Every Saturday morning I have Magic blasting out from the DAB radio in the kitchen whilst I get on with jobs around the house. At 9am each week is 30 minutes of school disco classics. It brings back so many memories for me and one I always remembers is being allowed to take in a record of our own to have played at primary school. When I say record I actually mean a vinyl record! Kids, these came before CDs, cassette tapes, mini disc (remember those!) and mp3. Anyway, i thought it would be enjoyable for me to rattle out my top 5 songs from my school discos days and as my school days spanned the 80s and 90s there is a mix in there!
*Some hours after posting this Helen read the blog and, well, let’s just say had some of her own input. Sadly she made some sugestions I couldn’t argue with and as such I have had to re-arrange the list with new new entries and expand it to the top 10!
10) I Think We’re Alone Now (Tiffany)
It’s the beat in this one that got the kids bouncing. Fun fact is that Tiffany still tours to this day – I wonder what else she sings?
9) Wigwambam (Sweet)
This is a great track all the way from 1972! To be honest I can remember this more from family parties with discos that school but it’s in here anyway.
8) The Time Warp (Rocky Horror Picture Show)
It’s just a jump to the left! Classic song sure to get even the most uncoordinated dancers up from the chairs around he edge of the sports hall.
7) Especially For You (Jason Donovan & Kylie Minogue)
For any child of the 80s and 90s who watched neighbours this was the reunion you wanted to see after Scott & Charlene left Enrinsborough to start a new life. A great slow one for the end of the disco.
6) No Limit (2 Unlimited)
Okay let’s start the count down with a half decent dance track from 1993. I remember I absolutely loved this song back in the day. Listening back today it’s not really aged too well has it?! Anyway, back in the early 90s this was a wicked school disco track.
5) Agadoo (Black Lace)
One of the best party songs ever recorded in my opinion. I know it’s utterly crap but ata school disco this was a great one to dance to. Party songs are like wine – they get better with age. Also, who else remember Black Lace’s other song that featured on Rita, Sue and Bob Too? Too rude to mention here!
4) Ice Ice Baby (Vanilla Ice)
This is the one where we all pretended we knew what the hell rapping was! Anyway, 1989 and I was leaving primary school and going to middle school and I was feeling ice cool!
3) The Locomotion (Kylie Minogue)
A timeless disco classic. Even nowadays I’ve been at parties and they get the kids doing the locomotion around the room sending drinks flying! Brilliant.
2) Saturday Night (Whigfield)
This song was released in 1994 so it was towards the end of my school life. We were watching Derry Girls on Channel 4 the other night and they were at a party and this came on and they were all doing to dance – you know the dance don’t you? Come on, admit it! Anyway, this song followed me into early adulthood as the cheesy dance number played at the local nightclub – Outbacks.
1) Come on Eileen (Dexys Midnight Runners)
It just had to be! I LOVE this song and bounce around to it whenever it comes on the radio. I was just 2 years old when this came out so this year is 36 years old! This was always the record I would take in to my primary school disco.
I’m going to throw in a couple of special mentions now, not necessarily school disco classics but came up when researching these and I went “awww yeah!”.
Nothing Gonna Change My Love For You (Glenn Maderios)
Suddenly (Angry Anderson)
The backing track to Scott & Charlene’s wedding. Sob!
So there we have – my top 5 school disco songs from the 80s and 90s. What would yours be? Comment below with your suggestions – preferably 80s and 90s tracks as that’s my school disco era. If I get enough I could write another post with your suggestions.
Thanks for reading.