Feel (Robbie Williams song)

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"Feel"
Feel cover.png
Single by Robbie Williams
from the album Escapology
Released18 November 2002
Format
Recorded2002
GenrePop rock
Length4:22 (album version)
3:43 (radio edit)
LabelChrysalis
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Robbie Williams singles chronology
"My Culture"
(2002)
"Feel"
(2002)
"Come Undone"
(2003)
Music video
"Feel" on YouTube

"Feel" is a song by British singer-songwriter Robbie Williams. It was released on 18 November 2002[1] as the lead single from his fifth studio album, Escapology (2002). The song became an international hit, reaching the top of the charts in Austria, Poland, 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."[2]

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's love interest. There were two versions of the same video, one shot in black and white and the other in colour and was filmed in Calgary, Canada.[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]

The song was aimed to become the Christmas number-one in the United Kingdom, but peaked at No. 4. It still spent four weeks inside the top 10, however.[3] "Feel" became Williams's biggest international hit and his best selling single in Europe: the song topped the charts in Hungary, Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands. The song was also successful in Argentina, Mexico and in Canada, where it reached the top 10 and spent a total of 54 weeks in the chart.[4] Despite Williams's major success in the most of the world, "Feel" failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. To date, "Feel" has sold 245,000 copies in the UK.[5]

In popular culture[edit]

Television[edit]

  • The song was featured in Cathay Pacific's 2009–2010 advertisement campaign. An instrumental version of the song was also produced in promotion for the airline's new Business Class seats.

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". A year later, in 2016, contestants of the tenth season of X Factor Italy sang a medley of "Feel" and "Angels", before being joined by Williams himself to sing his single "Party Like a Russian".[6]

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[edit]

Chart (2002–2003) Peak
position
Argentina (CAPIF)[7] 1
Australia (ARIA)[8] 10
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[9] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[10] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[11] 6
Brazil (ABPD)[12] 4
Denmark (Tracklisten)[13] 4
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[14] 13
France (SNEP)[15] 6
Germany (Official German Charts)[16] 3
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[17] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[18] 4
Italy (FIMI)[19] 1
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[20] 8
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[21] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[22] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[23] 7
Norway (VG-lista)[24] 2
Poland (Polish Singles Chart)[25] 1
Portugal (Billboard)[26] 1
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[27] 1
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[28] 13
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[29] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[31] 4
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[32] 28

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
Germany (Official German Charts)[33] 34

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[34] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[35] Gold 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[36] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[37] Gold 250,000*
Germany (BVMI)[38] Gold 250,000^
Sweden (GLF)[39] Gold 15,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[40] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] Gold 400,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Feel/dp/B001J6B59E/
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  25. ^ "Nielsen Music Control". Archived from the original on 15 October 2007.
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  34. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  35. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Robbie Williams – Feel" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 20 August 2017. Enter Robbie Williams in the field Interpret. Enter Feel in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen. 
  36. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – singles 2003". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
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  39. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2003" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  40. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Robbie Williams; 'Feel')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  41. ^ "British single certifications – Robbie Williams – Feel". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Feel in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.