Can You Feel the Love Tonight

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
Single by Elton John
from the album The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Released May 12, 1994 (1994-05-12)
Format CD, vinyl record (7"), audio cassette
Recorded 1993
Genre Soft rock, adult contemporary
Length 3:59
Label Walt Disney
Writer(s) Elton John (music), Tim Rice (lyrics)[1]
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Elton John singles chronology
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
"Circle of Life"
The Lion King track listing
"I Just Can't Wait to Be King"
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
Simba and Nala stare deeply into each other's eyes during the "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" sequence.

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" is a song from Disney's 1994 animated film The Lion King[2] composed by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice.[1] It was described by Don Hahn (the film's producer), Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff (the film's directors) as having "the most diverse history" in the film.[3] It was a chart hit in the UK, peaking at #14 on the UK Singles Chart,[1] and achieved even more success in the U.S., reaching a peak of #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was a number-one hit in France, and it sold 11 million copies worldwide.


The song was performed in the film by Kristle Edwards, Joseph Williams, Sally Dworsky, Nathan Lane, and Ernie Sabella, while the end title version was performed by Elton John. It won the 1994 Academy Award for Best Original Song,[1] and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. It also earned Elton John the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

In 2003, a remixed version of the song was included in the Special Edition soundtrack of The Lion King, again sung by Elton John.

In the followup The Lion King 1½, the romantic scene where the song was originally featured also had the song playing, but with a difference: interspersed with the romantic scenes were short comedic shots of Timon and Pumbaa trying to disrupt Simba and Nala's night out with the "Peter Gunn Theme" playing while they try.

Early production

The song was planned to be sung only by Simba and Nala but in the end the idea was scrapped because the directors decided it was an "unearned" moment between Simba and Nala.

The song was then planned to be sung this time only by Timon and Pumbaa, but Elton John disliked the comical nature of the concept. John declared that "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" was meant to follow "Disney's tradition of great love songs", and that it could "express the lions' feelings for each other far better than dialogue could". The final result was the song mainly sung by an off-screen voice (Kristle Edwards) with short lines from Simba (Joseph Williams) and Nala (Sally Dworsky), and the beginning and end parts by Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella).[3] It also included Zulu vocals that, while mostly muted in the on-screen version, were much more prominently featured in the audio-only releases.[4]

Other languages

With the usual number of dubs normally released by Disney, for The Lion King a special Zulu dub was made in South Africa. This is not just the only Zulu dub ever made by Disney, but also the only dub made in any African language, other than Arabic.[5]

Beside the official dubs, several local TV stations made their own dub of the movie, or re-dubbed an existing version, in local languages. Namely: Arabic, Armenian, Austrian German, Crimean Tatar, Kabardian, Nogai[6] and Tamil.[7]

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" in other languages
Language Title Translation
Arabic "يله نعيش الحب الليلة" ("Yalla n’eish el’hob el’leila") "Come on, let’s live the love tonight"
Brazilian Portuguese "Nesta noite o amor chegou" "Tonight the love arrived"
Bulgarian "B тaзи нoщ любoв изгря" ("V tazi nosch lyubov izgrya") "In this night love rises"
Cantonese "這夜何溫馨美麗" ("?") "This night is so warm and beautiful"
Castilian Spanish "Es la noche del amor" "It’s the night of love"
Croatian "Noć je puna ljubavi" "Night is full of love"
Czech "Vím, že nám noc lásku dá" "I know that the night will give us love"
Danish "Føl hvordan dit liv bli’r fyldt" "Feel how your life is filled"
Dutch "S’avonds bloeit de liefde op" "At night, the love is blossoming"
Estonian "Arm on õhus õhtu eel" "Love is in the air tonight"
European Portuguese "Nesta noite o amor chegou" "Tonight the love arrived"
Finnish "Tunnetko jo rakkauden" "Do you already feel the love?"
French "L’amour brille sous les étoiles" "Love shines under the stars"
German "Kann es wirklich Liebe sein?" "Can it really be love?"
Greek "Αγάπη νιώσε στη νυχτιά" ("Agápi nióse sti nihtiá") "Feel the love tonight"
Hebrew "אהבה יש באוויר" ("Ahava yesh ba’avir") "Love is in the air"
Hindi "कैसी प्यार भरी यह रात" ("Kaisi pyar bhari yeh raat") "What a love filled Night!"
Hungarian "Érzed már a szív szavát?" "Can you feel the word of the heart?"
Icelandic "Ástin opnar augun skær" "Love opens up the bright eyes"
Indonesian "Dapatkah kau rasakan damai malam" "Can you feel the peace of the night?"
Italian "L’amore è nell’aria, stasera" "Love is in the air, tonight"
Japanese "愛を感じて" ("Ai o kanjite") "Feel the love"
Korean "사랑으로 가득한 이 밤을 느껴요" ("Sarang-ŭro kadŭkhan i pamŭl nŭkkyŏyo") "Feel this night filled with love"
Latin American Spanish "Esta noche es para amar" "This night is to love"
Malaysian "Rasakah cinta ini?" "Can you feel this love?"
Marathi ? ?
Norwegian "Fyll ditt sinn med kjærlighet" "Fill your mind with love"
Polish "Pieśń o miłości" "Song of love"
Romanian "Simţi plutind iubirea în aer" "Feel the love floating in the air"
Russian "Нынче ты узнал любовь" ("Nynche ty uznal ljubov’") "Tonight you learnt love"
Serbian "Љубав је у ваздуху" ("Ljubav je u vazduhu") "Love is in the air"
Slovak "V túto noc je láska v nás" "Tonight the love is with us"
Slovene "Kaj v zraku je nocoj?" "What’s in the air tonight?"
Swedish "Känn en doft av kärleken" "Feel a scent of love"
Taiwanese Mandarin "這夜晚愛情到來" ("Zhè yèwǎn àiqíng dàolái") "Tonight love came"
Thai "เธอรู้สึกถึงรักหรือเปล่า" ("Thuuhr ruu seuk theung reuu bplaao") "Do you feel the love around?"
Turkish "Bu gece aski hisset" "Feel the love tonight"
Ukrainian "Серцем ти відчуй любов" ("Sercem ty vidchuj lyubov") "Feel the love with your heart"
Zulu "Uyaluzwa uthando namhlanje" "He feels the love today"

Festival of the Lion King

In Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom's Festival of the Lion King, the song is sung by Nakawa and Kibibi. As they sing, two ballet dancers (one male, one female) dressed as birds dance on the stage. After the main chorus is sung, the male bird dancer attaches his partner to a harness that allows her to fly through the air.

Cover versions

English pop group S Club, Sara Paxton and Elliott Yamin all covered the song for Disneymania, Disneymania 4 and Disneymania 6, respectively. Filipino soprano Vell Baria covered the song in a classical version as a dedication song for the APEC Philippines 2015 was released in her YouTube channel.[8] Jackie Evancho covered the song for her album Songs from the Silver Screen. Harajuku, a Eurodance band covered a dance version of the song in a 1995 release with singer Stephanie O'Hara, also known as Stefanie Obst, performing vocals.[9][10][11] Italian trio Il Volo coverd the song releasing it in the special edition of their album We Are Love.[12]

We Love Disney

The song was covered in different languages for the series We Love Disney by:



Weekly charts

Chart (1994) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[17] 9
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[18] 4
France (SNEP)[19] 1
Germany (Media Control Charts)[20] 14
Ireland (IRMA)[21] 9
New Zealand (RIANZ)[22] 7
Sweden (Topplistan)[23] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[24] 14
US Billboard Hot 100[25] 4
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 3
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[26] 1
Chart (1995) Peak
Dutch Mega Top 100[27] 14
Norwegian Singles Chart[28] 4
Swiss Singles Chart[29] 10

Year-end charts

Chart (1994) Position
French Singles Chart[30] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[31] 18
Chart (1995) Position
French Singles Chart[32] 23


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[33] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[34] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[35] Gold 250,000*
Sweden (GLF)[36] Platinum 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[37] Gold 600,000[38]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also


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