The recent deaths of Robin Gibb and Donna Summer, musical trailblazers of the 1970s, have revived interest in a genre both beloved and maligned throughout history: Disco. And no one dominated disco more than the Bee Gees, whose soundtrack to “Saturday Night Fever” cemented their place in history and changed the defining sound of the era.
The Bee Gees had nine singles reach number one on the Hot 100 chart — which, according to Billboard, puts them in third place for the most number ones in history, after the Beatles and the Supremes. Listen to all of their number one hits here, and tell us which ones were your favorites in the comments.
“How Deep is Your Love”
This song spent four weeks at number one. In 1983, it was the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit when an Illinois antique dealer accused the group of copying parts of his song. A jury originally decided in favor of the Illinois man, but a judge later threw out that verdict due to insufficient evidence.
This song was among several Bee Gees songs covered in a disco-themed episode of “Glee” this year.
Synonymous with “Saturday Night Fever,” and one of the songs that launched John Travolta’s career with his dance moves in that film, ”Stayin’ Alive” “remains instantly recognizable more than 40 years after its release,” wrote the AP.
“How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”
This song was the Bee Gees’ first number one hit, spending four weeks at the top of the chart in 1971.
This song was a breakthrough for the band, Terence McArdle wrote in Gibb’s obituary, because it was the first one in which Producer Arif Mardin pushed Gibb’s brother Barry Gibb to sing in falsetto.
“Too Much Heaven”
This song hit number one in 1979, spending two weeks at the top of the chart.
“You Should be Dancing”
This song, from the album “Children of the World” and the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack, was number one in 1976.
In 1979, it spent two weeks at number one.
“Love You Inside Out”
This song was another number one hit from 1979 — one of three number ones for the band that year.