"Boogie Wonderland" is a 1979 hit single by Earth, Wind & Fire featuring The Emotions. Boogie Wonderland was written by Allee Willis and Jon Lind, and included on the album I Am. It is regarded as a classic of the disco age and peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
"Boogie Wonderland", written for the lead singer of Earth, Wind, & Fire's cousins, was very successful commercially, selling over a million copies and being certified gold (up until the RIAA lowered the sales levels for certified singles in 1989, "gold" equaled 1 million units sold).
A rendition of the song was featured on the reality television competition series American Idol, during the closing minutes of the April 2, 2003 episode. It was performed by the Top 8 finalists from Season 2: Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Kimberley Locke, Josh Gracin, Trenyce, Carmen Rasmusen, Kimberly Caldwell and Rickey Smith.
A remix of the song was also used in the arcade game Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMIX, and the original version appeared later in Hottest Party 3. "Boogie Wonderland" has also been made into different variations by the Southern University Marching Band, Tennessee State University's Aristocrat of Bands, and the Marching 100. The song is also used in the Australian play, Priscilla: the Musical.
|UK Singles Chart||4|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||6|
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||2|
The information regarding accolades attributed to "Boogie Wonderland" is adapted from AcclaimedMusic.net.
|Gary Mulholland||U.K.||This Is Uncool: The 500 Best Singles Since Punk Rock||2002||*|
|Dave Marsh||U.S.||The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made||1989||737|
|Bruce Pollock||U.S.||The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000||2005||*|
|Panorama||Norway||The 30 Best Singles of the Year 1970-98||1999||13|
(*) designates lists that are unordered.