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"Hooked on a Feeling"
Single by Blue Swede
from the album Hooked on a Feeling
B-side "Gotta Have Your Love"
Released 1974
Format 7"
Recorded 1974
Genre Pop music
Length 2:48
Label EMI Svenska
Writer(s) Mark James
Blue Swede singles chronology
- "Hooked on a Feeling"
"Never My Love"

"Hooked on a Feeling" is a 1968 pop song written by Mark James originally performed by B. J. Thomas. Featuring the sound of the electric sitar, the song reached number five in 1969 on the Billboard Hot 100. This then had two successful covers. In 1971, Jonathan King produced his own version, adding ooka shaka jungle chants similar to, but not exactly the same as, Johnny Preston's "Running Bear." King described it as "a reggae rhythm by male voices." His version was a Top 30 hit throughout Europe.

In 1974 the Swedish pop group Blue Swede with Björn Skifs as lead singer did a cover, with the "ooka shaka" introduction. Their version reached number one in the United States and was revived on the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack in 1992. In 1975, this version was subject to some minor controversy when Wilson Bryan Key, in his book Subliminal Seduction, claimed the words "ooka shaka" are changed to the phrase "who got sucked off" at 0:31 into the song.

It was covered again in 1997 by David Hasselhoff.

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Preceded by
"Sunshine on My Shoulders" by John Denver
Billboard Hot 100 number one single (Blue Swede version)
April 6, 1974
Succeeded by
"Bennie and the Jets" by Elton John


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