Saturday Night (Whigfield song)
1994 European CD single
|Single by Whigfield|
|from the album Whigfield|
|Released||29 November 1993
(See release history)
|Format||12" vinyl, CD single, cassette single|
ZYX Music (Germany)
|Writer(s)||Larry Pignagnoli, Davide Riva|
|Whigfield singles chronology|
"Saturday Night" is a song performed by Danish eurodance artist Whigfield. It was first released in November 1993 in Spain through Prodisc. 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 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 February 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.
The song had its own dance routine:
- 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.
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.
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. "Saturday Night" is also the 15th biggest-selling single by a female artist in the UK.
|Spain||29 November 1993|
|Germany||24 January 1994|
|Rest of Europe||21 May 1994|
|United Kingdom||5 September 1994|
|United States||February 1995|
Charts and sales
"Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet
|UK Singles Chart number-one single
September 17, 1994 - October 8, 1994
"Sure" by Take That
"Guaglione" by Perez Prado
|Irish (IRMA) number-one single
September 23, 1994 - October 14, 1994
"Love Me for a Reason" by Boyzone
"Eins, Zwei, Polizei" by Mo-Do
|German number-one single
October 21, 1994 - October 28, 1994
"Cotton-Eyed Joe" by Rednex
"Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet
|Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
October 22, 1994 - October 29, 1994
"Always" by Bon Jovi
"Let the Dream Come True" by DJ Bobo
|Swiss number-one single
November 6, 1994
"Always" by Bon Jovi
"Sweet Dreams" by La Bouche
|Canadian RPM Dance/Urban number-one single
November 14, 1994 - November 21, 1994
"18 Strings" by Tinman
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