Feel (Robbie Williams song)

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"Feel"
Feel cover.png
Single by Robbie Williams
from the album Escapology
Released10 October 2002
Recorded1999
GenrePop rock
Length4:24 (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 10 October 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, 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 from 1999, 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 was directed by Vaughan Arnell and 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 Sundre, Alberta, Canada.[citation needed] Eventually, the black and white version achieved larger popularity and is the only version available in Vevo through Robbie's official YouTube channel (in which is the most popular video, with over 214 million views as of 17 June 2020) and various streaming platforms.

Chart performance[edit]

The song was aimed to become the Christmas number-one in the United Kingdom, but peaked at number four. 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] It was the most played song in Europe in 2003.[5] Despite Williams's major success in 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.[6]

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".[7]

Track listing[edit]

  • UK/Canadian CD
  1. "Feel" – 4:24
  2. "Nobody Someday" (demo version) – 2:53
  3. "You're History" – 4:44
  4. Photo gallery and video clips
  • UK DVD
  1. "Feel" (video) – 4:24
  2. "You're History" (audio) – 4:44
  3. "Nobody Someday" (demo version; audio) – 2:53

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[48] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[49] Gold 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[50] Gold 25,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[51] Gold 45,000double-dagger
France (SNEP)[52] Gold 250,000*
Germany (BVMI)[53] Gold 250,000^
Italy (FIMI)[54] Gold 25,000*
Sweden (GLF)[55] Gold 15,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[56] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[57] Gold 400,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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