Le Freak

"Le Freak"

One of the US editions
Single by Chic
from the album C'est Chic
B-side "You Can Get By"
"Savoir Faire"
Released July 10, 1978
Recorded January 1978
Length 5:23 (LP version)
3:30 (7" edit)
Label Atlantic (3519)
  • Bernard Edwards
  • Nile Rodgers
Chic singles chronology
"Everybody Dance"
"Le Freak"
"I Want Your Love"
Le Freak
Chic's "Le Freak" from C'est Chic

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"Le Freak" is a song by American R&B band Chic. It was the band's third single and first Billboard Hot 100 and R&B number-one song.[2][3] Along with the tracks "I Want Your Love" and "Chic Cheer", "Le Freak" scored number one on the disco charts for seven weeks.[4] The single achieved sales of seven million[5] and also scored number seven in the UK singles chart.

Billboard magazine ranked it as the number 3 song for 1979.[6] The song was ranked number 21 on Billboard magazine's top 100 songs of the first 55 years of the "Hot 100" chart.[7]


Part of the lyrics mention "Stompin' at the Savoy", referencing a song of the same name composed by Edgar Sampson. They also invite the listener to "Come on down to the 54", a reference to Studio 54, which was a popular nightclub in New York City at that time.


This song commemorates Studio 54 for its notoriously long customer waiting lines, exclusive clientele, and discourteous doormen. According to guitarist Nile Rodgers, the song was devised during New Year's Eve of 1977, as a result of he and bassist Bernard Edwards' being refused entrance to Studio 54, where they had been invited by Grace Jones, due to her failure to notify the nightclub's staff. He said the lyrics of the refrain were originally "Fuck off!" rather than "Freak out!"[8]

"Le Freak" was the first song to score the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 three separate times. MC Lyte sampled the song "Woo Woo (Freak Out)" featuring Brownstone's Nicci Gilbert, which first appeared on the soundtrack to the 1998 movie Woo and also appeared on her album Seven & Seven, titled "Woo Woo (Party Time)" which released three months later. This record remained until 2008, when three different songs, "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis, "Whatever You Like" by T.I., and his follow-up single "Live Your Life", featuring Rihanna all achieved this feat. Bruno Mars also managed this in 2011 with "Grenade", as did The Weeknd with his 2015 single "Can't Feel My Face".

In 1987, an acid house-styled re-mix was issued under the title "Jack Le Freak". It reached #18 in the United Kingdom, becoming Chic's last top 40 hit to date in that country.

In 2010, "Le Freak" was covered by the electronica band Millionaires for the MTV movie Turn the Beat Around. The bass line from the song was used by American industrial rock group My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult for their track, "Waiting for Mommie" on the Confessions of a Knife... album that was released in 1990 by Wax Trax! Records.

The song is also used in the films Heavy Weights, The Last Days of Disco, Mystery Men, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Shrek 2, Son of the Mask, Roll Bounce, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Furry Vengeance, Toy Story 3, Super 8, Buddy, and Think Like a Man Too.

The song was used in the 2nd episode of the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars as a "Lip Sync For Your Legacy" song. It was performed by contestants Alaska and Katya. each seeking to win $10,000 and the power to eliminate a competitor.

The song appears in a 2016 TV commercial for Walmart.[9]

Track listing and formats

Atlantic 7" 3519, September 21, 1978
Atlantic promo 12" DSKO 131, 1978 / Atlantic 12" DK 4700, 1978
Atlantic 12" DK 4620, 1978 / Atlantic Oldies promo 12" DSKO 178, 1979


Weekly charts

Chart (1978–79) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 2
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[12] 1
Canada (RPM Adult Contemporary)[13] 1
Canada (RPM Dance Songs)[14] 1
Canada (RPM Top 15 12inch)[15] 1
France (SNEP)[16] 2
Germany (Official German Charts)[17] 5
Ireland (IRMA)[18] 20
Italy (FIMI)[19] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[20] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[21] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[22] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[23] 9
South Africa[24] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[25] 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[27] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[3]
(with "I Want Your Love" and "Chic Cheer")

Chart (1987) (Jack Le Freak) Peak
Irish Singles Chart[18] 13
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[27] 19
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[3] 15
US Dance/Electronic Singles Sales (Billboard)[3] 21
Chart (2013) Peak
France (SNEP)[28] 192

Year-end charts

Chart (1979) Position
US Billboard Hot 100 3

All-time charts

Chart (1958–2013) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 21

Preceded by
"MacArthur Park" by Donna Summer
Billboard Dance Club Songs number-one single (with "I Want Your Love" and "Chic Cheer")
November 25, 1978 – January 6, 1979
Succeeded by
"Contact" by Edwin Starr
Preceded by
"I'm Every Woman" by Chaka Khan
Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one single
December 2, 1978 – December 30, 1978
Succeeded by
"Got to Be Real" by Cheryl Lynn
Preceded by
"You Don't Bring Me Flowers" by Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
"You Don't Bring Me Flowers" by Barbra Sreisand and Neil Diamond
"Too Much Heaven" by The Bee Gees
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
December 9, 1978
December 23, 1978 – December 30, 1978
January 20, 1979 – February 3, 1979
Succeeded by
"You Don't Bring Me Flowers" by Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
"Too Much Heaven" by The Bee Gees
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? by Rod Stewart
Preceded by
"Too Much Heaven" by The Bee Gees
RIANZ New Zealand Singles Chart number-one single
January 28, 1979 – February 18, 1979
Succeeded by
"Y.M.C.A." by The Village People
Preceded by
"C'mon Aussie C'mon" by The Mojo Singers
Kent Music Report number-one single
February 26, 1979 - March 26, 1979
Succeeded by
"Heart of Glass" by Blondie


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[29] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[30] Platinum 700,000[31]
United Kingdom (BPI)[32] Gold 500,000^
United States (RIAA)[33] Platinum 4,000,000[34]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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