KC and The Sunshine Band may not get the credit they deserve in history, at least not from the idiot critics who think they know it all, but the numbers don’t lie. Especially when those numbers represent millions of record buying (and now streaming) fans.
This is the same group that tied The Beatles for #1 Billboard pop chart hit singles within a twelve month period, and that’s saying something.
Here are the top 5 KC & The Sunshine Band songs of all time according to chart records provided by BILLBOARD.
“Please Don’t Go” – 1980
Oddly enough, as the TK Records empire was crumbling at the hands of the Disco Is Dead movement and 60 Minutes and The Wall St Journal reporting on it, and the bankers who held Henry Stone’s lines of credit reacting to it, the label had the #1 record in the world, “Please Don’t Go,” a ballad by KC & The Sunshine Band. This was also the first Billboard #1 Pop single of the 1980’s.
“I’m Your Boogie Man” 1977
The rolling keys, driving bass, slamming horns, easy lyrics, and lock tight drums made this an instant classic the moment that it dropped. Wooh!
“Shake, Shake, Shake, Shake Your Booty” 1976
When Henry Stone decided to promote this track as a radio single the use of the word “booty” in American mass media was unprecedented. There were people who told him it was just too dirty. Magazines were afraid to print the title. Radio was afraid to announce the tune. Promoters were scared to promote. But one faction loved it immediately. They were the fans. Millions of them came together to make this song a #1.
“That’s The Way (I Like It) 1975
People like what they like. That’s the way it’s always been. That’s the way it will always be. If you give the people what they want, they’ll like you. That’s the way they like it, uh huh uh huh.
“Get Down Tonight” 1975
Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight, get down tonight. What could be better? Doing it again. So do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight. Get down tonight!