Disco was a flamboyant style of dance music in the 1970s. Disco parties were noted for their outrageous clothes, drug use, and flashing lights. They were popular with homosexuals and hippies, as well as Italian, Irish, Jewish, African American, Latino, and Eastern European communities in the United States.
Disco music was generally made by studio engineers using session musicians, and was pressed onto 12-inch singles, an innovation which allowed for high-fidelity recorded music over a large sound system. The name derives from the French word "Discotheque", a place for playing records.