Stayin’ Alive, Disco Anthem of the Nightlife

Who can forget the Bee Gees fantastic soaring falsettos singing “Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk, I’m a woman’s man, no time to talk”? It was 1977, John Travolta was strutting his bad self on the disco floor and everyone was catching Saturday Night Fever. Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb wrote, produced and performed the movie soundtrack, and “Stayin’ Alive” told the story of survival in the big city — any big city — but especially New York.

“Stayin’ Alive” hit the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there over a month. And the disco classic earned the number 191 spot on the list of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. “Stayin’ Alive” won the brothers a Grammy Award in 1979 and was the title of a 1983 sequel movie directed by Sylvester Stallone. And it even saves lives — the beat of “Stayin’ Alive” is perfect for performing CPR with 103 beats per minute. That’s close to the recommended chest compression rate of 100 beats every 60 seconds. Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive…

Available on Time Life’s CD Music Collection We Love the Nightlife.

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