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"We Are Family"
Single by Sister Sledge
from the album We Are Family
Released 1979
Recorded 1978
Genre R&B, Disco
Length 8:24
Label Cotillion Records
Writer(s) Bernard Edwards
Nile Rodgers
Producer Bernard Edwards
Nile Rodgers
Certification Gold
Sister Sledge singles chronology
"He's the Greatest Dancer"
"We Are Family"
"Lost in Music"

"We Are Family" is a 1979 dance hit song by Sister Sledge, composed by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. Rodgers and Edwards offered the song to Atlantic Records; although the record label initially declined, the track was released as a single from the album of the same name and quickly began to gain club and radio play. It eventually went Gold, becoming the number one R&B and number two pop song on the US charts in 1979. [1] Along with the track, "He's the Greatest Dancer", "We Are Family" reached number one on the disco charts. [2] It was also the theme song for the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates, and was featured in both the 1996 film The Birdcage, starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, and the 1997 film The Full Monty.



The song was used as the 1979 theme song for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who won baseball's World Series that year. The song was also played during the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

This song was re-released in 1993 in remix form in the UK, where the original had peaked at number seven on the singles chart. Titled the "Sure Is Pure Remix Edit", the single surpassed the success of the original, reaching number five in the UK and remains their third biggest hit to date in that country (after "Frankie" and the 1984 remix of "Lost in Music").

This song is also featured on DANCE! Online, a multiplayer online casual rhythm game, and the karaoke game Karaoke Revolution Volume 2.

During the 1980s and 1990s, The Disney Channel featured the song in a D-TV music video set entirely to clips from the cartoon short Casey Bats Again.

Cover versions

Artists who have covered the song include Jump5, Jordan Pruitt, the Spice Girls, The Corrs, and Babes in Toyland. Babes In Toyland's version of the song was more rock oriented and it was a left field Dance club hit in the U.S. It peaked at #22 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1995. In addition, Rodgers organized a re-recording of the song in 2001 as a benefit record for the September 11, 2001 attacks. He also produced a version featuring characters from popular children's television shows such as SpongeBob Squarepants and Sesame Street. This version aired on Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and PBS as a public service announcement. In December 2007, the song was announced as one of the 2008 inductees to the Grammy Hall of Fame. Kinshuk Nath in 2009 with his own office rendition of We Are Family. Alvin and the Chipmunks & The Chipettes covered the song for the movie, "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" and the movie's soundtrack.

External links


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 530.  
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 236.  
Preceded by
"Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" by McFadden & Whitehead
Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number one single (Sister Sledge version)
June 9, 1979
Succeeded by
"Ring My Bell" by Anita Ward
Preceded by
"I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)" by Instant Funk
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single (with "He's the Greatest Dancer")
March 24, 1979 - March 31, 1979
Succeeded by
"Dancer" / "Dance to Dance" by Gino Soccio


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