Release Date

November 22, 1977

“Everybody Dance” is a song by American band Chic. The disco song, which features Norma Jean Wright on lead vocals and Luther Vandross, Diva Gray, Robin Clark and David Lasley on background vocals, was released as the second single from the band’s self-titled debut album Chic (1977). According to guitarist Nile Rodgers, it was the first song specifically written for Chic, and, due to its historical status and popularity, is usually played as the opening song of the band’s live set. It was later heavily sampled by British group Steps on their song “Stomp” and echoed by the Manic Street Preachers on their single “(It’s Not War) Just the End of Love”.

The song has featured in films such as The Last Days of Disco (1998) and Summer of Sam (1999) during the orgy scene, and is also featured in the Grand Theft Auto IV expansion pack The Ballad of Gay Tony on the radio station K109.

According to Rodgers speaking for the BBC4 documentary “How to Make It in the Music Business”, the session the song was recorded during cost the band $10, which went on bribing the elevator engineer not to tell the manager they were recording in there.