Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?

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"Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?"
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Single by Moby
from the album Play
Released November 17, 1999
Length 4:24 (album version)
3:45 (single version)
Label Mute
Writer(s) Moby
Producer(s) Moby
Moby singles chronology
"Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?"
"Natural Blues"

"Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" is a song by American electronica musician Moby. It was released in November 1999 by record label Mute as the fourth single from his 1999 album Play.[1] The song has received remixes by ATB, Ferry Corsten, Subsonic Legacy, The Sharp Boys, Red Jerry and Katcha.


The song is an original composition by Moby, using samples from a 1963 recording of the Banks Brothers song, "He'll Roll Your Burdens Away." [2]

The cover of the single features Moby's character Little Idiot.

The track originally featured Diane Charlemagne vocalist of Urban Cookie Collective who died in 2015.

Use in examinations[edit]

In 2008, the English exam boards AQA and Edexcel added 'Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?' to their GCSE syllabus, and is now used as one of the 12 set works covered in the course.

Use in media[edit]

The song was used in a promo for TV5's "5 Max Movies" promo for the film Black Hawk Down


"Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" was released on November 17, 1999 by record label Mute. The song reached number 16 in the UK singles chart[3]

In 2000, the single was re-released, along with a remix of "Honey" featuring singer Kelis. And the cover on the re-issue single features a teddy bear in a honey jar.

Music video[edit]

The video for "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" was produced in 1999 and was inspired by the book Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It was directed by Susi Wilkinson from Belzebu Films.[4] It is completely animated and features Little Idiot from the single cover (and his dog from the remixes cover). The video reveals that they live on the moon and the rest of the video revolves around their adventures on Earth through snow, war, and rain. The ending shows Little Idiot and his dog going back to the moon climbing a ladder.

Track listing[edit]

12" vinyl promo
  1. "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad (ATB Remix)"
  2. "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad (Ferry Corsten Remix)"
  1. "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad (Single Version)"
  2. "Flying Foxes"
  3. "Princess"
  4. "Why Does My Heart Feel so Bad (Video)"


Original version
Chart (1999) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 4
Australia (ARIA)[6] 33
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[7] 11
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 61
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 16
"Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?"/"Honey (Remix featuring Kelis)"
Chart (2000) Peak
UK Singles Chart 17


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