Kool & the Gang

Celebration

Composed by Kool & the Gang / Ronald Bell

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After having hits with such chart-topping '70s funk workouts as "Hollywood Swinging" and "Higher Plane," Kool and the Gang's '80s sides were more melodic "sing-alongs." Working with producer Eumir Deodato and engineer Jim Bonnefond, the group followed up their two gold singles, the number one R&B/Top Eight pop hit "Ladies Night" and the Top Five R&B/pop smash "Too Hot," with the platinum single "Celebration." Lead singer James "J.T." Taylor's mother, after hearing "Celebration," knew right off that her son "would be singing that song for the rest of your life." It seemed kismet that "Celebration" would be the band's biggest hit. Listen to the closing minutes of "Ladies Night": "Come on let's celebrate." Group member Khalis Bayyan started writing the song after reading about the Creation in the holy Qur'an. Taylor, band keyboardist Earl Toon, and Imani Smith added their ideas, along with the rest of the band. As with their other '80s records, the trio Something Sweet contributed background vocals. Like Sister Sledge's "We Are Family," "Celebration" became a festive standard, being heard at weddings, bar mitzvahs, family reunions, sporting events, even the Toy Story 2 DVD, just about anyplace there's a celebration. Selling over two million copies, it topped the R&B charts for six weeks and stayed at number one pop for two weeks in late 1980. The Celebrate! LP went platinum, also boasting "Jones Vs. Jones" and "Take It to the Top." Timing also played a crucial part in "Celebration"'s success as it was adopted as the theme song for the celebration of the release of the American hostages from Iran.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Celebrate! 1980 Mercury 4:58
Billboard Top Hits: 1981 1981
Various Artists
Rhino 3:42
No Image 1987 Polygram
Dance Classics, Vol. 5 1988
Various Artists
Arcade Music
The Dance Collection 1990 Phantom Import Distribution / Polydor 4:58
The Disco Years, Vol. 2: On the Beat 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 3:44
No Image 1991 Pioneer
Anthology [Alex/Double Classics] 1992 Double Classics
Celebration [Wesgram] 1992 Special Music 4:58
Dance Expolsion, Vol. 2 1993
Various Artists
Polydor 4:52
Touch My Soul, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
BMG 4:58
Soul Train: Hall of Fame, 20th Anniversary 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 3:42
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Priority Records
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1980 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records
Boyz Who Souled the World 1995
Various Artists
The Hit Label
The Greatest Hits of the '80s, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:58
Disco Nights, Vol. 2: The Best of Disco Funk 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 5:00
Nightfever 1995
Various Artists
Global TV
Art Laboe's Dedicated to You, Vol. 7 1995
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 3:41
Sounds of the Eighties: 1981 1995
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:45
BET 15th Anniversary Music Collection 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 3:44
Hot Hot Vacation Jams 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:16
Party Time, Vol. 1: Ultimate Party Album 1996
Various Artists
SPG 3:29
Sun Splashin' 1996
Various Artists
Madacy 4:56
Only Rock 'N Roll 1980-1984: 20 Pop Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 3:43
Music for Your Halloween Party 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:43
Pure Disco [Polygram] 1996
Various Artists
Polydor / Polygram 3:40
Disco Mix 96 1996
Various Artists
WEA International
Ultimate Party Animal Album 1996
Various Artists
Global TV
Anthology [EMI] 1996 Mercury 5:00
Greatest Sports Rock and Jams 1997
Various Artists
Cold Front Records / K-Tel Distribution
And They Danced the Night Away, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Debutante 3:40
Hot Dance Classics, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:40
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:44
Number Ones: Party Time 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:41
DJ Disco Mix, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
Beast Records / Simitar Distribution
Rockin' Sports Jams 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records / PSM 3:42
All-Time Greatest Hits 1998 Curb 5:25
Number Ones: Party On 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:46
Whole Lotta Rock: 1980-1981 1998
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 3:43
Chart Toppers: Dance Hits of the 80s 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records 5:00
Great & Remixed '91 1998 Polydor 5:42
Mallorca Mix '98 1998
Various Artists
More Music 4:39
Greatest Hits [Polygram] 1998 Polygram 3:40
Nebraska Football: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
Alphabet City 3:37
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Collection 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:42
Greatest Sports Rock and Jams [Box] 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:37
Sounds of the Eighties: 80's Hits 1998
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:44
Solid Gold Soul: Early '80's 1998
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:44
Singles Collection 1999 Phonogram (Sweden) 3:41
DJ Don's Party Mix: Children's Party 1999
Various Artists
Power Records (Fitness/Dance) 4:58
Disco Box 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:43
The Greatest Hits of the 80s [Box Set #1] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:58
Billboard Top Dance Hits: 1976-1980 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:42
The Very Best of Kool & the Gang 1999 Mercury 3:56
Instant Party Disc: Regular Strength 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:41
Party Zone [K-Tel] 1999
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:44
Bikini.Com: Summer Groovin' 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:56
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Virgin
Future Disko 1999
Various Artists
Max 5:46
New Year's Eve: Dance Party 1999
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 5:01
Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Christmas Gift to You 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:42
Dance Party 2000 1999
Various Artists
UTV 4:56
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Kool & The Gang 2000 Mercury 3:41
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1981 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:43
Universal Masters Collection 2000 Universal Distribution
The Evolution of Soul 2000
Various Artists
Collectables
Party Time [SPG] 2000
Various Artists
SPG 3:29
DJ Dance Masters 2000
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 4:59
Summer Dance Hits [Polymedia] 2000
Various Artists
Polymedia 4:59
The Greatest Hits of the 80's 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc
Dancin' in the Streets 2001
Various Artists
ATP Recordings 4:26
Dance Dance Dance: Hits of the Eighties 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:41
Nebraska Cornhuskers: Greatest Hits 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City 3:37
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 3:37
Instant Party: Blow-Out! 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:41
Mega Groove 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 3:14
25 Years of Disco 2001
Various Artists
Unidisc 3:17
I Want My 80's Box 2001
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:59
Solid Gold Soul: 80's Rhythm & Grooves 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:44
Pure American Soul, Vol. 3: 80's 2001
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:58
Gangland 2001 Universal International 3:38
Old School Jams, Vol. 3 2001
Various Artists
Phantom Records (England)
The Non-Stop Party Album, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Empire Music Group Inc. 3:27
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Warner Music
The Best of Kool & the Gang [Japan] 2002 Japanese Import 3:43
Too Hot Live 2002 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 4:43
Old School Funk, Vol. 4 2002
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:37
Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:43
Disco Nights [Chakras Dream] 2002
Various Artists
Chakras Dream 4:26
Summer Hits Mix Classics 2002
Various Artists
ZYX Music
Celebration of Disco 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:42
E-FM 107.5 Dance Classic 2002
Various Artists
WSM
Fabulous: Music from the Ceremonies of the Gay Games VI 2003
Various Artists
Columbia 4:59
ABBA and Other 70's Disco Hits 2003
Karaoke
Import
Ultimate Disco: 30th Anniversary Collection 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:40
ESPN Presents Stadium Anthems: Music for the Fans 2003
Various Artists
Hollywood 3:42
Best of Soul 80s 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:40
Disco Nights, Vol. 7 [Zyx] 2003
Various Artists
Unidisc
Live Hits 2003 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 4:50
Disco for Dummies 2003
Various Artists
Superb Records 4:58
More Explosive Dance Sports 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 4:18
Gangthology 2003 Universal International 3:38
The Ultimate Collection 2003 Universal Distribution 5:40
Disco Dance Greats 2004
Various Artists
Goldies
More Platinum Disco 2004
Various Artists
WEA/Warner
Old School Jams [SPG Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
SPG 4:56
Back to Disco 2004
Various Artists
Universal International
Friends Reunited: Music of the Year 1980 2004
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:37
Explosive Pop Dance 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 4:17
Endless Summer: Sunshine Party 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:40
Gold Collection 2004 Retro Music 4:40
#1 Soul Hits of the '80s 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:44
Disco Fever Best 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Keep the Soul Alive 2004
Various Artists
Golden Stars
Best Hits 2004
Various Artists
WEA
Dance With Me 2004
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 4:39
Party Madness 2005
Various Artists
Northquest 4:39
Boogie Nights [Columbia River] 2005
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 4:39
Gold 2005 Motown / Mercury 4:59
Live [Legacy] 2005 Legacy 4:43
The Universal Masters DVD Collection 2005 Mercury / Spectrum Music
Heart and Soul: Gloria Gaynor/Kool and the Gang 2005
Various Artists
Prism Platinum
Funky 80's 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
No Image 2005 Delta Music Ltd. / Delta Distribution
The Best of Disco Fever 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:39
Live 40th Anniversary Greatest Hits 2005 Platinum High-Definition
40 #1 Hits: The Seventies 2005
Various Artists
GP Serie / Musicpro 4:42
Soul Classics of the 1980's 2006
Various Artists
KRB Music 4:41
Feel the Funk 2006 Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 4:39
Golden Legends: Kool and the Gang Live 2006 Madacy 4:38
'80s Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:42
Get Down on It: The Very Best of Kool & the Gang 2006 Universal Distribution / Mercury / Universal 3:39
The Vinyl Collection: 70s Dancin Hits [St. Clair] 2006
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:38
#1 R&B Hits [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:38
70s Boogie Nights 2006
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:39
20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection: The Best of Disco, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Universal 3:41
Floorfillers: The Ultimate Party Album 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
80's Dance Floor 2006
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:39
And They Danced the Night Away: 72 Pure Disco Classics from the 70s & 80s 2006
Various Artists
Polygram 3:40
Feel Good Songs [Virgin] 2006
Various Artists
Virgin
Experience the 80's 2006
Various Artists
Weton 4:40
Soul Celebration [Direct Source] 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:39
The Best of Kool and the Gang: Live [Direct Source] 2006 Direct Source 4:39
Best of Kool & the Gang [Disky] 2006 Disky 4:41
Dance Freak Discotheque@genius Tokyo 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Greatest Ever!: Eighties [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music
Old School Nation, Vol. 3 2006
Various Artists
Hi-Bias Records 4:57
Platinum Collection 2006 Platinum Entertainment
30 #1 Pop Hits 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:39
True School Party 2006
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:58
30 #1 R&B Hits 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:39
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Laserlight 4:58
Greatest R&B Hits/Soul Explosion 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source Special 4:40
#1 Rock and Roll Hits 2006
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:59
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Disky Friends Reunited 1980 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:37
Ultimate Collection: Disco 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:39
K-Tel Presents: All Your Rhythm and Blues Hits 2007
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution / BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 4:41
Biggest #1 R&B Hits 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:40
R&B #1 Hits: 18 Greatest 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:40
Move: Driving with Pop & Beat Songs 2007
Various Artists
Toshiba EMI
Number 1's: Dance 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 5:00
Live in Concert: Sounds of the 80's 2007
Various Artists
BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 4:38
Ladies Night [Dynamic] 2007 Dynamic
Forever Gold 2007 St. Clair 4:39
Viva Mallorca 2007
Various Artists
BMG / Sbm Records 4:57
Still Kool 2007 New Door Records 3:46
Forever Gold: Number 1, R&B Hits of the 80s 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:39
No Image 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:40
Videology 2007 Island/mercury
Ultimate 80s [Madacy 3-CD] 2007
Various Artists
Madacy 4:40
Soul Party [Direct Source] 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:39
Ring My Bell: Disco Hits 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:39
Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:44
The Best Of Disco...Ever! 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:40
Top of the Pops 1980 2008
Various Artists
EMI 3:39
Black Music History Hits 2008
Various Artists
Chron Reissues 3:39
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Platinum C / WG Productions
Ultimate Collection 100 Hits: Eighties 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:37
The World of 80s Pop 2008
Various Artists
ZYX Music 4:41
The Very Best of Kool & the Gang [Retro] 2008 Retro Music 4:40
25 Best: Disco Hits 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 4:39
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:34
Totally '80s for Kids 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:42
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal 3:40
Floorfillers: 80s Club Classics 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:44
Back to Disco, Vol. 1 2009
Various Artists
Mucha Mas 6:34
No Image
Various Artists
LM
Best Of Hits - Kool & The Gang Live St. Claire Entertainment Group 4:39
Celebration Lifetime (UK)
De Pre Historie: 1980, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 4:56
No Image
Various Artists
5:42
Party on: The Only Party Album You'll Ever Need
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:39
True Party
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:36
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