Celebration (Kool & the Gang song)

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Celebration single.jpg
Single by Kool & the Gang
from the album Celebrate!
B-side"Morning Star"
FormatVinyl record (7")
Length3:39 (single version)
5:00 (album version)
  • Eumir Deodato
  • Kool & the Gang
Kool & the Gang singles chronology
"Hangin' Out"
"Jones vs. Jones"
Music video
"Celebration" on YouTube

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


"Celebration" is in the key of A♭ in common time and was written as a collaboration by the whole band.[2] The song moves at a tempo of 123 beats per minute.[3] The group's vocals span from A3 to E5.[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Celebration" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on February 7, 1981, and held that position for two weeks before being ousted by Dolly Parton's "9 to 5".[4] It remains the band's only No. 1 hit.

By late 1980, the song had also reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Dance and R&B charts. The song was featured heavily on the radio throughout the year and is still heard today at weddings and parties,[4] and is a popular anthem for sporting events. It was also an international hit, reaching No. 7 in the United Kingdom on November 29, 1980, spending 13 weeks in the chart.