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I Feel For You on Wikipedia
"I Feel for You"
Song by Prince from the album Prince
ReleasedOctober 19, 1979
FormatVinyl LP, cassette, CD
LabelWarner Bros.
Prince track listing

"I Feel for You" is a song written by Prince that originally appeared on his 1979 self-titled album. The most successful and best-known version was recorded by R&B singer Chaka Khan, appearing on her 1984 album, I Feel for You. Prince, as songwriter, won the 1985 Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Song.


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Chaka Khan version
    • 2.1 Personnel
  • 3 Music video
  • 4 Charts
    • 4.1 Weekly charts
    • 4.2 Year-end charts
    • 4.3 Certifications
  • 5 Reception
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Prince originally recorded the song containing disco music for his eponymous second album, released in 1979.[1] He uses the falsetto vocal with the melody range between C4 and C5.[2] However, the song and "I Wanna Be Your Lover", a hit song of Prince's debut album, were written for Patrice Rushen, who eventually rejected both songs.[3][4]

The Pointer Sisters recorded the song in 1982 on their album So Excited![1] Rebbie Jackson recorded it for her 1984 debut album Centipede.

Chaka Khan version

"I Feel for You"
Chaka Khan - I Feel for You.JPG
Single by Chaka Khan
from the album I Feel for You
ReleasedOctober 12, 1984
  • Vinyl
  • 7"
  • 45 RPM
  • picture disc
  • 12"
  • CD single reissue (1989)
  • Dance-pop
  • R&B
LabelWarner Bros.
Producer(s)Arif Mardin
Chaka Khan singles chronology

Khan's version featured an all-star supporting cast, with rapping from Melle Mel (of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five); guitar, drum programming, bass guitar, keyboards and arrangement by Reggie Griffin; bass synthesizer and programming by The System's David Frank using an Oberheim DSX sequencer which was hooked up to his Minimoog via CV and gate; and chromatic harmonica playing by Stevie Wonder. The song also uses vocal samples from Wonder's song "Fingertips". The repetition of Khan's name by Melle Mel at the beginning of the song was originally a mistake made by producer Arif Mardin, who then decided to keep it.[5]

This version of the song became a million-selling smash in the US and UK, and it helped to relaunch Khan's career. The song hit No. 1 on the Cash Box singles chart and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in November–December 1984. The song remained on the Billboard Hot 100 for 26 weeks and became one of Billboard's five biggest pop songs of the year for 1985. The single reached No. 1 on both the US dance[6] and R&B charts in late 1984, remaining atop both for three weeks each.[7] In addition, the song also reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart.[8] While touring with Prince in 1998 in support of her collaborative album, Come 2 My House, Khan and Prince performed "I Feel for You" as a duet.

Khan's version of the song is written in the key of G♭ major with a tempo of 125 beats per minute in common time. Khan's vocals span from D♭4 to A♭5 in the song.[9][10]


  • Chaka Khan - lead vocals, backing vocals
  • Steve Ferrone - Drums
  • David Frank - keyboards, synthesizer, programming
  • Philippe Saisse - keyboards, synthesizer, programming
  • Robbie Buchanan - keyboards, synthesizer, programming
  • Reggie Griffin - guitar, bass, keyboards, synthesizer, drum machine, programming and arrangement
  • Stevie Wonder - chromatic harmonica
  • Grandmaster Melle Mel - vocals

Music video

The first version of the music video for Khan's song featured her working in a club with female dancers. As rap music and break dancing were gaining popularity in mainstream pop culture at the time, the song was released and proved a success, so another version of the video, in an inner-city courtyard setting, was created. It featured Khan with a disc jockey and break dancers Shabba Doo, Boogaloo Shrimp, Bruno Falcon and Ana Sánchez, all of whom appeared in the movie Breakin'.[11] A remixed version of the video was created to match the 12" vinyl version of the single.

See also

  • List of number-one dance hits (United States)


  1. ^ a b Webb, Robert (July 15, 2013). "100 Greatest Cover Versions: The Ultimate Playlist". McNidder and Grace Limited – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ ""Just Another One of God's Gifts": Prince, African-American Masculinity, and the Sonic Legacy of the Eighties". ProQuest. January 1, 2008 – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ McInnis, C. Liegh (November 1, 2007). "Chapter 5: 'Laying a Foundation'". The Lyrics of Prince Rogers Nelson: A Literary Look at a Creative Musical Poet, Philosopher, and Storyteller (Paperback)|format= requires |url= (help) (Third ed.). Psychedelic Literature. p. 177. ISBN 0965577503. 
  4. ^ Wall, Mick (July 28, 2016). "Prince: Purple Reign". Orion Publishing Group – via Google Books. 
  5. ^ "Arif Mardin: Tales from the Recording Studio". December 19, 2005. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974–2003. Record Research. p. 144. 
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 321. 
  8. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 442. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  9. ^ "BPM for 'i feel for you' by chaka khan |". Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  10. ^ Prince. "Chaka Khan "I Feel for You" Sheet Music in G Major (transposable) - Download & Print". Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  11. ^ "I feel for You Video". Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St Ives: Australian Chart Book. p. 165. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  13. ^ " – Chaka Khan – I Feel For You" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  14. ^ " – Chaka Khan – I Feel For You" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  15. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (July 17, 2013). "Image : RPM Weekly". 
  16. ^ " – Chaka Khan – I Feel For You" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  17. ^ " – Chaka Khan Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  18. ^ "Indice per Titolo: I" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  19. ^ " – Chaka Khan – I Feel For You" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  20. ^ " – Chaka Khan – I Feel For You". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  21. ^ " – Chaka Khan – I Feel For You". VG-lista. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  22. ^ " – Chaka Khan – I Feel For You". Singles Top 100. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  23. ^ " – Chaka Khan – I Feel For You". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  24. ^ "Chaka Khan – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Chaka Khan. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  25. ^ "Top 100 Singles of 1984 in Canada". October 25, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Top 100 Singles of 1985 in Canada". November 5, 2015. 
  27. ^ "American single certifications – Chaka Khan – I Feel for You". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  28. ^ "British single certifications – Chaka Khan – I Feel for You". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter I Feel for You in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search

External links

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  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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