Donna Summer

I Feel Love

Composed by Donna Summer / Giorgio Moroder / Pete Bellotte

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Not only one of the landmark records of the disco era, Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" also anticipated the emergence of techno -- sleek, pulsating, and sensual, its signature galloping bass line and sequencer-driven rhythm established the sonic blueprint for virtually all of the dance music to follow in its wake. Written by Summer in tandem with her longtime production team of Giorgio Moroder and Peter Bellotte, upon its 1977 release "I Feel Love" heralded a massive shift from the lushly orchestral disco records popular during the middle of the decade toward a harder-edged, electronic approach -- completely computer-generated, the song's futuristic sheen combines with its dreamily orgasmic vocal to create an experience that's both clinically remote and primally erotic. Summer's second Top Ten hit, "I Feel Love" ranks alongside Brian Eno's Another Green World and Kraftwerk's Trans Europe Express among the era's seminal electronic recordings, and is perhaps even more pivotal because of its mainstream success; a subsequent 20-minute remix by Patrick Cowley pushed the envelope even further, while in 1985 the Jimmy Somerville-led Bronski Beat recorded a hit cover featuring Marc Almond.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
I Remember Yesterday 1977 Culture Factory 5:53
Billboard Top Dance Hits: 1977 1977
Various Artists
Rhino 5:57
No Image 1978 Casablanca 6:46
No Image 1978
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Bad Girls 1979 Island / Island Mercury / Mercury / Universal 8:17
On the Radio: Greatest Hits, Vols. 1-2 1979 Island/Def Jam 3:22
Walk Away: The Best of Donna Summer (1977-1980) 1980 Virgin EMI 5:41
The Dance Collection 1987 Island/Def Jam / Universal Music 8:14
The Disco Years, Vol. 5: Must Be the Music 1992
Various Artists
Rhino 5:57
The Donna Summer Anthology 1993 Casablanca/Universal / Casablanca 5:51
Dance Classics: The Hits, Vol. 8 1993
Various Artists
Unidisc
Sounds of the Seventies: AM Nuggets 1993
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:56
Casablanca Records Story 1994
Various Artists
Casablanca/Mercury / Polydor 8:13
Dance Zone '95 1995
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Universal/Polygram
Now That's What I Call Music! 32 [UK] 1995
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI
Casablanca Records Greatest Hits 1996
Various Artists
Casablanca/Universal / Def Jam / Island / Polydor / PolyGram / Universal 3:49
And They Danced the Night 1996
Various Artists
Debutante 3:46
Pure Disco [Polygram] 1996
Various Artists
Polydor / Polygram 3:54
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Universal/Polygram
Woman in Love [Polygram] 1996
Various Artists
Polygram 3:55
Dance Box, Vol. 3 [Damian] 1997
Various Artists
Damian Music 6:21
No Image 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Disco in the House 1997
Various Artists
Priority 9:32
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:56
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Blast Records 9:54
Hi-NRG Classics 1998
Various Artists
SPG 15:45
Disco Fever: 20 Smash Hit Dancefloor Classics 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
The Very Very Best of Disco 1998
Various Artists
Repertoire 5:40
Greatest Hits 1998 Chronicles / Def Jam / Island / Mercury / Universal 3:47
Modulations: Cinema for the Ear 1998
Original Soundtrack
Caipirinha Records 5:55
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1977 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 3:48
Disco Box 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 5:55
Disco 1999 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:50
Billboard Top Dance Hits: 1976-1980 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 5:57
Fetenkult Disco 70 1999
Various Artists
BMG International 3:47
VH1 Presents: Live & More Encore! 1999 Epic 3:50
The Girls [RKO] 1999
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:46
Master Series 1999 Polygram 3:12
Sounds of the 70's [Global TV] 1999
Various Artists
Global TV 3:20
Universal Masters Collection 1999 Polydor / Universal 3:11
Millennium Edition 2000 Mercury 3:12
Machine Soul: An Odyssey Into Electronic Dance Music 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 5:55
Number One 70's 2000
Various Artists
PolyGram 3:48
Music of the Year: 1977 2000
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:49
No Image 2000 Mercury / Universal / Universal Distribution
Disco Freakout 2001
Various Artists
WEA International 3:07
Magnum Opus 2001
Various Artists
PolyGram 15:51
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 3:46
Best of Donna Summer 2001 WEA International 5:54
Feel 2001
Various Artists
M.f.s. 11:50
I Love Disco [EMI] 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:42
Mastercuts: Discothèque 2002
Various Artists
Mastercuts 5:19
E-FM 107.5 Dance Classic 2002
Various Artists
WSM
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Donna Summer 2003 Mercury 5:53
Friends Reunited: 42 Classroom Classics from the 80's 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 3:46
No Image 2003
Various Artists
X-Media Records
Girls Triple Set 2003
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:45
Re-Press: 70's Soul Revival 2003
Various Artists
Warner Dance
Let's Groove Again 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:26
Breaks 03 - The Album: Mixed by Kid Kenobi 2003
Various Artists
Ministry Of Sound 6:13
The Ultimate Collection 2003 Universal International 6:08
Love to Love You Baby/I Remember Yesterday/A Love Trilogy 2003 Universal Distribution 5:55
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 6:46
Back to Disco 2004
Various Artists
Universal International
Friends Reunited: Music of the Year 1977 2004
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:48
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 5:41
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Universal Music / USM / USM 3:45
Gold 2005 Hip-O / Hip-O/Mercury 5:52
Party Capital: Summer Mix 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Disco Gold [Hip-O] 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 5:52
Club St. Tropez, Vol. 3 2005
Various Artists
More Music 3:09
Disco Fever [Crimson] 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 5:52
Soul Divas 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
The Best of Disco Fever 2005
Various Artists
Global TV 3:49
Pure 70s Party 2005
Various Artists
Apace 5:13
We Love Disco [Megahit] 2005
Various Artists
Almighty Records 5:19
'70s: Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O / Interscope 3:46
Express Yourself: Soul In The 20th Century 2006
Various Artists
Um3 / Universal 3:47
Mastercuts: Bar Grooves 2006
Various Artists
Mastercuts 8:08
The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer 2006 Universal Music / USM 15:51
Nick Rhodes and John Taylor Present Only After Dark 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection: The Best of Disco, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Universal 5:54
Old School Jams, Vol. 6 2006
Various Artists
SPG 5:48
And They Danced the Night Away: 72 Pure Disco Classics from the 70s & 80s 2006
Various Artists
Polygram 3:46
Once in a Lifetime [Original Soundtrack] 2006
Original Soundtracks
Superb Records 3:50
Greatest Ever! Party: The Definitive Collection 2006
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:47
Big 70's Party 2006
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin TV
Disco Fever: Turn the Beat Around [2 CD #2] 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:48
Best Disco in Town [Universal] 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:45
Soul Divas [Ima] 2007
Various Artists
Ima Records 3:39
Club Pineta: 50th Anniversary Edition 2007
Various Artists
Ritmica
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-4 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:48
Music for Seventies 2007
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:46
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Total Fitness 8:17
The 70s Collection 2008
Various Artists
Brunswick 5:56
Disco Queen 2008 Hudson Street
Die Hit Giganten: Hot Hits 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:46
Live from New York [DVD] 2008 Immortal
The Greatest Switch 2008
Various Artists
Musique Fait Force / Studio Brussel 8:06
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:44
Classic 2009 Spectrum Music 3:12
Floorfillers: 80s Club Classics 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:48
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Universal (Pty) Ltd. 5:52
The Firm [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2009
Original Soundtrack
Universal Distribution 3:47
A Complete Introduction to Disco 2010
Various Artists
Universal 5:53
Disco Fever 2010
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:46
Funky Grooves 2011
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:06
12" '80s Classics 2011
Various Artists
Universal 8:50
We Love the Nightlife 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:48
Encore 2012 Audio Visual Fidelity
We Love the Nightlife: Shake Your Booty 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:48
Icon 2013 Hip-O / Mercury 3:46
Playlist: The Very Best of Donna Summer 2013 Epic 3:31
Greatest Ever! Party Anthems 2013
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 5:49
Now! That's What I Call Disco 2013
Various Artists
Now! 3:23
The Ultimate Collection: Party Classics 2013
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection 3:45
I Feel Love: The Collection 2013 Spectrum Music
Love to Love You Donna 2013 Verve 5:59
American Hustle [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2013
Original Soundtrack
Legacy 5:56
Nile Rodgers Presents Disco Inferno 2014
Various Artists
Rhino / WMTV 3:20
100 Hits: UK No. 1's Karaoke 2014
Various Artists
100 Hits
Best 1200 70's
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Let's Start the Dance: 16 Disco Essentials
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
Mixmag: The Greatest Dance Tracks of All Time
Various Artists
New State 5:36
Now! That's What I Call Running 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal 3:09
Old School Hip Hop Jams: Old School Jams, Vol. 6
Various Artists
Spg Music Ltd. 5:48
Pacha Ibiza: 40 Years 1973-2013
Various Artists
New State / Pacha 3:39
No Image
Various Artists
Umc (Universal Catalogue) 3:46
The Ultimate Collection: 70s Schooldays
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection 3:47
The Ultimate Collection: Number 1s
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:47
Total Hits, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Universal 3:45
No Image EPC / Sony BMG
Woman 2007
Various Artists
Universal Music 8:13
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