Emotion (Samantha Sang song)

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Single by Samantha Sang
from the album Emotion
A-side "Emotion"
B-side "When Love Is Gone"
Released December 1977
Format 7"
Recorded April 1977 in Criteria Studios, Miami
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 3:43
Label Private Stock
Writer(s) Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb
Producer(s) Gibb-Galuten-Richardson
Samantha Sang singles chronology
"Can't You Hear the Music of My Love Song?"
"You Keep Me Dancing"

"Emotion" is a song written by Barry and Robin Gibb and recorded by Australian singer Samantha Sang for the Private Stock label. The song was Sang's only hit single, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978. Billboard ranked it as the No. 14 song for 1978.[1] There is a promotional video made for this song. The Bee Gees recorded their own version of the song in 1994 as part of an album called Love Songs which was never released but it was eventually included on their 2001 collection titled Their Greatest Hits: The Record.


Originally, when Sang arrived in Miami, instead of recording "Don't Throw it All Away", Barry Gibb offered her a new song "Emotion". On this track, Sang sticks to a breathy, Barry-like sound. Gibb himself provided harmony and background vocals, using his falsetto on this track. The B-side was "When Love Is Gone," a Frances Lai composition. It was recorded around April 1977 in Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida around the same time as Barry contributed writing and producing "Save Me, Save Me" for the band Network. Blue Weaver identified the musicians as shown from memory. On the session, Joey Murcia plays guitar, George Bitzer on keyboards, Harold Cowart on bass and Ron "Tubby" Zeigler on drums.[2] It was originally intended for use in the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever,[citation needed] but ended up being featured in the film The Stud (1978) starring Joan Collins. Also in 1978, Emotion was used as the B-side of Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams' single "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late", which reached number one in the U.S.


Destiny's Child version[edit]

Single by Destiny's Child
from the album Survivor
B-side "8 Days of Christmas"
Released 13 November 2001 (2001-11-13)
Format CD single, maxi, digital download, 12" single
Recorded 2001
Genre R&B, soul Pop
Length 3:55
Label Columbia
Destiny's Child singles chronology
"8 Days of Christmas"

In 2001, "Emotion" was recorded by American R&B group Destiny's Child for their third studio album Survivor (2001). Produced and arranged by Mark J. Feist, it features a slower tempo than the Samantha Sang original, although a more uptempo Neptunes-produced remix of the song was also produced and included in the band's remix album This Is The Remix (2002). Mark J. Feist had previously produced the song for Regine Velasquez in 1998 and used exactly the same backing track for Destiny's Child.

Issued as that album's fourth single, the song continued the group's streak of top-ten hits in the United States, peaking at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 on 20 November 2001. It was also a hit in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart and sold over 145,000 copies, and reached the top ten in several major music markets, including New Zealand, Ireland, and the Netherlands.

The single was accompanied by a Francis Lawrence-directed music video featuring a triple split screen effect. The song was heavily on radio station playlists during the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, and eventually became a tribute song to the family of the victims.

Music video[edit]

The music video featured a triple split-screen effect. Rowland on the left, Knowles in the center, and Williams on the right. Rowland is seen saying goodbye to her boyfriend before he leaves in a taxi. Knowles catches her boyfriend with another woman and runs around the house in tears. Williams is with her grandmother, who has died in her bed. At the end of the video Williams calls the other band members to her home. The three girls meet there and comfort each other. The screen returns to normal.

The music clip is featured as an enhanced video on the European editions of the CD single and on the 2004 Wal-Mart exclusive DVD titled Fan Pack.

Formats and tracklistings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single-releases of "Emotion."

U.S. CD-Single
  1. "Emotion" (Album version) — 3:56
  2. "8 Days of Christmas" — 3:29
European Maxi Single COL 671767 2
  1. "Emotion" (Album Version) — 3:56
  2. "8 Days of Christmas" — 3:29
  3. "Emotion" (Calderone Dub Mix) — 6:55
  4. "Emotion" (Musicvideo) — 3:56
Australian Maxi Single[3]
  1. "Emotion" (Album version) — 3:56
  2. "Bootylicious" (Rockwilder Remix)
  3. "Bootylicious" (M & J's Jelly Remix)
  4. "Bootylicious" (Richard Vission's V-Quest Mix)
  5. "Bootylicious" (Ed Case Refix)
UK Single Part 1
  1. "Emotion" (Album version) — 3:56
  2. "8 Days of Christmas" — 3:29
  3. "Emotion" (Maurice's Nu Soul Mix)
  4. "Emotion" (Musicvideo) — 3:56
UK Cassette Single
  1. "Emotion" (Album Version) - 3:56
  2. "Emotion" (Calderone AM Mix) - 10:13
Japan CD Single
  1. "Emotion" (Album Version)
  2. "Emotion" (Maurice's Nu Soul Mix)
  3. "Emotion" (Instrumental)
  4. "Emotion" (Acapella)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]


  1. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1978
  2. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1977". Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Emotion Part 1/ Bootylicious (5trx): Destiny S Child, Missy Elliott: Amazon.de: Musik". Amazon.de. 9 September 2009. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Destiny's Child – Emotion". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Destiny's Child – Emotion" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Destiny's Child – Emotion" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Destiny's Child – Emotion" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "Destiny's Child Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Destiny's Child.
  9. ^ "Lescharts.com – Destiny's Child – Emotion" (in French). Les classement single.
  10. ^ "Musicline.de – Destiny's Child Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  11. ^ "Chart Track: Week 2001, 46". Irish Singles Chart.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Destiny's Child – Emotion" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Destiny's Child – Emotion". Top 40 Singles.
  14. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Destiny's Child – Emotion". VG-lista.
  15. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Destiny's Child – Emotion". Singles Top 60.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Destiny's Child – Emotion". Swiss Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Destiny's Child: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart.
  18. ^ "Destiny's Child Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Destiny's Child.
  19. ^ "Destiny's Child Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Destiny's Child.
  20. ^ "Destiny's Child Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Destiny's Child.
  21. ^ "Destiny's Child Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Destiny's Child.
  22. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl - Jaaroverzichten - Single 2001" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 

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