The Best Hits By Big Stars Riding The '70s Disco Wave

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Disco was so big in the 1970s--and it will be big again at my upcoming event--that huge names rode the spandex waves by putting out unexpected dance songs, some better than others.

Here are the most memorable to my eyes (and my dancing thighs).

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"Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" was a huge disco hit for Rod Stewart, not the first person you'd think of for a dance-floor boogie anthem. But Rod's husky voice was so incongruous and his performance so committed that it totally worked, even if the theme had a certain fromagey-ness.

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A similar song of sexual desperation, "Take Me Home" was very big for Cher, whose sultry stylings made this a soft and intimate dance-floor respite from the more pounding thump-thump tunes. Every time they played this, the entire crowd wanted to go home and mate--but not until the end of the song.

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Maybe the weirdest disco song of all was "Baby I'm Burning," a surprise dance hit for Dolly Parton, who normally specialized in down-home stuff like "Jolene" and "Coat of Many Colors". But this one sizzled, with a driving, percolating beat, and Dolly made you dance as if you'd cannonballed out of the Ozarks with your boogie woogie dancing shoes in partying mode.

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Motown superstar Diana Ross had a smash with "Love Hangover," a sexy murmuring that erupts into full-throttle, euphoric disco and has you agreeing "I don't need no cure" for a song this hot. She went on to have many more disco hits (like "I'm Coming Out" and "Upside Down") and became the defining big-star-turned-disco-who-turned-disco-OUT.


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