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"Celebration" by Kool & the Gang - Track of the Week

"Celebration" is a song released in 1980 by Kool & the Gang from their album Celebrate!. Celebrate! is the twelfth studio album by American band Kool & the Gang. Released on September 29, 1980, the album reached #1 on the US R&B chart and #10 on the Billboard 200. The album produced perhaps Kool & the Gang's most recognizable hit song, the #1 chart-topper, "Celebration", which still receives heavy play today over three decades later.

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". 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, 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.

It seems fitting to have "Celebration" as the last Track of the Week for 2018 and to bringing in the new year.

From all of us at Aroundtable Happy New Year and let's make 2019 the best year yet.

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