This classic Bee Gees track, created especially for the film Saturday Night Fever, is one of those songs that immediately comes to mind when most people think of disco music. The lyrics were inspired by Tony Manero, Saturday Night Fever's main character, and perfectly capture the macho swagger of the average late-'70s disco-loving young New York male in lines "Well you can tell by the way I use my walk/I'm a woman's man, no time to talk." This swagger is balanced elsewhere with lines that hint at the hidden desperation of city life, especially on the lines "I'm goin' nowhere/somebody help me, yeah/I'm stayin' alive." This sense of drama also fuels the song's melody, which builds tension with ever-faster verse melodies that give way to an equally fast chorus that finally slows down to end to release the tension on the descending notes that underline the phrase "ah, ah, ah, stayin' alive." The Bee Gees' recording maintains this tension with style, building the song's foundation on a pulsating, circular beat from the rhythm section and layering yearning strings and the group's fast-paced falsetto harmonies on the top. This treatment gave the song a relentless, infectious feel that made it the most successful of the group's disco outings and it topped the charts around the world as a result. "Stayin' Alive" also played over the opening credits of Saturday Night Fever, perfectly setting the mood for that classic youth drama. Today, it remains one of the most requested songs on "Disco Night" at dance clubs around the world and even inspired a techno-styled cover by N-Trance that became a major European club hit. The enduring power of "Stayin' Alive" proves that it is not only one of the Bee Gees' finest hits but also one of the all-time dance-pop classics.