That's the Way (I Like It)

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"That's the Way (I Like It)"
German 5-inch maxi single
Single by KC and the Sunshine Band
from the album KC and the Sunshine Band
B-side"What Makes You Happy"
ReleasedJune 10, 1975
FormatVinyl (7")
  • 3:06 (radio edit)
  • 5:07 (album version)
  • Harry W. Casey
  • Richard Finch
  • Harry W. Casey
  • Richard Finch
KC and the Sunshine Band singles chronology
"Shotgun Shuffle"
"That's the Way (I Like It)"
"I'm So Crazy ('Bout You)"
Audio sample

"That's the Way (I Like It)" is a song by the American group KC and the Sunshine Band from their second studio album. At the time, this song was considered by some to be rather risqué because of the obvious meaning behind the title as well as its chorus with multiple "uh-huhs" and its verses.[citation needed]

The song is in natural minor.[2]

KC and the Sunshine Band version[edit]

"That's the Way (I Like It)" became the band's second number-one hit in the Billboard Hot 100, and it is one of the few chart-toppers in history to hit number one on more than one occasion during a one-month period, as it did between November and December 1975. This song topped the American pop chart for one week, and then it was replaced by another disco song, "Fly, Robin, Fly" by Silver Convention. "That's the Way (I Like It)" returned to number-one for one more week after "Fly, Robin, Fly" completed three weeks at the top. "That's the Way (I Like It)" also spent one week at number-one in the soul singles chart.[3]

The song was also an international chart hit, reaching #1 in Canada[4] and the Netherlands and charting in Australia (#5), Belgium (#2), Germany (#20), Ireland (#17), New Zealand (#12), Norway (#5) and the UK (#4).

For release as a single and radio airplay, the song was toned down from the original recording, which would have jeopardized getting radio airplay at the time. However the sexual overtones may have improved the record's reception at discos, increasing its overall popularity in the charts.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

KC and the Sunshine Band[edit]


Chart (1984) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 45
Irish Singles Chart[10] 23
UK (Official Charts Company)[27] 22
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[28] 28

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1979, Pete Burns used the chorus in the song "Black Leather", composed and recorded in the early stages of Dead or Alive (then known as Nightmares in Wax), and in 1984, Dead or Alive covered the song for their debut album Sophisticated Boom Boom.
  • In 1991, "That's the Way (I Like It)" was covered by post-hardcore band Trenchmouth for the compilation 20 Explosive Dynamic Super Smash Hit Explosions!.
  • In 1992, this song was covered by Giorgio Moroder in his album called, "Forever Dancing".
  • In 1995, this song was covered by Eurodance German project Tears n' Joy for the album Enjoy.
  • In 1995, this song was covered by Italian Eurodance group Double You.
  • In 1996, Spin Doctors and Biz Markie covered this song for the soundtrack for the film Space Jam.
  • In 1998, Edson Cordeiro covered the song in his album Disco Clubbing ao Vivo.
  • In the nineties, the song was covered by Clock; it features the Queen, Tony Blair, Palace Guards and other celebrities dancing alongside the band members [29]
  • In 2018, industrial act Pig and Sasha Grey collaborated on an eponymous EP.[30]


  • Craig MacInnis, "That's the Way I Like It (The Harry Wayne Casey Story)", Team Power Publishing, 2002, ISBN 2-89568-059-0


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  2. ^ Stephenson, Ken (2002). What to Listen for in Rock: A Stylistic Analysis, p.89. ISBN 978-0-300-09239-4.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 315.
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  6. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. pp. 85, 163. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
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  27. ^ "1984 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive - 21st April 1984". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
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  29. ^ "Clock - That's The Way (CLUB 90) [WebR". YouTube. 2011-10-11. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  30. ^ Ilker Yücel (30 August 2018). "Music video for PIG and Sasha Grey cover track premieres on Pornhub". REGEN Magazine. Retrieved 8 September 2018.

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