Ramblin' Tunes Playlist

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EpisodeTitleArtistYearCommentary
00Sweet Home AlabamaLynyrd Skynyrd1974Lynyrd Skynyrd a band from Jacksonville, Florida. From 1970 to 1972 they recorded at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama and wrote this song about their impressions and as a tribute to the studio musicians, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.
Neil Young had implied in his songs, "Southern Man" and "Alabama", that people in the American South were racist and stuck in the past. In response to those songs, Lynyrd Skynyrd sing about Southern pride and all the good things in Alabama. To know more about the legendary studios and artists you should watch the documentary Muscle Shoals (2013).
00California Dreamin' The Mamas & The Papas1963This song from the Mama's and the Papa's is about longing to be in another place.
(Mama) Michelle Phillips was living with her husband (Papa) John Phillips in New York and she felt homesick.
Michelle was from sunny California.
00It Never Rains In Southern CaliforniaAlbert Hammond1972Albert Hammond wrote this song with Michael Hazlewood in London, before they came to Los Angeles. He had never been in California when he wrote this song.
00Work SongNina Simone1961Nina Simone, one of a kind, imprisoned for robbing a grocery and condemned to work in a chain gang. (At the same time, she likens the heavy labor of breaking rocks to slavery, through which the song becomes a cry for emancipation as well.) Her music was often censored and sometimes even prohibited in the Southern states (by the Jim Crow laws).
00GiantCalvin Harris & Rag'n'Bone Man2019Rag'n'Bone Man feels like a giant. Now he has another success after his breakthrough single called "Human".
00Gypsy WomanCrystal Waters2008Crystal Waters is best known for this groundbreaking 1991 single “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)”. She wrote down what she had witnessed in Washington, D.C. A woman who had lost her job dressed all in black wearing make-up, singing gospel songs in front of a hotel. Crystal, daughter of jazz musician Junior Waters, had studied business and computer science and was employed at that time.
00When Am I Going to Make a LivingSade1984The story has it that Sade wrote the song on the back of a cleaning ticket after she picked her clothes up from the cleaners. She had no money and she wrote down, “When Am I Going to Make a Living.”
00Busy Earnin'Jungle2014Jungle, is a London based group founded by two friends and expanded to a seven piece band to turn the music from their laptops into a full and organic live experience.
Busy Earnin' is directed at individuals who spend their existence working for money and neglecting other aspects of their life.
It's about that fear of spending your life chasing a career you don't really want.
00Je veuxZaz2018'Je Veux’, ‘I want’ is the debut single of the talented singer ZAZ, born Isabelle Geffroy. Her fifth studio album is called ‘Isa’ by the way. Her mother was a Spanish teacher and ZAZ toured in the early years 2000 with a basque group Izar-Adatz (Basque for "Shooting Star").
00The RaceYello1998"The Race", a song by Swiss band Yello, released in April 1988,
01A Hard Day's NightThe Beatles1964It was Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr that used the expression first and later repeated by John Lennon in his book In His Own Write before ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ was used as a movie and song title.
019 To 5Dolly Parton1980This epic song from 1980 by Dolly Parton from the movie "9 to 5" speaks to the frustrations – and hopes – of the average working-class person and exposes the gender balance in the workplace. It didn't start any kind of movement at that time, but it did push the issue forward. The film is worth watching. Not only because it's a funny classic movie but also to better understand the statements and the sounds in the song.
01Morning Train (Nine To Five)Sheena Easton1990Outside of the United States, Sheena Easton’s “Morning Train” was released as "9 To 5". Female songwriter Florrie Palmer wrote this song about how dull a woman’s life can be while she's waiting for her man to come home and show her a good time.
01The WorkerFisher-Z1979Fischer-Z's band leader John Watts was still studying clinical psychology and working in mental institutions at the he wrote this song in 1979 about his father’s daily commute to London.
01Sixteen TonsTennessee Ernie Ford1955Sixteen Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford was written in 1947 by singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Rosewood, Kentucky Merle Travis and based on the experiences of his coal-mining family.
His brother, John Travis, who wrote him a letter quoting the sentence "It's like working in the coal mines. You load 16 tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt." and his father who told a neighbour, "I can't afford to die. I owe my soul to the general store," inspiring the lyrics: Saint Peter don't you call me, 'cause I can't go, I owe my soul to the company store.
01Chain GangSam Cooke1960Chain gangs, were groups of prisoners linked together while performing physical labor. They were first used during the reconstruction of the south after the US Civil War as a way to utilize prisoners as free labor in rebuilding Southern states' infrastructure.
Sam Cook wrote the “Chain Gang” in 1959 while on tour by bus, meeting a chain gang of prisoners in Georgia working on the side of the road.
01Let's Clean Up The GhettoPhiladelphia International All Stars1977“Let’s clean up the ghetto” was released in 1977 and performed by the Philadelphia International All Stars who were a funk and soul collective including
Dee Dee Sharp, Billy Paul, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, The O’Jays & Archie Bell
01Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)Jay-Z1998Jay-Z’s ‘Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)’ is based on the song from the Broadway musical “Annie” where little orphan Annie is punished after she tried to escape. Just like Jigga, she tries to overcome her difficult circumstances.
01Living For The CityStevie Wonder1973“Living For The City” by Stevie Wonder, who not only wrote the song but also played all the instruments on this song and also did all the vocals.
The story of a young kid leaving his hometown in the south, where he has seen the hardships faced by his family, seeking for opportunities in New York City where he gets caught up in a different system of inequality that imprisons him and leaves him disillusioned.
01Movin Out (Anthony's Song)Billy Joel1977Billy Joel's “moving out” from 1977 deals with working and lower-class New Yorkers to find a bigger and brighter future and get their own slice of the “American Dream.”

Near the end of the recording is the sound of a car starting up and driving away, and it was actually the bass player’s (Doug Stegmeyer) 1960s Corvette that was used.
02In ZaireJohnny Wakelin1976This song commemorates the "Rumble In The Jungle", the famous boxing match between world heavyweight champion George Foreman and Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.).
The fight took place on October 30, 1974, in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). The location in Kinshasa was "le Stade du 20 Mai" (originally known as Stade Roi Baudouin) and now known as "Stade Tata Raphaël".
You get to know much more about this event if you watch the American documentary film "We Were Kings" of 1996.
02A.I.E. (A'mwana)Black Blood1971Believe it or not, this is a Belgian production. Black Blood with singer Steve Banda Kalenga from Lubumbashi in Zaire, was a Belgium-based, African group. They recorded « A. I. E. (A Mwana) », a cheerful family hymn, with a typical African disco rhythm, in 1975. The song was written by their creator and mentor Michel Jaspar, at that time a young airline pilot, born in Belgian Congo. Apart from the title, the lyrics are in Swahili.

In 1981 it was covered by the London all-female trio Banarama.
02AfricaTOTO1982Toto keyboard player David Paich, at the beginning of the eighties, was deeply impressed by a TV documentary about the people in Africa suffering and dying. He tried to imagine how he would feel about if he was there and what he would do because he had never been in Africa when he wrote the song.
02The Boy in the BubblePaul Simon1986Forere Motloheloa an accordionist from Lesotho wrote the original song. Paul Simon recorded with his band at the Ovation Studios in Johannesburg in 1985.
Simon wrote English lyrics and called it "The Boy In The Bubble" about his own observations that life is filled with so much potential (days of "miracle and wonder") but also so many challenges.
Forere Motloheloa, plays the piano accordion, which is an accordion with piano keys on one side.
02Nelson MandelaSpecial AKA1984Written by Jerry Dammers, "Nelson Mandela" was the first hit song specifically about the imprisoned South African political leader and apartheid government he fought against. Jerry Dammers, founder and keyboard player of the Special A.K.A., also known as The Specials, was inspired by the spirit and positivity of that African music.
"Nelson Mandela" was the first hit song specifically about the imprisoned South African political leader and apartheid government he fought against.
He had been imprisoned by the South African government since 1962 on charges of sabotage and attempting to overthrow the government. Unsurprisingly this song couldn't be played freely in South Africa, however it helped install optimism within the black community there.
Prisoner no 46664 was finally released in February 1990 and became State President of South Africa in 1994.
02Scatterlings of AfricaJohnny Clegg & Savuka1987The original song is from the South African band Juluka and you listened to its successor band Savuka a multi-racial band formed in 1986 by Johnny Clegg (sometimes called "The White Zulu"). They mixed Zulu music with influences from rock and Celtic music.
This song is "reflecting the myriad dislocations of South African society.".
02Ebony And IvoryStevie Wonder1982Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney was inspired by British TV comedian Spike Milligan playing on a TV show a segregated piano, on which the white and black keys were kept apart, in order to demonstrate how one couldn't work without the other. Despite it’s huge US and UK hit success in 1982, it has been named worst duet ever by BBC 6 Music listeners in 2007.
02Black And WhiteThree Dog Night 1972“Black and White” was co-written in 1954 by American folk singer Earl Robinson. It was inspired by a US Supreme Court ruling that segregation in public schools is illegal. Pete Seeger, an American folk singer and activist first recorded it two years later.
The original lyrics opening line, in reference to the court: “Their robes were black, their heads were white” was omitted in later version like this one by Three Dog Night from 1972.
02KhululumaAfrican Rhythm Travellers2003'Khululuma’ meaning luxury in Zulu was released in 2003 by the African Rhythm Travellers
03Jet AirlinerThe Steve Miller Band1973Steve Miller recorded this song in 1977. “Jet Airliner” was written by blind American bluesman Paul Pena who taught himself the vocal techniques of traditional Tuvan throat-singing. He became known as "Cher Shimjerg " meaning “Earthquake” in the Tuvan language because of his amazingly deep voice. In 1999 Paul was named 'San Francisco's Tuvan Blues Ambassador' and since then, July 11 is 'Paul Pena Day'.
The documentary Genghis Blues tells you all about it.
03San Francisco
(Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)
Scott McKenzie1967John Phillips from The Mamas And The Papas wrote this as the unofficial anthem for the Monterey Pop Festival, near San Francisco, which he helped organising.
It became one of the big Hippie hits during the Summer Of Love in 1967.
Many peace activists and folkies wore flowers in their hair.
03On The Road AgainCanned Heat1967This was Canned Heat, with guitar player Henry Vestine a.k.a. "The Sunflower" and Alan Wilson playing the tambura that gives this song the psychedelic touch. Their hit “On the Road Again” is based on earlier versions of Chicago blues musician Floyd Jones and Mississippi Delta bluesman Tommy Johnson's song "Big Road Blues" from 1928.
03A Horse With No NameAmerica1971Three sons of US Air Force personnel stationed in the UK, met in high school in London in the late sixties. They started the band called “America”, because they did not want anyone to think they were British musicians trying to sound American.
Being stuck in rainy England, this song goes back to their childhood when traveling through the Arizona and New Mexico desert. But it is also inspired by Salvador Dali’s painting and stands for a metaphor to get away from life's confusion into a quiet, peaceful place".
03(I'm A) RoadrunnerJr. Walker & The All Stars1966"(I'm a) Road Runner" by Junior Walker & the Allstars is a one of the greatest R&B singles ever made. It first appeared on their debut album “Shotgun” in 1965 and because of its success was repeated on the following album.
The record sleeve pictured a running bird similar to the Road Runner cartoon character, part of the successful Looney Tunes universe at that time.
03Midnight Train To GeorgiaGladys Knight & The Pips1973This song was originally recorded by Jim Weatherly as “Midnight Plane to Houston”. The song got written after a phone call with ‘Charlie’s Angels’ actress Farrah Fawcett telling she was gonna take the midnight plane to Houston to visit her folks. The song got renamed to "Midnight Train To Georgia" when Cissy Houston (Whitney Houston’s mother) recorded it. The rest is history.
03Come Fly With MeFrank Sinatra1958Co-writer Jimmy Van Heusen had a passion for flying and wrote
Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly with Me” specifically for Ol' Blue Eyes in 1958.
03AirportMotors1978Airport by the Motors, was written by Scottish co-founder Andrew McMaster while living under the Heathrow flightpath.
03We Can't Fly (radio edit)Aeroplane2010Vito de Luca, a Belgian club DJ and producer, better known as Aeroplane, created together with Belgian fellow DJ Stephen Fasano (The Magician), and Nicole ‘Coco’ Morier the single and album ‘We Can’t Fly’ in 2010.
04Shout To The Top!The Style Council1984The Style Council’s frontman and songwriter Paul Weller addresses in his song ‘Shout to the Top’ the turmoil in England at the time their Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, wanted to reduce the power of the trade unions.
04Smalltown BoyBronski Beat1984The song “Small town boy” is a semi-autobiographical story of Jimmy Somerville, the lead singer of Bronski Beat. “Smalltown Boy” discusses the oppression and mistreatment of closeted gay youths in Scotland during the 1980s.
04ParklifeBlur1994Damon Albarn, frontman of the band Blur, was inspired by the novel "London Fields” for Parklife. The song and video won numerous awards in England but went nowhere in the US (maybe it was too British).
The band asked British actor Phil Daniels doing the verses as they were big fans of his film, Quadrophenia, where he played a young working-class mod, named Jimmy. Another mod that featured in the movie was Sting as “Ace Face” who had a job as a bellboy in a Brighton hotel.
04While You See A ChanceSteve Winwood1980Steve Winwood had known success as a member of The Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith and Traffic. When he went solo and was living in rural England, Will Jennings wrote him this song in the spirit of the old English saying "Fake it till you make it."
04Slippery PeopleTalking Heads1983“Slippery People” by the Talking Heads from 1983 could well be referring to the charismatic preachers and the congregations that they lead.
The American gospel, soul, and R&B singing group The Staple Singers, with civil rights activist, Mavis Staples, recorded the song in 1984.
04Feeling GoodNina Simone1965Nina Simone’s mother was a Methodist preacher. Nina became an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist. Her 1965 version of this Broadway musical song ‘feeling good’ became one of her best known songs.
The message of joy and contentment after hard times translated well to Simone's vocal stylings.
03365 joursOxmo Puccino2009Oxmo Puccino is a French hip hop musician born in Mali as Abdoulaye Diarra.
365 Jours deals with the perception of time with age: Born in the morning, major at noon, old at 8 pm.
04I Need Never Get OldNathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats2015This is a song by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats from 2015 before he founded The Marigold Project that supports community and non-profit organisations working on issues of economic, racial and social justice.
04DébrancheFrance Gall1987"Débranche" ("Loosen-up") by France Gall was released in the mid-eighties when she joined Chanteurs Sans Frontières and Action Écoles for the benefit of Ethiopia and other African countries where famine and drought prevailed.
04This World Today Is a MessDonna Hightower1974Missouri born Donna Hightower settled in the sixties in France, then Belgium and finally in Madrid and won in 1971 the Costa del Sol International Song Festival.
04Sisters Are Doin' It for ThemselvesEurythmics & Aretha Franklin1985"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" is a modern feminist anthem, written by Eurythmics members Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart. It featured on both Eurythmics' and Aretha Franklin's albums of 1985.
04Only the Strong SurviveJerry Butler1968"Only the Strong Survive" is a song by Jerry Butler, a successful songwriter of numerous big R&B hits in the sixties.
04Hey, Hey, Rise UpPink Floyd2022British rock legends Pink Floyd reunited to write their first new track in almost three decades “Hey Hey Rise Up”.“Hey, Hey, Rise Up”. It is inspired by Andriy Khlyvnyuk’s Instagram post.
Khlyvnyuk – whose band BoomBox had performed with David Gilmour in 2015, had joined the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces and made a recording singing the Ukrainian folk song “Oh, the Red Viburnum in the Meadow” while on the front lines in Kyiv against the Russian invasion.
The track was recorded on March 30, 2022, and released a week later.
04A Change Is Gonna ComeSam Cooke1964A year after hearing Dylan’s “Blowing in the wind”, Sam Cooke wrote in 1964 “A Change Is Gonna Come”, a protest song to support the civil rights movement for Black Americans equality. The song was released as a single a few months after Cooke was fatally shot at a Los Angeles motel.
04What's Going OnMarvin Gaye1971 "What's Going On" was written by three Motown hitmakers and golfing buddies: Al Cleveland, Four Tops member Renaldo "Obie" Benson and singer Marvin Gaye.
Marvin Gaye’s lyrics were inspired by stories his brother Frankie told him when he came back from the Vietnam War. "What's Going On" was an expression he used to greet his friends.
04Mad WorldTears For Fears1983Tears For Fears' first UK hit ‘Mad World’ was written by Roland Orzabal when he was as a 19 year old unemployed boy living with his girlfriend in Bath, watching people go about their daily routine, having to work, nine to five, for a living.
04Stand by MePlaying for Change2009"Stand By Me" was the name of a gospel hymn written in 1905.
Playing For Change, is a multimedia music project, founded in 2002, and featuring musicians and singers from across the globe. It’s aim is to connect the world through music.
05A quién le importaAlaska y Dinarama1986“A quién le importa” or "Who cares?" written by Carlos Berlanga and “Nacho” Canut in March 1986 and performed by the band ‘Alaska y Dinarama’ with singer María Olvido Gara Jova. The song became a gay anthem by the Spanish language-speaking LGBT community.
05ControversyPrince1981"Controversy" from American musician Prince in 1981. He could not understand the curiosity surrounding him at the time such as his sexuality, gender, religion, and racial background.
“my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ” as well as a deep fascination with the afterlife and Judeo-Christian scripture, which he was constantly quoting
05DiamondsRihanna2012“Diamonds” by Rihanna in 2012. The song's message is to embrace and love yourselves, to do what you love and what makes you happy."
05I Got You (I Feel Good)James Brown1964James Brown reworked the song “I found you” from 1962, added some instrumentation, and recorded this version of "I Got You (I Feel Good)" in October 1965 at the Criteria Studios in North Miami, Florida
05Pressure DropThe Maytals1970The Maytals frontman Toots Hibbert wrote Pressure Drop in the late sixties while his fellow Jamaican musicians had a hard time to make a decent living. He believed that if you do bad things to innocent people, then “pressure is going to drop on you”.
05No StressLaurent Wolf2008“No Stress” recorded in 2008 by the French house producer and DJ Laurent Wolf, featuring Anggun, an Indonesian-born artist, entertainer and humanitarian activist. Anggun was not only UN Goodwill Ambassador but also joined the Belgian “Make A Wish” foundation to help children with life-threatening medical conditions.
05RésisteFrance Gall1981France Gall’s "Résiste" is a call to protect one's freedom of choice. Not to blame the political system, but to change the world little by little by changing yourself.
It could be considered "feminist" and "revolutionary".
05ResistiréDuo Dinamico1988Inspired by Spanish novelist and Nobel Prize winner, Camilo José Cela's phrase “el que resiste gana”,
"Resistiré" (in English: "I Will Resist") by Spanish group Dúo Dinámico from 1988, became the anthem of resistance during the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain,
being played in many cities and neighborhoods of the country to encourage the workers of the Spanish Health System.
05I Saved The World TodayEurythmics1999This hit from the Eurythmics (the duo of Annie Lennox with Dave Stewart) deals with the idea of all the problems and the million things to solve. The song from 1999 tells our mind can't cope with all that information and puts us at risk of many ridiculous mental problems.
05Bright Side Of The RoadVan Morrison1979Van Morrison wrote the uplifting, almost spiritual song “Bright Side of the Road” in 1979 in answer to James Carr’ soul song, “Dark End of the Street” from 1967 (written by Dan Penn and Chips Moman).
05White RoomCream1968Cream in 1968 and "white room", one of the rooms in poet and writer Pete Brown’s apartment where he was trying to come to terms with various things that were going on.
05PillsSelah Sue2022“Pills” by the so talented Belgian pop and soul artist Selah Sue, born Sanne Putseys, telling her story about the numbing effects antidepressants can have on her.
05Bad DayCarmel1983“Bad day” from the band “Carmel” with singer Carmel McCourt, much appreciated by the French as the new Edith Piaf after the release of the album ‘Strictly Piaf’.
05Survivor (blade runnaz remix)The blade runnaz remix of destiny’s child’s song survivor.2006The blade runnaz remix of destiny’s child’s song survivor.
05When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get GoingBilly Ocean1985Billy Ocean’s single “When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going” became the theme song for the 1985 movie “The Jewel of the Nile”, a romantic adventure comedy featuring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito.
06Theme From "Shaft"Isaac Hayes1971"Theme from Shaft", written and recorded by Isaac Hayes in 1971 for the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie Shaft. The theme describes the character of John Shaft and Isaac Hayes became the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
06Across 110th StreetBobby Womack1973New York City’s “110th Street” is the traditional dividing line between Harlem and Central Park that functioned as an informal boundary of race and class in the 1970s.
The 1972’s movie title song, written and performed by Bobby Womack, was later featured in Quentin Tarantino's 1997 homage ‘Jackie Brown’.
06Everybody Needs Somebody to LoveThe Blues Brothers1980This song was originally recorded in 1964 by one of the founding fathers of soul music, Solomon Burke and since then covered by many other artists.
In the 1980 American musical comedy film “The Blues Brothers”, “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” is sung by Saturday Night Live stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as The Blues Brothers.
06GhostbustersRay Parker Jr.1984The movie “Ghostbusters”, co-written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, was released in 1984. Aykroyd had initially conceived it as a project starring himself and John Belushi, who died in 1982. The theme song, "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr., became a number-one hit.
06Don't You (Forget About Me)Simple Minds1985Scottish rock band Simple Minds released their number one hit single "Don't You (Forget About Me)" in 1985. They had been reluctant to record the song which was written by Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff for the 1985 American coming-of-age movie “The Breakfast Club”.
06Pinball WizardElton John1975The original song "Pinball Wizard" is written by Pete Townshend, member of the English rock band the Who, for their 1969 rock opera album “Tommy”. “Tommy” is about a "psychosomatically deaf, mute, and blind" boy who becomes a pinball champion and a religious leader. In 1975 Ken Russell produced the film version of the Who's rock opera Tommy where Elton John performs this song. It’s among the first films to be released with Dolby-encoded soundtracks.
06Always Look On The Bright Side Of LifeMonty Python1979Monty Python's Life of Brian, is a 1979 British comedy film telling the story of a young Jewish-Roman man who is born on the same day as Jesus, and is subsequently mistaken for the Messiah. Some countries like Ireland, Norway and Italy banned the showing of the movie. Monty Python member Eric Idle wrote the song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" which appears at the end of the film. The rest is history ..
06Everybody's Talkin'Nilsson1968“Everybody’s Talkin' ” sung by Harry Nilsson is the title song for the 1969 film “Midnight Cowboy”. Nilsson had earlier discovered this song written and performed by Fred Neil in 1966. Nilsson's version later also appeared on the soundtrack of the 1994 film “Forrest Gump”.
06You're the One That I WantJohn Travolta & Olivia Newton-John1978This world hit was released in May 1978 as the second single from the Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture “Grease” with John Travolta as Danny Zuko, leader of the T-Birds, and his girlfriend Sandy Olsson, played by Olivia Newton-John.
Rest in peace dear Liv.
They were the subject of persistent romance rumours after they steamed up screens in 1978’s “Grease.” Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta never got physical while filming the movie musical, and instead went on to share a 44-year friendship that remained strictly platonic.
06Stayin' aliveBee Gees1977Another world hit released in 1977 as the second single from the Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture “Saturday Night Fever”, featuring John Travolta as Tony Manero a 19-year-old Italian-American from Brooklyn, New York, who spends his weekends dancing and drinking at a local discothèque where he is king of the dance floor.

“Stayin’ Alive”, written and performed by the Bee Gees, has a disco beat of 120 beats per minute which coincides the heartbeat of your heart when you're excited. A study on medical professionals found that the quality of CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is better when thinking about the beat of "Stayin' Alive".
Bee Gees manager and film producer Robert Stigwood had signed a million dollar deal with John Travolta in 1976.
06Flashdance...What A FeelingIrene Cara1983American singer and actress Irene Cara Escalera (born in The Bronx, New York on March 18, 1959) co-wrote the song "Flashdance... What a Feeling". She had already become a star since her performance in the 1980 hit film “Fame”. For the movie “Flashdance” in 1984 she worked with Keith Forsey on the lyrics and Giorgio Moroder for the music composition.
06A Brand New Day (Everybody Rejoice)The Wiz Stars 1978The Wiz is a 1978 American musical adventure fantasy film directed by Sidney Lumet, featuring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.The story is based on the children's novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. The adapted 1978 movie version follows the adventures of Dorothy Gale, a shy, twenty-four-year-old Harlem schoolteacher who finds herself magically transported to the urban fantasy Land of Oz, which resembles a dream version of New York City. "A Brand New Day", also known as "Everybody Rejoice", is written by Luther Vandross.
06Over the RainbowJudy Garland1939At the age of sixteen, Judy Garland played the role of Dorothy Gale in the 1939 cinematic adaptation of The Wizard of Oz where she performed this ballad "Over the Rainbow". She received the Academy Juvenile Award for it. Fifteen years later she received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in “A Star Is Born”.
06Evergreen (Love Theme from"A Star Is Born")Barbra Streisand1976"Evergreen" (also called "Love Theme from A Star Is Born") is the theme song from the the film “A Star Is Born”. Composer, performer and actress Barbara Streisand received an Academy, a Grammy and a Golden Globe Award for it. The 1976 version is a remake of the 1937 original picture, which had also been adapted in 1954 as a musical starring Judy Garland, and again in 2018 starring Lady Gaga.
06HeroFamily of the Year2012"Hero" is a song by American band Family of the Year and written by Joseph Keefe.
It was used first in the 2012 comedy ‘Thanks for sharing’ and was prominently used in the 2014 epic coming-of-age drama ‘Boyhood’. Director Richard Linklater filmed from 2002 until 2013 the childhood and adolescence of Mason Evans Jr., played by Ellar Coltrane.
06In The Death CarIggy Pop1993"In the Deathcar" comes from the 1993 comedy drama “Arizona Dream” composed by Sarajevo born, Goran Bregović, starring Johnny Depp, Jerry Lewis and Faye Dunaway. "In the Deathcar" is a variation of Enrico Macias song "Solenzara” sung by Iggy Pop.
06Car WashRose Royce1976The Los Angeles-based group Rose Royce released in 1976 their Billboard number one single and movie theme “Car Wash”.
06GoldfingerShirley Bassey1984Welsh singer, Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey recorded the theme songs to three James Bond films: Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Moonraker (1979). The picture “Goldfinger” starring Sean Connery and with music by John Barry received the Oscar for Best Sound Editing.

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