Billboard #1 Hits: #439: ” Stayin’ Alive”- The Bee Gees – February 4, 1978. #1 for 4 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: ” Stayin’ Alive”- The Bee Gees
- Record Company- RSO
- Genre: Disco
- Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
- Time: 3:25
- B-side:”If I Can’t Have You”
- Album- Saturday Night Fever
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 4 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #4 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Australia, Canada, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa.
The Bee Gees second #1 hit from the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack- following “How Deep Is Your Love” which was #1 late in 1977- early 1978. One of The Bee Gees most highly acclaimed songs- the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has it as one of the 500 Songs Which Shaped Rock and Roll and Rolling Stone ranked it at #189 in their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list. It would be the second #1 hit by The Bee Gees in what would become 6 singles in a row going to #1- tying The Beatles record.
Speaking of The Beatles- their producer Sir George Martin would say about “Stayin’ Alive”- “The great thing about ‘Stayin’ Alive’ is that it had a great guitar hook to start with which set up the theme, that pulsating beat. It’s no coincidence, by the way, that the disco beat of 120 beats per minute coincides the heartbeat of your heart when you’re excited. This was a key thing which underlined the whole tune, and when the vocals came in, the vocals were so designed that they pushed that beat further”