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"Celebration" is a song released in 1980 by Kool & the Gang from their album Celebrate!. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on February 7, 1981 and held that position until February 20, 1981. Late in 1980, the song had also reached number one on both the Billboard Dance and R&B charts. The song dominated the radio for nearly the entire year, and is still heard today at weddings and parties. It was also an international hit, reaching number 7 in the UKmarker, and a version was recorded with a Spanish language vocal for relevant markets.

It is also a popular anthem for sporting events; for example, it was prominently associated with the 1982 World Series victory by the St. Louis Cardinals and is played over the PA system after Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers, and Hagerstown Suns, victories. The indoor soccer team, the Baltimore Blast plays this song when they score a goal and win the game.

The song is also notable for having played when the remaining American hostages returned home following the 1979-1981 Iran Hostage Crisis. It was also rewritten in 1984 as the jingle for Diet Orange Crush.

The song has been remade by Dragon, Kylie Minogue and Jump 5 for the Kim Possible soundtrack.

The song was one of the big musical numbers in the film Muppets from Space, where it was sung by Gonzo's family.

The song was featured in the episode "Everybody Hates Tattaglia" from the series Everybody Hates Chris, which aired on October 3, 2008.

The song is featured on the video game Karaoke Revolution.

Kylie Minogue version

"Celebration" was also covered as a 1992 single by Australian singer Kylie Minogue. It was recorded by Minogue in 1991 for her fourth studio album, Let's Get To It, but it was not included, later appearing on the 1992 Greatest Hits album. It was released as a single, peaking at number 20 in the UK and number 21 in Australia with the music video filmed in Rio de Janeiromarker. It remains a live favourite, being performed on her On a Night Like This tour in 2001 as well as at the opening ceremony of the Paralympics in 2000. Minogue's rendition of the song was used in commercials for Ford Motor Company truck commercials in the United States in 2005 and 2006.

One of Minogue's least commercially popular singles, it has been cited many times as one of her favourite songs, and unlike "Finer Feelings" and "What Kind of Fool ", "Celebration" was included on her greatest-hits compilation Ultimate Kylie. The techno-rave mix of the track features on the Kylie's Non-stop History 50+1 album. This song was the last single with PWL and Stock Aitken Waterman.

Formats

CD Single
  1. "Celebration"
  2. "Celebration" - Have a Party Mix
  3. "Let's Get to It" (12" Mix) - 4:52


7" Single
  1. "Celebration"
  2. "Let's Get to It" - 3:50


12" Single
  1. "Celebration" - Have a Party Mix
  2. "Let's Get to It" (12" Mix) - 4:52


Australian CD Single
  1. "Celebration"
  2. "Celebration" - Have a Party Mix
  3. "Too Much of a Good Thing"


Charts

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 21
UK Singles Chart 20
Irish Singles Chart 11


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