songs, "You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)", and "Car Wash", topped the chart the year after. Another song, "Love Rollercoaster", topped the chart in 1976, but originally peaked the R&B chart the year before.