Donna Summer

I Feel Love

Composed by Pete Bellotte / Giorgio Moroder / Donna Summer

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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 Casablanca 5:55
Billboard Top Dance Hits: 1977 1977
Various Artists
Rhino 5:57
No Image 1978
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
No Image 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 3:46
Greatest Hits [1995] 1995 Universal International 3:57
Now That's What I Call Music! 32 [UK] 1995
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI
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
Disco in the House 1997
Various Artists
Priority Records 9:32
Disco: The Best Album in the World...Ever! 1997
Various Artists
Virgin
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
City FM, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
Pro D.J. 3:56
The Very Very Best of Disco 1998
Various Artists
Repertoire 5:40
70's Disco Ball Party Pack 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 8:13
Greatest Hits 1998 Chronicles / Mercury 3:46
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
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
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
Breaks 03 - The Album: Mixed by Kid Kenobi 2003
Various Artists
Ministry Of Sound 6:13
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
Various Artists
Universal / USM 3:45
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 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
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
The 70s Collection 2008
Various Artists
Brunswick 5:56
Classic 2009 Spectrum Music 3:12
Composite 2009 Citizen Records 2:00
Floorfillers: 80s Club Classics 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:48
Back to Disco, Vol. 1 2009
Various Artists
Mucha Mas 8:07
The Firm [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2009
Original Soundtrack
Universal 3:46
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
Classic Driving Songs
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 5:48
I Feel Love [Universal] Universal 11:36
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
The Ultimate Collection: Number 1s
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:47
Total Hits, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Universal 3:45
Woman 2007
Various Artists
Universal Music 8:13