Random fact about me: The chorus to More Than a Feeling is one the few ring tones allowed on my cellphone.
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"More Than a Feeling" is a song by the rock band Boston, released as the lead single from their eponymous debut album on Epic Records in September 1976, with "Smokin'" on the flipside. The single peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. The track has become a staple of classic rock radio and is ranked as #500 on the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. and in 2009 it was named the 39th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.
His biggest hit, "More Than A Feeling" took writer Tom Scholz five years to complete. The song is an example of the compound AABA form. The verses are in the key of D major, and the refrain is in the key of G major.
The Book of Rock Lists suggests that the chorus riff may itself be a subtle homage to the Kingsmen's classic, "Louie Louie". Scholz credits "Walk Away Renee" by The Left Banke as the song's main inspiration. Other critics have noted that this song's main riff is referenced in the Nirvana single "Smells Like Teen Spirit". The descending verse riff is also similar to the hook from "Badge" by Cream. The song's instrumental guitar bridge is heavily inspired by the instrumental hooks of The Tornados' 1962 instrumental hit "Telstar", but also sounds like the riff from the song "Tend My Garden" by Joe Walsh.
Epic released an edited version of the song for the single, clocking in at 3:28 versus the album ...