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


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Chart performance[edit]Edit

It 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".[2] It's 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 featured heavily on the radio for nearly the entire year and is still heard today at weddings and parties,[2] 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, overall spending 13 weeks in the chart.


Weekly charts[edit]Edit

Chart (1980–1981) Peak


Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 33
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 3
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[5] 2
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 1
France (IFOP)[7] 24
Germany (Media Control Charts)[8] 17
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 18
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 1
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[13] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 1
US BillboardHot Dance Club Play[16] 1
US BillboardHot Soul Singles[16] 1
US Cash Box[17] 1
US Record World[18] 1
Chart (1988–1989) (Remix) Peak


France (SNEP)[7] 97
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 56
Chart (2013) Peak


France (SNEP)[20] 129

Year-end charts[edit]Edit

Chart (1981) Position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[21] 50
Canada (RPM 100 Singles)[22] 9
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[23] 41
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[24] 47
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[25] 16
US Billboard Hot 100[26] 6
US Cash Box[27] 10


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[28] Platinum 150,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] Silver 250,000^
United States (RIAA)[30] Platinum 2,000,000^

  • sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone xunspecified figures based on certification alone

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Key signature and composition[edit]Edit

Celebration is in the key A-flat major and was written by Kool & The Gang.[31]

Kylie Minogue version[edit]Edit

Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album Greatest Hits
B-side *"Let's Get to It"
  • "Too Much of a Good Thing"
Released November 16, 1992
Format *CD single*7" single
Recorded 1991; LondonEngland
Genre *Dance-pop*funk
Length 3:57
Label PWL
Writer(s) *Donna Johnson
Producer(s) *Phil Harding
  • Ian Curnow
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)"




"Confide in Me"


"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 no. 20 in the UK Singles Chart and at no. 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. The music video was filmed in Rio de Janeiro.

Live performances[edit]Edit

Minogue performed the song on the following concert tours:

The song was also performed on:

Formats and track listings[edit]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]Edit

Chart (1992–1994) Peak


Australia (ARIA)[32] 21
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[33] 26
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[34] 22
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 20

Dragon version[edit]Edit

"Celebration" was covered as a 1987 single by the Australian band Dragon. It also appeared on the 1988 studio album, Bondi Road and the 1989 compilation album Snake Eyes on the Paradise Greatest Hits 1976–1989. It peaked at no. 11 on the Australian Singles Chart.[35]

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