Kool & The Gang – Celebration (1980)

Written by on 19 March 2021

“Celebration” is a song released in 1980 by Kool & the Gang from their album Celebrate!. It was the band’s first and only single to reach number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.

“Celebration” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on February 7, 1981, and held that position for two weeks before being ousted by Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5”. It remains the band’s only No. 1 hit.

By late 1980, the song had also reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Dance and R&B charts. The song was featured heavily on the radio throughout the year and is still heard today at weddings and parties, and is a popular anthem for sporting events.

It was commonly played by radio stations in honour of the release of US hostages from captivity in Iran. It was also an international hit, reaching No. 7 in the United Kingdom on November 29, 1980, spending 13 weeks in the chart.

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