Born to Be Alive

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Born to Be Alive
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 17, 1978 (France)
January 26, 1979 (US)
Length35:05 (original release)
  • Aquarius Records (Fr)
  • A-Tom-Mik (US)
  • Columbia (US)
ProducerJean Vanloo
Singles from Born to Be Alive
  1. "Born to Be Alive"
    Released: November 1978
  2. "Disco Queen"
    Released: June 1979

Born to Be Alive is the first studio album by Patrick Hernandez, released internationally in 1978 and in the US in 1979. It features the eponymous disco hit "Born to Be Alive" as well as a less-successful single, "Disco Queen".


While a member of the French group Gold, Hernandez was signed by producer Jean Vanloo and left to Waterloo, Belgium to begin work on a solo album. In November, 1978, the album was released on the Aariana sub-label Aquarius Records (in France). The first single released from the album was "Born to Be Alive". It found immediate success throughout Europe, and in January 1979, Hernandez received his first gold record from Italy. Just starting her career as a dancer, Madonna toured parts of Europe with Hernandez.[1]

In early 1979, the album reached the US market with a release on the A-Tom-Mik label and later Columbia Records. The US release contained a remixed version of "Born to Be Alive" and found great success, peaking in the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart at #1 and on the Billboard Hot 100 at #16. It sold over one million copies in the US.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Disco Queen"6:04
2."You Turn Me On"4:37
3."Show Me The Way You Kiss"7:20
Side two
1."Back to Boogie"5:04
2."It Comes So Easy"2:28
3."Born To Be Alive (New Mix)"6:05
4."I Give You a Rendez-Vous (New Mix)"3:27
Total length:35:05


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 1
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[3] 20
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[4] 9
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 1
US Billboard 200[6] 61
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[7] 53

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[8][2] 5


  1. ^ LLC, New York Media (14 October 1991). New York Magazine. New York Media, LLC.
  2. ^ a b "Kent Music Report No 288 – 31 December 1979 > National Top 100 Singles for 1979". Kent Music Report. Retrieved 10 January 2023 – via
  3. ^ " – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts.
  4. ^ " – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive". Hung Medien.
  5. ^ " – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive". Hung Medien.
  6. ^ "Patrick Hernandez Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Patrick Hernandez Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 431. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.