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“Celebration” is a song by the American band Kool & the Gang, released in September 1980 with “Morning Star” on the B-side as the lead single from their twelfth studio album, “Celebrate!” The song is one of the band’s most successful and enduring hits, known for its joyful melody, upbeat rhythm, and universal appeal.

“Celebration” was written by Kool & the Gang members and the band’s producer, Eumir Deodato. The inspiration for the song came from Ronald Bell’s reading of the Quran, where he noted an overarching theme of celebration in life and the world around him. Bell brought this idea to the band, leading to the creation of “Celebration.” The lyrics of “Celebration” are straightforward and uplifting, focusing on themes of joy, unity, and communal happiness. The chorus, “Celebrate good times, come on!” encourages listeners to join in the celebration and enjoy the moment. The song’s positive message and inclusive spirit have made it a popular choice for parties, weddings, and various celebratory events.

Musically, “Celebration” combines elements of funk, soul, and pop. The song features a catchy horn section, a groovy bassline, and a rhythmic guitar riff, all hallmarks of Kool & the Gang’s signature sound. The vocals, led by James “J.T.” Taylor, are lively and engaging, perfectly matching the song’s festive atmosphere. The production is polished and upbeat, with an infectious energy that invites listeners to dance and sing along.

“Celebration” achieved significant commercial success upon its release. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, becoming the band’s first and only single to reach number one on this chart. The song also reached the top of the charts in Canada and New Zealand, and it performed well in many other countries. Its success helped propel the “Celebrate!” album to platinum status in the United States.

Kool & The Gang – Celebration – Lyrics