“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake

If there’s one thing we know about pop musicians, is that’s they really like dancing. Or at least such subject matter tends to be a regular part of their catalogs. And as we have pointed out prior, under such circumstances it’s not really about interpreting such songs since we already know what they’re fundamentally about, i.e. serving as encouragements to dance. But rather it becomes more about analyzing the respective metaphors featured therein.

And in this case, “the feeling” which Justin Timberlake is referring to which is compelling him to dance, he likens it to some type of electricity surging through his body. As revealed in the refrain, this sensation is actually indicative of a generally upbeat mood that he’s in. 

It can also be interpreted as having some type of amorous undertone, i.e. he being ‘hot-blooded’. And such an idea is especially plausible when you take into the consideration that in the choruses he appears to be, at least to some degree, addressing a romantic interest.

But this isn’t so much about JT gawking at a lady dancing, as the chorus implies. Or rather let’s say that the other parts of the song besides the choruses don’t have anything to do with romance. 

Rather, the vocalist is feeling highly-energetic as a premise. And the way that energy is primarily manifested is by giving him the undeniable urge to boogie. 

So all lyrics considered, perhaps we can safely make the presumption that the most probable setting upon which this narrative is set is a dance club or if not some instance where a female is also present.

Justin Timberlake, "Can't Stop the Feeling!" Lyrics

“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Facts

Artist(s): Justin Timberlake
Writing & Production: Timberlake authored and produced the track with support from Max Martin and Shellback
Release: May 6 of 2016
Album/EP: “Trolls: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”

Justin Timberlake explains "Can't Stop the Feeling!"

Genre(s)

  • Soul-pop
  • Disco-pop

Awards/Honors

In 2017 it received a Grammy award for “Best Song Written for Visual Media”. In 2016 it picked up awards at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards and the Hollywood Film Awards.

The song has also been nominated on several occasions including in the category for “Best Musical Moment” at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in 2017.

Was “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” a single release?

 Yes. The only single from 2016’s, “Trolls: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”.

Charts

  • Austria (2)
  • Canada (1)
  • Czech Republic (1)
  • Denmark (2)
  • France (1)
  • Germany (1)
  • Norway (4)
  • US (1)
  • UK (2)

Sampling

  • Anthem Lights and Landon Austin – “This Is What You Came For”
  • Devvon Terrell – “Can’t Stop the Feeling” (Remix)  
  • L.E.J. – “Summer 2016”
  • Les Enfoirés – “Tableau La Croisière Des Enfoirés”
  • Michael Constantino – “JT Mashup”

Covers

  • Ed Stokes and Emma Heesters (2016)
  • Nicole Cross (2016)
  • Sabrina (2016)
  • Tyler Ward (2016)
  • Ben Woodward (2016)
  • Zane Jayson Johns (2016)
  • Joseph Vincent (2016)
  • Boyce Avenue (2016)
  • The Piano Guys (2016)
Can't Stop the Feeling!
“Can’t Stop the Feeling!”

Trolls: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Can’t Stop the Feeling was released by Justin Timberlake on May 6, 2016, as the lead single for the album, Trolls: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. It was the soundtrack album of 2016’s animation film entitled Trolls. RCA Records released the album in September 2016.

Primarily, Timberlake, Max Martin, and Shellback produced the soundtrack album. In addition, it featured songs from other artists such as Ron Funches, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, and Deschanel.

It charted at number one on the ARIA Charts, number three on Billboard’s 200 charts, number four on the New Zealand Albums Chart, and number four in the United Kingdom. RIAA and the Australian Recording Industry Association have awarded it Platinum certifications, while the British Phonographic Industry awarded it a Gold certification.

It had sold 573,000 copies in the United States by April 2017 and was the ninth best-selling album in the country in 2016.

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