Feels Like Tonight

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"Feels Like Tonight"
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Single by Daughtry
from the album Daughtry
Released January 8, 2008 (2008-01-08)
Format CD single, Digital download
Recorded 2006
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 3:58
Label RCA/19
Songwriter(s) Luke Gottwald, Max Martin, Sheppard Solomon
Producer(s) Howard Benson
Daughtry singles chronology
"Crashed"
(2007)
"Feels Like Tonight"
(2008)
"What About Now"
(2008)

"Feels Like Tonight" is the fourth main single (sixth overall) from American rock band Daughtry's debut album. The song is a power ballad in the vein of the band's previous hit, "Home". The official release date for the track in the U.S. was January 8, 2008.

Background[edit]

Shortly after releasing the band's first compilation album It's Not Over...The Hits So Far, frontman Chris Daughtry spoke with Entertainment Weekly about his original distaste for the song and eventual acceptance, saying

Max Martin and Dr. Luke had written this song and it was actually one of two songs that I’ve recorded that I didn’t write anything on. I didn’t work with those guys. I remember it being very close to the end of the record making process [for 2006’s self-titled debut] and I remember getting this song and I was like, 'No, no, I’m not cutting it, it’s way too pop. It’s so not with the rest of the record.' I was really being a bull about it. I remember being told, 'This was the song that they wrote for you had you won the show.' And I was like, 'Well now I definitely don’t want to do it!' Anyway, I appeased them and I recorded it and then I remember hearing it back and going 'OK, you were right, this was definitely a good idea.' And it became one of our bigger songs. I still don’t know what it means.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot under director Martin Weisz.[2] The video debuted Monday, January 14, 2008 on Amazon.com. [3]

The video begins with the band playing in a barren desert in the daytime. When the first chorus starts, clouds are shown racing by and it suddenly changes to nighttime. After the end of the chorus the clouds clear and it is daytime again, however the band is now playing in a forest setting. When the chorus starts for the second time, it again becomes night and Chris is shown walking out of the forest through a door. When he emerges the band is waiting for him on a city rooftop, it being daytime. Upon the third and final chorus, it once again becomes night and the band is shown playing on the rooftop with the lit up skyscrapers of the city behind them.

It was noted that the band shot for 48 hours straight in 3 locations north of LA on this video, because of their touring schedule. As soon as the video was finished, the director realized he forgot the time lapse footage, and went back to the desert to shoot that footage again, this time without the band. Contrary to popular belief, the director & crew did not sleep for 3 whole days.

In popular culture[edit]

The song was used for WWE's annual Tribute to the Troops special in 2007.

It was originally planned to be the end credits song to National Treasure: Book of Secrets but was cut at the last minute.

The instrumental version of the song is played in the commercials for the film Charlie Wilson's War.

The song appeared in the January 28, 2008 episode of the seventh season of American Idol.

TV5 used the song during the 5 Max Movies' commercial breaks in 2008 and 2009.

The song was featured in promotional commercials in Spring 2009 for ABC soap operas One Life to Live and General Hospital.

Track listing[edit]

  • Germany CD single[4]
  1. "Feels Like Tonight" (Main Version) - 3:58
  2. "Feels Like Tonight" (Video) - 3:58

Chart performance[edit]

In its first week of release, it was the most added track at both Mainstream Top 40 and Hot AC radio. The following week it debuted at number 89 on the Hot 100, and peaked at number 24, giving the band their fourth top forty Hot 100 hit from the album. It debuted on the Billboard Pop 100 at number 99, peaking at number seventeen, and the Adult Top 40 at number 29, where it has reached number one, becoming the band's third number one and fourth top five hit on that chart. This made Daughtry the first band to have four top five hits on the Adult Top 40 from their debut album.[5] On the Hot Adult Contemporary Chart, the song reached number five, giving the band their second top ten on the chart. It debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 at number 67, peaking at number 30.

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[6] 30
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 67
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 24
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[9] 5
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[10] 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[11] 12

Year end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Position
Canadian Hot 100 (Billboard)[12] 94
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 95
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[14] 10
US Adult Pop Songs (Billboard)[15] 3
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[16] 75
Chart (2009) Position
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[17] 26

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Germany[18] August 28, 2008 CD single
Worldwide January 8, 2008 Digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brown, Eric Renner (February 16, 2016). "Daughtry shares the stories behind his greatest songs". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ Video Static: Music Video News: October 28, 2007 - November 3, 2007
  3. ^ Official Music Video
  4. ^ "Feels Like Tonight". RCA Records. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ Trust, Gary (March 19, 2008). "Rick Ross Is Boss At No. 1". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Daughtry – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Daughtry. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Daughtry – Feels Like Tonight". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  8. ^ "Daughtry – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Daughtry. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  9. ^ "Daughtry – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Daughtry. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  10. ^ "Daughtry – Chart history" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Daughtry. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  11. ^ "Daughtry – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Daughtry. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  12. ^ "Canadian Hot 100: 2008 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "Hot 100 Songs: 2008 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "Adult Contemporary Songs: 2008 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "Adult Pop Songs: 2008 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  16. ^ "Radio Songs: 2008 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  17. ^ "Adult Contemporary Songs: 2009 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  18. ^ "Feels Like Tonight". RCA Records. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 

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