"Ring My Bell" is a 1979 disco song by Anita Ward. It was originally written for then eleven-year-old Stacy Lattisaw, as a teenybopper song about kids talking on the telephone[3]. When Lattisaw signed with a different label, Ward was asked to sing it instead, and it became her only major hit.[4] The song hit number one on the disco charts.[5] "Ring My Bell" went to number one on both the Billboard Hot 100, and soul singles chart.[6] It also reached number one on the UK Singles Chart. "Ring My Bell" has been covered by many artists since its original release, including DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh PrinceAnn LeeTori Amos, Blood Sisters, Dynamic Duo, D'Flow Production Squad, ColletteSaïan Supa CrewINOJPato FuJoey BoySxip Shirey, and Princess X (a modern interpolation under the title "Gimme All (Ring My Bell)"). It has also been remixed many times and is considered a disco-era classic.

Instrumentation[edit source | editbeta]Edit

The song is characterized by the sound of chimes and of the Synare electronic drum playing a decaying high-pitched tom tone.

Charts performance[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart (1979) Peak


Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 3
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 4
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[10] 1
Canadian RPM Disco Singles[11] 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles[12] 1
Germany (Media Control AG)[13] 3
Irish Singles Chart[14] 2
Italy (FIMI)[15] 9
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[16] 2
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[17] 8
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[19] 1
South African Chart[20] 3
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[21] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[22] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[23] 5
UK (Official Charts Company)[24] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[25] 1
US BillboardHot Dance Club Play[25] 1
US BillboardHot R&B Singles[25] 1

Uses in other media[edit source | editbeta]Edit

The song was included in the films Playgirl (1981), A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996), The Waterboy (1998), Mystery Men (1999), Corky Romano (2001), Dahmer (2002), The Possible (2006), Are We Done Yet? (2007), and The Book of Eli (2010). It has been used in advertisements for Burger King (1997), Heinz baked beans (2008), Telus, and as part of a radio-station loop in the video games True Crime: New York City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The track is also featured as one of the songs in Just Dance (2009).

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