"That's The Way (I Like It)" was the second of an astounding five US #1 hits from KC & The Sunshine Band. Their first #1 was "Get Down Tonight
," which gave them the template for songs like this one. Like all their hits, it was written by their bass player/producer Rick Finch and frontman Harry Wayne Casey.
In a Songfacts interview with Richard Finch
, he explained, "We were all happy, and you could tell. We transferred the excitement of that hit feeling from 'Get Down Tonight,' and trust me, then we were all like, 'Oh, my God, this is amazing! We've done it! Let's put the magic on something else.' And you could definitely hear the excitement and the magic from that first hit record with 'That's The Way I Like It,' because we were all pumped, and we were all stoked. If you listen to that record closely, you can hear everyone smiling while they're singing. Especially the background singers. It was a very, very magic moment. I mean, we're in Miami, Florida, and we're in a little independent label, and we're becoming successful? C'mon, man, this is not possible, this must be a dream!"