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Float On (The Floaters song)

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"Float On"
Float On The Floaters.jpg
Single by The Floaters
from the album Floaters
B-side "Everything Happens for a Reason"
Released June 1977
Format 7" single, 12" single
Genre Soul
Length 4:13 (Single edit)
11:49 (Album version)
Label ABC
Songwriter(s) Marvin Willis, Arnold Ingram, James Mitchell
Producer(s) James Mitchell, Marvin Willis

"Float On" is a 1977 hit song by the R&B/soul group The Floaters. The spoken verses combine two popular trends from the time, star signs and video and phone dating, in lines such as Aquarius and my name is Ralph / Now I like a woman who loves her freedom. The song was co-written by James Mitchell of The Detroit Emeralds group.

Released from their self-titled debut album, it became one of the biggest singles of the year, spending six weeks at number one on the U.S. Hot Soul Singles chart. "Float On" was also a crossover hit, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 behind Andy Gibb's "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" and The Emotions' "Best of My Love",[1] but with no other Hot 100 hits, The Floaters became a one-hit wonder on that chart. "Float On" also reached number one on the UK Singles Chart,[2] and number five on the Irish Singles Chart. The song was covered by two hip-hop bands: Stetsasonic on its album In Full Gear (1988),[3] and Dream Warriors on its album The Master Plan (1996), the latter of which was released as a single.

Also in 1977, Cheech and Chong released a parody of the song called "Bloat On". It was later included on their 1980 album Let's Make a New Dope Deal.

The song was adapted in the early 1990s to advertise Cadbury's Crème Eggs.

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Chart (1977) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 5
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 36
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 2
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 1

See also


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 208.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 343. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ "Stetsasonic". Retrieved 2014-03-28.
  4. ^ " – The Floaters – Float On" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ " – The Floaters Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  6. ^ " – The Floaters – Float On" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  7. ^ " – The Floaters – Float On". Top 40 Singles.
  8. ^ "The Floaters: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "The Floaters Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "The Floaters Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.

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