Feel (Robbie Williams song)

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"Feel"
Single by Robbie Williams
from the album Escapology
Released 2 December 2002
Format CD single, DVD single
Recorded 2002
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:22 (album version)
3:43 (single edit)
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) Robbie Williams, Guy Chambers
Producer(s) Guy Chambers, Steve Power
Robbie Williams singles chronology
"My Culture"
(2002)
"Feel"
(2002)
"Come Undone"
(2003)

"Feel" is a song by British singer-songwriter Robbie Williams. It was released on December 2, 2002 as the lead single from his fifth studio album, Escapology. The song became an international hit, reaching the top of the charts in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, and top five positions in countries such as Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Background[edit]

"Feel" was written by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers. According to Williams, most of the vocals are from the original demo recording, as he felt unsatisfied with the re-recorded vocals. He commented, "I just couldn't sing it as well as I did on that day."[1]

Music video[edit]

The video shows Williams in a cowboy-like lifestyle. It gained some attention in the United States thanks to Daryl Hannah's appearance as Williams' love interest. There were two versions of the same video, one shot in black and white and the other in colour.

Chart performance[edit]

The song was aimed to become the Christmas number-one in the United Kingdom, but peaked at #4. It still spent four weeks inside the Top 10, however.[2] "Feel" became Williams' biggest international hit and his best selling single in Europe: the song topped the charts in Argentina, Hungary, Italy, India, Latvia, Portugal and the Netherlands. The song was also successful in Mexico and in Canada, where it reached in the Top 10 and spent a total of 54 weeks in the chart.[3] Despite Williams' major success in the most of the world, "Feel" failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA. To date, "Feel" has sold 245,000 copies in the UK.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

Television[edit]

  • The song was featured in Cathay Pacific's 2009-2010 advertisement campaign. A custom-made instrumental version of the song is also produced in promotion for the airline's new Business Class seats on its website.

Cover versions[edit]

  • After the release of "Feel", contestant Ricky Ord sang the song in the second season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar for the theme "My Pop Idol", being one of the first contestants eliminated. In Season 8, contestant Ardian Bujupi sang the song for the theme "English v. German".

Track listing[edit]

  • UK/Canadian CD
  1. "Feel" – 4:22
  2. "Nobody Someday" (demo version) – 2:53
  3. "You're History" – 4:44
  4. Photo gallery and video clips
  • UK DVD
  1. "Feel" (video) – 4:22
  2. "You're History" (audio) – 4:44
  3. "Nobody Someday" (demo version; audio) – 2:53

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – Robbie Williams – Feel" (in French). Les classement single.
  12. ^ "Latauslista.fi - Candy". Latauslista.fi. 
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  14. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  15. ^ "Chart Track: Week 44, 2002". Irish Singles Chart.
  16. ^ "Robbie Williams - Feel - Top Digital Download" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Archived from the original on 26 December 2002. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Robbie Williams Album & Song Chart History" Japan Hot 100 for Robbie Williams.
  18. ^ "J-WAVE WEBSITE : TOKIO HOT100". J-wave.co.jp. Retrieved 2014-08-14. 
  19. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Robbie Williams search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  20. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Robbie Williams – Feel". Top 40 Singles.
  21. ^ "Norway Digital Songs – Robbie Williams – Feel". Billboard.biz. Retrieved February 2002. 
  22. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. April 12, 2003. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  23. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Robbie Williams – Feel" Canciones Top 50.
  24. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Robbie Williams – Feel". Singles Top 60.
  25. ^ "Robbie Williams – Feel – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  26. ^ "Robbie Williams: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart.
  27. ^ "Robbie Williams Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Robbie Williams.
  28. ^ "ARIA Certification for "Feel"". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  29. ^ "IFPI Austria Certification for "Feel"" (in German). Ifpi.at. 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  30. ^ Disque En France Certification for "Feel"[dead link]
  31. ^ IFPI Germany[dead link]
  32. ^ IFPI Sweden – 2003 Certifications Certification for "Feel"[dead link]
  33. ^ Steffen Hung. "IFPI Switzerland Certification for "Feel"". Swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 

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