Boston

More Than a Feeling

Composed by Tom Scholz

Song Review by

After inventing the Polaroid Land Camera, guitarist Tom Scholz turned his knack for gadgetry into a second career when his multi-layered basement recordings became Boston's mega-selling debut. Among the top-selling records of all time, its first single, "More Than a Feeling," went Top Five in 1976. What at first sounded like a breath of fresh air on the stale mid-'70s airwaves soon turned stale due to incessant radio play; the song became lodged in the collective consciousness. As was the fashion of the day, "More Than a Feeling" begins as a gentle MOR song but bursts wide open when the sound of pounding drums meets the power chords of the main riff. Not exactly a power ballad, the song does display an extreme shift in dynamics throughout. From its breezy opening and the aforementioned power chords to the crunchy yet sugary chorus and brief bridge which makes way for Scholz's epic, noodle-style soloing, the formula was often repeated in the late '70s by lesser bands. Thus, "More Than a Feeling" is often pointed to as an example of everything that was wrong with the decade's music and is generally reviled by critics of '70s corporate rock.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Boston 1976 Epic / Sony Music Distribution 4:44
FM [Original Soundtrack] 1978
Original Soundtrack
MCA 4:45
Rock Album, Vol. 1 [K-Tel] 1980
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:46
Best of 70s Supergroups 1988
Various Artists
Priority Records 4:41
Ultimate Rock, Vol. 1 1993
Various Artists
Sounds of the Seventies: The Late '70s 1993
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:27
The Greatest Classic Rock Hits 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 4:45
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Born to Be Wild, Vol. 2 [Madacy 1995] 1995
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:45
Frat Rock: The '70s 1995
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:26
Rock 'n 70s 1996
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 0:00
Ultimate Rock 'N' Roll Collection [EMI] 1996
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music Distribution
Greatest Hits 1997 Epic 4:46
Rock for the Ages 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O
Whole Lotta Rock: 1976-1977 1997
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 4:42
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1970-1978 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 4:41
The Ultimate Rock Collection Gold and Platinum, Vol. 3: 1974-1979 1997
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:26
Songs You Know by Heart: Feel Good Rock 1998
Various Artists
Unison
Guitar Rock: Heavy Favorites 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time / Life Music 3:26
No Image 1998 Sony Music Distribution 4:45
Millennium Classic Rock Party 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:38
More Than a Feeling [Platinum Disc] 1999 Sony Music Distribution 4:46
Kuschelrock Special Edition 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Pure 70's 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 4:44
Millennium Party [Rhino Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:38
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:29
Superhits of Rock: 1965 - 1979 1999
Various Artists
L & D 3:23
Kuschelrock, Vol. 3 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:45
Classic Rock, Vol. 1 [Platinum Disc] 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:45
American Classics [Import] 2000
Various Artists
Shock 3:20
Supergroups of the 70s [Madacy] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 4:46
Amplified 2000
Various Artists
UTV 4:44
City Rocks: Boston 2000
Various Artists
Cityrocks 4:46
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Realm Records 4:44
Boston Celtics: Celtic Pride 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 4:36
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:45
All Music Guide: Classic Rock 2001
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 4:48
The Ultimate Hits of the 70's 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 4:44
A Year in Your Life: 1976, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 4:47
While My Guitar Gently Weeps: 32 Guitar Ballads 2002
Various Artists
Universal International 4:36
Jukebox Hits of the '70s [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 4:44
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 4:44
More Than a Feeling [Collectables] 2002 Collectables 4:46
Ultimate Power of Supergroups 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:46
Rock Classics: The Heavyweights 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 0:00
Extreme 70's [1] 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:46
Top Hits of the Seventies: Chart Toppers 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 4:42
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 70's Classic Rock's Greatest Hits 2003
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 4:45
Greatest Songs of the 70's [Sony] 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:46
Then: Totally Oldies 70's, Vol. 6 2003
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 3:23
Rock 'N' Roll's Greatest Hits 70's 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:44
Classic Rock for Dummies 2003
Various Artists
Superb Records 4:46
World's Best Ever Beer Songs 2004 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Box of Rock 2003
Various Artists
Import 3:22
Essential 70's [Universal] 2004
Various Artists
Universal International 4:44
Rockin' 70's [Sony] 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:42
Oldies: Forever Young 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:43
The Best Air Guitar Album in the World...Ever! 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:21
Retro '70s 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 4:44
Extreme 70s 2004
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:46
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 4:43
Triple Treat: Rock 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:48
Classic Rock, Vol. 1 2005
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:45
'70s: Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:45
Mullets Rock! Too! 2007
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:44
Legends Informercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:27
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:26
The Power of Love: 60 Powerful Love Ballads 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:24
Boston/Don't Look Back 2008 Legacy / Epic 4:45
Greatest Ever Dad: The Definitive Collection 2008
Various Artists
Union Square 3:22
Now That's What I Call Classic Rock 2008
Various Artists
Capitol 4:45
Classic Rock [EMI] 2008
Various Artists
EMI 4:42
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa [Original Soundtrack] 2008
Various Artists
Interscope 0:00
101 Power Ballads [EMI] 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:43
The Pop Years: 1976-1977 2009
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:22
Essential: The Power of Rock 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:30
No Image 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Sony Music Entertainment 4:47
Essential Memories of Love 2010
Various Artists
4:49
Haynes Ultimate Guide to Rock: Dad 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:24
The Pop Years: The 70s 2010
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:22
Pure... Guitar Heroes 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:30
Classic Rock Roadtrip 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 4:46
Pure... Hard Rock 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:29
Made in America: 20 Classic All-American Anthems 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:22
Ultimate Guide to Rock Anthems 2011
Various Artists
Haynes / Sony Music 4:45
Greatest Ever! Rock Anthems 2011
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music 0:00
Pure... Drive 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:29
The Box Set Series: Classic Rock 2014
Various Artists
Legacy 4:46
100 Hits: Best Rock & Power Ballads Album
Various Artists
100 Hits / Sony Music 3:28
100 Hits: Supersonic 70s
Various Artists
Demon Music Group / DMG TV 3:28
70's Songs
Various Artists
Crimson / Sony Music 3:29
70s U.S. Playlist
Various Artists
Crimson 4:44
Box of Rock [Disc 1]
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 3:22
Dad Songs
Various Artists
Crimson / Sony Music 3:28
Driving Rock
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 4:44
Rock & Romance Collection
Various Artists
Time Life 4:47
Rock 'N Roll All Nite
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 3:25
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:27
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:45
The Heat Lakeshore Records 4:46