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"Celebration" is a number 1 hit song released in 1980 by Kool & the Gang from their album Celebrate!.


Chart performance[edit source | editbeta]Edit

It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on February 7, 1981, and held that position for two weeks before being ousted by Dolly Parton with 9 To 5.[1] By late 1980, the song had also reached #1 on both the Billboard Dance and R&B charts. The song featured heavily on the radio for nearly the entire year and is still heard today at weddings and parties,[1] and is a popular anthem for sporting events. It was also an international hit, reaching #7 in the United Kingdom on 29 November 1980, overall spending 13 weeks in the chart.

Chart performance[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart (1980-1981) Peak

position

Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 33
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 3
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[4] 2
Canada (RPM 50 Singles)[5] 1
France (SNEP)[6] 24
Germany (Media Control AG)[7] 17
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 18
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 2
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[10] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 1
South African Chart[12] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 6
UK (Official Charts Company)[14] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 1
US Hot Dance Club Play[15] 1
US Hot R&B Singles[15] 1
Chart (1988-1989) (Remix) Peak

position

France (SNEP)[6] 97
UK (Official Charts Company)[14] 56
Chart (2013) Peak

position

France (SNEP)[16] 129

Key signature and composition[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Celebration is in the key A-flat major and was written by Kool & The Gang.[17]

Kylie Minogue version[edit source | editbeta]Edit

"Celebration"
Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album Greatest Hits
B-side *"Let's Get to It"


  • "Too Much of a Good Thing"
Released 16 November 1992
Format CD single7" single12" single,cassette single
Recorded 1991 in London, England
Genre Dance-popfunk
Length 3:57
Label PWL
Writer(s) *Donna Johnson


Producer *Phil Harding


  • Ian Curnow
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)"

(1992)

"Celebration"

(1992)

"Confide in Me"

(1994)

"Celebration" was covered as a 1992 single by Australian singer-songwriter, Kylie Minogue. It was recorded by Minogue in 1991 for her 4th studio album, Let's Get to It, but it was not included on the album's release. However, it later appeared on the 1992 Greatest Hits album and was released as the second single. It peaked at #20 in the UK Singles Chart and at #21 in Australia. One of Minogue's least commercially popular singles, it has been cited many times as one of her favorite songs, and unlike "Finer Feelings" and "What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)", "Celebration" was included on her greatest hits compilation album Ultimate Kylie. The techno-rave mix of the track is featured on the Kylie's Non-Stop History 50+1 album. It was also Minogue's last single with PWL and Stock Aitken Waterman.


[1][2]The 7 inch single version of "Celebration"===Music video[edit source | editbeta]===

The music video was filmed in Rio de Janeiro.[citation needed]

Live performances[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Minogue performed the song on the following concert tours:


The song was also performed on:


Formats and track listings[edit source | editbeta]Edit

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of Minogue's version of "Celebration".

CD single


  1. "Celebration"
  2. "Celebration" - Have a Party Mix
  3. "Let's Get to It" (12" Mix) - 4:52

7" single


  1. "Celebration"
  2. "Let's Get to It" - 3:50

12" single


  1. "Celebration" - Have a Party Mix
  2. "Let's Get to It" (12" Mix) - 4:52

Australian CD single


  1. "Celebration"
  2. "Celebration" - Have a Party Mix
  3. "Too Much of a Good Thing"

Chart performance[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart (1992) Peak

position

Australia (ARIA)[18] 21
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[19] 26
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[20] 22
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[21] 20

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