In honor of the passing of the 'Godfather of House Music,' we've ranked his biggest hits on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart
Frankie Knuckles was revered as the "Godfather of House Music," and his impressive history on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart reflects his legacy. As previously reported, Knuckles passed away Monday from complications of diabetes. He was 59.
Knuckles began his career spanning five decades in 1977 as resident DJ at Chicago's Warehouse club and later spun at the Power Plant club. He continued spinning house music through this year, performing live just days before his death. Knuckles brought disco and R&B influences to his unique brand of house music, creating dozens of original productions and remixes. He was also known for his work with David Morales, a member of his Def Mix crew.
Knuckles had his hand in so many remixes over the years. Among them: Mary J. Blige's "Everything"; Inner City's "Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin' "; Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone"; Chaka Khan's "Ain't Nobody"; Labelle's "Turn It Out"; Love Affair's "Blind"; Chante Moore's "This Time"; New Edition's "Hit Me Off"; and Lisa Stansfield's "Change." He also remixed hits by Toni Braxton, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Pet Shop Boys, Diana Ross, Rozalla, Luther Vandross and many more.
Knuckles was awarded the inaugural Grammy Award for remixer of the year, non-classical, in 1998. (The award is now known as best remixed recording, non-classical, and is awarded to the remixer of a specific track.) The city of Chicago declared Aug. 25, 2004, as Frankie Knuckles Day, naming the street where the Warehouse club stood after him. Then-State Senator Barack Obama was instrumental in bestowing the honor upon him.
Knuckles' influence is reflected in his history on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart. 1995's "Too Many Fish," one of his five No. 1s, ranks as his top Billboard Dance Club Songs hit. Knuckles charted 14 songs on the survey, all top 20 hits, including 12 top 10s, from 1989 through 2007.
Here are Frankie Knuckles' 10 Top Billboard Dance Club Songs Hits:
Rank, Title, Artist Billing (Peak, Year)
1, "Too Many Fish," Frankie Knuckles feat. Adeva (No. 1, two weeks, 1995)
2, "Workout," Frankie Knuckles (No. 1, two weeks, 1992)
3, "Bac N Da Day," Frankie Knuckles feat. Jamie Principle (No. 1, two weeks, 2004)
4, "Rain Falls," Frankie Knuckles (No. 1, one week, 1992)
5, "The Whistle Song," Frankie Knuckles (No. 1, one week, 1991)
6, "The Whistle Song (Revisited)," Frankie Knuckles (No. 2, 2007)
7, "Whadda U Want (From Me)," Frankie Knuckles feat. Adeva (No. 3, 1995)
8, "Walkin'," Frankie Knuckles feat. Adeva (No. 5, 1996)
9, "Gimme Gimme (Disco Shimmy)," Frankie Knuckles (No. 6, 2007)
10, "Matter of Time," Frankie Knuckles feat. Nicki Richards (No. 6, 2004)
This ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. Songs are ranked by peak position, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value. Tie ranks are broken by weeks in the top 10, top 20 and overall.