The Most Collected, Desired and Expensive Disco Music

We’re in the 1970’s and Disco is the new kid on the block. From humble beginnings in off-the-radar clubs in the United States, the four-on-the-floor beats make their way across the world, heading both East and West, and become one of the earliest dance genres to achieve worldwide fame. In doing so, Disco crowns new royalty and represents, in a brilliant duality, the voice of both the marginalized and the privileged.

Disco was so wildly popular that its influence is still frequently seen and heard nearly a half-century later. Albums such as Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, the most collected album on Discogs from the 2010’s, borrowed heavily from the style, even pulling in Disco legends like Giorgio Moroder for vocals.

More so, Disco’s influence can be seen in the physical manifestation of modern electronic dance music. If it wasn’t for Tom Moulton’s experiments with remixing disco tracks as a DJ, and José Rodriguez’s mastering ingenuity, we might not have the now-ubiquitous 12’’ single format playing in clubs around the world today.

Disco is one of the top 10 most collected and top 5 most wanted styles on Discogs by volume. We dive into the data available on the more than 325,000 releases tagged as Disco on Discogs to see how this influential style is collected, desired and sold worldwide.

Most Collected Disco Albums

As many of you pointed out in our recent list of the top 200 most collected albums of the 2010’s, the most collected albums do not always represent the best ones. However, popularity does signify what mainstream culture is fed and ultimately appreciates.

Michael Jackson - Thriller album cover

Michael Jackson – Thriller

Collected: 146,009

Released: 1982

The sheer dominance of Thriller on this list is a testament to the success the record achieved. It’s in more than 2.5X as many Discogs Collections as the second most collected disco record. Michael Jackson has recently, rightfully, come under much criticism for his predatory behavior, but that was mostly unknown or swept under the rug during his heyday in the 1980’s.

The Rolling Stones - Some Girls album cover

The Rolling Stones – Some Girls

Released: 1978

Collected: 58,072

Michael Jackson - Off The Wall album cover

Michael Jackson – Off The Wall

Released: 1979

Collected: 55,385

Madonna ‎– Like A Virgin album cover

Madonna ‎– Like A Virgin

Released: 1984

Collected: 49,373

Blondie - Parallel Lines album cover

Blondie – Parallel Lines

Released: 1978

Collected: 49,179

Daft Punk ‎– Random Access Memories album cover

Daft Punk ‎– Random Access Memories

Released: 2013

Collected: 47,333

Daft Punk - Discovery album cover

Daft Punk – Discovery

Released: 2001

Collected: 39,571

ABBA ‎– Arrival album cover

ABBA ‎– Arrival

Released: 1976

Collected: 30,597

Stevie Wonder ‎– Hotter Than July album cover

Stevie Wonder ‎– Hotter Than July

Released: 1980

Collected: 29,009

Most Desired Disco Albums

We used a simple equation of wants/haves to find the most desired Disco releases. Disco was at the forefront of globalization, which is evident from the release countries of the records below. In the 21st century, electronic dance music is often untethered to a place. In the 2010’s, much of the music played in clubs in the Global West is comprised of deconstructed sounds that have little geographical connection. Disco is a juxtaposition to this trend and is a great style to showcase regional sounds in a medium and atmosphere accessible to a global audience.

Arts & Craft - I

Arts & Craft – I’ve Been Searching

Want/Have Index: 65.73

How fitting is it that the most desired Disco album on Discogs is titled I’ve Been Searching? I’m sure plenty of you have dreamt about coming across this one in the crates. This release, a test-pressing, is ultra-rare. It has never been sold on Discogs. Even when looking at the only other official release, the median sale price is a whopping $150.

Rupa - Disco Jazz album cover

Rupa – Disco Jazz

Want/Have Index: 48.54

Released: 1982

LP, First pressing. This extremely rare Indian-Canadian Disco album has a median price of more than $770. Luckily, legendary curators Numero Group secured rights and released it in what is one of the best reissues of 2019.

Oluko Imo - Praise-Jah (Psalm 150) album cover

Oluko Imo – Praise-Jah (Psalm 150)

Want/Have Index: 47.95

Released: 1978

7″. It’s not everyday that you come across a Disco 7” from Trinidad & Tobago.

General Lee - Pleasure / We Did It Baby album cover

General Lee – Pleasure / We Did It Baby

Want/Have Index: 46.00

Released: 1979

7″. Spage-age soul that is a steppers classic. Truly enjoyable, especially “Pleasure.” It has sold for $1,200 on Discogs and more than $1,500 on eBay.

Shadow - D

Shadow – D’ Hardest

Want/Have Index: 41.32

Released: 1980

12″. Another Trinidad & Tobago gem.

Kiki Gyan - Feeling So Good album cover

Kiki Gyan – Feeling So Good

Want/Have Index: 37.79

Released: 1979

LP, Album. Excellent funk and disco from Ghana. A 2018 reissue has made this record much more accessible.

Steve Monite - Only You album cover

Steve Monite – Only You

Want/Have Index: 36.62

Released: 1984

LP, Album. Widely considered the “holy-grail” of Nigerian funk. Reissued in 2017, though original copies still sell for close to $1,000.

Brian Bennett - Voyage (A Journey Into Discoid Funk) album cover

Brian Bennett – Voyage (A Journey Into Discoid Funk)

Want/Have Index: 36.43

Released: 1978

LP. Space disco. It took nearly 40 years for a proper reissue, but it finally arrived in 2017.

Lafayette Afro Rock Band - Malik album cover

Lafayette Afro Rock Band – Malik

Want/Have Index: 35.58

Released: 1976

LP, Album. The saxophone on track “Darkest Light,” was later sampled by Public Enemy for “Show ‘Em Whatcha Got.” This album was recorded in France by an American group. One of the more affordable desired disco records.

Bileo - You Can Win / Let

Bileo – You Can Win / Let’s Go

Want/Have Index: 35.46

Released: 1979

7″, RP. Groovy disco and soul 7”. Affordable after a 2014 repress by Edinburgh-based reissue label Athens of the North.

Most Expensive Disco Albums

Going back to the thoughts of regional influence on the style, many of the original African and Eastern disco releases failed to make it out of their regions in the 1970’s and 1980’s. We’ve seen a resurgence in reissues in the last decade that has made these available to a wide audience, but pristine copies of the original pressings can command astounding prices.

LaRom André Baker - You

LaRom André Baker – You’re The Best (1978)

Highest Sale Price: $6,000.00

7″, 45 RPM, Single Sided. You can score the double-sided 7″ with the B-side track “Love Will Make You Better” for much less. Only one copy has made it to the Discogs Marketplace, and although it was VG+, it still sold for $6,000.

Dynamic Five - Love Is The Key album cover

Dynamic Five – Love Is The Key

Highest Sale Price: $4,250.00
Released: 1978

LP, Album, Test Pressing. Only pressed once outside of this test-pressing, any variant of this record is exceptionally rare.

Mistafide - Equidity Funk album cover

Mistafide – Equidity Funk

Highest Sale Price: $3,896.10
Released: 1980

12″, 33 ⅓ RPM. Original Pressing. Reissues are common and much more affordable.

Marlon Hunter - It

Marlon Hunter – It’s Summer

Highest Sale Price: $3,333.33
Released: 1980

LP, Album. First and only pressing. More soul and funk than disco, the music holds up 40 years later.

94 East Feat. Prince - Be My Fortune Teller/ I Just Wanna Be album cover

94 East Feat. Prince – Be My Fortune Teller/ I Just Wanna Be

Highest Sale Price: $3,250.00
Released: 1977

7″, Test Pressing. Only the test pressing is listed on Discogs. We’ve written about some phenomenally expensive Prince records in the past and this 7″, which credits Prince as the guitarist, is another to add to the long list.

Jack Ashford / Robert White - The Name Of The Game Is...Blackjack album cover

Jack Ashford / Robert White – The Name Of The Game Is…Blackjack

Highest Sale Price: $3,111.11
Released: 1978

LP, Album, Soundtrack. From prolific Motown producer Jack Ashford.

Stephen Encinas - Disco Illusion / Lypso Illusion album cover

Stephen Encinas – Disco Illusion / Lypso Illusion

Highest Sale Price: $2,400.00
Released: 1979

12″, 45 RPM, Single. Yet another Trinidad & Tobago 12″ disco single. Invisible City Editions repressed this in 2013 and 2018.

Bee Vee And The Honey Bee - I

Bee Vee And The Honey Bee – I’m Lost Without Your Love

Highest Sale Price: $2,250.00
Released: unknown

7″, 45 RPM. Only known pressing.

Mellow Madness Band - I See It Coming / Boogie "M" album cover

Mellow Madness Band – I See It Coming / Boogie “M”

Highest Sale Price: $2,000.00
Released: 1979

7″, 45 RPM. Made while the band was stationed in Germany in the military. A much needed repress landed in 2015.

Gboyega Adelaja - Colourful Environment album cover

Gboyega Adelaja – Colourful Environment

Highest Sale Price: $1,750.00
Released: 1979

LP, Album. Nigerian Afrobeat with a disco-tinge. Another one that is lucky enough to have gotten a recent reissue, from a Nigerian label nonetheless.

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Steven is a Discogs super fan who lucked out in landing his dream gig. If he's not making cocktails and listening to records to escape the COVID-doldrums, he's likely somwhere deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest.