On This Day : Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ Was At No.1 On UK Singles Chart

Over the course of time a plethora of songs have been released. Some resonating with the sound of a particular genre, some with a particular style and some with a particular era. Few of these songs went on to become the anthems of their era. In this case, one such anthem was ‘I Feel Love’ by Donna Summer.

Produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte the shimmering track defined the disco era. The song dominated charts worldwide, topping UK Singles Chart for four weeks straight.

The time period between the late ’70s and early ’80s produced some of the most iconic disco tracks of all time. However, what set ‘I Feel Love’ apart from the rest was how ahead of its time it was. Before the release of the iconic track most disco recordings had been backed by acoustic orchestras, whereas ‘I Feel Love’s’ backing was entirely synthesized. According to Moroder: “We wanted to conclude with a futuristic song, and I decided that it had to be done with a synthesizer”.

The exemplary track, with its electronic sound, paved the way for the popular sounds of the ’80s like new wave and synthpop, even contributing to modern day techno. It inspired artists like The Human League to head into a completely different direction and led the way for the affectionate era of disco. On one occasion, David Bowie recalls how Brian Eno recognized the impact ‘I Feel Love’ was going to have on the music world: “One day in Berlin … Eno came running in and said, “I have heard the sound of the future.” … he puts on ‘I Feel Love,’ by Donna Summer … He said, “This is it, look no further. This single is going to change the sound of club music for the next fifteen years.” Which was more or less right.”