I Feel Love

Donna Summer

Song Review by Jason Ankeny

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 Casablanca 5:55
Billboard Top Dance Hits: 1977 1977
Various Artists
Rhino 5:57
Music Magic 1978
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Bad Girls 1979 Casablanca 0:00
On the Radio: Greatest Hits, Vols. 1-2 1979 Casablanca 3:20
Walk Away: The Best of Donna Summer (1977-1980) 1980 Mercury 5:39
The Dance Collection 1987 Casablanca / Universal 8:14
The Disco Years, Vol. 5: Must Be the Music 1992
Various Artists
Rhino 5:57
The Donna Summer Anthology 1993 Casablanca / Universal 5:51
Sounds of the Seventies: AM Nuggets 1993
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:56
Casablanca Records Story 1994
Various Artists
Casablanca / Mercury 8:12
Endless Summer: Donna Summer's Greatest Hits 1995 Casablanca / Def Jam / Island / Universal 3:50
Casablanca Records Greatest Hits 1996
Various Artists
Casablanca / Universal / Polygram 3:46
And They Danced the Night 1996
Various Artists
Debutante 3:46
Pure Disco [Polygram] 1996
Various Artists
Polydor / Polygram 3:54
Disco Mix 96 1996
Various Artists
WEA International
100% Pure Dance 1996
Various Artists
Mercury 6:21
Dance Box, Vol. 3 [Damian] 1997
Various Artists
Damian Music 6:21
Dance Box Set, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Damian Music 6:21
Sounds of the Seventies: '70s Dance Party, 1976-1977 1997
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:56
Gay Anthems, Vol. 3 [Blast] 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 / Mercury 3:46
Modulations: Cinema for the Ear 1998
Original Soundtrack
Caipirinha Records 5:55
Summer Dock Party 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
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
Universal Masters Collection 1999 Polydor / Universal / Virgin EMI 3:13
Millennium Edition 2000 Mercury 3:12
Machine Soul: An Odyssey Into Electronic Dance Music 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 5:55
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
Back to Mine 2002 DMC 9:00
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
Girls Triple Set 2003
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:45
Disco Summer 2003
Various Artists
Toshiba EMI
The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer 2003 UTV 8:18
The Ultimate Collection 2003 Universal International 6:08
Soul Heaven: London & Ibiza 2003 SUSU 2:24
90's 2004
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
'70s [Universal 2004] 2004
Various Artists
Universal / USM 3:45
Gold 2005 Hip-O / Mercury 5:52
Disco Gold 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 5:54
Club St. Tropez, Vol. 3 2005
Various Artists
More Music 3:09
'70s: Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:46
Express Yourself: Soul In The 20th Century 2006
Various Artists
Universal / Um3 3:45
12"/'80s/Dance 2006
Various Artists
Family Recordings 15:51
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
Disco Classics 2006
Various Artists
Ground Floor 0:00
Greatest Ever! Party: The Definitive Collection 2006
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:47
Pete Tong: Essential Classics 2006 Mercury / Virgin EMI 11:34
The 70s Collection 2008
Various Artists
Brunswick 5:56
R&B Divas [Universal 1CD] 2008
Various Artists
Universal / Universal Distribution 3:46
Classic 2009 Spectrum Music 3:12
Composite 2009 Citizen Records 2:00
Floorfillers: 80s Club Classics 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:48
The Firm [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2009
Original Soundtrack
Universal 3:46
Best Of My Love (Songs From The Heart 1961-2011) 2011
Various Artists
Fairshare / Genepool Records / Universal Distribution 3:48
12" '80s Classics 2011
Various Artists
Universal Music Canada
Icon 2013 Hip-O / Mercury 3:46
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
Love to Love You Donna 2013 Verve 7:15
American Hustle [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2013
Original Soundtrack
Legacy 5:56
The Ultimate Collection 2016 Crimson / Sony Music 5:53
12" 80's Classics [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
69 [2020]
Various Artists
Universal 8:15
70s Festival
Various Artists
Universal 3:13
70s Hits Mix
Various Artists
Universal 6:46
70s Hits [2020]
Various Artists
Universal 3:45
80s Dance Classics
Various Artists
Universal 5:53
All Time Disco
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Bath Music
Various Artists
Universal 6:46
Be My Valentine
Various Artists
Universal 5:59
Best 70's Hits
Various Artists
Universal 3:13
Best of 70's [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 6:46
Best of Disco Dance: Classics
Various Artists
Universal 5:53
Best of Disco Music Classics
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Biggest Disco Hits
Various Artists
Universal 5:53
Candy Pop
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Capodanno 2020 Party Time
Various Artists
Universal 5:53
Casablanca Classics
Various Artists
Island 15:45
Cinematic Reflections
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Classic Driving Songs
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 5:48
Dancing Queen [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
De Tijdloze
Various Artists
Universal 5:53
Disco Classics [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 3:46
Disco Classics [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 5:54
Disco Dance Party
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Disco Dance Party Hits
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Disco Fire [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Disco Hits 2020
Various Artists
Universal 5:53
Disco Music
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Disco Nights [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Disco Party Forever
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Disco Party Mix
Various Artists
Universal 3:46
Disco Party [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Disco Retro Party
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Disco Time [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Euro Techno & Disco
Various Artists
Universal 3:46
Fiebre de Sábado Por la Noche
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Fiesta Disco en Inglés
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Fiesta Orgullo 2021
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Full Música Disco
Various Artists
Universal 5:53
Funk Music
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Gay World Pride
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Get Ready Saturday
Various Artists
Universal 3:45
Get Your Pride On!
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Good Vibes [September, 2020]
Various Artists
Universal 5:53
Grandes Temazos Disco
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Groovy Baby
Various Artists
Universal 8:15
Happy Pride: Feel Good Tunes
Various Artists
Universal 5:55
Himnos Del Orgullo
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Hitazos Totales
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Hits Disco, Sep 2020
Various Artists
Universal 5:53
Hot Party 70 Classics
Various Artists
Universal 3:46
House of Gucci [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Original Soundtrack
Decca 0:00
I Feel Love [Universal] Universal 11:36
I'm Coming Out
Various Artists
Universal 5:53
La Mejor Musica Disco
Various Artists
Universal 5:53
La Música es Universal: Siempre Pride
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Ladies Night [2020]
Various Artists
Universal 5:53
Love Is Love [2022]
Various Artists
Universal 5:53
Music Is Universal: Clásicos del Orgullo
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Music Is Universal: Disco Pride
Various Artists
Universal 8:15
Music Is Universal: Pride by Shaed
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Music Is Universal: Throwback Pride
Various Artists
Universal 8:15
Música Disco en Ingles
Various Artists
Universal 5:53
New Year's Disco Party
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Night Fever [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Noche de Orgullo Gay
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Noches Disco
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Old School Hip Hop Jams: Old School Jams, Vol. 6
Various Artists
Spg Music Ltd. 5:48
Orgullo Gay Arriba [June, 2021]
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Orgullo Gay LGBT
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
POP Domingo
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Pacha Ibiza: 40 Years 1973-2013
Various Artists
New State / Pacha 3:39
Pasaporte a los 70s
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Pride Hits 2020
Various Artists
Universal 3:47
Pride Hits 2021
Various Artists
Universal 5:53
Pride Party Top
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
R&B Soul
Various Artists
Universal 5:54
Rainbow Anthems Pride 2021
Various Artists
Universal 3:46
Retro Disco Tour
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Retro Disco [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 5:54
Retro Music
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Saturday Night Party 70's
Various Artists
Universal 3:46
Show Your Pride 2021
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Stars of the 70s
Various Artists
Universal 3:45
Summer Boogie
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Summer Disco Party
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Summer Disco Vibes
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Summer Hits for Kids 2022
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Super Hitazos
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Temazos y Hitazos: Disco
Various Artists
Universal 5:53
Temones Épicos
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
The Best 70s Album in the World...Ever!
Various Artists
Universal 6:46
The Real 70s Sound
Various Artists
Universal 5:53
The Seventies [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 3:47
The Ultimate Collection: Number 1s
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:47
Top Gay Sounds
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Total Hits, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Universal 3:45
Tubes Disco
Various Artists
Universal 3:46
Viaje a 1977
Various Artists
Universal 8:14
Woman 2007
Various Artists
Universal Music 8:13
Women of Pop!
Various Artists
Universal 3:46