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Celebration (Kool & the Gang song)

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

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



Ronald Bell, the group's saxophonist and musical arranger explained the origins of the song:

"The initial idea came from the Quran. I was reading the passage, where God was creating Adam, and the angels were celebrating and singing praises. That inspired me to write the basic chords, the line, 'Everyone around the world, come on, celebration".[2]


"Celebration" is in the key of A♭ in common time and was written as a collaboration by the whole band.[3] The song moves at a tempo of 123 beats per minute.[4] The group's vocals span from A3 to E5.[3]

Commercial performanceEdit

"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".[5] 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,[5] 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.