I Feel for You

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For the Chaka Khan album, see I Feel for You (album).
"I Feel for You"
Song by Prince from the album Prince
Released October 19, 1979
Format CD
Recorded 1979
Genre Rhythm and blues
Length 3:24
Label Warner Bros.
Writer Prince
Composer Prince
Producer Prince
Prince track listing
"Still Waiting"
"I Feel for You"
"It's Gonna Be Lonely"
"I Feel for You"
Single by Chaka Khan
from the album I Feel for You
Released October 12, 1984
Format Vinyl single, picture disc
Recorded 1984
Genre Hi-NRG, electro, dance, synthpop, funk, hip hop
Length 5:46
Label Warner Bros
Writer(s) Prince
Producer(s) Arif Mardin
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Chaka Khan singles chronology
"Ain't Nobody"
"I Feel for You"
"This Is My Night"

"I Feel for You" is a song written by Prince that originally appeared on his 1979 self-titled album, one of two songs on that album (along with "I Wanna Be Your Lover") written as demos for Patrice Rushen, though neither appeared on any Rushen album.[1] The most successful and well known version was recorded by female R&B singer Chaka Khan, appearing on her 1984 album, I Feel for You. Prince, as songwriter, won the 1985 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.

Khan's version featured an all-star supporting cast, with rapping from Melle Mel, keyboard and guitar by The System's David Frank, and chromatic harmonica playing by Stevie Wonder. The song also uses vocal samples from Wonder's "Fingertips". The repetition of Khan's name by Melle Mel at the beginning of the song was originally a mistake made by producer Arif Mardin (actually a sample of Melle Mel's song "Step Off"), who then decided to keep it.[2]

This version of the song became a million-selling smash in the U.S. and UK, and it helped to relaunch Khan's career. The song hit No. 1 on the Cash Box singles chart and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in November-December 1984. The song remained on the Billboard Hot 100 for 26 weeks and became one of Billboard's five biggest pop songs of the year for 1985. The single reached No. 1 on both the U.S. dance[3] and R&B charts in late 1984, remaining atop both for three weeks each.[4] In addition, the song also reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart.[5] While touring with Prince in 1998 in support of her collaborative album, Come 2 My House, Khan and Prince performed "I Feel for You" as a duet.

The Pointer Sisters recorded the song in 1982, two years before Khan's version was a hit, on their album So Excited!.

Rebbie Jackson recorded it for her 1984 debut album Centipede

Music videos (Chaka Khan version)[edit]

The first version of the music video for Khan's song featured her working in a club with female dancers. As rap music and break dancing were becoming well known in mainstream pop culture at the time the song was released and started gaining popularity, the more well known video in an inner-city courtyard setting was created, featuring Khan with a Disc jockey and break dancers Adolfo Quiñones, Michael Chambers, Bruno Falcon and Ana Sánchez—all of whom appeared in the movie Breakin'.[6] A remixed version of the video was created to match the 12" vinyl version of the single.


Chart (1984) Peak
UK Singles Chart[5] 1
Irish Singles Chart 1
French Singles Chart 22
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Hip Hop/R&B Songs 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McInnis, C. Liegh (November 1, 2007). "Chapter 5: 'Laying a Foundation'". The Lyrics of Prince Rogers Nelson: A Literary Look at a Creative Musical Poet, Philosopher, and Storyteller (Paperback) (Third ed.). Psychedelic Literature. p. 177. ISBN 0965577503. 
  2. ^ "Arif Mardin: Tales from the Recording Studio". NPR. December 19, 2005. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 144. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 321. 
  5. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 442. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ "I feel for You Video - Stiefelfreund2006 - MyVideo". Myvideo.de. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 

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Preceded by
"I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single (Chaka Khan version)
November 3, 1984 – November 17, 1984
Succeeded by
"Cool It Now" by New Edition
Preceded by
"Swept Away" by Diana Ross
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single (Chaka Khan version)
October 27, 1984 – November 10, 1984
Succeeded by
"Out of Touch" by Hall & Oates
Preceded by
"Freedom" by Wham!
UK number-one single (Chaka Khan version)
November 4, 1984 – November 24, 1984
Succeeded by
"I Should Have Known Better" by Jim Diamond
Irish Singles Chart number-one single (Chaka Khan version)
November 17, 1984 – November 24, 1984
Preceded by
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!
Cashbox Top 100 (Chaka Khan version)
December 8, 1984
Succeeded by
"The Wild Boys" by Duran Duran