A hitmaker that has spanned the generations, Nile Rodgers broke through in the 70s, became the go-to starmaker of the 80s, and continues to record and play live to this day, still creating huge hits and drawing massive crowds to his concerts. Aside from his pioneering work with Chic, the guitarist, songwriter and producer, born 19 September 1952, counts David Bowie, Madonna, Daft Punk and more among his collaborators, which has made choosing the best Nile Rodgers songs quite a challenge. These ten will, however, keep the good times rolling long past quarter to ten…
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10: The B-52s: Roam (1989)
The decision to work with Don Was and Nile Rodgers on 1989’s Cosmic Thing proved a canny move for this cult act. The album catapulted The B-52s into the mainstream and gave them – no doubt to their own surprise – a Billboard chart-topper with party perennial Love Shack. Roam was the group’s follow-up single (and actually the third cut lifted from the record). Riffing on an almost folk-like vibe, it’s a more melodic offering than its predecessor, and one of six Nile Rodgers-produced songs which helped make the ten-track album the band’s biggest commercial success.