“Woah woah. You got the best of my love.” Who hasn’t heard those infamous lyrics coming out of Jeanette, Wanda, and Sheila Hutchinson at some point in their life? You can’t even talk about disco in the 70’s without mentioning The Emotions – especially when you remember they wrote this hip buster back in 77. “Best of My Love” is a staple in the disco community and it’s not hard to see why.
As far as the music goes, the track screams dance right from the start by opening up with quick horn shots that lead us right into the bass groove. The bass mixed in with the tambourine shake and basic backbeat style drum pattern creates a thick groove you can really get your head nodding to. Combine that with the sporadic horn hits littered all over each verse and chorus and you get a killer back track. The best part about this song is that even without the vocals you can get your dance on since it’s so damn groovy, but when you add in the Hutchinson sister’s jamming along, you make the track even better.
The melody is quite loose throughout the song as we see the Hutchinson’s play around a few simple notes in the verses before belting out new melodies in verses that come later in the song. The chorus combines belting vocals with the built up disco back track to create a feverish dancing atmosphere that even a robot would struggle remaining stiff to.
As far as disco goes, this was one of the ones that led The Emotions to feature on even better tunes later on such as “Boogie Wonderland” with Earth, Wind, and Fire, and it’s not hard to see why. If you’re into foot tapping disco at all, give this a look!