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It's okay "to not know how you feel about this one." Yes, it is featured on the Trolls soundtrack. Yes, it is cringe-worthy in it's display of the democratic dancing process. Plus, the main chords are basic and boring. For kids, this song's appeal is obvious. For adults, you should be embarrassed to fall under its spell. But with Timberlake adding his great voice and pop groove style to the mix, the argument that this is a slam dunk infectious hit could stand up to even the most critical scrutiny. Though this does sound like corporate sell-out territory, the rhythmic elements of the hook are funky and strong enough to salvage the track. It is designed to be replayed, not reviewed, it would seem.
"Can't Stop This Feeling" works if you embrace it's feel-good aesthetic, where you, the average joe, are working your hardest at that damn 9 to 5, and even though you can't dance, you must break-out during that 10 minute break in order to join a world of positivity, which occurs each time this track comes on the mega-store's sound system. The feeling is unstoppable, exclaims the lyrics, and the feeling is always waiting in one's body for the moment to spring out shamelessly and uninhibited. Within the dance parts, not surprisingly, instrumental elements take after Michael Jackson's feel good funk, with respect to the kick drum, and especially in the expressively melodic low end of the bass line. This video would be better if it showcased an all-kid cast bustin' their moves, because let's face it - the concept is juvenile, no matter how you look at it.

Written by @taylor

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Song Info



Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, Johan Schuster


  • May 06, 2016


  • 12-inch
  • CD
  • digital download


  • RCA


  • Justin Timberlake
  • Max Martin
  • Shellback


  • Disco
  • pop
  • soul


"Can't Stop the Feeling!" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake for the soundtrack to the film Trolls (2016), for which he served as the executive music producer. It was written and produced by Timberlake, Max Martin, and Shellback. Musically, it is an uptempo disco-pop, soul-pop number with funk influences. The song was released as a single on May 6, 2016, six months before the film debuted, and serviced to contemporary hit radio on May 10, 2016. Timberlake gave his first televised performance of "Can't Stop the Feeling!" during the interval act of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 grand final. Directed by Mark Romanek, its music video was released on May 16, 2016, and follows Timberlake on a tour to everyday places as he dances through what a typical day may be. A wide number of fan-made videos followed the song's video release.
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