KISS released Dynasty 40 years ago today (May 23), and at the time, the album got a lot of heat from fans for its heavy disco influence.
However, as the years have passed, it’s hard to deny some of the disco earworms on this album. In honor of its release, here are five classic rock disco tracks we all love.
KISS – “I Was Made For Loving You”
This ridiculously catchy track features a songwriting credit from Desmond Child, who also helped co-write massive hits for Aerosmith (“Angel,” “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)”), Bon Jovi (“Living On A Prayer,” “Bad Medicine”) and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (“I Hate Myself For Loving You”.)
Blondie – “Heart of Glass”
This song was controversial for two reasons: Blondie was a punk band and because the song features the phrase “pain in the ass,” which made some radio stations nervous to play it. What a simpler time!
Pink Floyd – “Run Like Hell”
While not an overt dive into disco, you have to admit that this track from The Wall is definitely disco-influenced at the very least. (And it’s just such a killer groove.)
The Rolling Stones – “Miss You”
Play “Miss You” at any wedding, and I guarantee the dance floor will be immediately packed. Plus, this might be the hookiest hook Mick Jagger and Keith Richards ever wrote.
Rod Stewart – “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?”
A list about classic rock disco tracks just isn’t complete without this Rod Stewart gem. We’ve all danced to it in front of our bedroom mirrors. We’ve all cranked it while in the car. And if you say you haven’t, you’re either a liar or just don’t know how to live.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.