Feels Like the First Time

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So this is one of those typically generic, much reviled by critics, '70s corporate rock hits. Nevertheless, at the time of its release in 1977 (from the multi-platinum self-titled Foreigner debut album), "Feels Like the First Time" made the radio Top Five and seemingly never left. The hard-hitting snare and carnival atmosphere provided by the layered instruments and fist-pumping guitar riffs add to the song's insta-appeal. By toning down the crude, more thumping heavy metalisms, Foreigner built a bridge between that music and the more palatable, middle-of-the-road rock of the day, hair and tight pants notwithstanding. Though much of the civilized world had begun to reject the pre-fab-sounding music of Foreigner and their ilk right around the time they hit, for the late Boomer and pre-X generation masses who came of age to "Feels Like the First Time," the song lives on as a definitive '70s anthem to young love and sex. There really isn't much more to it than that, though Lou Gramm turns in a blueprint metal screamer vocal performance: think of the way he stretches out "never again."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Foreigner 1977 Atlantic 3:49
Sounds of the Seventies: 1977 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:29
Classic Rock: 1966-1988 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:49
The Very Best...And Beyond 1992 Atlantic 3:51
Only Rock 'N Roll 1975-1979: #1 Radio Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 3:50
I Love Rock & Roll: Hits of the '70s, Vol. 3 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records 3:52
70's Super Groups 1997
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 3:29
70's Hits Back 1998
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:29
Number Ones: The Super 70's 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:49
Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:22
Rock On, 1977: Dance, Dance, Dance 1999
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 3:50
Jukebox Heroes: The Foreigner Anthology 2000 Rhino 3:12
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:53
Classic Rock 70's 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 3:31
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 70's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:53
The Platinum Collection 2001 Warner Music 3:50
Rock This 2002
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:50
Complete Greatest Hits 2002 Rhino 3:13
Classic Rock for Dummies 2003
Various Artists
Superb Records 3:28
The Essentials 2005 Warner Music 3:11
Ultimate 16: Lite FM Best Of 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:13
70's Classic Rock 2006
Various Artists
Legends Informercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:13
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:52
No End in Sight: The Very Best of Foreigner 2008 Atlantic 3:52
Foreigner [Madacy] 2008 Madacy 3:52
Original Album Series 2010 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:53
The Very Best of Chicago & Foreigner 2010 Rhino / Wea UK 3:49
Acoustique: The Classics Unplugged 2011 BMG / Sony Music Entertainment
Feels Like the First Time 2011 Razor & Tie 4:06
Jukebox Heroes 2011 BMG / Razor & Tie / Sony Music Entertainment 4:06
Now That's What I Call Classic Rock Hits 2012
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:12
I Want to Know What Love Is: The Ballads 2014 Razor & Tie 3:20
The Hits Unplugged 2014 Razor & Tie 3:11
40 2017
Atlantic / Rhino 3:15
Party Tyme Karaoke: Classic Rock, Vol. 1
Sybersound Records 3:58
Rock & Romance Collection
Various Artists
Time Life 3:51
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:51