When the first wave of Gen X kids were coming of age, Disco was riding high on the charts. It was the last Baby Boomer-driven musical movement before the new wave and the pop rock of the early MTV days dominated the airwaves.

Disco had been around for a good part of the seventies but it went into overdrive in December of 1977 when Saturday Night Fever was released into movie theaters all over the world. The 16x platinum soundtrack has sold 45 million copies. It’s the second best selling soundtrack of all time behind The Bodyguard. The soundtrack featured disco classics from The Bee Gees, Yvonne Elliman, and K.C. and the Sunshine Band.

Disco made household names out of Donna Summer and The Village People. Some other artists associated with disco are Sister Sledge, Gloria Gaynor, Anita Ward, and Alicia Bridges. As big as it got, and it got big, disco was pretty much over by 1980. Rock and New Wave was in and Generation X took over from the Boomers. While the National disco party didn’t last too long, It was and is a party that will always be talked about.

What’s your favorite disco song?


Gen X Music Genres

When many people think of music in regards to the Generation X era, they might think of the New Wave and Hair Metal scenes of the eighties. While those styles might provide the most common visual reminders of the time, the years from the mid-seventies to the mid-nineties also brought us Rap, Disco, Techno, Industrial, Goth, Thrash, Death Metal, Grunge and don’t forget the Urban Cowboy country boom of the early eighties.

Can you think of any other genres? What was your favorite of the era?

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