51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 10: Whigfield – Saturday Night

Hands up, all those that love Saturday nights. I guess many of you put your hand up and why not when, for many, it’s the time of the week we can unwind and relax.

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We’re leapfrogging from the previous two week’s stop in the 1970s and stopping off in 1994 to hear another song that features the piano, this time, there’s not a stuffed pigeon in sight!

Although ‘Saturday Night’, by Danish pop star Whigfield, was first released in Spain in 1993, it was rereleased all over Europe and other parts of the world in 1994. At the time, I don’t think I’d ever seen a pop star perform a whole song wearing just a bath towel! But, one thing Whigfield managed to do was to transform that Saturday night feeling of getting ready for a good Saturday night out. Like Whigfield, in the video, how many of you have sung at the end of a hairdryer or hairbrush? Yep, I’ll put my hand up to that!

It was no wonder the song became a massive hit, becoming the first single by a debut artist to enter the U.K charts at number one. In fact, it dethroned a song that had been sitting at the number one spot for the previous 15 weeks despite that song increasing its sales from the previous week.

The song also charted at number one in another seven countries including Spain, Ireland, Italy, and Canada. In the U.S.A, it managed to sneak into the top 20, peaking at number 19.

What song did you always listen to when getting ready for a Saturday night out?

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. And a big thank you to Ruth, Marie, Judy, Graeme, and Kat who all joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song.

This week, I’m also linking this post to Ritu’s Musical March challenge.

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84 comments

  1. Omg, they played this at the club I was at when I was in London back in September and people started doing the whole dance routine! It was wild, especially since I had never even hard of this song at all being an American born in 1990.

    1. Well, you’re far too young to have remembered it, Josh. The single was released in the U.S.A in 1995 but only made it to number 19 on the billboard 100. Now you’ve seen the dance moves I hope you’ll join in next time you hear the song?

      1. Only #19 on the Dance charts, not even on the Hot 100 so there was no way I was gonna hear it in the States! It was hilarious to watch everyone do this weird dance with the video going in the middle of a dark dance club though

  2. Don’t remember any particular songs for getting me in the mood to go out on a Saturday night. I’m afraid I immediately took a different slant with your Saturday night prompt…

      1. I have to say, I’m not a fan of his more recent stuff. Frankly, it always sounds the same. But up to the mid-80s he produced some amazing songs, so I don’t hold it against him. It’s been a while, but I’ve seen him live as well, and he definitely put on a show.
        I am loving this series of yours, Hugh. It’s reminded me of the power music has to trigger memories and emotions. You should get another pingback from one of my posts in a couple of days – the second gig I went to.

        1. Pingbacks are a blogger’s best friend, so thank you for using them to some of my posts, Graeme. I’m so pleased that many people are saying the same as you and are enjoying this series on my blog. Not only am I hearing some great music but I’m reading some great memories as well.

  3. I’ve heard this song many times before, but had never seen the video. The video really does add nicely to the song. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. I loved this song and guess what? I STILL love it! As for my tunes for getting ready to go out on a Saturday well I don’t go out anymore cos I’m old lol

  5. Very fun! So many songs abroad (from my U.S. perspective) I’ve never heard (of)! I’m kicking myself that I could have linked a Carpenter’s song “Rainy Days and Mondays” with my post on Seasonal Affective Disorder! Just shows that my brain isn’t working right still! I must need more MUSIC!!

    1. I always wonder why songs can do well in one country and not at all well in another. I know sometimes it’s all about having the funds to promote certain artists.
      Join in when you can, Terri. You know you’re always welcome. 😀

  6. That is a really cute song. I’d never heard it before. … I don’t know how I missed week 9 of the challenge. The week went by so fast, I suppose. I’ll be finding a song for this time, though. 🙂

  7. I remember this song pretty well Hugh, although my Saturday nights out were pretty much over by then! I did go out quite a bit in the 80s though and got through many a bottle of wine with my sisters whilst getting ready to go out and dance around our handbags!
    This was one of my favourite songs Yazz and ‘The Only Way is Up’ https://youtu.be/hOMvs_1UFCk so full of energy, and catchy too!

  8. Hi Hugh,
    I know I don’t know you that well, but then it’s hard for me to visualize you getting ready for Saturday night and as you called it Nightclubbing. However, I don’t like to admit all the idiot things I did back in those days. Does that make us “OLD” OH NO…NOT THAT—we can’t be getting old. (now I”m laughing and blushing).

    Love these music post.

    1. Oh, getting ready on a Saturday night when living in a large house with five other guys was a whole lot of fun, Chuck. Sometimes, they were better than the actual night out. 😀
      Glad you’re enjoying all the music.

  9. 1994 is way too late for Saturday night for me. Back in the 60’s we did Duane Eddy, Elvis, Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, and all manner of early rock. Good song, Hugh. Thanks.

    1. I was just coming to the end of my really late nights out back then, John. I’m now more likely to play this song in the morning while doing a light bit of dusting. Certainly helps with losing a few pounds from around my waist. 😀

  10. oh wow, I loved this song. It really does remind me of Saturday nights getting ready ritual. hmm, hard to follow this one but I’ll try. If we were getting ready together my friends and I would often play this song from the eighties.

  11. Friends of mine were away on honeymoon somewhere reasonably hot when this song was in the charts. but instead of two weeks of beautiful sunshine they had a fortnight of ferocious storms during which pretty much the only song played over and over again in the resort was this one! They could never listen to it again without remembering that washed-out honeymoon… especially since they’re now divorced! 🙂

    1. Just goes to show how certain songs can bring back awful, as well as good, memories. I always loved this song, although many of my friends, at the time, really loathed it and said they’d never buy it. Stayed at number one for four weeks and, to date, has sold more than 1.8 million copies, so somebody must be buying it. It’s not me…honest. 😀

  12. This song is new to me! Then again, in 1994 I had a 4 year old and 1-1/2 year old so I was out of the loop most of the time unless it was a song from Barney.:)

    I can see why this song was so popular though! 🙂

    1. And I can see just how much your hands were tied back then, Kat. The song did not do as well in your part of the world as it did in others. Scraping in at number 19 on the billboard 100, it may have not have had as much airtime as it had got in Europe and the rest of the world.
      Glad you enjoyed it, though.

      1. I know I missed a lot for years from movies to music to tv shows. 🙂 The fun time is now when I get to discover these for the first time!

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