Home Uncategorized Corona – ‘The Rhythm of the Night’: A Cultural Anthem
Corona – ‘The Rhythm of the Night’: A Cultural Anthem
Corona - 'The Rhythm of the Night
Image Credit: Corona

Corona – ‘The Rhythm of the Night’: A Cultural Anthem

Home Uncategorized Corona – ‘The Rhythm of the Night’: A Cultural Anthem

“The Rhythm of the Night” by the Italian Eurodance group Corona remains a classic dancefloor anthem that left an indelible mark on the music scene of the 1990s. While it enjoyed significant chart success worldwide, the song’s history and the impact it made extend far beyond the dancefloor. In this article, we will explore the background, release, chart performance, and critical reception of this infectious tune, along with its lasting impact and legacy, even in the midst of an unexpected connection to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Background and Release

Composed by Francesco Bontempi, Annerley Emma Gordon, Giorgio Spagna, Pete Glenister, and Mike Gaffey, “The Rhythm of the Night” made its debut in 1993 in Italy. Notably, it borrowed from a song called “Save Me” performed by the German pop duo Say When!, written by Pete Glenister and Mike Gaffey. This influence is evident in the song’s music and lyrics, as it echoed similar themes and phrases from “Save Me.” However, the blend of influences and the captivating beats turned it into a unique hit.

At the time of recording, Italian singer Giovanna Bersola was originally tapped to lend her vocals to the song but suffered from stage fright. Brazilian singer Olga Souza took over as the frontwoman, performing both on stage and in the music video. This change allowed Olga to bring her own charisma to the project, a decision that ultimately contributed to the song’s success.

Chart Performance

“The Rhythm of the Night” quickly ascended to the top of the charts in Italy, where it held the number-one position for an impressive eight consecutive weeks. Its success wasn’t limited to Italy, as it became a chart-topping hit in various European countries, including France, Spain, and the United Kingdom. In the United States, it narrowly missed the top ten, reaching number eleven on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cash Box Top 100. The song’s infectious beats and catchy chorus also made it a sensation on dance charts worldwide.

Critical Reception

The song received positive reviews for its catchy Euro pop style and danceable beats. Critics commended its forceful yet not overly aggressive diva vocal and the memorable, repetitive chorus that captured the essence of the ’90s dance music. Many reviewers noted its appeal, both on the dancefloor and on the radio, as it began to captivate audiences in major markets worldwide.

Impact and Legacy

“The Rhythm of the Night” had a substantial impact on the ’90s music scene and continues to be celebrated. It was honored with a BMI Pop Award in 1996, recognizing the contributions of its songwriters and composers. The song’s memorable use in the closing scene of the 1999 film “Beau Travail” highlighted its timeless appeal.

In 2013, Vibe ranked the song among the “30 Dance Tracks from the ’90s That Changed the Game,” and in 2014, Idolator included it in the list of “The 50 Best Pop Singles of 1994.” The song’s enduring popularity was evident as it received high praise for being a staple of early ’90s club anthems.

Surprisingly, the song regained prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic due to its connection to the virus’s name. This unexpected tie led to internet memes associating the song with the pandemic, and Olga Souza, known as Corona, humorously noted that it would be better if the world was “infected” by the song instead of the virus.

In 2022, “The Rhythm of the Night” was ranked as the 68th greatest dance song of all time by Rolling Stone, emphasizing its enduring impact on the music world. The Guardian also recognized its significance by ranking it as the 50th greatest number two single.

In conclusion, “The Rhythm of the Night” by Corona is not only a dancefloor classic but also a symbol of the ’90s dance music era. Its enduring popularity, critical acclaim, and unexpected ties to the COVID-19 pandemic all contribute to its status as a timeless hit that continues to captivate audiences around the world.

Relive the historic anthem below:

Latest magazine
December 01, 2023
  • SHMN: Onward & Upward
  • Amsterdam Dance Event 2023: Rewind
  • The Evolution of Rave Culture