Born to Be Alive

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French 12-inch vinyl single

"Born to Be Alive", written by Spanish-born French singer, Patrick Hernandez, was a worldwide smash hit, and reached number one on the US Disco chart.[1]

Written first as a hard rock song, "Born to Be Alive" has also had several cover versions, amongst them is one by the Spanish pop punk group Los Nikis, with lyrics consisting just of repetitions of "Me voy a Benidorm".

Born To Be Alive was also covered by Nekromantix, Roberto Blanco and Kelly Marie.

The first cover version, by Rick Summer, was released during the same year as Hernandez's hit, 1979.

Chart performance[edit]

"Born to Be Alive" first became a hit in France, and has become one of the biggest singles in that country.[2]

The song also gained gold status in the USA.

After this single hit record, Hernandez dropped out of the music business, making occasional TV appearances.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

"Born to Be Alive" was also covered in the Pump It Up series of rhythm dance video games. The song was also featured in the 1997 film Vegas Vacation, starring Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid. A cover of the song also featured on a 2011 advert for Diesel's "Fuel for Life" perfume range.

A music video set to the song using footage from Adolf Hitler's many rallies and speeches became a viral hit on the Internet.[citation needed]

An adaption of the song was made by Belgian performer Flip Kowlier as lead song for the movie Madonna's Pig.

Born to Be Alive[edit]

Born to Be Alive
French vinyl edition
Studio album by Patrick Hernandez
Released 1979
Genre Disco
Label Columbia
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[47]

Born to Be Alive, titled after the song, is a 1979 album by Patrick Hernandez.

A-side
  1. "Born to Be Alive"
  2. "You Turn Me On"
  3. "It Comes So Easy"
B-side
  1. "Disco Queen"
  2. "Show Me the Way You Kiss"
  3. "I Give You Rendezvous"

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