Boogie Oogie Oogie

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"Boogie Oogie Oogie"
Boogie oogie oogie.jpg
Single by A Taste of Honey
from the album A Taste of Honey
B-side "World Spin"
Released June 16, 1978
Format 7" vinyl single
Genre Disco
Length 5:37 (LP version)
Label Capitol
  • Janice Johnson
  • Perry Kibble
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
A Taste of Honey singles chronology
"Boogie Oogie Oogie"
"Do It Good"

"Boogie Oogie Oogie" is a song by American R&B band A Taste of Honey from their 1978 self-titled debut album. Released as their debut single in the summer of 1978, the song became an extremely popular "crossover"[clarification needed]disco song. The lyrics urge listeners to "boogie oogie oogie till you just can't boogie no more".

It topped the U.S. pop, soul, and disco chart, and it eventually sold over two million copies and has become one of the most recognizable songs from the disco era.

In popular culture[edit]

In the late 1990s, the song was used in a national[where?] campaign advertisement by Burger King and was sampled by numerous rap acts. The song was also used in a campaign for Rold Gold Pretzels (featuring the actor Jason Alexander) in the mid-1990s.

The song was used in the first episode of season four of Nip/Tuck and in an episode of Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil.

The song is used in the films At Close Range, Barcelona, Contact, Breast Men, Mystery Men, Screwed, Canvas, and The Nice Guys. Other television shows that feature the song include WKRP in Cincinnati, The King of Queens, Everybody Hates Chris, White Heat, Muppets Tonight and Scandal. It's also featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl single

  1. "Boogie Oogie Oogie" – 3:45
  2. "World Spin" – 3:50


Cover versions[edit]

  • GQ released its own version of the song in 1979 as the B-side to their hit single "Disco Nights (Rock-Freak)". The cover picture shows Janice-Marie Johnson holding a classic 1970s Fender Jazz bass guitar.
  • Pure Sugar's "Delicious" in 1998 samples Johnson's bass riff (and Hazel Payne's guitar riff) from "Boogie Oogie Oogie".
  • Wounded Buffalo's remix of Jamiroquai's "Little L", on the single of the same name, samples a portion of Johnson's bass line from this song.
  • Double sampled the song for her song "Driving All Night".
  • Keenan MacWilliam, Sophie Bennett and Lara Jean Marshall covered "Boogie Oogie Oogie" on their Saddle Club CD Friends Forever.
  • Janice Marie Johnson, a member of the group, recorded another version of the song in 2001.


  1. ^ Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 566. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 356. 
  4. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  5. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 1978 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". 1978-12-31. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  6. ^ "Top 100 1978 - UK Music Charts". Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  7. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1978/Top 100 Songs of 1978". Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-11-03. 

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Preceded by
"Grease" by Frankie Valli
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
September 9, 1978
Succeeded by
"Kiss You All Over" by Exile
Preceded by
"You and I" by Rick James
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
August 5, 1978
Succeeded by
"Three Times a Lady" by The Commodores
Preceded by
"Last Dance" / "After Dark" / "Thank God It's Friday" / "Take It to the Zoo" by Donna Summer / Pattie Brooks / Love & Kisses / Sunshine
Billboard Hot Disco Singles number-one single
July 15, 1978 – July 29, 1978
Succeeded by
"Hot Shot" by Karen Young