Make You Feel My Love

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"Make You Feel My Love"
Single by Bob Dylan
from the album Time Out of Mind
ReleasedSeptember 30, 1997
RecordedJanuary 1997
GenreBlues rock
Length3:32
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Bob Dylan
Producer(s)Daniel Lanois

"Make You Feel My Love" is a song written by Bob Dylan from his album Time Out of Mind (1997). It was first released commercially by Billy Joel, under the title "To Make You Feel My Love", before Dylan's version appeared later that same year. It has since been covered by numerous performers and has proved to be a commercial success for recording artists such as Adele, Garth Brooks, Shane Filan, Bryan Ferry, Kelly Clarkson and Ane Brun. Two covers of the song (one by Garth Brooks and one by Trisha Yearwood) were featured on the soundtrack of the 1998 film Hope Floats.[1] Dylan eventually released the song as a single.

Personnel[edit]

  • Bob Dylan – guitar, harmonica, piano, vocals

Additional musicians

Billy Joel version[edit]

"To Make You Feel My Love"
B. Joel - ToMakeYouFeelMyLove.jpg
Single by Billy Joel
from the album Greatest Hits, Volume III
B-side"Intro/Summer, Highland Falls"
Released1997
FormatCD single
Recorded1996–97
GenreRock
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Bob Dylan
Producer(s)
Billy Joel singles chronology
"Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)"
(1994)
"To Make You Feel My Love"
(1997)
"Hey Girl"
(1997)

Billy Joel covered the song as "To Make You Feel My Love" for his compilation album Greatest Hits Volume III (1997). It was released as the album's first single and reached number 50 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[2] Joel's single pre-dated Dylan's release of the song by one month.

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 90
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4] 99
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 50
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 9
US Billboard Hot Singles Sales 53

Garth Brooks version[edit]

"To Make You Feel My Love"
Garth Brooks - to make you feel my love.jpg
Single by Garth Brooks
from the album Hope Floats: Music from the Motion Picture
ReleasedMay 18, 1998
FormatCD single
Recorded1998
GenreCountry pop
Length3:54
LabelCapitol Nashville
Songwriter(s)Bob Dylan
Producer(s)Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks singles chronology
"Two Piña Coladas"
(1998)
"To Make You Feel My Love"
(1998)
"Burnin' the Roadhouse Down"
(1998)

Garth Brooks covered the song as "To Make You Feel My Love" in 1998. It appeared on the soundtrack of the 1998 film Hope Floats, along with a cover version by Trisha Yearwood as the first and last tracks. It was included first as the bonus track on Fresh Horses for Garth's first Limited Series box set and then included on all later pressings of that album. Brooks' version resulted in a nomination at 41st Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and a nomination for Bob Dylan for Best Country Song.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[6] 22
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 7
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[8] 8
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[10] 63
US Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 32

Adele version[edit]

"Make You Feel My Love"
Adele - Make You Feel My Love.jpg
Single by Adele
from the album 19
ReleasedOctober 27, 2008
Format
RecordedOctober 2007
Genre
Length3:32
LabelXL
Songwriter(s)Bob Dylan
Producer(s)Jim Abbiss
Adele singles chronology
"Hometown Glory"
(2008)
"Make You Feel My Love"
(2008)
"Water and a Flame"
(2009)

In 2008, British singer Adele recorded "Make You Feel My Love" for her debut studio album 19 (2008). It was released as the album's fourth and final single on October 27, 2008, both on CD and vinyl, originally peaking at number 26.[12]

Background[edit]

"Make You Feel My Love" is the only cover song on Adele's debut album 19; she either wrote or co-wrote all the others. "My manager is the biggest Dylan fan, and for ages, he'd been bugging me to listen to the song, because I hadn't heard it before," Adele told Premiere Networks. "I was being quite defiant against it. I said, 'I don't want a cover on my album. It kind of implies that I'm incapable of writing enough of my own songs for my first record.' And then I heard it in New York when he played it for me, and it just really touched me. It's cheesy, but I think it's just a stunning song, and it really just summed up everything that I'd been trying to write in my songs."[13]

Piano is played by Neil Cowley and Adele is credited with bass.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

According to Alex Fletcher of Digital Spy, the version expresses Adele's affection for the song, "with just piano as backing, her dreamy, passionate vocals are allowed to shine".[15] According to The Guardian's Dave Simpson, with her "hushed delivery", Adele makes the song "her own".[16]

In January 2013, Heart Radio listed Adele's recording as the UK's number one song of all time in its Hall of Fame Top 500.[17]

Chart performance[edit]

Initially, the song only reached a peak of number 29. In September 2010, after it was performed on the seventh series of The X Factor by Annastasia Baker,[18] it re-entered the UK Singles Chart at number 24. The song then surged to number 4 after a second performance by Gamu Nhengu. Following a third X Factor performance and heavy use in the Comic Relief 2010 television, it spent three more non-consecutive weeks in the top 10. Thanks to this newfound attention, "Make You Feel My Love" was the 48th biggest selling song of 2010, two years after its initial release.

In early 2011 the song returned to the top 40 again, at number 34, after it was used on the fifth series series of Britain's Got Talent.

After years of trickle selling, "Make You Feel My Love" passed the million sales mark in the UK in 2017.[19]

Usage in media[edit]

Adele's version features in the soundtrack of the 2010 romantic comedy film When in Rome. Her cover version was also featured in the compilation album for the benefit of those affected by Supertyphoon Haiyan in the Philippines entitled Songs for the Philippines.[20] In October 2013 the song was used in the third week of Strictly Come Dancing as part of the "Love Week" theme.

At a concert at London's O2 Arena on March 22, 2016, the day of the Brussels bombings, Adele dedicated a performance of the song to the victims of the attacks.[21]

Music video[edit]

The song's music video features Adele singing the song in her apartment. It was directed by Mat Kirkby.[22]

Television and film[edit]

In other television appearances in the UK and US, the song was used in:

In addition, Adele's video of the song, directed by Mat Kirby, was released on music channels in late September 2008 and continues to be featured on her website.[23]

List of recordings[edit]

Digital download (version 1)

  1. "Make You Feel My Love" – 3:32

Digital download (version 2)

  1. "Make You Feel My Love" – 3:32
  2. "Make You Feel My Love" (video) – 3:32

CD single

  1. "Make You Feel My Love" – 3:32
  2. "Painting Pictures" – 3:33

19 version

  1. "Make You Feel My Love" – 3:32

19 Deluxe version

  1. "Make You Feel My Love" (live at Hotel Cafe) – 3:52

Chimes of Freedom live version

  1. "Make You Feel My Love" (recorded live at WXPN) – 4:04

Live at the Royal Albert Hall live version

  1. "Make You Feel My Love" (Live) – 3:48

Charts and certifications[edit]

Other versions[edit]

"Make You Feel My Love" has also been recorded by:

Josh Kelley's version appeared on A Cinderella Story: Original Soundtrack[59]

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