This unique new wave disco hit has proven one of the most durable dance songs of the 1980s. It includes strings based on Richard Wagner's classical piece Ride Of the Valkyries. The song was introduced to a new generation of fans by Adam Sandler in the Wedding Singer. It became the inspiration for Flo Rida's #1 hit "Right Round," and the inclusion of Dead Or Alive's lead singer Pete Burns on Celebrity Big Brother brought the song back to the pop top 5 in the UK in 2006.
KC and the Sunshine Band introduced a horn-spiked variety of disco to the pop charts with this #1 pop hit. It also includes a distinctive double speed guitar solo creating the run that opens the song. Use the song for a retro moment in the party to, as the song says, encourage dancing and making love.
Used in the opening credits sequence of the movie Saturday Night Fever, "Stayin' Alive" has forever been identified as a theme song for disco. That also means it is a very durable dance and party hit. The appeal of "Stayin' Alive" seems to fluctuate somewhat with the fortunes of disco and dance music with pop audiences.
The distinctive handclap intro of "Car Wash" has been widely sampled in other R&B and hip hop songs. Former Motown producer and songwriter Norman Whitfield was commissioned to write the title song for the movie Car Wash. Reportedly, inspiration came suddenly and his ideas were handwritten on a wrapper for fried chicken. This funk-disco classic went to #1 on the pop charts and sold two million copies.
"Dancing With Myself" was originally recorded by Billy Idol with his group Generation X. However, he re-recorded it in a slightly more pop vein as a solo artist. The guitar solo is played by Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols. Some believe the song is about masturbation, but Billy Idol has confirmed it is literally about dancing on your own. Either way it is a party and sports event classic.