I Got the Feelin'

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"I Got the Feelin'"
The I Got the Feelin' album
Single by James Brown
from the album I Got the Feelin'
B-side "If I Ruled the World"
Released April 1968 (1968-04)
Format 7"
Recorded January 1968, Vox Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Funk
Length 2:40
Label King
Songwriter(s) James Brown
Producer(s) James Brown
James Brown charting singles chronology
"You've Got to Change Your Mind"
"I Got the Feelin'"
"Licking Stick – Licking Stick (Part 1)"
"You've Got to Change Your Mind"
"I Got the Feelin'
"Licking Stick – Licking Stick (Part 1)"

"I Got the Feelin'" is a funk song by James Brown. Released as a single in 1968, it reached #1 on the R&B chart and #6 on the pop chart.[1] It also appeared on a 1968 album of the same name.[2]

The Jackson 5 auditioned for Motown founder Berry Gordy in 1968 with a filmed performance of "I Got the Feelin'", with the ten-year-old Michael Jackson closely mimicking Brown's vocal style and dance moves.[3]

In 1986, the song was prominently featured in the third-season episode of The Cosby Show entitled "Golden Anniversary", with most of the cast performing a lip-synch routine led by a 16-year-old Malcolm-Jamal Warner.

A version of the song is featured in the musical Fela!.

It was also featured in Dead Presidents.


  • James Brown — lead vocal

with the James Brown Orchestra:


  1. ^ White, Cliff (1991). "Discography". In Star Time (pp. 54–59) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 84. 
  3. ^ "Music Reviews, Features, Essays, News, Columns, Blogs, MP3s and Videos". PopMatters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  4. ^ Waymon Reed
  5. ^ Leeds, Alan, and Harry Weinger (1991). "Star Time: Song by Song". In Star Time (pp. 46–53) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.

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Preceded by
"(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" by Aretha Franklin
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single
April 27, 1968 – May 4, 1968
Succeeded by
"Cowboys to Girls" by The Intruders