You Should Be Dancing

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"You Should Be Dancing"
Single by Bee Gees
from the album Children of the World
B-side "Subway"
Released 21 June 1976
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded Criteria Studios,
Miami, Florida,
18 January —
8 February 1976;
Le Studio,
Morin Heights, Quebec,
6 May 1976
Genre Disco,[1] pop[1]
Length 4:16
Label RSO
Writer(s) Barry, Robin, & Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Albhy Galuten
Karl Richardson
Barry Gibb
Robin Gibb
Maurice Gibb
Bee Gees singles chronology
"Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)"
(1976)
"You Should Be Dancing"
(1976)
"Love So Right"
(1976)
Saturday Night Fever track listing
Side A
  1. "Stayin' Alive" (Bee Gees)
  2. "How Deep Is Your Love" (Bee Gees)
  3. "Night Fever" (Bee Gees)
  4. "More Than a Woman" (Bee Gees)
  5. "If I Can't Have You" (Yvonne Elliman)
Side B
  1. "A Fifth of Beethoven" (Walter Murphy)
  2. "More Than a Woman" (Tavares
  3. "Manhattan Skyline" (David Shire)
  4. "Calypso Breakdown" (Ralph MacDonald)
Side C
  1. "Night on Disco Mountain" (David Shire)
  2. "Open Sesame" (Kool & the Gang)
  3. "Jive Talkin'" (Bee Gees)
  4. "You Should Be Dancing" (Bee Gees)
  5. "Boogie Shoes" (KC and the Sunshine Band)
Side D
  1. "Salsation" (David Shire)
  2. "K-Jee" (MFSB)
  3. "Disco Inferno" (The Trammps)

"You Should Be Dancing" is a single by the Bee Gees, from the album Children of the World, released in 1976. The single hit number one for one week on the American Billboard Hot 100, number one for seven weeks on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart, and in July the same year, reached number five on the UK Singles Chart.[2] The song also peaked at number four on the Billboard R&B chart. It was this song that first launched the Bee Gees into disco. It was also the only track from the group to top the dance chart.

The song was their third Billboard Hot 100 number-one and their sixth number-one in Canada. It ended up the year as the number 31 song of the year on the Hot 100.[3] In the '70s some of the Bee Gees' songs were deemed too uptempo for AC/Easy Listening Radio which led to "You Should Be Dancing" only reaching number 25 on that chart.[4] It also hit number four in Ireland. In Australia, where the brothers spent a number of years in their youth, it managed only to nick the top 20.

"You Should Be Dancing" is known today as the first chart-topper in which Barry Gibb uses his now-trademark falsetto in a lead vocal (he had previously used it on the top-10 "Nights on Broadway" and on "Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)"). Earlier songs, such as "Jive Talkin'", had Gibb use a melodic blue-eyed soul vocal style.

The song was prominently featured in the movie Saturday Night Fever and appears on its soundtrack album. Live performances of "You Should Be Dancing" during the 1979 Spirits Having Flown tour featured the Bee Gees' younger sibling, Andy Gibb, on backing vocals. The Boston Celtics also play this song when they are about to win a basketball game in a convincing manner accompanied by the ever popular "Gino Time" video from the television show American Bandstand. Recently, the Tampa Bay Rays have started playing the song at home games between innings.

The song was also featured at the end of the movie Despicable Me, in which the minions replace ballet music with the song so everyone (including both a reluctant-at-first Gru and a stranded Vector, who is still on the moon) can dance.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 19
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 20
Brazil 2
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[7] 9
Canadian RPM Top Singles[8] 1
Denmark (Tracklisten) 13
France (SNEP)[9] 24
Germany (Media Control AG)[10] 16
Irish Singles Chart[11] 4
Italy (FIMI)[12] 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 17
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[14] 15
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 10
Norway (VG-lista)[16] 11
Spain (PROMUSICAE) 15
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 8
UK (Official Charts Company)[18] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 1
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary[4] 25
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[19] 1
US Billboard Hot Disco Singles[19] 1
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles[19] 4
Chart (2012) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[20] 143

Cover versions[edit]

"You Should Be..."
Single by Blockster
Released 1999
Format CD single
Recorded 1999
Producer(s) Blockster
Blockster singles chronology
"You Should Be..."
(1999)
"Grooveline"
(1999)

Blockster released a cover, titled "You Should Be...", which reached number three in the UK chart in January 1999.[21]

Blake Lewis, the runner-up on the sixth season of American Idol, performed the song on the show on 8 May 2007. His studio version was later released on the American Idol official website and on American Idol Season 6: The Collector's Edition, a compilation of studio versions of songs performed by Idol finalists.

In 2012, the song was featured in the Glee episode "Saturday Night Glee-ver". The song was sung by Blaine Anderson (portrayed by Darren Criss), Mike Chang (Harry Shum, Jr.) and Brittany Pierce (Heather Morris).

Preceded by
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" by Elton John and Kiki Dee
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
4 September 1976
Succeeded by
"(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" by KC and the Sunshine Band
Preceded by
"The Best Disco in Town" by The Ritchie Family
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
14 August 1976 – 25 September 1976
Succeeded by
"Cherchez La Femme" / "Sour and Sweet" / "I'll Play the Fool" by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Donald A. Guarisco. "You Should be Dancing review on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 23 May 2013.  "This song represents the poppier side of disco at its most infectiously catchy." "The resulting recording blended all the thrills of good up-tempo disco with strong pop hooks"
  2. ^ Roberts, David. Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness World Records Ltd, 17th edition (2004), p. 52, ISBN 0-85112-199-3.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ a b The Top 100 Adult Contemporary Songs Ever - Chart Beat - Billboard.com
  5. ^ Danyel Smith, ed. (1976). Billboard 6 november 1976. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ "You should be dancing in Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "You should be dancing in Canadian Top Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Dominic DURAND / InfoDisc. "You should be dancing in French Chart" (in French). Retrieved 13 June 2013.  You have to use the index at the top of the page and search "Bee Gees"
  10. ^ "Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing". Charts.de. Media Control.
  11. ^ "You should be dancing in Irish Chart". IRMA. Retrieved 13 June 2013.  Only one result when searching "You should be dancing"
  12. ^ "The best-selling singles of 1976 in Italy". HitParadeItalia (it). Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
    34. You should be dancing - The Bee Gees [#5, 1976/77]
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Bee Gees search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing". Top 40 Singles.
  16. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing". VG-lista.
  17. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing". Singles Top 60.
  18. ^ "1976 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive - 11th September 1976". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  19. ^ a b c d "Bee Gees awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "Lescharts.com – Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing" (in French). Les classement single.
  21. ^ Roberts, David. Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness World Records Ltd, 17th edition (2004), p. 66, ISBN 0-85112-199-3.

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