Chic - Good Times - 1979

Overview of "Good Times" by Chic (1979)

Good Times is a classic hit from the American disco and R&B band Chic, released in 1979. The song, a prominent example of disco music from the late 1970s, showcases the talent of bassist Bernard Edwards and guitarist Nile Rodgers, who also co-wrote the track. "Good Times" became a significant influence in various music genres, including hip-hop and funk.

Background and Release

"Good Times" was released at the peak of Chic's career, during a time when disco music was a dominant force in the music industry. The song reflects the era's spirit, emphasizing themes of escapism and joy. It was recorded and released by the Atlantic Records label.

Musical Composition and Lyrics

The song is renowned for its distinctive bassline, which has been widely sampled in other music tracks, particularly in early hip-hop music. Its lyrics convey a sense of carefree enjoyment and celebration, typical of disco music of that time.

Legacy and Influence

"Good Times" had a significant impact on various music styles. The song's bassline was famously sampled in "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang, a foundational track in hip-hop history. Its influence extends beyond hip-hop, affecting genres like pop and funk.


Upon its release, "Good Times" received critical acclaim and achieved commercial success. It topped the US Billboard Hot 100 and was a hit in various other countries.

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "Good Times" by Chic released? (1979) (!1982) (!1977) (!1980)

Which record label released "Good Times"? (Atlantic Records) (!Motown) (!Columbia Records) (!RCA Records)

What is a distinctive feature of "Good Times"? (Its bassline) (!Use of synthesizers) (!Multiple lead vocalists) (!Orchestral arrangement)

Which genre does "Good Times" primarily belong to? (Disco) (!Rock) (!Jazz) (!R&B)

What theme is prominently featured in the lyrics of "Good Times"? (Escapism and joy) (!Political activism) (!Romantic love) (!Personal struggles)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

Who were the principal members of Chic? (Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards) (!Maurice White and Philip Bailey) (!Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones) (!Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney)

Which instrument is Nile Rodgers famous for playing in Chic? (Guitar) (!Bass) (!Drums) (!Keyboard)

In addition to being musicians, what other role did Rodgers and Edwards have in Chic? (Songwriters and producers) (!Dancers) (!Fashion designers) (!Record label executives)

How did Chic's music primarily influence the hip-hop genre? (Through its basslines being sampled) (!By its use of turntablism) (!Through its lyrical style) (!By its dance routines)

What other famous song did Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards collaborate on outside of Chic? ("We Are Family" by Sister Sledge) (!"Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson) (!"Super Freak" by Rick James) (!"Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

Which phrase is repeated throughout "Good Times"? ("These are the good times") (!"Dancing in the moonlight") (!"Celebrating all night long") (!"Feeling the rhythm")

What is the primary mood conveyed by the lyrics of "Good Times"? (Joyful and carefree) (!Reflective and somber) (!Angry and rebellious) (!Romantic and longing)

How do the lyrics of "Good Times" reflect the disco era? (By emphasizing enjoyment and dance) (!By critiquing social issues) (!By focusing on personal struggles) (!By narrating a love story)

What aspect of life does "Good Times" lyrically celebrate? (Living in the moment and having fun) (!Achieving personal success) (!Overcoming adversity) (!Exploring new love)

Which line from "Good Times" became widely quoted in popular culture? ("A freak out") (!"The beat goes on") (!"Let the music play") (!"Dance the night away")


Chic Disco Band
1979 Release Year of "Good Times"
Nile Rodgers Guitarist
Bernard Edwards Bassist
"Rapper's Delight" Song Sampling "Good Times"

Open Tasks


  1. Explore Disco Era: Research and create a timeline of key events in the disco era, including the release of "Good Times."
  2. Music Analysis: Listen to "Good Times" and identify the instruments used in the song.
  3. Dance Moves: Learn and record a dance routine that fits the style of "Good Times."


  1. Song Review: Write a review of "Good Times," focusing on its musical style and cultural impact.
  2. Interview Project: Conduct an interview with someone who experienced the disco era about their memories of "Good Times."
  3. Musical Influence: Explore how "Good Times" influenced other music genres, especially hip-hop.


  1. Music Production: Create your own music track that incorporates elements from "Good Times."
  2. Cultural Analysis: Write an essay on how "Good Times" reflects the socio-cultural atmosphere of the late 1970s.
  3. Chic's Discography: Research and create a comprehensive guide to Chic's discography, highlighting their evolution.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Influence: Explain how "Good Times" influenced the development of hip-hop.
  2. Musical Elements: Discuss the musical elements that make "Good Times" a distinctive disco song.
  3. Cultural Impact: Describe the cultural significance of "Good Times" in the context of the 1970s.
  4. Comparative Analysis: Compare and contrast "Good Times" with another disco song in terms of musical style and cultural impact.
  5. Legacy: Discuss the legacy of Chic and how they have influenced contemporary music.

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