The Bee Gees as everyone knows were a group consisting of 3 brothers, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. They were born in the Isle of Man in the UK. The family moved to Australia in the late 50’s which is why a lot of people thought they were an australian band.
They had their first chart success in the UK in 1967 with New York Mining Disaster which reached number 12. Later in 1967 they had their first chart topper with Massachusetts. Below I will list their singles from that first success up until their last single success in 2001. I hope you enjoy this Bee Gees song list.
Bee Gees – The Singles
This Bee Gees song list will consist of songs that reached the top 20 in the charts in the UK. I will name the song, the year and position reached in the charts.
- New York Mining Disaster (1967) (12)
- Massachusetts (1967) (1)
- World (1967) (9)
- Words (1968) (8)
- I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You (1968) (1)
- First Of May (1969) (6)
- Don’t Forget To Remember (1969) (2)
- My World (1972) (16)
- Run To Me (1972) (9)
- Jive Talkin’ (1975) (5)
- You Should Be Dancing (1976) (5)
- How Deep Is Your Love (1977) (3)
- Stayin’ Alive (1978) (4)
- Night Fever (1978) (1)
- Too Much Heaven (1978) (3)
- Tragedy (1979) (1)
- Love You Inside Out (1979) (13)
- Spirits Having Flown (1980) (16)
- You Win Again (1987) (1)
- Secret Love (1991) (5)
- For Whom The Bells Toll (1993) (4)
- Alone (1997) (5)
- I Could Not Love You More (1997) (14)
- Still Waters (Run Deep) (1997) (18)
- Immortality with Celine Dion (1998) (5)
- This Is Where I Came In (2001) (18)
So there you have it 26 singles in the top 20 including 5 number 1 singles. Here is a personal favourite Bee Gees song.
Bee Gees – Studio Albums
The Bee Gees had 8 studio albums that made the top 20 in the UK. Here they are with album title , year released and chart position reached.
- Bee Gees 1st (1967) (8)
- Horizontal (1968) (16)
- Idea (1968) (4)
- Odessa (1969) (10)
- Spirits Having Flown (1979) (1)
- E.S.P. (1987) (5)
- Still Waters (1997) (2)
- This Is Where I Came In (2001) (6)
So, one album topped the charts in 1979 with Spirits Having Flown, this of course followed on from there massive success with the soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever in 1977. Let’s have a look at the Saturday Night Fever album.
Saturday Night Fever
This album is the soundtrack from the film Saturday Night Fever as I mentioned above, the film starring John Travolta was a massive hit. The album was number 1 in the UK for 18 weeks. It was a double album that I still own but I have not played for a long time. I might have to get it out for a listen after doing this post:) Here is the track listing.
- Stayin’ Alive performed by Bee Gees
- How Deep Is Your Love performed by Bee Gees
- Night Fever performed by Bee Gees
- More Than A Woman performed by Bee Gees
- If I Can’t Have You performed by Yvonne Elliman, Bee Gees
- A Fifth Of Beethoven performed by Walter Murphy
- More Than A Woman performed by Tavares
- Manhattan Skyline performed by David Shire
- Calypso Breakdown performed by Ralph MacDonald
- Night On Disco Mountain performed by David Shire
- Open Sesame performed by Kool And The Gang
- Jive Talkin’ performed by Bee Gees
- You Should Be Dancing performed by Bee Gees
- Boogi Shoes performed by KC and the Sunshine Band
- Salsation performed by David Shire
- K-Jee performed by MFSB
- Disco Inferno performed by The Trammps
The Bee Gees also had 7 compilation albums that made the top 20 in the UK.
- Best Of Bee Gees (1969) (7)
- Bee Gees Greatest (1979) (6)
- The Very Best Of The Bee Gees (1990) (6)
- Their Greatest Hits: The Record (2001) (5)
- Number Ones (2004) (4)
- The Ultimate Bee Gees (2009) (19)
- Timeless: The All-Time Greatest Hits (2017) (6)
Brian May of Queen said: “Of course I was, and am a huge fan of the Bee Gees’ creations in music. Undoubtedly at the pinnacle of song-writing considered over the last—30 years. My fondest recollections are not of the SNF days, which were really a re-birth in the Bee Gees’ popularity, but the early ground-breaking songs … I remember singing these [songs] with my pal Tim Staffell [of Smile] and Freddie [Mercury] in the real old days.” May also praised the song “You Win Again” as one of the greatest songs of the ’80s.
In his 1980 Playboy magazine interview, John Lennon praised the Bee Gees, “Try to tell the kids in the seventies who were screaming to the Bee Gees that their music was just the Beatles redone. There is nothing wrong with the Bee Gees. They do a damn good job. There was nothing else going on then”.
Michael Jackson, who was also influenced by the Bee Gees, said, “I cried listening to their music. I knew every note, every instrument”.
Paul McCartney recalled, “It was the ‘Mining Disaster’ song that Robert Stigwood played me, I said ‘sign them, they’re great'”.
Ringo Starr said, “The Bee Gees from our era were quite important, especially the harmonies.”[
In a 2007 interview with Duane Hitchings, who co-wrote Rod Stewart’s 1978 disco song “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?”, noted that the song was:
a spoof on guys from the ‘cocaine lounge lizards’ of the Saturday Night Fever days. We Rock and Roll guys thought we were dead meat when that movie and the Bee Gees came out. The Bee Gees were brilliant musicians and really nice people. No big egos. Rod, in his brilliance, decided to do a spoof on disco. VERY smart man. There is no such thing as a “dumb” super success in the music business.
Here is link to the full article on wikipedia
Well, a very successful group in anybody’s eyes I think you would agree. They are reported to have sold over 220 million records worldwide. Thanks for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed this look at this Bee Gees song list.
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