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"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
Single by Aretha Franklin
from the album Lady Soul
Released 1967
Format 7" single
Recorded 1966
Genre Soul
Length 2:45
Label Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Jerry Wexler
Producer Jerry Wexler
Aretha Franklin singles chronology
"Baby I Love You"
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
"Chain of Fools"

"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" is a 1967 single released by American soul singer Aretha Franklin on the Atlantic label. The record was a big hit for Franklin, reaching number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became a standard song for her.

Co-written by the celebrated writing-producing team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin, the song was inspired by Atlantic Records co-owner and producer Jerry Wexler. As recounted in his autobiography, Wexler, a student of African-American musical culture, had been mulling over the concept of the "natural man" when he drove by Goffin on the streets of New York. He shouted out to her he wanted a "natural woman" song for Franklin's next album. In thanks, Goffin and King granted Wexler a co-writing credit.

It was recorded by Carole King on her landmark 1971 album Tapestry, and by Mary J. Blige, whose 1995 version, from the soundtrack of New York Undercover, also charted. Bobby Womack did a version of the song on his 1973 album Facts of Life with lyrics and title altered to "(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Man" Rod Stewart covered that version in 1974 for his album Smiler. Bonnie Tyler did a very successful version of the song on her album It's A Heartache (outside the U.S., known as Natural Force) in 1978. Céline Dion also recorded this song in 1995 for the Tapestry Revisited album. Franklin gave a live performance of the song alongside King, Dion, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan and Shania Twain on the first VH1 Divas special in 1998.

The song appears on the game Karaoke Revolution. In 2003, the episode "Walking on Water" of BBC series Waking the Dead began with a version of the song performed by a transgender character.


Mary J. Blige version

In April 1995, Blige's version of the song was included on the FOX drama, New York Undercover, alongside a music video filmed with Blige performing at a wedding-style ceremony, with backup singers around her. Her version was featured on the My Life album. The single peaked at number 39 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number 95 on the Billboard Hot 100.



Chart (1995) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 95
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[2] 39

Céline Dion version

"(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman" was released as a promotional single by Céline Dion on October 23, 1995 in the United States, Canada and Australia.[3] It was featured on a tribute album to Carole King, called Tapestry Revisited from October 24, 1995. Later, Céline Dion included this track on most versions of her 1996 album Falling into You. The track was produced by David Foster. Although there was no music video made, Dion's version enjoyed a moderate success on the adult contemporary charts, reaching number 9 in Canada and number 31 in the United States. In 2008, the song was featured on the U.S. version of My Love: Ultimate Essential Collection.

On April 14, 1998, Céline Dion, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, Gloria Estefan and Carole King performed during a VH1 Divas concert at the Beacon Theatre, New York. The five vocalists were recruited by the cable music network VH1 to raise money for Save the Music, their education charity. Hyped extensively in the press, the event was a ratings' winner for VH1 - so successful, in fact, that the network arranged to have the concert released on disc and tape on October 6, 1998. At that time "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (performed by all divas) was released as a radio single around the world.

Formats and track listings

1995 promotional CD single

  1. "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman" – 3:40

1998 promotional CD single

  1. "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman" (live) – 5:15
  2. "You've Got a Friend" (live) – 5:28


Chart (1995) Peak
Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart[4] 9
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[5] 31


  1. ^ Billboard Hot 100
  2. ^ Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
  3. ^ Glatzer, Jenna (2005). Céline Dion: For Keeps. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-5559-5.  
  4. ^ Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart
  5. ^ Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks


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