Greatest of All Time: Top 10 Dance Club Songs Year by Year



Billboard is celebrating the first 40 years of the Dance Club Songs chart, which launched in 1976.

Madonna is the chart’s No. 1 artist in that span, while countless moments (OK, we counted … 40, specifically) have highlighted the tally as dance has segued from disco to EDM with numerous styles in between.

Let’s also look back at the top 10 songs annually on Dance Club Songs, as recapped in Billboard magazine and (later) online, from 1976 to 2015.

From something old (although timeless) to «Something New,» here are the biggest hits, year-by-year, on each year-end Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.

1. «That’s Where the Happy People Go,» Trammps
2. «I Love Music,» O’Jays
3. «Love Hangover,» Diana Ross
4. «More, More, More/Party Line/Fill Me Up,» Andrea True Connection
5. «Mighty High/Everything Is Love,» Mighty Clouds of Joy
6. «You Should Be Dancing,» Bee Gees
7. «Ten Percent/Every Man/My Love Is Free,» Double Exposure
8. «Turn The Beat Around,» Vicki Sue Robinson
9. «Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel/Don’t Take Away the Music,» Tavares
10. «Love Trilogy,» Donna Summer


1. «Anyway You Like It/Don’t Leave Me This Way,» Thelma Houston
2. «Do What You Wanna Do,» T-Connection
3. «San Francisco/Hollywood/Fire Island,» Village People
4. «Devil’s Gun/We Got Our Own Thing/Sure Can’t Go to the Moon,» C.J. & Co.
5. «Four Seasons of Love,» Donna Summer
6. «Disco Inferno/Starvin’ Body Contact,» Trammps
7. «I Feel Love/I Remember Yesterday/Love Unkind/Theme From ‘The Deep,'» Donna Summer
8. «Quiet Village/African Queens/Summer Dance,» Ritchie Family
9. «I Found Love/Accidental Lover,» Love & Kisses
10. «Uptown Festival/Inky Dinky Wang Dang Doo/Beautiful Night/Forever Came Today,» Shalamar

1. «Last Dance,» Donna Summer
2. «Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah),» Chic
3. «Dance (Disco Heat),» Sylvester
4. «If My Friends Could See Me Now/Gypsy Lady,» Linda Clifford
5. «Once Upon a Time,» Donna Summer
6. «Voyage,» Voyage
7. «Supernature/Give Me Love/Love Is Here/Love Is the Answer,» Cerrone
8. «Dance Little Dreamer/Risky Changes,» Bionic Boogie
9. «Boogie Oogie Oogie,» A Taste of Honey
10. «Come Into My Heart/Love’s Comin’/Baby Love,» USA-European Connection

1. «Hot Stuff,» Donna Summer
2. «Le Freak,» Chic
3. «Dance to Dance/Dancer,» Gino Soccio
4. «MacArthur Park,» Donna Summer
5. «I Will Survive/Substitute,» Gloria Gaynor
6. «He’s the Greatest Dancer/We Are Family,» Sister Sledge
7. «Born to Be Alive,» Patrick Hernandez
8. «The Boss,» Diana Ross
9. «Cruisin’ (All Cuts),» Village People
10. «Do Ya Think I’m Sexy,» Rod Stewart

1. «Lover’s Holiday,» Change
2. «In the Socket,» Shalamar
3. «Vertigo/Relight My Fire/Free Ride,» Dan Hartman
4. «Funkytown/All Night Dancing,» Lipps Inc.
5. «Stomp,» The Brothers Johnson
6. «Get Up and Boogie/Hollywood,» Freddie James
7. «Body Language/Working My Way Back to You,» Spinners
8. «Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough,» Michael Jackson
9. «Evita (all cuts),» Festival
10. «Move On Up, Up, Up/Destination’s Theme/My #1 Request,» The Destination

1. «You’re Too Late/Funky Song/You Can’t Lose What You Never Had,» Fantasy
2. «Try It Out,» Gino Soccio
3. «Paradise,» Change
4. «Can You Feel It/Walk Right Now,» The Jacksons
5. «Give It to Me Baby/Super Freak,» Rick James
6. «You’re My Magician/Your Love,» Lime
7. «Rapture/The Tide Is High,» Blondie
8. «Breaking and Entering,» Dee Dee Sharp Gamble
9. «Dancin’ the Night Away,» Vogue
10. «Searching to Find the One,» Unlimited Touch

1. «Glad to Know You/3,000,000 Synths,» Chas Jankel
2. «Controversy/Let’s Work,» Prince
3. «Keep On/You’re the One for Me,» D Train
4. «In the Name of Love,» Thompson Twins
5. «Don’t You Want Me/Open Your Heart,» Human League
6. «Situation,» Yaz
7. «Don’t Come Crying to Me/Let It Ride,» Linda Clifford
8. «You Can/Fire in My Heart,» Madleen Kane
9. «Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go,» Soft Cell
10. «Murphy’s Law,» Cheri

1. «Billie Jean/Beat It,» Michael Jackson
2. «Let’s Dance,» David Bowie
3. «Holiday/Lucky Star,» Madonna
4. «Rockit,» Herbie Hancock
5. «State Farm/Nobody’s Diary,» Yaz
6. «Nasty Girl,» Vanity 6
7. «Flashdance… What a Feeling,» Irene Cara
8. «1999.» Prince
9. «The Safety Dance,» Men Without Hats
10. «Lies/Beach Culture,» Thompson Twins

1. «I Need You/Automatic/Jump,» The Pointer Sisters
2. «The Glamorous Life,» Sheila E.
3. «When Doves Cry,» Prince
4. «White Horse,» Laid Back
5. «Trommeltanz (Din Daa Daa),» George Kranz
6. «Give Me Tonight,» Shannon
7. «Let’s Go Crazy/Erotic City,» Prince & The Revolution
8. «Beat Box,» Art of Noise
9. «Black Stations/White Stations,» M&M
10. «Colour by Numbers,» Culture Club

1. «Never Done That,» General Public
2. «Loveride,» Nuance feat. Vikki Love
3. «Like a Virgin,» Madonna
4. «Neutron Dance,» The Pointer Sisters
5. «We Are the Young,» Dan Hartman
6. «Loverboy,» Billy Ocean
7. «Rain Forest/Sound Chaser,» Paul Hardcastle
8. «Smalltown Boy,» Bronski Beat
9. «Oh Sheila,» Ready for the World
10. «Come Inside/Chinese Eyes,» Fancy

1. «Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ on But the Rent,» Gwen Guthrie
2. «Slave to the Rhythm (LP Cuts),» Grace Jones
3. «Love’s Gonna Get You,» Jocelyn Brown
4. «Baby Talk,» Alisha
5. «Gotta See You Tonight,» Barbara Roy
6. «West End Girls,» Pet Shop Boys
7. «Down and Counting,» Claudja Barry
8. «Jump Back (Set Me Free),» Dhar Braxton
9. «No Frills Love,» Jennifer Holliday
10. «Point of No Return,» Nu Shooz

1. «Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)/System,» Mel & Kim
2. «Musique Non Stop,» Kraftwerk
3. «Come Go With Me,» Expose
4. «Strangelove,» Depeche Mode
5. «How Soon We Forget,» Colonel Abrams
6. «Someone Like You,» Sylvester
7. «Heartache,» Pepsi & Shirlie
8. «Certain Things Are Likely,» K.T.P.
9. «Looking for a New Love,» Jody Watley
10. «Control,» Janet Jackson

1. «Pump Up the Volume,» M/A/R/R/S
2. «Say It’s Gonna Rain,» Will To Power
3. «I Want to Be Your Property,» Blue Mercedes
4. «So Emotional,» Whitney Houston
5. «Pink Cadillac,» Natalie Cole
6. «Never Gonna Give You Up,» Rick Astley
7. «Trouble,» Nia Peeples
8. «I’m Beggin’ You,» Jody Watley
9. «Just Got Paid,» Johnny Kemp
10. «What Have I Done to Deserve This?,» Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

1. «Secret Rendezvous,» Karyn White
2. «French Kiss,» Lil Louis
3. «Back to Life,» Soul II Soul feat. Caron Wheeler
4. «Fine Time,» New Order
5. «Real Love,» Jody Watley
6. «That’s the Way Love Is,» Ten City
7. «She Drives Me Crazy,» Fine Young Cannibals
8. «Miss You Much,» Janet Jackson
9. «Keep On Movin’,» Soul II Soul feat. Caron Wheeler
10. «Life Is a Dance (LP),» Chaka Khan

1. «Groove Is in the Heart/What Is Love,» Deee-Lite
2. «The Power,» Snap!
3. «All Around the World,» Lisa Stansfield
4. «Rhythm Nation,» Janet Jackson
5. «Love on Top of Love (Killer Kiss),» Grace Jones
6. «C’Mon and Get My Love,» D-Mob
7. «That’s the Way of the World,» D-Mob With Cathy Dennis
8. «Two to Make It Right,» Seduction
9. «Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over),» Technotronic
10. «Let the Rhythm Pump,» Doug Lazy

1. «Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),» C + C Music Factory
2. «I Don’t Know Anybody Else,» Black Box
3. «Another Sleepless Night,» Shawn Christopher
4. «Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless),» Crystal Waters
5. «Strike It Up,» Black Box
6. «Power of Love/Build a Bridge,» Deee-Lite
7. «Here We Go,» C + C Music Factory
8. «Let the Beat Hit ‘Em,» Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
9. «Justify My Love,» Madonna
10. «Where Love Live,» Alison Limmerick

1. «Hold On (Tighter to Love),» Clubland feat. Zemya Hamilton
2. «A Deeper Love,» Clivilles & Cole
3. «Just a Touch of Love,» C + C Music Factory
4. «I’ll Be Your Friend,» Robert Owens
5. «Jump!,» The Movement
6. «Rhythm Is a Dancer,» Snap!
7. «Saved My Life,» Lil Louis & The World
8. «Strobelite Honey,» Black Sheep
9. «Chic Mystique,» Chic
10. «Workout,» Frankie Knuckles feat. Roberta Gilliam

1. «Supermodel (You Better Work),» RuPaul
2. «I’m Gonna Get You,» Bizarre Inc feat. Angie Brown
3. «It’s Gonna Be a Lovely Day,» The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M.
4. «Show Me Love,» Robin S.
5. «Love U More,» Sunscreem
6. «Don’t You Want Me,» Felix Featuring Jomanda
7. «Gonna Get Back to You,» Maw & Co. Featuring Xaviera Gold
8. «Tubale (Extasy),» Warning
9. «Can’t Get Enough of Your Love,» Taylor Dayne
10. «I’m Every Woman,» Whitney Houston

1. «100% Pure Love,» Crystal Waters
2. «Moving On Up,» M People
3. «One Night in Heaven,» M People
4. «A Deeper Love,» Aretha Franklin
5. «Love & Happiness,» River Ocean feat. India
6. «I Want You,» Juliet Roberts
7. «So Into You,» Michael Watford
8. «I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind of Thing,» Pet Shop Boys
9. «I’m Not Over You,» Ce Ce Peniston
10. «I’ll Take You There,» General Public

1. «Melody of Love (Wanna Be Loved),» Donna Summer
2. «Everybody Be Somebody,» Ruffneck feat. Yavahn
3. «Bedtime Story,» Madonna
4. «Too Many Fish,» Frankie Knuckles feat. Adeva
5. «The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind),» The Bucketheads
6. «I’m Ready,» Size 9
7. «Scream,» Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson
8. «Fantasy,» Mariah Carey
9. «Open Your Heart,» M People
10. «Move It to the Rhythm,» Technotronic feat. Yo Kid K

1. «Make the World Go Round,» Sandy B.
2. «Day By Day,» Dajae
3. «Stand Up,» Love Tribe
4. «Looking at You,» Sunscreem
5. «You’re Makin’ Me High,» Toni Braxton
6. «Wrong,» Everything But The Girl
7. «The Lover That You Are,» Pulse feat. Antoinette Roberson
8. «Move Your Body,» Ruffneck feat. Yavahn
9. «I Found It,» Daphne
10. «Keep On Jumpin’,» Martha Wash & Jocelyn Brown

1. «Un-Break My Heart,» Toni Braxton
2. «No One Can Love You More Than Me,» Hannah Jones
3. «Never Miss the Water,» Chaka Khan feat. Me’shell Ndegeocello
4. «Free,» Ultra Nate
5. «Insomnia,» Faithless
6. «Din Da Da,» Kevin Aviance
7. «Blue Skies,» BT feat. Tori Amos
8. «Discotheque,» U2
9. «The Boss,» The Braxtons
10. «I Don’t Want To,» Toni Braxton

1. «Ray of Light,» Madonna
2. «Music Sounds Better With You,» Stardust
3. «Found a Cure,» Ultra Nate
4. «Until the Day,» Funky Green Dogs
5. «Frozen,» Madonna
6. «Remember,» BT
7. «You Only Have to Say You Love Me,» Hannah Jones
8. «Can’t Get High Without U,» Joey Negro feat. Taka Boom
9. «Let Me Go…Release Me,» Veronica
10. «Stay,» Sash! feat. La Trec

1. «Believe,» Cher
2. «Big Love,» Pete Heller
3. «My Love Is Your Love,» Whitney Houston
4. «All or Nothing,» Cher
5. «I Will Go With You (Con Te Partiro),» Donna Summer
6. «Sexual (Li Da Di),» Amber
7. «Situation (1999 Mixes),» Yaz
8. «I’m Beautiful,» Bette Midler
9. «Nothing Really Matters,» Madonna
10. «You Don’t Know Me,» Armand Van Helden feat. Duane Harden

1. «Music,» Madonna
2. «Dive in the Pool,» Barry Harris feat. Pepper Mashey
3. «I Learned From the Best,» Whitney Houston
4. «I’m Outta Love,» Anastacia
5. «Your Child,» Mary J. Blige
6. «Don’t Call Me Baby,» Madison Avenue
7. «Bingo Bango,» Basement Jaxx
8. «That Sound,» Michael Moog
9. «With You,» Nomad
10. «Stop Playing With My Mind,» Barbara Tucker feat. Darryl D’Bonneau

1. «Keep Control,» Sono
2. «One More Time,» Daft Punk
3. «All for You,» Janet Jackson
4. «Are You Satisfied,» Victor Calderone feat. Deborah Cooper
5. «The Underground,» Celeda
6. «Stand Still,» Aubrey
7. «Don’t Tell Me,» Madonna
8. «Lady (Hear Me Tonight),» Modjo
9. «Little L,» Jamiroquai
10. «Crystal,» New Order

1. «Escape,» Enrique Iglesias
2. «Blame,» Sono
3. «Wish I Didn’t Miss You,» Angie Stone
4. «Love’s Gonna Save the Day,» Georgie Porgie
5. «Love at First Sight,» Kylie Minogue
6. «The Need to Be Naked,» Amber
7. «A Different Kind of Love Song,» Cher
8. «Fire,» Dolce
9. «Two Months Off,» Underworld
10. «It’s Love (Trippin’),» Andrea Brown

1. «Into the Sun,» Weekend Players
2. «Get It Together,» Seal
3. «Some Lovin’,» Murk vs. Kristine W
4. «Dark Beat (Addicted 2 Drums),» Oscar G & Ralph Falcon
5. «Head,» Thunderpuss & Barnes
6. «The Wreckoning,» Boomkat
7. «Send Your Love,» Sting
8. «Rock Your Body,» Justin Timberlake
9. «Surrender,» Laura Pausini
10. «Cry Me a River,» Justin Timberlake

1. «Took My Life,» Vernessa Mitchell
2. «Stoned,» Dido
3. «Not in Love,» Enrique Iglesias feat. Kelis
4. «Nothing Fails,» Madonna
5. «A Thousand Beautiful Things,» Annie Lennox
6. «Burning,» Robbie Rivera & Axwell feat. Suzan Brittan
7. «Push the Feeling On,» Nightcrawlers
8. «O.G. Bitch,» Esthero
9. «Slow,» Kylie Minogue
10. «Naughty Girl,» Beyonce

1. «Don’t Cha,» The Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes
2. «Say Hello,» Deep Dish
3. «We Belong Together,» Mariah Carey
4. «Lose My Breath,» Destiny’s Child
5. «Most Precious Love,» Blaze Presents U.D.A.U.F.L. feat. Barbara Tucker
6. «Avalon,» Juliet
7. «Accept Me,» Vernessa Mitchell
8. «Krafty,» New Order
9. «What You Waiting For?,» Gwen Stefani
10. «Silence 2004,» Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan

1. «World, Hold On (Children of the Sky),» Bob Sinclar
2. «House Is Not a Home,» Deborah Cox
3. «Don’t Forget About Us,» Mariah Carey
4. «I Want More (Cling on to Me),» Amuka
5. «Talk,» Coldplay
6. «Sorry,» Madonna
7. «Glory of Life,» Mink
8. «Ain’t No Other Man,» Christina Aguilera
9. «Get Together,» Madonna
10. «Buttons,» The Pussycat Dolls feat. Snoop Dogg

1. «I Need Someone,» Ralph Falcon
2. «Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now),» Bob Sinclar feat. Big Ali & Dollarman
3. «Say It Right,» Nelly Furtado
4. «Runaway,» Jamiroquai
5. «Minimal,» Pet Shop Boys
6. «Don’t Stop the Music,» Rihanna
7. «You’re the One,» Ono
8. «Change,» Kimberley Locke
9. «Discotech,» Young Love
10. «Make It Last,» Dave Aude feat. Jessica Sutta

1. «Together,» Bob Sinclar & Steve Edwards
2. «Control Yourself,» Erin Hamilton
3. «Turn It Up,» Mark Picchiotti Presents Basstoy
4. «The Boss,» Kristine W
5. «Feedback,» Janet
6. «And I Try,» Bimbo Jones
7. «Can You Feel That Sound,» Georgie Porgie
8. «No, No, No,» Ono
9. «Give It All You Got,» Ultra Nate feat. Chris Willis
10. «Kingdom,» Dave Gahan

1. «When Love Takes Over,» David Guetta feat. Kelly Rowland
2. «Waking Up in Vegas,» Katy Perry
3. «Beautiful U R,» Deborah Cox
4. «The Fear,» Lily Allen
5. «Give You Everything,» Erika Jayne
6. «Sexy Bitch,» David Guetta feat. Akon
7. «I Hate This Part,» The Pussycat Dolls
8. «Love Etc.,» Pet Shop Boys
9. «Everybody Shake It,» Ralphi Rosario feat. Shawn Christopher
10. «Hush Hush,» The Pussycat Dolls feat. Nicole Scherzinger

1. «Rocket,» Goldfrapp
2. «Bad Romance,» Lady Gaga
3. «All the Lovers,» Kylie Minogue
4. «Fire With Fire,» Scissor Sisters
5. «California Gurls,» Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
6. «Commander,» Kelly Rowland feat. David Guetta
7. «Push N Pull,» Noferini & Marini vs. Sylvia Tosun
8. «Body Shots,» Kaci Battaglia feat. Ludacris
9. «Happiness,» Alexis Jordan
10. «Fresh Out the Oven,» Lola feat. Pitbull

1. «E.T. ,» Katy Perry
2. «S&M,» Rihanna
3. «Higher,» Taio Cruz feat. Kylie Minogue & Travie McCoy
4. «Who’s That Chick?,» David Guetta feat. Rihanna
5. «Hello,» Martin Solveig & Dragonette
6. «Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),» Katy Perry
7. «Dirty Dancer,» Enrique Iglesias with Usher feat.  Lil Wayne
8. «Beautiful People,» Chris Brown feat. Benny Benassi
9. «Save the World,» Swedish House Mafia
10. «Better Than Today,» Kylie Minogue

1. «Spectrum,» Zedd feat. Matthew Koma
2. «How We Do (Party),» Rita Ora
3. «Spectrum (Say My Name),» Florence + The Machine
4. «Pound the Alarm,» Nicki Minaj
5. «Where Have You Been,» Rihanna
6. «Somebody That I Used to Know,» Gotye feat. Kimbra
7. «Naked,» Dev & Enrique Iglesias
8. «Blow Me (One Last Kiss),» P!nk
9. «Dark Side,» Kelly Clarkson
10. «R.I.P.,» Rita Ora feat. Tinie Tempah

1. «Next to Me,» Emeli Sande
2. «Let There Be Love,» Christina Aguilera
3. «Closer,» Tegan and Sara
4. «Get Lucky,» Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
5. «Play Hard,» David Guetta feat. Ne-Yo & Akon
6. «Wake Me Up!,» Avicii
7. «Clarity,» Zedd feat. Foxes
8. «We Are Young,» Vassy
9. «Scream & Shout,» & Britney Spears
10. «Beauty and a Beat,» Justin Bieber feat. Nicki Minaj

1. «Never Say Never,» Basement Jaxx
2. «Do It Again,» Royksopp & Robyn
3. «Take Me Away,» Rokelle feat. Dave Aude
4. «Pretty Hurts,» Beyonce
5. «I Got U,» Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones
6. «Really Don’t Care,» Demi Lovato
7. «First Love,» Jennifer Lopez
8. «Dark Horse,» Katy Perry feat. Juicy J
9. «Chandelier,» Sia
10. «Aftermath (Here We Go),» Dave Aude feat. Andy Bell

1. «Something New,» Axwell & Ingrosso
2. «Holding On,» Disclosure feat. Gregory Porter
3. «Honey, I’m Good,» Andy Grammer
4. «Living For Love,» Madonna
5. «Talking Body,» Tove Lo
6. «Beautiful Now,» Zedd feat. Jon Bellion
7. «Right Now,» Mary J. Blige
8. «B**** I’m Madonna,» Madonna feat. Nicki Minaj
9. «B**** Better Have My Money,» Rihanna
10. «7/11,» Beyonce