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You Should Be Dancing

"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 18 January–8 February 1976, Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida
6 May 1976, Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec
Genre Disco,[1] pop,[1] rock[1]
Length 4:16
Label RSO
Writer(s) Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Bee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Bee Gees singles chronology
"Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)"
"You Should Be Dancing"
"Love So Right"
Saturday Night Fever track listing

"You Should Be Dancing" is a single by the Bee Gees, from the album Children of the World, released in 1976. It hit #1 for one week on the American Billboard Hot 100, #1 for seven weeks on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart, and in July the same year, reached #5 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] The song also peaked at #4 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.


  • Origin 1
  • Charts 2
  • Personnel 3
  • Chart performance 4
  • Cover versions 5
  • In popular culture 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


"You Should Be Dancing" was recorded January 19, February 1 and 8, and May 6, 1976 with Barry Gibb providing lead vocals in falsetto. Barry had developed his falsetto to an incredible degree in the ten months since the release of "Baby As You Turn Away" from the Main Course album on which he sang a full song in falsetto for the first time (except for its chorus).[3] Keyboardist Blue Weaver recalls that Maurice Gibb wrote the bass line and sang the horn parts to the brass players, while Barry sang parts for Weaver to play, while guitarist Alan Kendall got in a short guitar solo for its instrumental break.[4]

Joe Lala (percussion), also worked with the Bee Gees on some songs.[3]


The song was their third Billboard Hot 100 #1 and their sixth #1 in Canada. It ended as the #31 song of the year.[5] 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 #25 on that chart.[6] It also hit #4 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.


Chart performance

Chart (1976) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 19
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 20
Brazil 2
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[9] 9
Canadian RPM Top Singles[10] 1
Denmark (Tracklisten) 13
France (SNEP)[11] 24
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 16
Irish Singles Chart[13] 4
Italy (FIMI)[14] 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[15] 17
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 15
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 10
Norway (VG-lista)[18] 11
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 1
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary[6] 25
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[21] 1
US Billboard Hot Disco Singles[21] 1
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles[21] 4
Chart (2012) Peak
France (SNEP)[22] 143

Cover versions

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

Blockster released a cover, titled "You Should Be...", which reached number three in the UK chart in January 1999.[23]

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).

In popular culture

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 film 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.

In November 2010, the song featured in the Christmas advert for British retail store Marks & Spencer.

See also


  1. ^ a b c 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." "also boasts a stellar, surprisingly hard-rocking guitar solo midway through, an element one might not expect in a dance tune" "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. ^ a b Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1975". Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1976". Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ a b The Top 100 Adult Contemporary Songs Ever - Chart Beat -
  7. ^ Danyel Smith, ed. (1976). Billboard 6 november 1976. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.  
  8. ^ " – Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "You should be dancing in Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "You should be dancing in Canadian Top Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  11. ^ 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"
  12. ^ " – Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing". GfK Entertainment.
  13. ^ "You should be dancing in Irish Chart". IRMA. Retrieved 13 June 2013.  Only one result when searching "You should be dancing"
  14. ^ "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]
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Bee Gees search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  16. ^ " – Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  17. ^ " – Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing". Top 40 Singles.
  18. ^ " – Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing". VG-lista.
  19. ^ " – Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing". Singles Top 60.
  20. ^ "1976 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive - 11th September 1976". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  21. ^ a b c d "Bee Gees awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  22. ^ " – Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing" (in French). Les classement single.
  23. ^ Roberts, David. Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness World Records Ltd, 17th edition (2004), p. 66, ISBN 0-85112-199-3.

External links

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