Kool & the Gang

Celebration

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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
Billboard Top Dance Hits: 1980 1980
Various Artists
Rhino 3:42
Billboard Top Hits: 1981 1981
Various Artists
Rhino 3:42
No Image 1987 Sammel
Everything's Kool & the Gang: Greatest Hits & More 1988 Mercury 5:00
25 Years of Rock 'N' Roll 1980 1988
Various Artists
3:40
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 Wesgram 4:58
Celebration! 1993
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / PSM 3:45
Touch My Soul, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
BMG 4:58
Celebration: The Best of Kool & the Gang (1979-1987) 1994 Mercury 4:58
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Priority Records
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1980 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:59
Billboard Top Hits: 1980-1984 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:42
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 3:40
Music for Your Halloween Party 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:42
Music for Your Party 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:41
Pure Disco [Polygram] 1996
Various Artists
Polydor / Polygram 3:39
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 3:37
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Elap Records
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
Dance Party, Vols. 3-4 1997
Various Artists
Polygram 3:35
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 5:24
Number Ones: Party On 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:46
Chart Toppers: Dance Hits of the 80s 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records 5:00
Great & Remixed '91 1998 Polygram 5:42
Mallorca Mix '98 1998
Various Artists
More Music 4:39
70's Disco Ball Party Pack 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:41
Kentucky Wildcats - Hits From The Hardwood, Vol.1 1998
Various Artists
Alphabet City 4:50
Baggerhits '98: Disco Fieber 1998
Various Artists
Electrola 4:58
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
Party 1998
Various Artists
PolyGram
Dance Dance Dance: Dance Hits of the 60's, 70's, & 80's 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:41
Decades of Dance 60's 70's & 80's 1999
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
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
Now: 1980 [2 CD] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 3:38
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Virgin
Future Disko 1999
Various Artists
Max 5:46
Sports Illustrated for Kids: Game Time 1999
Various Artists
Madacy 12:31
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
Celebration 2000 [Enigma] 1999
Various Artists
Enigma Records 0:00
Dance Party 2000 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 4:56
Best Disco Album in the World...Ever!, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:32
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 / Universal / Polygram 3:42
The Evolution of Soul 2000
Various Artists
Collectables 3:41
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
L.A. Lakers: NBA Championship 2001
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Alphabet City 3:37
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 3:37
Music of the Year: 1980 2001
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
Instant Party: Blow-Out! 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:41
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 Eagle Music Group 0:00
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1980-1984 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:43
Old School Jams, Vol. 3 2001
Various Artists
SPG 4:56
The Non-Stop Party Album, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Empire Music Group Inc. 3:27
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Warner Music
Celebrate! 2002
Various Artists
Polygram 0:00
The Best of Kool & the Gang [Japan] 2002 Japanese Import 3:43
Old School Funk, Vol. 4 2002
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:37
No Image 2002
Various Artists
Time Music
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
Sunsplashin 2002
Various Artists
Madacy 4:56
Celebration of Disco 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:42
Funk: Edition Speciale 2002 Sergent Major 4:38
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
No Image 2003
Various Artists
X-Media Records
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
No Image 2003 Mercury / Universal
Disco Nights, Vol. 7 [Zyx] 2003
Various Artists
Unidisc
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
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Disco Dance Greats 2004
Various Artists
Goldies
80's [Universal] 2004
Various Artists
Universal 3:36
More Platinum Disco 2004
Various Artists
WEA / Warner
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Universal 3:36
Old School Jams [SPG Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
SPG 4:56
Back 2 Back 2004 Masters 4:34
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
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
Gold 2005 Motown / Mercury 4:59
The Universal Masters DVD Collection 2005 Mercury / Spectrum Music
No Image 2005 Island / Def Jam
Beer Time!: Music for Your Happy & Relaxing Holidays 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Heart and Soul: Gloria Gaynor/Kool and the Gang 2005
Various Artists
Prism Platinum
Very Best of FM Lovearth 2005 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Funky 80's 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:38
The Best of Disco Fever 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:39
Celebration: All-Time Greatest Dance Songs 2006
Various Artists
American Beat Records 4:58
'80s Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:42
#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
Disco Fever: Turn the Beat Around 2006
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:41
Beach Party Favorites 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 4:39
The Best of R&B [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 0:00
Dance Freak Discotheque@genius Tokyo 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Greatest Ever!: Eighties [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
Old School Nation, Vol. 3 2006
Various Artists
Hi-Bias Records 4:57
Platinum Collection 2006 Platinum Entertainment
Disco Fever [Universal Canada] 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:41
Greatest Ever! Party: The Definitive Collection 2006
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:37
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Brunswick
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Laserlight 4:58
#1 Rock and Roll Hits 2006
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:59
Good Times [WEA] 2006
Various Artists
WEA / Warner
Disco Fever: I Love The Nightlife [#2] 2006
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:42
Disky Friends Reunited 1980 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:37
K-Tel Presents: All Your Rhythm and Blues Hits 2007
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution / BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 4:41
Move: Driving with Pop & Beat Songs 2007
Various Artists
Toshiba EMI
Number 1's: '80s Pop 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:41
Platinum: Solo Numeros, Vol. 1 2007
Various Artists
Contrasena 4:55
Gold: The Videos 2007 Mercury
Hits of the 80s [Sonoma] 2007
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 0:00
Disco Music: Originals 2007
Various Artists
Music Brokers / PMB 4:47
Viva Mallorca 2007
Various Artists
BMG / Sbm Records 4:57
Still Kool 2007 New Door Records 0:00
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-4 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:42
No Image 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:40
Number 1's 2007 Island / mercury 3:45
Ultimate 80s [Madacy 3-CD] 2007
Various Artists
Madacy 4:40
The New Year's Eve Party Album 2007
Various Artists
Crimson / Crimson Productions
20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection: The Best of '80s R&B 2007
Various Artists
Universal 3:41
Les 50 Plus Belles Chansons 2007 Universal Distribution 4:58
Old School Hip Hop Jams, Vol. 3 2007
Various Artists
SPG 0:00
Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:44
Music for Partying 2007
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:36
Originals: FM Hits 2007
Various Artists
Music Brokers 4:11
No Image 2007
Various Artists
The Story of Black History 2008
Various Artists
Q. 4:20
Top of the Pops 1980 [Spectrum] 2008
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
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
No Image 2008 Blackhill / Edel Records
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:34
Top of the Pops Collection [43 CD] 2008
Various Artists
EMI
Totally '80s for Kids 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:42
Baby Loves Disco 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 3:45
Don't Quit Music: Sweating Disco Dance Party 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:26
No Image 2008
Various Artists
PTG 3:36
Floorfillers: 80s Club Classics 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:44
Purely Disco 2009
Various Artists
Delta Distribution / Purely 4:24
Totally 80's for Kids 2009
Various Artists
Karussell / Universal 3:39
The Firm [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2009
Original Soundtrack
Universal 3:44
Disco Fever 2010
Various Artists
Hip-O / Strategic Marketing 4:58
Icon 2011 Mercury 4:59
Essential R&B, Vol. 1 2011
Various Artists
Real Talk Entertainment
The Ultimate Collection: 80s Pop - 100 Hits 2011
Various Artists
Ultimate 3:36
The Latest & Greatest Party Hits [2011] 2011
Various Artists
USM Media 3:36
R&B Music Icons 2012
Various Artists
Hip-O 5:00
We Love the Nightlife 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:42
Stars 80: La Compilation 2012
Various Artists
TF1 Musique / Universal 3:39
La Plus Grande Soirée 80's [2012] 2012
Various Artists
Wagram Music 3:31
Get Down on It: The Collection 2012 Spectrum Music
Wreck-It Ralph [Original Score] 2012 Walt Disney 3:42
We Love the Nightlife: Good Times 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:42
Les Plus Grands Tubes Éte 2013
Various Artists
Universal 3:38
Greatest Ever! Party Anthems 2013
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 3:39
Now! That's What I Call Disco 2013
Various Artists
Now! 3:40
The Ultimate Collection: Party Classics 2013
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection 3:36
No Image 2017
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:40
Top of the Pops: Disco 2017
Various Artists
Universal
Now 100 Hits 80s 2019
Various Artists
Now!
'80s Pop Number 1's
Various Artists
Universal 3:40
No Image
Various Artists
EMI
No Image
Various Artists
T-USA
101 80s Hits [Spectrum]
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Universal
101 Disco Classics
Various Artists
UMC 4:53
101 Party Hits [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal
No Image
Various Artists
LM
20 #1's: Party Hits
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:39
20 #1’s: Pop
Various Artists
Universal 4:58
25 Jaar Top 40 Hits, Deel 4: 1977-1980
Various Artists
Edison
60 #1 Pop Hits
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 4:40
80s Triple Set
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Universal / Spectrum 3:37
Best of Disco Funk
Various Artists
Special Product
Best of Pop 80s
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 4:40
Body By Jake: Sweating Disco Dance Party
Various Artists
Body By Jake 3:26
No Image
Various Artists
Sound and Vision
Celebration Sound and Vision
Celebration/Morning Star Mercury 3:36
Classic '80s [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino
Classic 80's [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 3:40
Classic Disco
Various Artists
Rhino
Classic Kids' Party
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:41
Classic Party
Various Artists
Virgin EMI 3:40
Dance #1's
Various Artists
Universal 4:58
Dance Number 1's
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:57
No Image
Various Artists
Sound and Vision
De Pre Historie: 1980, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 4:56
Disco Nights [Delta]
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:24
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 3:40
Driven By the 80s
Various Artists
Union Square Music
Everybody Dance
Various Artists
Rhino / Wea UK 3:38
Fab Hits, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Sound and Vision
No Image
Various Artists
5:42
No Image
Various Artists
Excalibur
Forever Disco [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 3:40
Grandmix: The Disco Edition, Vol. 2 Sony Music Distribution
No Image
Various Artists
X5
Hit The Road: Route 66
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 4:41
Hits of the 80's [Play 24-7]
Various Artists
Play 24-7 4:40
Holiday Dance
Various Artists
No Image
Various Artists
Sound and Vision
I Love Disco [2017]
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound
Latest & Greatest Party Hits [2016]
Various Artists
Union Square Music
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 3:40
No Image
Various Artists
UMSM
No Image
Various Artists
Sound and Vision
New Year Party [Sound & Vision]
Various Artists
Sound and Vision
New Year's Eve Countdown
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 4:57
No Image
Various Artists
Sound and Vision
Office Party: Work Hard, Party Harder!
Various Artists
Made II Measure
Old School Gold Box Set
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:37
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 3:40
Party Time
Various Artists
SPG
Party Tyme Karaoke: Billboard Top 40 Karaoke, Vol. 6
Karaoke
Sybersound Records 4:28
Pop Jr.: Let's Dance
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:41
Soul Man
Various Artists
UMOD
Still Kool Island / Def Jam / Universal 3:44
That's Disco: 60 All-Time Classics
Various Artists
Polygram TV
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 3:39
The Best of Disco & Funk
Various Artists
Universal 3:38
The Ultimate Funk [EMI]
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Top of the Pops 1980 [EMI]
Various Artists
EMI 3:39
True Party
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:36
Ultimate Party Classics
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection / Union Square Music
Vores Bryllup
Various Artists
My Way Records