Hooked on a Feeling

"Hooked on a Feeling" is a 1968 pop song written by Mark James and originally performed by B.J. Thomas. Thomas's version featured the sound of the electric sitar, and reached No. 5 in 1969 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] It has been recorded by many other artists, including Blue Swede, whose version reached No. 1 in the United States in 1974.[2] The Blue Swede version made singer Björn Skifs' "Ooga-Chaka-Ooga-Ooga" intro well known (and famous in Sweden at the time), although it had been used originally by British musician Jonathan King in his 1971 version of the song.

"Hooked on a Feeling"
Hooked on a Feeling - B. J. Thomas.jpg
Single by B.J. Thomas
from the album On My Way
B-side"I've Been Down This Road Before"
ReleasedOctober 29, 1968
StudioAmerican Sound Studio, Memphis, Tennessee
Songwriter(s)Mark James
Producer(s)Chips Moman
B.J. Thomas singles chronology
"The Eyes of a New York Woman"
"Hooked on a Feeling"
"It's Only Love"
"Hooked on a Feeling"
Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede.jpg
Single by Blue Swede
from the album Hooked on a Feeling
B-side"Gotta Have Your Love"
ReleasedFebruary 1974
GenrePop rock
LabelEMI Svenska
Songwriter(s)Mark James
Producer(s)Bengt Palmers
Blue Swede singles chronology
"Hooked on a Feeling"
"Silly Milly"

Chart performanceEdit

Blue Swede coverEdit

In 1974, the Swedish pop group Blue Swede did a cover version, which included the "ooga chaka" introduction from Jonathan King's 1971 cover. Their arrangement was inspired by a version recorded in 1971 by the Jamaican Reggae band, the Twinkle Brothers. The Blue Swede version of the song also tweaked the lyrics to avoid a drug reference.[8] This version reached number one in the United States.[2] Billboard ranked it as the No. 20 song for 1974.

Original lyrics Blue Swede lyrics
"I got it bad for you, girl,
but I don't need a cure.
I'll just stay addicted
and hope I can endure
all the good love…"
"Got a bug from you, girl,
but I don't need no cure.
I just stay a victim,
if I can for sure
All the good love…"



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[19]
Blue Swede version
Gold 400,000 
United States (RIAA)[20]
B.J. Thomas version
Gold 1,000,000^
United States (RIAA)[21]
Blue Swede version
Gold 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Different versionsEdit

In popular cultureEdit

  • Wilson Bryan Key, author of Subliminal Seduction, claimed in 1976 that the "ooga-chaka" chant was actually communicating the phrase "who got sucked off", and credited the song's success to this (although he offered no evidence for any of these claims).[29]
  • The song has been revived from time to time as a cultural touchstone of the 1970s, such as on the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack in 1992.[30]
  • The 1991 video game Boppin' used the song in its intro credits.
  • A popular animated video, featuring a computer animated dancing baby, and distributed on the internet, features the song. Its popularity increased after a version of the dancing baby and "Hooked on a Feeling" were in an episode of the Ally McBeal TV show.[31]
  • The chorus from the song was sung by Captain Hook on "Far, Far Away Idol" on the Shrek 2 DVD.
  • The 2014 feature film Guardians of the Galaxy,[32] which featured the brass fanfare and title lyrics of the Blue Swede cover version prominently in its trailers and theatrical release, resulted in a significant spike in sales for the recording;[33] the film's soundtrack reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart in August 2014.[34] The song was also featured heavily in the teaser trailer for the 2017 sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.[35] although the song was not used in the actual film.[36]
  • In 2015, the Toronto Blue Jays began using the Blue Swede rendition in a commercial featuring newly acquired David Price and Troy Tulowitzki.[37] The song is played at the Rogers Centre before the bottom of the 8th inning, similar to the usage of "Sweet Caroline" at games in Fenway Park in Boston.
  • Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC play the song immediately after victories at their home ground, Highmark Stadium.
  • In 2016, the song's cover by Blue Swede was featured in the documentary Holy Hell. The documentary is about the '80s West Hollywood cult Buddhafield and its manipulative, abusive leader. The song plays at the beginning as footage of members of the cult are shown outdoors reaching for the Sun in a euphoric and trance like state as the song's refrain "I'm hooked on a feeling, I'm high on believing" plays on.[38]
  • In the spring of 2017, this song (titled as "Feelin' Hooked") is featured on the Telus Mobility television commercial in Canada.[39]
  • A 1993 episode of the animated series Animaniacs is called "Hooked on a Ceiling", a pun on the title of the song.
  • The popular animated US sitcom Family Guy sampled the "ooga chaka" chant for a cutaway involving the characters Peter, Lois and Chris, where Chris has mounted his deceased parents' heads on the wall to sing the Blue Swede version of the song.
  • As part of its rebranding and logo redesign in 2019, the Discovery Channel aired a series of commercials featuring the some of the channel's personalities seemingly singing along to the song.[40]


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  19. ^ "British single certifications – Blue Swede – Hooked on a Feeling". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved July 26, 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Hooked on a Feeling in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
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  35. ^ Anderton, Ethan (October 19, 2016). "'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Teaser Trailer Is Hooked On A Feeling Again". /Film. Archived from the original on October 23, 2016. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
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  40. ^ "Discovery. Hooked on a Feeling". Retrieved 2019-11-10.

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