9/13/12

Music Lists #17: Boogie Songs


Putting together the recent episode of Retrospace Radio got me thinking about how many damn songs have boogie in the title. It has its origins in the blues then swing bands. The style and term was used now and again in rock and blues for those repetitive "shuffle rhythm" songs.  However, the disco era really took the word "boogie" and wore it out.... and I mean wore it out.  The number of disco 'boogie songs' is legion.  Only a fool would try to count them all.  Well, I am just such a fool.

Yes, I'm going to attempt to list every boogie song of the modern era.  So, I'm not going to include all those old blues and swing songs.... that'll be a job for another blog.  Here, we're lookin' primarily at the 1970s and a smattering from adjacent decades.

I'll need your help dear readers.  If you know of any oversights, list them in a comment.  When all is said and done, we may just have created the definitive boogie song database.  Eat your heart out Wikipedia!


  1. Harp Boogie II - Captain Beefheart
  2. Spirit of the Boogie - Kool & the Gang
  3. The Roller Boogie - Bob Esty
  4. Baby Sittin Boogie - Buzz Clifford
  5. Bertha Butt Boogie - Jimmy Castor Bunch
  6. Shotgun Boogie - Tennessee Ernie Ford
  7. Rock and Roll Boogie - The Easybeats
  8. Gonna Burn My Boogie Shoes - The Raes
  9. Blame it on the Boogie - Mick Jackson
  10. I Can't Turn the Boogie Loose - The Controllers
  11. I'm Your Boogie Man - KC & the Sunshine Band
  12. Move Your Boogie Body - Bar Kays
  13. Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey
  14. Boogie City - Chris Spedding
  15. Did You Boogie? - Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids
  16. Boogie Man Song - Roland Kirk
  17. Shakin' Night Boogie - Flex
  18. Woody Boogie - Baltimora
  19. Banana Boogie - Barbara
  20. Boogie in the Night - The Toys
  21. Chicken Shack Boogie - Amos Milbum
  22. Let's Boogie - Chuck Berry
  23. Casbah Boogie - Marrakech Orchestra
  24. Engine Room Boogie - Alex harvey
  25. I Want to Boogie with You - Lou Reed
  26. Tripe Face Boogie - Little Feat
  27. Boogie Woogie Dancing Shoes - Claudja Barry
  28. Evenin' Boogie - Fleetwood Mac
  29. Slow Down boogie - Bachman Turner Overdrive
  30. Derek's Boogie - Derek and the Dominos
  31. Boogie Wonderland - Earth Wind and Fire
  32. Roller Boogie - Voggue
  33. Boogie Brothers - Savoy Brown
  34. Rockin' Boogie - Fleetwood Mac
  35. That Hypnotizin' Boogie - David Wilcox
  36. Boogie Down - Al Jarreau
  37. Nasty Boogie - Dazz Band
  38. Boogie Child - Bee Gees
  39. The Buggy Boogie Woogie - Captain Beefheart
  40. Boogie Fever - The Sylvers
  41. Boogie City - Chris Spedding
  42. Honaloochie Boogie - Mott the Hoopie
  43. Boogie - John Hartford
  44. Kissin' Bug Boogie - Tennessee Ernie Ford
  45. Power of the Boogie - Atkins
  46. Yes Sir, I Can Boogie - Baccara
  47. Jump Shout Boogie - Barry Manilow
  48. Bandstand Boogie - Barry Manilow
  49. Boogie Boo - Bionic Boogie
  50. Take the Boogie Home - Bionic Boogie
  51. Boogie People - Boogie People
  52. Spanish Boogie - Deodato
  53. Boogie Motion - Beautiful Band
  54. A Case of the boogie - Brainstorm
  55. Ive Got that Boogie Fever - Carl Carlton
  56. Love Bug Boogie - Chuck Mangione
  57. Boogie Tonight - Claudja Barry
  58. Come on Down Boogie People - David Williams
  59. Boogie Baby - Deborah Washington
  60. Let's Boogie - Ray Munnings
  61. Dance, Prance, Boogie - Delegation
  62. Boogie Magic - Dennis Coffey
  63. Why Don't You Boogie? - Dennis Parker
  64. Sunday Boogie Nookie Stomp - Dry Jack
  65. I Wanna Boogie - Enchantment
  66. Boys to the Boogie - Extravaganza
  67. Chateau Lafitte '59 Boogie - Foghat
  68. Get Up and Boogie - Freddie James
  69. Boogie Funk - Freddie King
  70. Baby Baba Boogie - Gap Band
  71. Rock n Roll Boogie Woogie Blues - The Edgar Winter Group
  72. Boogie No More - Molly Hatchet
  73. Boogie Nights - Heatwave
  74. Boogie on Downtown - Hudson People
  75. Boogie to the Top - Idris Muhammad
  76. Turn Your Boogie Loose - Jeanette "Baby" Washington
  77. Hooked on the Boogie - JKD Band
  78. Boogie Shoes - KC & the Sunshine Band
  79. Sucker for the Boogie - Khemistry
  80. Jungle Boogie - Kool & the Gang
  81. Boogie with Stu - Led Zeppelin
  82. A Little Boogie - Leon Ware
  83. Caveman Boogie - Lesette Wilson
  84. Boogie Man - Loggins & Messina
  85. Dr. Boogie - Magoo
  86. Boogie to the Top - Mantus
  87. Boogie Dancer - Max Coo & Steve Coo
  88. 3 and 1 Boogie - Memphis Slim
  89. Be My Boogie Woogie Baby - Mr. Walkie Talkie
  90. Boogie Baby - New York City Band
  91. Body to Body Boogie - ORS
  92. Boogie City - Phil Hurtt
  93. PH Factor Boogie - Phil Hurtt
  94. Elusive Boogie - Randy Crawford
  95. Banging the Boogie - Rene & Angela
  96. Boogie Flap - Disc-O-Tex and his Sex-O-Lets
  97. The Boogie Back - Roy Ayers
  98. Cricket Bat Boogie - Shadows
  99. Boogie on Reggae Woman - Stevie Wonder
  100. Boogie Walk - Susan Stevens
  101. Hot Buttered Boogie - Tasha Thomas
  102. Boogie on Down to my House - Laura Taylor
  103. Boogie Down and Mess Around - Blackwell
  104. Dance, Freak and Boogie - Nightlife Unlimited
  105. Belly Boogie - The Mike Theodore Orchestra
  106. Boogie Down - The Real Thing
  107. Casino Boogie - The Rolling Stones
  108. Everybody Boogie - The Trammps
  109. Guitar boogie Shuffle - The Ventures
  110. Boogie Round the Clock - Tina Charles
  111. Big Beat Boogie - Bert Weedon
  112. Cow Cow Boogie - Valerie Masters
  113. Full Tilt Boogie - Uncle Louie
  114. Oriental Boogie - Van McCoy
  115. Swahili Boogie - Van McCoy
  116. Boogie Down - Van McCoy
  117. Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu - Huey "Piano" Smith
  118. Boogie Down - Eddie Kendricks
  119. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Bette Midler
  120. I Love to Boogie - T Rex
  121. Jeff's Boogie - The Yardbirds
  122. Luther Played the Boogie - Johnny Cash
  123. Milk Cow Boogie - Elvis Presley
  124. Plantation Boogie - Lenny Dea
  125. Rock A Beatin' Boogie - Bill Haley & His Comets
  126. Steppin Out (Gonna Boogie Tonight) - Tony Orlando & Dawn
  127. Tube Snake Boogie - ZZ Top
  128. Boogie Body Land - Bark Kays
  129. Aqua Boogie - Parliament
  130. Transylvania Boogie - Frank Zappa

Note: 1-13 are included on Retrospace Radio #31

17 comments:

  1. Buck's Boogie-Blue Oyster Cult

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  2. Hah! MediaMonkey to the rescue. Here's just a few more from my collection...

    Boogie Rock - B. B. King
    Dropout Boogie - Captain Beefheart (1967)
    Jungle Boogie - Grand Funk Railroad
    New Speedway Boogie - Grateful Dead (1970)
    Satch Boogie - Joe Satriani (1987)
    Old Folks' Boogie - Little Feat (1978)
    Born To Boogie - T. Rex (1973)
    Born To Boogie - Musical 'Billy Elliot' (2005 but set in 1984)
    Get up and Boogie (That's Right) - Silver Convention (1976)

    and Honaloochie Boogie was by Mott the Hoople (yeah, picky picky).

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  3. This is the most frightening list of songs I have ever seen. Although a few of them are good, this is probably the playlist in Hell.

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  4. "Zip Gun Boogie" by T. Rex (1975)
    "Woogie Boogie" by Bob Dylan (1970)

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  5. "Jeff's Boogie"--Yardbirds (1966)
    "Learn How To Boogie"--Asylum Choir (Leon Russell and Marc Benno)(recorded 1969, released 1971)
    Boogie Till You Puke"--Root Boy Slim (1978)

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  6. Well, here's a bunch I have in iTunes. I didn't include the dozens from obscure records like library music and such.

    Boogie-Woogie Amputee - Barnes & Barnes (a true classic)
    The Boogie Man - Barnes & Barnes
    Boogie Woogie Waltz - Weather Report
    Suitcase Boogie - Patrick Hazell (& the Mother Blues Band)
    School Bus Boogie - Patrick Hazell (& the Mother Blues Band)
    Boogie Chillen - John Lee Hooker
    Woodstock Boogie - Canned Heat
    Boogie Music - Canned Heat
    Fried Hockey Boogie - Canned Heat
    The Dirty Boogie - The Brian Setzer Orchestra
    Rat Pack Boogie - Brian Setzer
    New Cooter Boogie - Southern Culture on the Skids
    Cherokee Boogie - BR5-49
    Boogie Van - Fu Manchu (yeah!)
    The Boogie Bumper - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

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  7. Gotta Boogie - "Weird Al" Yankovic - 1982

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  8. Boogie In Your Butt - Eddie Murphy

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  9. Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind, and Fire
    Jump Shout Boogie - Barry Manilow
    Blame It On The Boogie - The Jackson 5
    Boogie Nights - Heatwave

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  10. The same Chris Spedding song is on your list twice - 14 & 41.

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  11. For true retro 70's fun, watch Bolan's video for "I Love to Boogie". It's got it all. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c7nLTD5ecY

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  12. Just searched for "boogie" on my iPod. Most of these are intrumental guitar tunes.

    Austin Boogie Blues - Earl Slick
    Ballrog Boogie - Diablo Swing Orchestra
    Boot Dagger Boogie - Paul Waggoner
    Cherokee Boogie - Ace Frehley
    D-Qwan Boogie - John Swihart
    Dragon Boogie - Johan Randen
    Elmira St. Boogie - Danny Gatton
    Guitar Boogie Shuffle - Danny Gatton
    Highlander Boogie - The Hellecasters
    Murder Your Friends Boogie - JigginJonT
    Rockabilly Boogie - Danny Gatton & Robert Gordon
    Satch Boogie - Kelly Jones
    Steve's Boogie - Eric Johnson
    Texas Nuclear Boogie - Impellitteri
    The Boogie Monster - Gnarls Barkley

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