Disco music became popular during 60s and 70s and it was a dance music for nightclub
visitors. Popular disco songs like Never Say Goodbye by Gloria Gaynor and Get Down Tonight by
KC & the Sunshine Band and other artists were played and mixed by Disc Jockeys (DJ). This
genre is characterized by the method of performance – music on discs of records was played in the
clubs instead of the live bands.
Along with this genre, other popular music styles appeared. For instance, beat music, a
fusion of R&B and rock’n’roll (mid tempo beats + guitar in Chuck Berry style). Later, disco songs
became faster and longer and other genres like funk were admixed. In 70s disco artists captured the
airwaves with tracks like Stayin’ Alive, You Should Be Dancing and More Than A Woman by Bee
Gees, and If I Can’t Have You by Yvonne Elliman.
Soon, such genres as italo disco and boogie evolved from disco and developed into separate
genres. In 70s-80s disco music became more and more popular, mainly due to the Motown Records
studio, that worked with talented artists like Diana Ross, Jackson 5, The Temptations, etc.
Later, the popularity of disco music went down, but in 90s this genre re-emerged and new
styles like house, garage, euro and HI-energy appeared.
Among the songs that gained popularity during the dawn of disco and still are widely known
are Ring My Bell by Anita Ward, I Love the Nightlife by Alicia Bridges, Good Times, Everybody
Dance and Dance, Dance, Dance by Chic, Love to Love You, Baby by Donna Summer, Upside
Down by Diana Ross, Funky Town by Lipps Inc, etc.