Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard’s new series that showcases artists’ very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard‘s Spotify account. The curated set features the artists’ favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.
This week’s spin comes from Nile Rodgers. The Chic co-founder, disco legend and producer/guitarist is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, three-time Grammy winner and the chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has written, produced or performed on tracks and albums that have cumulatively sold over 75 million singles and 500 million albums worldwide, with such iconic credits as Madonna’s Like A Virgin LP, Duran Duran’s “Notorious,” and Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family,” as well as Daft Punk’s recent hits “Lose Yourself To Dance” and “Get Lucky,” the latter which took home the Grammy for Record of the Year in 2014.
This week, Rodgers is back on the dance floor celebrating the 40th anniversary of Chic’s iconic 1978 hit “Le Freak” hitting No. 1 in the U.S with a new remix of the track from Dutch DJ Oliver Heldens, out now via Atlantic / Big Beat Records. The future house titan is best known for his 2013 hit “Gecko” and his remix of Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss,” which has netted over 25 million streams.
To celebrate the career milestone as well as the release of the new “Le Freak” re-work, Rodgers put together this week’s disco-tinged #TBT Mixtape to look back at the era and genre that has defined his career. The dance floor ready set features Donna Summer, Foxy, Kool & The Gang, and more.
“I’m proud to be a part of Disco,” Rodgers tells Billboard. “It’s a badge of honor. This music brought people together in harmony. Black, White, Gay, Straight, Male, Female, Left, Right, we were unified on the dance floor.”
Give the playlist a spin, get up and dance, and also check out some exclusive unpublished photos from Nile in the ’70s below.