1980-57: The Bar-Kays, “Move Your Boogie Body”

So here’s one of the songs that helped bring together R&B, funk and disco.

Peaking at #57 the first week of the decade, this one sounds like a mix of every ’70s disco song, and two soon-to-be-classics from 1986: Cameo’s “Word Up” and Prince’s “Kiss.” Only thing missing here is Morris Day, I guess. The Bar-Kays had several R&B hits in the ’70s and ’80s, but they would go on to have only two more HOT 100 entries. What’s wild is that all three of the songs sound so incredibly different- almost as if performed by three separate groups.

Nope. Don’t remember this one.

Memorable lyric: “I betcha if you let yourself go you won’t regret you got up. You gonna be dancing, prancing, fancy dancing. You’ll be the star of the show.”


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