In more recent years "Feelings" has been best known as a target of parody and ridicule for embodying what are perceived by many as the most insipid lyrical and musical qualities of 1970s "soft rock" music. It appears frequently on lists of "the worst songs ever" and was included on the 1998 Rhino Recordscompilation album '70s Party Killers.
Recordings of the song have credited authorship variously to Albert alone, to Albert and Gasté (since the late 1980s), to Albert and Michel Jourdan (because of the French lyrics Dis-Lui), and to Albert and "Kaisermann". The last of these attributions is redundant, since the singer's real name is Mauricio Alberto Kaisermann.
In 1976, Dutch comedian Andre van Duin recorded the song in his own language as the roadblock-themed "File" (meaning 'traffic-jam'). Although its parent album "And're Andre" was meant to include serious songs only, "File" can be considered a compromise.
Japanese vocal group Hi-Fi Set released a Japanese-language version of the same title in late 1976 and it became their breakthrough hit the next year.
The American punk rock band The Offspring recorded a version of "Feelings" for their 1998 album Americana, substituting the original lyrics about love with ones about hate.
Greek singer Sakis Rouvas released a Greek-language version entitled "Pes Tis" in 2003, while also covering "Feelings" and Brant's "Dis Lui" French version. The Greek version of the song won two MAD Video Music Awards for "Sexiest Appearance in a Video" awarded to Sakis Rouvas, and one awarded to Gens for "Best Direction".
The O'Jays released a version on their 1977 Travelin' At The Speed Of Thought album.
Todd Solondz sang the song in a short he made while studying film at NYU called "Feelings".
Enzo Stuarti released a version partly in English, mostly in Italian.
In 2011, the song was parodied by The Fringemunks to recap Fringe episode 3.14, "6B."
A cover of the song appears on the Sesame Street album, Let Your Feelings Show, sung by "Marry Banilow and the Muppettones". The song is first sung as normal (substituting 'girl' with 'boy' as it's sung by a girl), then is redone in a style similar to Spike Jones with a bunch of sound effects and soundbytes in the background.
In 2013, a bilingual English / French version of the song was released by Vigon Bamy Jay.
Avant garde saxophonist Albert Ayler quoted the theme of "Pour Toi" in his song "Children", which was published in 1964.
A version of the song appeared on an episode of The Muppet Show sung by Beaker in his "mee-mee" speaking. The crowd was unruly that night, and they booed Beaker halfway through. Animal, who was on drums for the song, told the crowd to pipe down.
The b-side of the original single of "Feelings" was "This World Today is a Mess," written by Donna Hightower and Danny Daniel. Albert's version copies her style and although his version of the song did not meet much commercial interest, Hightower's own recording has sold millions of copies, primarily in the Spanish-speaking world.
MC Hammer sings it in a Pepsi commercial after he drinks a glass of cola not knowing it was replaced with Coke.
Misty Oldland cited it during a live-performance in Japan as an indication to her own song "Got a feeling".
Willie Colón cited it during a French festival-performance as an example of a non-English-speaking artist singing in English.
In the premiere episode of The Jim Henson Hour in the "MuppeTelevision" segment, Kermit and a companion enter into the semi-robotic character, Digit, to repair him and work on an interior function for his feelings. When they do so, Digit starts singing the song.
A short version of the song was sung by actress Nancy McKeon in a 1984 episode of the sitcom The Facts of Life. In the episode, McKeon's character, Jo, and Mrs. Garrett (Charlotte Rae) go to a piano bar where Mrs. Garrett ends up going on a date with the piano man, resulting in Jo taking over for him. She sings a chorus of the song and gets the enthusiastic guests to sing along with her.
In the Family Matters episode "Cousin Urkel," Urkel (Jaleel White) sings the chorus of the song in an attempt to serenade Laura Winslow, and plays the accordion to accompany himself. Urkel's rendition, off-key for comedic effect, is late at night (at Eddie's encouragement) and wakes up the entire neighborhood.
On The Jeffersons in March 1983, Florence (Marla Gibbs), misunderstands when Louise, George, Tom and Helen plan a surprise party for Florence just to let her know how much they appreciate her friendship. However, when Florence walks in on the planning stages Tom makes an excuse and tells her she's invited but only to serve the meal. This prompts Florence to drown her sorrows in a $500 bottle of wine George just bought. Then she sings 'Feelings' while drunk.
One sketch on the Canadian show The Red Green Show is "The Possum Lodge Word Game" (a parody of Password). In one episode, from 1995, Dalton Humphrey (Bob Bainborough) has to guess the word "feelings" to win a prize of an entire case of Quebec Nordiques hockey uniforms. Red (Steve Smith) successfully gets Dalton to say the word when he asks him, "What is the most annoying song ever written?"