Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack Places #1 on US Album Chart


In 1977 John Travolta starred in Saturday Night Fever Which was nominated for 9 awards and won 7 awards. The soundtrack to the film was a success on January 21, 1978 as well. According to  The soundtrack album started a 24 week run at No.1 on the US album charts, it went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide, making it the bestselling soundtrack album of all time.

Some of the hit songs off of the soundtrack are Stayin’ Alive by The Bee Gees, Disco Inferno by The Trammps, and If I Can’t Have You by Yvonne Elliman. According to  The Bee Gees had been singing in a high-falsetto style since their 1975 hit “Jive Talkin’,” which was also on the soundtrack, but they were very popular as a vocal harmony group in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Their contributions to Saturday Night Fever brought them huge success, but marked them as Disco singers. states On September 19, 2005 Disco Inferno was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in New York City. The site also mentions The Trammps were a Philadelphia group that had their most success on the R&B charts, mostly with Disco songs. They came together when two local groups, The Volcanoes and The Exceptions, merged.

The huge success of If I Can’t Have You resulted in Elliman being remembered as a Disco artist, but this style of music was an exception to the medium-tempo ballads that she specialized in, and which comprised the bulk of her recordings states

These songs fit perfectly with the film Saturday Night Fever This disco classic directed by John Badham is about the main character Tony Manero (Travolta) who is a paint shop clerk by day and a disco king by night. Manero meets his dance partner Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney) is a secretary eager to move into the glamorous world of Manhattan at a disco. The two hit it off and decide to enter a dance competition together and take the disco world by storm. Below is the Stayin’ Alive video from the film.