“How Deep Is Your Love” by The Bee Gees (1977)

I could’ve probably bundled the two Bee Gees “How” songs together and called it a day, but “How Deep Is Your Love” is such a fantastic song that I couldn’t give it short shrift by placing it in a post with another song. To this day, I get goosebumps when those famous Gibb harmonies kick in. I was still in diapers when “How Deep Is Your Love” was a hit, but I can only imagine how many school proms, blue-light parties and “last call” drunken bar dances were turned into full-on romantic interludes thanks to the sweet whisperings of Barry, Robin and Maurice.

There’s nothing extravagant about “How Deep Is Your Love”. The singing and the music are low-key, and even Barry’s falsetto ad-libs just kind of blend into the song, as opposed to the ostentatious nature of, say, a Boyz II Men ballad. The simplicity (and the sentiment) has resulted in a slew of covers over the last forty years. And although the Bee Gees’ disco-powered renaissance was already in bloom by the time “Deep” hit stores in fall 1977, the song kicked off the brothers’ true imperial period; a two year stretch in which they enjoyed six Number One singles by themselves, another three that they wrote and produced for their brother Andy, and further chart-toppers by Yvonne Elliman and Frankie Valli. With longer chart stays and featured credits abounding, it’s easy to picture, say, Drake copping three or four songs in the Top Ten at the same time (actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s already happened), but in March 1978, the Bee Gees were responsible for (as artists or writers) five of the ten most popular songs in the country. Amazing stuff, and a reminder of what a powerhouse they were at their peak. There’s not a bad song in that run of hits, but “How Deep Is Your Love” is, in my humble opinion, the best.

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