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Disco songs, such as "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees, have, well, stayed alive because of their infectious rhythm. It's hard to stay off the dance floor when the first chords of "Y.M.C.A." by the Village People are played.

Local disco musicians have their favorites -- and they know what the crowds like, too.

"As soon as you hear the song 'Celebration' [by Kool and the Gang], people just jam on the dance floor," said Dave Imiola of Disco Duck. Also "Dancing Queen," by Abba.

"The top song for filling the dance floor is 'I Will Survive,' by Gloria Gaynor," said Dave Mendola of the Studio 54 Dance Band. Also, anything by KC and the Sunshine Band (whose hits include "I'm Your Boogie Man" and "Get Down Tonight," or the song "Le Freak" by Chic.

"There's so much more to the experience than just a handful of Top 10 hits," says John Ceglia, a Buffalo native who was a club DJ in New York City during disco's heyday and spun records at the first World's Largest Disco in 1979.

Some of his favorites include "Do I Do," by Stevie Wonder. "It kind of transcends. It was released in '82, and people who like funk like it too." Also, "We've Got the Funk," by Parliament, "The Groove Line," by Heatwave and "This Time Baby," by Jackie Moore.

"Any number of songs by Earth, Wind and Fire get the crowd very excited," said Ceglia. "No matter what style of music people like, pretty much everybody likes a lot of the [Earth, Wind and Fire] catalog."

Other hits still heard:

*"Play that Funky Music," Wild Cherry

*"Hot Stuff," Donna Summer

*"Brick House," The Commodores

*"Night Fever," "Jive Talkin' " and "You Should be Dancing," among other Bee Gees tunes.

-- Anne Neville

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