Want to make sure the guests at your big bash get down and boogie the night away? Throw a disco theme party! When people think of disco, they usually envision scenes of wild dancing under a shimmering mirrored disco ball. Or John Travolta’s Saturday Night Fever. Or both. And they wouldn’t be far oﬀ . . . but what exactly is disco music, anyway?
The term “disco” originated from the French word “discotheque,” meaning “library of records.” The terms “disc jockey” and “DJ” also came into existence around this same time.
America’s disco trend started in the mid 1960s and reached its heyday in the mid-1970s. It featured free-form dancing to lively music that was typically performed at high decibels. It was popular among young New York club-goers, who reveled in the ﬂashing colored lights and energetic dance moves.
Disco music is hard to deﬁne, but it’s considered to possess elements of salsa, pop, soul, and funk. In other words, it was made for dancing. In the early 1970s, disco music was considered to be a counterculture reaction against the dominant rock music of the time.
By the late 1970s, disco music had ﬁnally achieved mainstream acceptance and disco songs began appearing at the tops of the Billboard charts. And by the early 1980s, discomania had spread around the world. It was so popular that musicians who weren’t even disco artists began to create and perform their own disco songs.
Top disco artists included Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, the BeeGees, and KC and the Sunshine Band. The genre became less inﬂuential in the mid 80s and 90s, when other musical styles such as alternative and grunge began to take over.
The disco era may be a part of music history, but its legacy is timeless. Whether you’d like disco or any other type of music for your next event, be sure to contact the pros at Bialek’s Music or visit their website at bialeksmusic.com.