Born to Be Alive

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"Born to Be Alive"
Born to be alive Patrick Hernandez French 12-inch single.jpg
French 12-inch vinyl single
Single by Patrick Hernandez
from the album Born to Be Alive
B-side"I Give You Rendez-Vous"
Released1978
Format
GenreDisco[1]
LabelAquarius
Songwriter(s)Patrick Hernandez
Producer(s)Jean Vanloo

"Born to Be Alive" is a song written by French singer Patrick Hernandez. It became a worldwide hit and reached number one on the US Disco chart.[2] It was first conceived as a hard rock song.

Chart performance[edit]

"Born to Be Alive" first became a hit in France, and has become one of the biggest singles in that country.[3]

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]

Cover versions and uses[edit]

Disco Kings covered the song in 2005. Their version reached number 7 in Finland, number 43 in France, number 66 in Austria and number 78 in Germany.[46] A music video set to the song using footage from Adolf Hitler's many rallies and speeches became a viral hit on the Internet.[47]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Born to Be Alive – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
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  10. ^ "Billboard – Hits of the World". Billboard. Vol. 91 no. 43. 27 October 1979. p. 80. ISSN 0006-2510.
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  12. ^ "Toutes les Chansons N° 1 des Années 70's" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Born to Be Alive". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
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  22. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (H)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  23. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor [es]-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  24. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
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  28. ^ "Record World Singles" (PDF). Record World. 29 September 1979. p. 149. ISSN 0034-1622. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
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  31. ^ "Forum - ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1970s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 6 November 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  32. ^ "Jahreshitparade 1979" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
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  42. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive". Music Canada.
  43. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Patrick Hernandez; 'Born to Be Alive')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  44. ^ "British single certifications – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Born to Be Alive in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  45. ^ "American single certifications – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  46. ^ "Disco Kings – Born to Be Alive". Lescharts.com (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  47. ^ Rosenfeld, Gavriel D (2005). Hi Hitler!: How the Nazi Past is Being Normalized in Contemporary Culture. Cambridge University Press. p. 314.