Top 10 Sister Sledge Songs

Sister Sledge Songs

Our Top 10 Sister Sledge songs list looks back at the work of a female groups who had great success in the late 1970s disco scene. The group was formed in the early 1979s when the four Sledge sisters were still in their teens and younger. By the time Sister Sledge released their first album in 1975, all four Sledge sisters on the recording including Kathy Sledge, Debbie Sledge, Joni Sledge and  Kim Sledge were all still teenagers. Kathy Sledge was the youngest at 15 years old while Debbie Sledge was the oldest in the group at nineteen years old. The group’s first two albums did not sell that well on the charts. Nonetheless, all of that changed with the release of the album We Are Family in 1979. Atco Records brought in the brilliant talents of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards from Chic to write and produce the songs for the We Are Family Album. The results were stunning!

Sister Sledge’s We Are Family album spawned two number one singles in the songs “He’s the Greatest Dancer” and “We Are Family.” Both songs hit number one on the US Billboard R&B Charts in 1979. Additionally, both songs broke into the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100. These songs were huge. “We Are Family,” would become a nightclub and party standard for the next forty years cementing the legacy of Sister Sledge in popular music history.

# 10 – Got to Love Somebody

We open up our top 10 Sister Sledge Songs list with the high-spirited song entitled “Got to Love Somebody”  The song was released on the album entitled Love Somebody Today. It was the first single released from the album. The album was released in 1979. This was a highly anticipated album for the band as it followed the worldwide smash album We Are Family. The new album was once again produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. The song “Got to Love Somebody” was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number sixty four. However “Got to Love Somebody” did far better on the US Billboard R&B Charts where it was a top 10 hit reaching all the way up to number six. In the United Kingdom the song hit number thirty four.

# 9 – Blockbuster Boy

Continuing with our top 10 Sister Sledge Songs list we drop the needle on the energetic song entitled “Blockbuster Boy.” We love the guitar riff at the start of the song and the way the horns jump in and out. This is just such great pure funk. The song “Blockbuster Boy” was released on the album entitled Together. The album was released in 1977.  The song was composed by Michael Kunze and  Sylvester Levay. “Blockbuster Boy” was the first single released from the album. It was also the album’s opening track. The song broke onto the US Billboard R&B Charts reaching all the way up to number sixty one.

# 8 – Love Don’t You Go Through No Changes on Me

In the number eight spot on our top 10 Sister Sledge Songs list we present the song entitled “Love Don’t You Go Through No Changes on Me.” The song was released on the album entitled Circle of Love. The album was released in 1974. This was the group’s first charting single in the United States. Its before the disco era began but you can feel the funk groove that echoes bands like the Pointer Sisters and the O’Jays. “Love Don’t You Go Through No Changes ,” was the first single released from the album. The song broke onto the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number ninety four. The song also was a much bigger hit on the US Billboard Dance Charts reaching all the way up to number five.

# 7 – All the Man I Need

In the number seven position on our top 10 Sister Sledge Songs list is the heartwarming ballad entitled “All The Man I Need.” The song was recorded as a duet with David Simmons. The song was released on the album entitled The Sisters. The album was released in 1982. The song was later recorded by Whitney Houston who had a much bigger hit than Sister Sledge did with the song. The song was also recorded by Luther Vandross who changed the gender of the song to “All The Woman I Need.”

# 6 – All American Girls

Landing in the number six spot on our top 10 Sister Sledge Songs list we present the spirited song entitled “All American Girls.” That sweet Sister Sledge sound is all over this one. It has a very similar groove to Chic’s “Freak Out.” The song was released on the album also entitled All American Girls. The album was released in 1981. “All American Girls” was the first single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number seventy nine. The song also was a huge hit on the US Billboard R&B Charts reaching all the way up to number three. Interestingly  a song about being an all American Girl was also a hit in the United Kingdom where the the song hit number forty one.

# 5 – Lost In Music

At the halfway point on our top 10 Sister Sledge Songs list is the song entitled “Lost In Music.”  The song was issued on the mega selling album entitled We Are Family. The album was released in 1979. It was the third single released from the album and the follow up to the records two massive hit singles “We Are Family,” and “He’s The Greatest Dancer.” The song was not as successful as the first two singles but it’s still a really strong track with killer soulful vocals and all star legendary production from Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards.

The song “Lost In Music” failed to break into the US Billboard Hot 100. However, it soared all the way to number one on the US Billboard Dance Charts. The song “Lost In Music” also was a hit on the US Billboard R&B Charts reaching all the way up to number thirty five. In the United Kingdom “Lost In Music” was a top 20 hit peaking at number seventeen.

# 4 – Frankie

At the number four spot on our top 10 Sister Sledge Songs list we present the song entitled “Frankie.” This song has what we call bounce!  There is a bit of a 1950’s retro feel to this one and it is extraordinarily catchy. The song was released on the album entitled When the Boys Meet the Girls. The album was released in 1985. It was the first single released from the album. It was the group’s first Gold selling single since “We Are Family.” It was also produced by Nile Rodgers. They loved this song in the United Kingdom where it hit number one on the UK Pop Charts and was one of the biggest hits of the year in 1985 in the UK.

# 3 – My Guy

Swinging along on our top 10 Sister Sledge Songs list we present the song entitled “My Guy.”  You remember this one, don’t you? Talk about a perfect soulful pop single. The song was released on the album entitled The Sisters. The album was released in 1982. The Sister Sledge version was a remake of Mary Wells famous version originally released in 1964. The song was written by Smokey Robinson.  “My Guy,” was the first single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number twenty three. The song also was a hit on the US Billboard R&B Charts reaching all the way up to number fourteen.

# 2 – He’s the Greatest Dancer

These next two songs so define that Niles Rodgers and Bernard Edwards 70s disco funk groove. The meeting of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards and Sister Sledge was one of the greatest musical pairings of the 1970s. “He’s the Greatest Dancer,” was released on the album entitled We Are Family. The album was released in 1979. It was the first single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number nine. It would also become the group’s first number one hit of their career as it went all the way to number one on the US Billboard R&B Charts.

# 1 – We Are Family

We close out our top 10 Sister Sledge Songs list with the song entitled “We Are Family.”  The song was released on the album also entitled We Are Family. If you’re looking for the perfect disco, funk, r&b good time party song, this is it!  The song was released in 1979. It was the second single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number two being stopped from hitting number one by Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls.” Nonetheless, the song hit number one on both the US Billboard R&B Charts US Billboard Dance Music Charts.  It doesn’t get much better than this one. “We Are Family,” was written by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards.

 

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