The sophomore single from Straight Shooter, "Feel Like Makin' Love" became Bad Company's second Top 10 hit in the US and Top 20 hit in the UK, following their debut release "Can't Get Enough."
Vocalist Paul Rodgers began writing the song when he was touring with Free in 1968 in San Francisco. He recalled to Uncut:
"The inspiration was somebody I had met at the time. Life experiences. I traveled, hitchhiking, up to Rio Nido and camped out in the woods with some people I had met. I was gone for days. It was a wonderful experience to be young and free in America in the '60s."
Several years after Rodgers wrote the song, he played it to Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs, who came up with some big chords for the chorus. Ralphs recalled:
"I came up with the riff, and I suggested we put the two together to create a song. I think that's the feel of the song, the verses are very appealing to the ladies, probably more than the men; and then the riff comes in which is all bloody macho. It's a big chorus and it worked out really well."
In a Songfacts interview, Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke explained how this song came together musically: "'Feel Like Making Love' came out of two songs. I'm not sure of the order, but Mick had the original D to G, D to G, little country: [sings] 'Darling when I think about you, I think about love.'
And then Paul had a song which just had that [sings riff]. And I said, 'Well, why don't you combine the two so that you have the chorus as that heavy riff and then the verse is Mick's verse.' And I forget exactly how it all came about but I know all three of us were in the room and I came up with this descending thing in D. But the original song came out of two different ideas."
A 1993 dance version by Pauline Henry, former singer of The Chimes, peaked at #12 in the UK.
Simon Kirke recorded a ukulele version for his 2017 solo album All Because Of You.