"Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees (VIDEO)
Watch the video for "Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees, No. 35 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
35. The Bee Gees, "Stayin' Alive" (1977)
Just try to imagine John Travolta's iconic strut down the streets of Brooklyn at the start of Saturday Night Fever without hearing this disco classic thumping behind him. As Barry Gibb's falsetto vocals alternate between cockiness ("Got the wings of heaven on my shoes") and desperation ("Life going nowhere, somebody help me"), the song taps into both the pride and the anxiety of urban survival.