This was the first song Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards wrote as Chic, pre-dating even their debut hit "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)
." Rogers recalled to NME
in 2013: "The Chic concept was a cross between a black version of Roxy Music and the anonymity of Kiss. I wrote 'Everybody Dance' one afternoon. I thought it was too jazzy but I loved it. I played it for Bernard – he loved it too but he said, 'My man, what does it do do do do mean?' I said, 'The same as la la la la.' He said, 'Well, why don't we go, "Everybody dance la la la la?'" I said, 'Because the la la la la era is over.'"