Saturday Night (Whigfield song)
|Single by Whigfield|
|from the album Whigfield|
September 17, 1994 (Europe)= Spring 1995 (North America)
|Format||CD single, CD maxi|
|Genre||Eurodance, Tech House|
Curb/Atlantic Records (U.S.)
|Whigfield singles chronology|
"Saturday Night" is a song written by Larry Pignagnoli and Davide Riva, and recorded by Danish singer Whigfield. It was released in September 1994 as the lead single from the album, Whigfield and experienced worldwide success. It was a popular dancefloor filler at discos at the time, even though it is now considered quite cheesey.
It went straight to number one in the UK - 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 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.
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.
Covers & Samplings
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.
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
- "Did Your Saturday Night Feature Whigfield's "Saturday Night?" from My Chemical Toilet (March 2011)
- Top of the Pops
- 1000 UK Number One Singles by Jon Kutner & Spencer Leigh, page 400
- Ami Sedghi (4 November 2012). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". Guardian. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
- "Whigfield – Saturday Night – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
- "Ultratop.be – Whigfield – Saturday Night" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
- Canada Dance peak position
- Canada peak position
- Billboard October 29, 1994. Billboard. Retrieved 2010-12-01.
- "Lescharts.com – Whigfield – Saturday Night" (in French). Les classement single.
- "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
- Italian Single Chart Hit parade Italia (Retrieved May 30, 2008)
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – Whigfield search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
- "Norwegiancharts.com – Whigfield – Saturday Night". VG-lista.
- Billboard: Hits of the World, January 15, 1994
- "Swedishcharts.com – Whigfield – Saturday Night". Singles Top 60.
- "Whigfield – Saturday Night – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
- UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
- Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved September 10, 2008)
- Canada Top 50 Dance Tracks of 1994
- 1994 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved January 30, 2009)
- "Single top 100 over 1994" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
- 1994 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved September 10, 2008)
- UK Top 40 Singles of 1994 Wikipedia.org (Retrieved July 12, 2010)
- Canada Top 50 Dance Tracks of 1995
- 1995 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved January 30, 2009)
- French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved January 17, 2009)
- "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Whigfield; 'Saturday+Night')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved January 17, 2009.
- Norwegian certifications Ifpi.no (Retrieved January 17, 2009)
- UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved January 17, 2009)