We Are Family (album)

We Are Family is the third studio album by the American R&B vocal group Sister Sledge, released on January 22, 1979, in the United States and on April 30, 1979, in the United Kingdom by Cotillion Records. The album was written and produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of the band Chic, and includes four hit singles: the title track, "He's the Greatest Dancer", "Lost in Music", and "Thinking of You", all of which have been sampled, remixed, and reissued in the decades after the album's release. The album reached number one on the Top R&B Albums chart and peaked at number three on the Billboard 200, making it the band's most commercially successful album.

We Are Family
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 22, 1979
RecordedAugust–November 1978
StudioThe Power Station
(New York City)
GenreR&B, Disco
LabelCotillion Records
ProducerNile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards
Sister Sledge chronology
We Are Family
Love Somebody Today
Singles from We Are Family
  1. "He's the Greatest Dancer"
    Released: February 3, 1979
  2. "We Are Family"
    Released: April 1979
  3. "Lost in Music"
    Released: April 1979[1]
  4. "Thinking of You"
    Released: June 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideB+[3]
Smash Hits7/10[6]


Chic worked with Sister Sledge, who had signed to Atlantic in 1973, at the inspiration of Atlantic president Jerry L. Greenberg. Nile Rodgers remembered later; " That's why we came up with We Are Family. [–] Everything he said about them gave us a picture of them. You've got to remember, we never even met them. [-] All of the content on that record came from that one day with the president [–] I was fascinated and enthralled by the concept of people who loved music who could be in the midst of the whole disco era."[7]

We Are Family is one of two albums produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers in 1979, the other being Chic's third album Risqué including hit singles "Good Times" and "My Forbidden Lover". Nile Rodgers has written that of the various albums produced by The Chic Organization for themselves and others, "pound for pound, I think We Are Family is our best album hands down."[8]

The lead vocals to "We Are Family" were recorded in a single take by the then 19-year-old Kathy Sledge.[9] "He's the Greatest Dancer" was the first single from the album and became the group's first major hit, reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the R&B chart. We Are Family was digitally remastered and reissued on CD by Rhino Records in 1995.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers.

  1. "He's the Greatest Dancer" – 6:16
  2. "Lost in Music" – 4:52
  3. "Somebody Loves Me" – 4:59
  4. "Thinking of You" – 4:31
  5. "We Are Family" – 8:24
  6. "Easier to Love" – 5:05
  7. "You're a Friend to Me" – 5:31
  8. "One More Time" – 3:17

Re–mastered CD bonus tracksEdit

The re–mastered CD was released in 1995.

  1. "We Are Family" (Sure Is Pure Remix) – 8:05
  2. "We Are Family" (Steve Anderson DMC Remix) – 8:13
  3. "Lost in Music" (Sure Is Pure Remix) – 8:38
  4. "Lost in Music" (1984 Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers Remix) – 6:37


  • Bob Defrin – art direction
  • Jim Houghton – photography


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Book of Hit Singles: Top 20 Charts from 1954 to the Present Day
  2. ^ Henderson, Alex. "We Are Family – Sister Sledge". AllMusic. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "S". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor and Fields. ISBN 0-89919-026-X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ Brown, Geoff (October 2018). "Three Cheers!". Mojo. No. 299. p. 39.
  5. ^ Beta, Andy (December 12, 2018). "Chic / Sister Sledge: The Chic Organization 1977–1979". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  6. ^ Starr, Red (May 3–16, 1979). "Albums". Smash Hits. Vol. 1, no. 11. p. 25.
  7. ^ Turn The Beat Around, Peter Shapiro, p.163
  8. ^ Rodgers, Nile (2011). Le Freak. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 978-1-84744-314-4.
  9. ^ Turn The Beat Around, Peter Shapiro, p.165
  10. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 282. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  11. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 4489a". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Sister Sledge – We Are Family" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  13. ^ "Charts.nz – Sister Sledge – We Are Family". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  14. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  15. ^ "Sister Sledge Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  16. ^ "Sister Sledge Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  17. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1979". Billboard. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  18. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 1979". Billboard. Retrieved June 10, 2021.

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