"Good Feeling" is a song by American rapperFlo Rida from his fourth studio album, Wild Ones. It was released as the album's lead single on August 29, 2011 in the United States. The song was written by Flo Rida, Dr. Luke, Cirkut, Breyan Isaac, Arash Pournouri, Avicii, Etta James, Leroy Kirkland, and Pearl Woods. It was also produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut.
The song contains vocal samples from Etta James's 1962 single "Something's Got a Hold on Me", which is why James, Leroy Kirkland, and Pearl Woods received writing credits. Avicii and Arash Pournouri received credits as well because Avicii's song "Levels", which also sampled the Etta James song, is used as the primary musical sample under Flo Rida's rapping. In addition, this is Flo Rida's fourth collaboration with Dr. Luke (after "Right Round", "Touch Me", and "Who Dat Girl"), and second collaboration with Cirkut (after "Who Dat Girl"). The three would next collaborate with Taio Cruz on the song "Hangover".
"Good Feeling" has peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Flo Rida's sixth top-10 and fourth top-five single on the chart. The song became a top ten hit in 16 countries. This song is the second track on Now 42.
"Good Feeling" is the lead single from his album Wild Ones. The track was written by Flo Rida, Dr. Luke, Cirkut, Breyan Issac, Arash Pournouri, Avicii, Etta James, Leroy Kirkland, and Pearl Woods, while production was helmed by Dr. Luke and Cirkut. Dr. Luke has previously produced Flo Rida's songs "Right Round", "Touch Me", and "Who Dat Girl"; Cirkut has previously teamed with Flo Rida on the latter song as well. "Good Feeling" features acoustic-driven guitars, computerized beats and charging keyboards over a prominent sample from Avicii's song "Levels", which in turn samples from Etta James’ 1962 gospel-tinged hit "Something’s Got a Hold on Me."
The first use of the Etta James vocal sample in a popular track was by Pretty Lights in the song "Finally Moving" in 2006, with a remix surfacing in 2008.
The song has received mixed to positive reviews from music critics. Trent Fitzgerald of "Pop Crush" gave the song four stars (out of possible five), writing that "the song is certainly destined to be a dance floor burner." The reviewer also said that "We have a good feeling that Flo Rida has a chart-topping hit on his hands with this club banger. It feels like an anthem for the fist-pumping crowd that idolizes MTV's Guido-ville show ‘The Jersey Shore.’" In a more favorable review, Katherine St Asaph of "Pop Dust" wrote that the track "might be the most listenable Flo Rida track ever" and that it's "pretty damn good."
In a more negative review, Digital Spy's Robert Copsey rated it two stars (out of possible five) and wrote that "the sampling of DJ Avicii's 'Levels' - which in turn samples Etta James's 'Something's Got a Hold on Me' - makes this club-rap number sound about as authentic as Asda's tinned spaghetti." Following James' death on 20 January 2012, Flo Rida dedicated the song in her memory.
Chart and sales performance
"Good Feeling" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 82 in its first week of release, and peaked at No. 3 in its 16th week on the Hot 100 in January 2012. It reached 3 million in sales by April 2012, and has sold over 4 million in the U.S. as of March 2014.
In the UK, "Good Feeling" reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in January 2012 eight weeks after release. It was his third No. 1 in the UK with sales of 51,000 that week. The song has sold 710,000 copies in the UK as of December 2012.
A lyric video was uploaded to Flo Rida's YouTube channel on August 29, 2011. He shot the music video on September 27, 2011., and it was then later officially released to YouTube on October 21, 2011.
The music video for "Good Feeling" follows Flo Rida on a tour around Europe. A lot of his exercise regime can be seen in detail. American rap artist Snoop Dogg can be seen in this video shaking hands with Flo Rida during a Marseilles show.
It also shows Flo Rida holding an Apple iPad in front of his face. He also rides a 'Tron Bike', created by Parker Brothers
For the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, "Good Feeling" was the unofficial victory song of the New York Rangers. The song was played after every Rangers home win at Madison Square Garden until it was replaced with the producer's Wake Me Up for the 2013-14 season. The song can also be heard in the second episode of HBO's 24/7, Road to the 2012 Winter Classic following a scene of the Rangers last second win against the Phoenix Coyotes on December 17, 2011.
“Good Feeling” was played to introduce the World Champion New York Football Giants at City Hall. Following this, each player received a key to the City of New York by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The WWE used this song as the official theme song to WWE Survivor Series 2011 and it was one of two Flo Rida songs that were used as one of the official theme songs to WrestleMania XXVIII with the other being "Wild Ones". Flo Rida also performed Good Feeling along with Wild Ones live at WrestleMania XXVIII prior to The Rock entrance for his "Once In A Lifetime" match against John Cena.