Chic - Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)

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Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)
Single by Chic
from the album Chic
B-side "São Paulo"
Released 1977
  • 7"
  • 12"
Recorded 1977
Genre Disco
Length 8:21 (LP version)
3:41 (7" edit)
Label Buddah (583)
Atlantic (3435)
  • Bernard Edwards
  • Nile Rodgers
  • Kenny Lehman
  • Bernard Edwards
  • Nile Rodgers
Chic singles chronology
  "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)"
"Everybody Dance"


  "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" is a song by American R&B band Chic. It was the group's first single and hit in the United States, reaching number 6 on both the pop and R&B charts. In addition, along with the tracks "You Can Get By" and "Everybody Dance", the single reached number one on the disco charts. Luther Vandross provided backup vocals. He was working as a session vocalist at the time.

The "yowsah, yowsah, yowsah" part of the title, which appears as a spoken interjection in the middle of the song, originated with the American jazz violinist and radio personality Ben Bernie, who popularized it in the 1920s. The phrase was revived in 1969 by They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, a film about a Depression-era dance marathon.

Track listing and formats

Buddah 7" BDA 583, 1977 / Atlantic 7" 3435, September 30, 1977
  • A. "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" (7" Edit) - 3:41
  • B. "São Paulo" - 5:01
Buddah 12" DSC 121, 1977 / Atlantic 12" DK 4600, 1977
  • A. "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" - 8:21
  • B. "São Paulo" - 5:01
Atlantic 12" promo DSKO 101, 1977
  • A. "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" - 8:21
  • B. "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" (7" Edit) - 3:41
Atlantic 12" DK 4621, 1978
  • A. "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" - 8:21
  • B. "Everybody Dance" (12" Mix) - 8:25



Chart (1977–78) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) 28
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 6
Germany (GfK) 40
Ireland (Irish Singles Chart) 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 6
US Billboard Hot 100 6
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 6
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard) 1




Chic - Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) / Sao Paulo

UK Atlantic K11038 stereo (UK 1st pressing.

The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The record centre hole displays only minimal signs of spindle wear.

The record comes with an original comapny paper sleeve.

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