Hooked on a Feeling

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"Hooked on a Feeling"
Hooked on a Feeling - B. J. Thomas.jpg
Single by B. J. Thomas
from the album On My Way
B-side"I've Been Down This Road Before"
ReleasedOctober 29, 1968
StudioAmerican Sound Studio, Memphis, Tennessee
Songwriter(s)Mark James
Producer(s)Chips Moman
B. J. Thomas singles chronology
"The Eyes of a New York Woman"
"Hooked on a Feeling"
"It's Only Love"

"Hooked on a Feeling" is a 1968 pop song, written by Mark James and originally performed by B. J. Thomas. Thomas's version featured the sound of the electric sitar (played by Reggie Young) and reached No. 5 in 1969 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

It has been recorded by many other artists, including Blue Swede, whose version reached No. 1 in the United States in 1974.[2]


The song was written by Mark James, who was introduced to producer Chips Moman around 1967 by Moman's mutual friend Steve Tyrell, a singer and James' manager.[3]: 81–82  James was hired by early 1968[4] to write for Moman's publishing company, which led to him writing songs for many artists, including his childhood friend B.J. Thomas.[3]: 81–82  One of these songs was "Hooked on a Feeling", which James wrote about the thrills of being in love, inspired by his feelings for his childhood sweetheart.[3]: 169 [5] It was recorded at the American Sound Studio in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968,[6] and first released on October 29 of that year. Country artist Louise Mandrell and RC Bannon also recorded and released this song in 1979.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts
Chart (1968–1969) Peak
Australia (Go-Set) [7] 35
Canada RPM Top Singles 3
New Zealand (Listener)[8] 10
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 5
US Cash Box Top 100 5
Year-end charts
Chart (1969) Rank
Canada[10] 31
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 99


Jonathan King[edit]

In 1971, British musician Jonathan King recorded a cover version of the song, adding ooga chaka jungle chants.[12] King described it as "a reggae rhythm by male voices". His version reached number 23 on the UK Singles Chart in November 1971.[13]

Blue Swede[edit]

"Hooked on a Feeling"
Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede.jpg
Single by Blue Swede
from the album Hooked on a Feeling
B-side"Gotta Have Your Love"
ReleasedFebruary 1974
GenrePop rock
LabelEMI Svenska
Songwriter(s)Mark James
Producer(s)Bengt Palmers
Blue Swede singles chronology
"Hooked on a Feeling"
"Silly Milly"

In 1974, the Swedish pop rock group Blue Swede did a cover version, which included the "ooga chaka" introduction from Jonathan King's 1971 cover. The Blue Swede version of the song also tweaked the lyrics to avoid a drug reference.[14] This version reached No. 1 in the United States.[2] Billboard ranked it as the No. 20 song for 1974. On 25 July 2012, the 1974 live performance by Blåblus video was officially uploaded to YouTube; it has generated nearly 6 million views as of October 2022.[15]

In 1992, Blue Swede's recording was featured on the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino's debut feature Reservoir Dogs.

In 1998, during an episode of the legal comedy-drama series Ally McBeal, "Cro-Magnon", the main character's neurosis about being able to conceive a child before her biological clock runs out is illustrated by her imagining a computer generated baby dancing into her bedroom to Blue Swede's recording of "Hooked on a Feeling". A website featuring the dancing baby and the Blue Swede recording became an internet meme, further cementing the scene in pop culture history.[16]

The 2014 feature film Guardians of the Galaxy,[17] which featured the brass fanfare and title lyrics of the Blue Swede cover version prominently in its trailers and theatrical release, resulted in a significant spike in sales for the recording;[18] the film's soundtrack reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart in August 2014.[19] The song was also featured heavily in the teaser trailer for the 2017 sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,[20] although the song was not used in the actual film.[21]

Original lyrics Blue Swede lyrics
"I got it bad for you, girl,
but I don't need a cure.
I'll just stay addicted
and hope I can endure"
"Got a bug from you, girl,
but I don't need no cure.
I just stay a victim,
if I can for sure"
Weekly charts
Chart (1974) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[22] 4
Canada RPM Top Singles[23] 2
New Zealand (Listener)[24] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[25] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[26] 31
US Cash Box Top 100[27] 1
Year-end charts
Chart (1974) Rank
Australia (Kent Music Report)[28][29] 29
Canada [30] 27
US Billboard Hot 100[31] 20
US Cash Box [32] 34


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[33] Gold 45,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[34]
Blue Swede version
Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[35]
B.J. Thomas version
Gold 1,000,000^
United States (RIAA)[36]
Blue Swede version
Gold 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


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