On the record, Brown revels in how “good” he feels (“nice, like sugar and spice”), now that he has the one he loves. Brown’s vocal performance features his trademark soul shouting vocals and screams. The song’s form is a twelve bar blues. Its brass-heavy instrumental arrangement is similar to that of Brown’s previous hit “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag”, including the trademark emphasis “on the one” (i. e. the first beat of the measure) that characterizes Brown’s then-new funk style. The song also features a prominent alto sax solo by Maceo Parker.
Although Brown’s vocal group, The Famous Flames, received label credit for this song, they don’t actually sing on it. However, they do perform the song with Brown in a cameo appearance in the 1965 film, Ski Party.
Of Brown’s 99 hits to reach the Billboard Hot 100 (a total second only to Elvis Presley) “I Got You (I Feel Good)” is Brown’s highest charting song, peaking at number three. The song remained at the top of the Billboard R&B singles chart for six weeks, after his previous single, “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”, held the number-one spot for eight weeks. Brown’s screams at the beginning and end of the song have been sampled a number of times for hip hop and dance songs. The song has also been covered many times by other performers, and is frequently played at sporting events.
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