18 Popular Songs You Forgot Were Originally Written for Movies

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“Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees, Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever


The Bee Gees were an incredibly popular group in the mid-’70s, but the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack was their crowning achievement. There are a number of iconic Bee Gees songs on that soundtrack, but “Stayin’ Alive” has had the most staying power.

In the film, it comes at a moment of reinvention for the central character. Even devoid of that context, though, “Stayin’ Alive” is a prime example of the disco era. It’s infectious pop, complete with a driving beat that’s easy to dance to. The Bee Gees were one of the defining bands in disco, and “Stayin’ Alive” was their crowning achievement.

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