It’s just the soundtrack of a period movie, remembered primarily for John Travolta walking down the street in the opening credits and for starting the disco craze which swept America. America couldn’t get enough of the soundtrack, though, and the Bee Gees went from being just another pop act to one of the best-selling bands in music history.
This was a double album, with 17 songs in all. Four were new recordings by the Bee Gees, two were their older hits, and one they wrote was performed by someone else (“If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman). But two of my favorite songs from the album didn’t come from the Gibb boys. “Disco Inferno” is one of the very best disco hits (though I don’t think we need all eleven minutes), and “Boogie Shoes” is the one song by KC and the Sunshine Band that I can still endure.
Here are some of the Saturday Night Fever’s main tracks:
- “Stayin’ Alive” (Bee Gees)
- “Night Fever” (Bee Gees)
- “How Deep Is Your Love” (Bee Gees)
- “More Than a Woman” (Bee Gees)
- “If I Can’t Have You” (Yvonne Elliman)
- “Jive Talkin'” (Bee Gees)
- “Boogie Shoes” (KC and the Sunshine Band)
- “Disco Inferno” (The Trammps)
Just how big was the SNF soundtrack? It sold over 15 million copies. It topped the album charts for 24 straight weeks. It won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. And it’s ranked number 131 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.