Earth, Wind & Fire / The Emotions

Boogie Wonderland

Composed by Allee Willis / Jon Lind

Song Review by

One of the biggest disco hits of all time, "Boogie Wonderland" took Earth, Wind & Fire to the Top Ten on both the pop and R&B charts in 1979. One of the few records that paired two full-fledged groups successfully, the combination of EWF and the Emotions worked wonders here and it remains a classic of the period. A virtual call to arms of the disco scene, the lyrics relate the power of the extinct musical form, and although loaded with clich├ęs, it still retains a certain period charm. The fantasy life of disco patrons is celebrated here, and in this way, it was a sort of theme song to the Studio 54 crowd. Musically, it's a straight four-on-the-floor rhythm with a funk melody, and despite its simplicity -- or because of it -- it was a huge and accessible record that is still played regularly on oldies R&B radio and is available on Sony/Legacy's The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
I Am 1979 Sony/CBS 4:48
The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 2 1988 CBS Records
Club Columbia: A Collection of Classic Dance Mixes 1990
Various Artists
Legacy 4:54
The Eternal Dance 1992 Sony Music
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Life Times & Music 4:49
Dancin' 'n' Disco 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:49
Only Dance: 1975-1979 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 4:49
Dance Tracks 1995 TriStar Music 8:21
Old School Boogie 1996
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:55
Forever Pop, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:57
Best of My Love: The Best of the Emotions 1996 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy 4:48
Old School, Vols. 1-5 1996
Various Artists
Thump Records
Roller Disco: Boogie from the Skating Rinks 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:52
Phat Trax: The Best of Old School, Vol. 7 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 8:22
No Image 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:53
Super Hits 1998 Firesale
Greatest Hits [Legacy] 1998 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 4:50
Forever Soul, Vol. 4 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:48
Collector's Edition: Disco 1999
Various Artists
A M W Music 4:48
Funkdamentals 1999
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 3:35
Evolution of Sound and Style 1999
Various Artists
Epic 4:48
Number One 70's 2000
Various Artists
PolyGram 4:47
Definitive Collection 2000 Sony Music Distribution / Columbia 4:49
Disco Freakout 2001
Various Artists
WEA International 4:26
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 4:48
Earth Wind & Fire: The Collection 2001 Sony Music 4:49
80's Soul Weekender 2001
Various Artists
Import 4:48
I Love Disco [EMI] 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:44
Big Hits and Remixes 2002 Sony Music Distribution 2:49
Super Hits 2002 Sony Music Distribution / Sbme Special Mkts. 4:48
The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire 2002 Columbia/Legacy 4:48
Blazin' Old School 2003
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:46
Love Vibes 2003 Sony Music Distribution 4:48
Great Earth, Wind & Fire 2003 Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 4:51
Let's Groove [Sony] 2003
Various Artists
Dmg Tv 4:46
Superstars of Seventies Soul 2004
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / Sony Music Distribution 3:46
Old School, Vol. 8 2004
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:48
Capital Gold 70's Legends 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:47
The Collection [DVD] 2005 CMV
Dance, Freak and Boogie 2005
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:55
Ultimate Disco [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 4:56
Disco Fever: Boogie Wonderland 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:49
The Pink Album 2006
Various Artists
Digital 4:48
Disco Fever: Turn the Beat Around [2 CD #2] 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:49
Best Disco in Town [Universal] 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:47
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-4 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:49
Immortal Soul: Essential Recordings from the Golden Age 2008
Various Artists
Nordstrom
Ultimate 2008 Sony BMG 4:47
Collector's Edition 2008 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:48
Playlist: The Very Best of Earth, Wind & Fire 2008 Columbia/Legacy 4:49
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Commercial Canada 4:48
70s Summer Party 2011
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold 4:48
Keep Fit 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:48
Disco Wonderland 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:46
Pure... Dance Party 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:48
'70s Summer Album 2016
Various Artists
Crimson
Carwash: Disco Classics
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:48
The Ultimate Collection: 70s Schooldays
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection 4:46
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