Can't Fight This Feeling

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"Can't Fight This Feeling"
Can't Fight This Feeling Cover Art.jpg
Single by REO Speedwagon
from the album Wheels Are Turnin'
B-side"Break His Spell"
ReleasedDecember 31, 1984 (UK)
January 23, 1985 (US)
FormatVinyl
RecordedAugust 1984
GenreSoft rock[1]
Length4:54
LabelEpic
Songwriter(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"
(1984)
"One Lonely Night"
(1985)

"Can't Fight This Feeling" is a power ballad[2] performed by the American rock band REO Speedwagon. The single remained at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three consecutive weeks from March 9 to March 23, 1985.[3]

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.[4] "Can't Fight This Feeling" has appeared on dozens of 'various artists' compilation albums, as well as several REO Speedwagon greatest hits albums.[5]

REO Speedwagon performed the song at the 1985 Live Aid concert; they were introduced by Chevy Chase, mentioning that the song was a number-one single at the moment in the United States.

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 original track of the song plays, with the band members miming their respective parts. It concludes with Cronin uttering the line, "That warmed the cockles of my cockles!"[6] The other version of the video is more "professional" and makes various references to the life-cycle.[7] Both videos have been shown at various times on VH1 Classic (now known as MTV Classic).

In popular culture[edit]

It was featured in Not Another Teen Movie whenever the character Amanda Becker appeared.

It was referred to in The CW show Supernatural, in season 2 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 to a very confused Sam Winchester). It was also featured in the South Park episode "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy", and the musical Rock of Ages.

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.

In 2013 it was used in the first episode of The Goldbergs.

In 2016, the song was used in the UK and US on adverts for Sheba cat food.

In 2018, the song was used for a Talk 'N Text ad that aired on the Philippines.

Personnel[edit]

REO Speedwagon[8]
Other personnel
  • Bill Cuomo - orchestration

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

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  34. ^ "British single certifications – REO Speedwagon – Can't Fight This Feeling". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 8, 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Can't Fight This Feeling in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  35. ^ "American single certifications – R.E.O. Speedwagon – Can't Fight This Feeling". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 19, 2015. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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