Acclaimed Albums – Saturday Night Fever by Various Artists

List item: Listen to the 250 greatest albums
Progress: 76/250Title: Saturday Night Fever
Artist: Various
Year: 1977
Position: #169

Saturday Night Fever is the only title that appears on both the movie and album list. Since the music is one of the main things that propelled this film to classic status (as well as it being a surprisingly good film) it makes sense that it would place on lists like this. Also, it is a fantastic exemplar of how good disco can be.

If I had not already seen the film before listening to this album I would have been shocked at how much I enjoyed this. Disco is one of things that a lot of pop culture tends to look down on. I mean, you only have to look at the character of Disco Stu in The Simpsons as well as the many instances of the phrase “disco is dead” to see how it is perceived.

The thing is… what you have got in this album is essentially a greatest hits/lost Bee Gees album. With songs like ‘You Should Be Dancing’, ‘Stayin’ Alive’ and ‘More Than A Woman’ it’s a tracklist that really succeeds in bringing a smile to your face.

The Bee Gees songs are well complimented by other disco songs like, the now-classic, ‘Disco Inferno’ and ‘A Fifth of Beethoven’. Most people over a certain age (so my generation and over) will have absorbed most of these songs through cultural osmosis. That is just how big this album was. It even won a Grammy for Best Album, the only disco album to do so. Just goes to show what a phenomenon it was, and just how stupid the creator of ‘Disco Duck’ was in their refusal to allow the songs use on this album for fear of costing them sales. Idiots.

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