|Single by Kool & the Gang|
|from the album Celebrate!|
|Length||3:39 (Single Version)|
4:17 (Video Version)
5:00 (Album Version)
|Kool & the Gang singles chronology|
Co-founder 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".
"Celebration" is in the key of A♭ in common time and was written as a collaboration by the whole band. The song moves at a tempo of 123 beats per minute. The group's vocals span from A♭3 to E♭5.
"Celebration" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on February 7, 1981, and held that position for two weeks before Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" overtook it. It remains the band's only Billboard 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, and is a popular anthem for sporting events. It was commonly played by radio stations in honor of the release of US hostages from captivity in Iran. It was also an international hit, reaching No. 7 in the United Kingdom on November 29, 1980, spending 13 weeks in the chart.
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||150,000^|
|Denmark (IFPI Danmark)||Gold||45,000|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||250,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||2,000,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
|Single by Dragon|
|from the album Bondi Road|
|B-side||"Blue Blue is the Radio"|
|Dragon singles chronology|
"Celebration" was covered in 1987 and released as a single by the New Zealand/Australian band Dragon. It was released as the lead single from the band's ninth studio album, Bondi Road (1989). The song peaked at number 11 on the Australian Kent Music Report.
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||11|
|Single by Kylie Minogue|
|from the album Greatest Hits|
|Kylie Minogue singles chronology|
"Celebration" was covered as a 1992 single by Australian singer and songwriter Kylie Minogue. It was recorded by Minogue in 1991 for her 4th studio album, Let's Get to It, but it was not included on the album's release. However, it later appeared on the 1992 Greatest Hits album and was released as the second single. It peaked at no. 20 in the UK Singles Chart and at no. 21 in Australia. One of Minogue's least commercially popular singles, it has been cited many times as one of her favorite songs, and unlike "Finer Feelings" and "What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)", "Celebration" was included on her greatest hits compilation albums Ultimate Kylie, The Best of Kylie Minogue and Step Back in Time: The Definitive Collection. The techno-rave mix of the track is featured on the Kylie's Non-Stop History 50+1 album. It was also Minogue's last single with PWL and Stock Aitken Waterman. The music video was filmed in Rio de Janeiro.
Minogue performed the song on the following concert tours:
The song was also performed on:
These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of Minogue's version of "Celebration".
Australian CD single
Japanese CD maxi single
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||26|
|UK Singles (OCC)||20|
|UK Dance Singles (Music Week)||25|