Born to Be Alive is a song of the French singer Patrick Hernandez , composed in 1973, originally released in 1978 and which first knew the success in Italy the same year in a remixed version, which will be released at the beginning of the following year in France as well as in other European countries, with the enormous success that we know him.

First single from his first studio album titled Born to Be Alive (1979), the song was written and produced by Jean Vanloo. The single was a worldwide success at the time, particularly in Europe where Born to Be Alive ranked number one in Austria , Sweden , Norway , New Zealand and France 3 . Born to Be Alive is the first single and the only great success of the French singer who says in his book Alive! that it is”The third best-selling song in the history of the music industry. The single earned 56 gold records in 25 countries … In total, 27 million copies have been sold worldwide 4 ” . He also reminds that the single brings him in copyright between “800 and 1 500 euros per day” 5 .

Formats and list of tracks

7 “Single
  1. Born To Be Alive – 3:05
  2. Born To Be Alive (Disco Instrumental) – 3:40
12 “Maxi
  1. Born To Be Alive – 5:55
  2. I Give You A Date – 3:30

Country ranking

Ranking (1979) Best
position
 France ( FIFG ) 6 1
 Switzerland ( Schweizer Hitparade ) 1 5
 Austria ( Ö3 Austria Top 40 ) 7 1
 Netherlands ( Nederlandse Top 40 ) 8 12
 Sweden ( Sverigetopplistan ) 9 1
 Norway ( VG-lista ) 10 1
 New Zealand ( RIANZ ) 11 1
 United States (Billboard Hot 100) 12 16
 United States (Dance Music / Club Play Singles) 12 1
 Australia ( Kent Music Report ) 13 1
 Belgium (Flanders Ultratop 50 Singles ) 14 2
 Belgium ( VRT Top 30 Flanders) 15 1
 Canada ( CHUM  (in) ) 16 12
 Canada ( RPM 100 Singles ) 17 1
 Canada ( RPM Adult Oriented Playlist ) 18 10
 Canada ( RPM Disco Playlist ) 19 1
 Denmark ( IFPI ) 20 1
 Finland 21 5
 United Kingdom (UK Singles Chart) 22 10
 South Africa ( Springbok Radio ) 23 6
 Spain ( AFE ) 24 1
 Netherlands ( Single Top 100 ) 25 12
 Germany ( Media Control AG ) 26 1
 Italy ( FIMI ) 27 1
 Mexico 28 1

In culture

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The song is repeated on the soundtracks of the films Poltergay ( 2006 ) and, where it is played on a much slower tempo by the actress Julie Depardieu with the group Moto, and in The Skylab ( 2011 ) in its original version.

The Spanish group from Barcelona Dr. Calypso uses this song on the 2003 compilation “I Love 70’s” in a Ska-reggae version.

The song is also heard in one of the hidden cameras of the comedian Rémi Gaillard taking place in a building elevator 29 .

Notes and references

  1. ↑ a , b , c and d ( en ) Swisscharts.com – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive [ archive ] . Schweizer Hitparade . Hung Medien.
  2. ↑ ( in ) Bret Adams , ” Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive ”  [ archive ] , AllMusic . All Media Network (accessed January 26, 2014 )
  3. ↑ ” Rankings by artists (letter H) ”  [ archive ] , on Infodisc (accessedMarch 17, 2013 ) .
  4. ↑ According to the Guinness Book of Records , he is ranked fifth behind Bing Crosby with his titles White Christmas (70 million copies) and Silent Night (30 million copies), Elton John with Candle In The Wind (37 million) copies) and Shoukichi Kina  (en) with Subete No Hito No Kokoro Ni Hana Wo (30 million copies). See Russell Ash, Top Ten of Everything , Dk Pub,p.  110.
  5. ↑ Patrick Hernandez, Alive! , Mareuil Editions,p.  83.
  6. ↑ http://www.infodisc.fr/Number1.php  [ archive ]
  7. ↑ ( de ) Austrian-charts.com – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive [ archive ] . Ö3 Austria Top 40 . Hung Medien.
  8. ↑ ( nl ) Nederlandse Top 40 – Patrick Hernandez search results  [ archive ]. Nederlandse Top 40 . Stichting Nederlandse Top 40.
  9. ↑ ( in ) Swedishcharts.com – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive [ archive ] . Singles Top 60 . Hung Medien.
  10. ↑ ( in ) Norwegiancharts.com – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive [ archive ] . VG-lista . Hung Medien.
  11. ↑ ( in ) Charts.org.nz – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive [ archives ] . RIANZ . Hung Medien.
  12. ↑ a and b http://www.allmusic.com/artist/patrick-hernandez-mn0000012554/awards  [ archive ]
  13. ↑ ” Australia No. 1 hits – 1970’s ”  [ archive ] , World Charts (accessedJanuary 26, 2014 )
  14. ↑ ( nl ) Ultratop.be – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive [ archive ] . Ultratop 50 . Ultratop and Hung Medien / hitparade.ch.
  15. ↑ ( nl ) ” Radio 2 Top 30: 14 april 1979 ”  [ archive ] , Top 30 (accessedJanuary 26, 2014 )
  16. ↑ “CHART NUMBER 1178 – Saturday, August 11 Profile 1979.” release of 12 February 2006 on the Internet Archive ) . CHUM . Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  17. ↑ ” Top Singles – Volume 31, No. 22, August 25, 1979 ”  [ archive ] , RPM , Library and Archives Canada (accessed January 26, 2014 )
  18. ↑ ” Adult Contemporary – Volume 31, No. 23, September 01, 1979 ”  [ archive] , RPM , Library and Archives Canada (accessed June 3, 2013 )
  19. ↑ ” Dance / Urban – Volume 31, No. 22, August 25, 1979 ”  [ archive ] , RPM , Library and Archives Canada (accessed June 3, 2013 )
  20. ↑ ” Billboard – Hits Of The World “, Nielsen Business Media , vol.  91, o 43,p.  80 ( ISSN  0006-2510 , read online  [ archive ] )
  21. ↑ ” Billboard – Hits Of The World “, Nielsen Business Media , vol.  91, o 38,p.  62 ( ISSN  0006-2510 , read online  [ archive ] )
  22. ↑ ( in ) Archive Chart  [ archive ] . UK Singles Chart . The Official Charts Company . Accessed January 26, 2014.
  23. ↑ ” South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (H) ”  [ archive ] , Rock.co.za (accessed June 2, 2013 )
  24. ↑ ( es ) Fernando Salaverri , Sólo éxitos: año año has, from 1959 to 2002 , Spain, Fundación Autor, SGAE,, 1st ed. ( ISBN  84-8048-639-2 ).
  25. ↑ ( nl ) Dutchcharts.nl – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive [ archive ] . Single Top 100 . Hung Medien. Accessed January 26, 2014.
  26. ↑ ( in ) Charts.de – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive [ archive ] . GfK Entertainment . PhonoNet GmbH. Accessed January 26, 2014.
  27. ↑ ( it ) ” SINGOLI – I NUMERI UNO (1959-2006) (part 2: 1970-1980) ”  [ archive ] , It-charts.150m.com (accessed January 26, 2014 )
  28. ↑ ” Billboard – Hits Of The World “, Nielsen Business Media , vol.  91, o 39,p.  63 ( ISSN  0006-2510 , read online  [ archive ] )
  29. ↑ “Disco Elevator”  [ archive ] on YouTube (accessed May 16, 2017) .