Single by Lipps Inc.
from the album Mouth to Mouth
B-side "All Night Dancing"
Released February 18, 1980
Recorded Early January, 1980
Genre Discosynthpopfunk
Length 4:00 (single version)

7:50 (extended 12" version)

Label Casablanca Records
Writer(s) Steven Greenberg
Producer Steven Greenberg
Audio sample
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"Funkytown" is a 1980 disco hit song written by Steven Greenberg and performed by the band Lipps Inc. with Cynthia Johnson as the lead singer. The song expresses the singer's pining for a metaphorical place that will "keep me movin', keeps me groovin' with some energy". It is said that the song was written while the band lived in Minneapolis, MN and with dreams of moving to New York City, NY. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Dance charts in 1980, also reaching number 1 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Australia and The Netherlands. It reached No. 2 in the UK, Sweden and on the U.S. R&B chart. "Funkytown" is often considered to be one of the last hits of the disco genre. It was Lipps Inc's only U.S. Top 40 hit.

Music video[edit]Edit

All of the Funkytown music videos show other women dancing to the song. Cynthia Johnson, the main vocalist, does not appear in any of the videos. The first Funkytown video ever produced with Cynthia Johnson was shot by Megabien Entertainment in Minneapolis in 2012.

Track listings[edit]Edit

7" Single

  1. Funkytown 4:00
  2. All Night Dancing 3:09

12" Single

  1. Funkytown 7:51
  2. All Night Dancing 3:09
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