Can’t Stop the Feeling!
Writer(s): Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, Johan Schuster (see lyrics here)
Released: May 6, 2016
First Charted: May 21, 2016
Peak: 11 US, 12 RR, 116 AC, 19 A40, 2 UK, 11 CN, 3 AU, 1 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)
Sales (in millions): 7.6 US, 1.3 UK, 12.77 world (includes US + UK)
Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 0.59 radio, 1157.7 video, 1433.15 streaming
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About the Song:
Justin Timberlake wrote and produced the “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” with Max Martin and Shellback for the movie Trolls, for which he served as the executive music producer. Timberlake said the movie felt “like one big, trippy disco experience” WK which needed a disco song. They initially had Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September,” but Timberlake wanted a more modern song. He noted the challenge of crafting a song which characters in the movie would sing.WK The film version featured vocals from James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Anna Kendrick, and Gwen Stefani. Timberlake’s effort snagged a Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song. It took best song honors at the iHeartRadio Music Awards and Peoples’ Choice Awards. WK
The uptempo single was released six months before the film came out and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the 26th song to do so. WK It was Timberlake’s fifth song to reach the summit in the United States and topped the charts in 18 other countries. WK It became the best-selling song of 2016 in the U.S. and was named the most-played song in the U.K. WK Billboard magazine named it the year’s Top Selling Song and Top Radio Song. WK
It was described as a “funky mix of disco and pop” (Entertainment Weekly) which “gives off a feeling of pure joy that only a talent as great as Timberlake could bring to the table” (Music Times’ Jon Niles). WK AZCentral’s Ed Masley said, ‘the lyrics sound like they were custom-made to be the soundtrack to your favorite summer memories.” WK The A.V. Club’s Annie Zaleski said, “The tune doesn’t have to be meaningful – in fact, the more lightweight, the better – and it should offer a few minutes of unadulterated escapism.” WK “If Friday had a sound,” said CNN Entertainment’s Lisa Respers France, “it would be…’Can’t Stop the Feeling!’” WK
The video shows Timberlake in everyday places such as a laundromat, diner, and barbershop. People dance to the song at each stop and then congregate at a highway overpass at the end of the song to dance with Timberlake. WK Mark Romanek, the director, said it was “the overall feeling of unironic and sincere humanism…It makes people smile for four minutes.” WK
Last updated 11/1/2022.