Can't Fight This Feeling

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For the Junior Caldera song, see Can't Fight This Feeling (Junior Caldera song).
"Can't Fight This Feeling"
Single by REO Speedwagon
from the album Wheels Are Turnin'
B-side "Break His Spell"
Released December 31, 1984 (UK)
January 23, 1985 (US)
Format Vinyl
Recorded August 1984
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:55
Label Epic
Writer(s) Kevin Cronin
Producer(s) Kevin Cronin; Gary Richrath; Alan Gratzer
REO Speedwagon singles chronology
"I Do Wanna Know"
(1984)
"Can't Fight This Feeling"
(1985)
"One Lonely Night"
(1985)

"Can't Fight This Feeling" is a number-one power ballad performed by the American rock band REO Speedwagon, the single remained three consecutive weeks at the number one position at the U.S. Hot 100 chart from March 9 to March 23, 1985.

The song is about a man falling in love with a girl with whom he has been friends for a long time. The song first appeared on REO Speedwagon's 1984 album Wheels Are Turnin'. It was the group's second number-one hit on the U.S. charts (the first being 1981's "Keep on Loving You", also written by Kevin Cronin) and reached number sixteen in the UK. "Can't Fight This Feeling" has appeared on dozens of 'various artists' compilation albums, as well as several REO Speedwagon greatest hits albums. REO Speedwagon performed the song at the 1985 Live Aid concert.

Music video[edit]

Two different music videos exist for the song. One is a basic video, appearing almost homemade, featuring the band in the studio. It begins with Kevin Cronin playing the piano, attempting to find the key in which he can best sing the song (starting off in G major, he later decides he can sing it better in A). After Cronin exchanges some laughs with his bandmates, the song officially begins; the video essentially consists of the band members lip-synching to the original track of the song. It then concludes with Cronin uttering the line, "That warmed the cockles of my cockles!" The other version of the video is much more "professional," and makes various references to the life-cycle. Both videos have been shown at various times on VH1 Classic.

In popular culture[edit]

"Can't Fight This Feeling" has been featured on soundtracks of films such as Not Another Teen Movie, Waiting..., Kickin' It Old Skool and Sex Drive. In 2012, a cover of the song performed by Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin appeared in the film Rock of Ages. The song was heard on the South Park episode "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy", the Fringe episode "Power Hungry", as well as in the Showtime series Queer as Folk. It was featured in the King of the Hill episode "My Own Private Rodeo".

A version of the song performed by Canadian actor and singer Cory Monteith was included on his audition tape for the Glee main cast; it helped to land him the biggest role of his career (Finn Hudson). Later, Monteith performed the song alongside the Glee Cast in the television series. The song was released as one of Glee's early singles in 2009.

It was referred to in The CW show Supernatural (in the second season episode #5, "Simon Said", Jo Harvelle turns this song on for Dean Winchester in Harvelle's Roadhouse, later he sings it in the car claiming the song had stuck in his head). It was featured prominently in advertisements for the film, Horton Hears a Who!, and sung by the major characters near the end of the film as the titular character celebrates his vindication and his charges' salvation.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984-85) Peak
Position
Australian Kent Music Report[1] 2
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 1
Germany Media Control Charts 34
Irish Singles Chart 5
New Zealand Singles Chart 33
South African Singles Chart[2] 8
Swedish Singles Chart 15
UK Singles Chart 16
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Adult Contemporary 3
US Top Rock Tracks 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  2. ^ http://rock.co.za/files/springbok_top_20_(R).html Retrieved 2 July 2014
Preceded by
"Careless Whisper" by Wham! featuring George Michael
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
March 9, 1985 - March 23, 1985
Succeeded by
"One More Night" by Phil Collins