Saturday Night (Whigfield song)

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"Saturday Night"
1994 European CD single
Single by Whigfield
from the album Whigfield
Released 1993 (Spain)
September 17, 1994 (Europe)
Spring 1995 (North America)
Format 12" vinyl, CD single, cassette single
Recorded Labelle Studio
Genre Eurodance
Length 3:40
Label Prodisc (Spain)
Systematic (UK)
ZYX Music (Germany)
Curb (U.S.)
Writer(s) Larry Pignagnoli, Davide Riva
Producer(s) Larry Pignagnoli
Whigfield singles chronology
"Saturday Night"
"Another Day"
Alternate cover
1994 German CD single

"Saturday Night" is a song performed by Danish Eurodance singer Whigfield. It was first released in 1993 in through Spanish label Prodisc.[1] It was later re-released in 1994 in Europe and experienced worldwide success. The song was written by Italian producers Larry Pignagnoli and Davide Riva, and it was produced by Pignagnoli.

"Saturday Night" went straight to number one in the UK Singles Chart - dethroning Wet Wet Wet's 15 week chart-topper "Love Is All Around", despite that single increasing its sales from 65,000 the previous week to 104,000. In the UK, it has sold a total of 1,140,000 copies, placing it at number 74 in the UK all-time best-selling list published in November 2012.


Italian producer Larry Pignagnoli had already had success with Spagna in the late 1980s and early 1990s before he produced "Saturday Night" with Danish former model Sannie Carlson aka Whigfield. The track was first released in Italy in January 1994[2] and then became a huge hit with UK holidaymakers on the Continent at the end of the year, leading to a huge demand for the track back in the UK.

The single wasn't released in North America until April 1995, and the song itself has continued to be favorite among fans long after its chart run, and in 2011 became the subject of a blog in which it asked people who were going out on Saturday Night if they were going to ask DJs at the local clubs to play the song by placing the messages on Storify.[3]

Dance moves[edit]

The song had its own dance routine:[4]

  • Both arms bent at 90 degrees, elbows held at waist, both pushing to the right then to the left
  • Left arm stationary, supporting right elbow, right upper arm twiddles. Then reversed.
  • Bend over forwards rolling arms around each other
  • Hands on waist, step forwards then backwards
  • Four jumps, whilst rotating body gradually by 90 degrees.

The end of the cycle is marked by a clap, and leaves the body facing 90 degrees from the beginning.

Often, the fourth step is missed out. This is because people realise that the song is in 4/4 time and therefore believe that the dance should only have four steps[citation needed].

Chart performances[edit]

It was released in the UK on September 5, 1994 and went straight to number one - dethroning Wet Wet Wet's 15 week chart-topper "Love Is All Around", despite that single increasing its sales from 65,000 the previous week to 104,000, when Saturday Night entered at number 1 with sales of 150,000. Whigfield was the first act to debut at number one in the UK charts with their debut single.[5]

It stayed at number one for a total of four weeks selling 680,000 in the process, and has sold a total of 1,140,000 copies, placing it at number 74 in the UK all-time best-selling list published in November 2012.[6] "Saturday Night" is also the 15th biggest-selling single by a female artist in the UK.[7]


Two claims of plagiarism were made. It was alleged that the track ripped off both "Rub A Dub Dub" by the Equals and "Fog on the Tyne" by Lindisfarne. Both claims were dismissed.[5]

Track listings[edit]

Covers, Samplings & Featuring[edit]

1995: Japanese girl group MAX covered this song with japanese lyrics, entitled "Koisuru Velfarre Dance (Saturday Night)".

2010: Swedish model, actress and singer Victoria Silvstedt released a cover of Whigfields's "Saturday Night" as a promotional single, her fourth single overall.

1994: Black Duck samples this extensively for his December 1994 #33 hit "Whiggle in Line" to the point of which the only new elements were added vocals. Coincidentally, Black Duck and Whigfield both used the same producer.

It has notably been sampled in countless tracks by the founder of the Breakbit record label, mrSimon.

Saturday Night 2013 featuring Carlprit.

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet
UK Singles Chart number-one single
September 17, 1994 - October 8, 1994
Succeeded by
"Sure" by Take That
Preceded by
"Guaglione" by Perez Prado
Irish (IRMA) number-one single
September 23, 1994 - October 14, 1994
Succeeded by
"Love Me for a Reason" by Boyzone
Preceded by
"Eins, Zwei, Polizei" by Mo-Do
German number-one single
October 21, 1994 - October 28, 1994
Succeeded by
"Cotton-Eyed Joe" by Rednex
Preceded by
"Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
October 22, 1994 - October 29, 1994
Succeeded by
"Always" by Bon Jovi
Preceded by
"Let the Dream Come True" by DJ Bobo
Swiss number-one single
November 6, 1994
Succeeded by
"Always" by Bon Jovi
Preceded by
"Sweet Dreams" by La Bouche
Canadian RPM Dance/Urban number-one single
November 14, 1994 - November 21, 1994
Succeeded by
"18 Strings" by Tinman


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  4. ^ Top of the Pops
  5. ^ a b 1000 UK Number One Singles by Jon Kutner & Spencer Leigh, page 400
  6. ^ a b Ami Sedghi (4 November 2012). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". Guardian. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Singles Of All Time By Female Artists". Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
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  9. ^ " – Whigfield – Saturday Night" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ Canada Dance peak position
  11. ^ Canada peak position
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  16. ^ Italian Single Chart Hit parade Italia (Retrieved May 30, 2008)
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  23. ^ Billboard (Retrieved September 10, 2008)
  24. ^ Canada Top 50 Dance Tracks of 1994
  25. ^ 1994 French Singles Chart (Retrieved January 30, 2009)
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  27. ^ 1994 Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved September 10, 2008)
  28. ^ UK Top 40 Singles of 1994 (Retrieved July 12, 2010)
  29. ^ Canada Top 50 Dance Tracks of 1995
  30. ^ 1995 French Singles Chart (Retrieved January 30, 2009)
  31. ^ French certifications (Retrieved January 17, 2009)
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  33. ^ Norwegian certifications (Retrieved January 17, 2009)
  34. ^ UK certifications (Retrieved January 17, 2009)