Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Music Videos

Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Music Videos

  1.  The First Listen

This was released the same day as the song (May 6) as a nice little buzz video to help the song gain streaming ratings quickly.

What Surprised Me:

That such a silly format now exists. Now it’s becoming a standard to drop these “little” videos before the standard ones.

What I Didn’t Like:

The recording studio scene was awkward. I felt awkward for them. It reminded me of spirit week in high school—where you fake enthusiasm at some points because you don’t want people to hate you.

What I Liked:

Gwen Stefani singing in the car. She could just sit there and scratch dandruff from her head and I’d still be mesmerized.

2.  The Regular

Released May 16, 2016.

What Surprised Me:

I didn’t feel surprised.

What I Didn’t Like:

The cheap sentiment. “Oh, hey guys, I’m Justin, and I’m just like you. Here I am doing regular things that you do.” Bye. I don’t care if it wasn’t his choice, but the choice of DreamWorks & RCA.

You’re a superstar, Justin Timberlake, act like one.

During the second verse when he sang, “It’s in my blood,” he literally tried tapping his Cephalic vein as if he were about to get an IV. Still not cheesy? Fine.

What I Liked:

Some of the dancing characters were endearing. At the end they list all the names. Jonah (green dress shirt) and Stevie (barber shop) were my favorites.

Review by: Gio Bradley.

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Justin Timberlake’s first “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” performance

Justin Timberlake performs “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” at the “Eurovision Song Contest 2016” in Stockholm, Sweden.

What Surprised Me:

Ummm…

O.K., the live performance helped me like “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” a little more than before. I’m still not the biggest fan, but the performance improved my overall thoughts on the song.

I was not expecting the “Rock Your Body” intro. Now that’s song I will always dip to. It was a kute moment. I get it—the beginning song of his solo career and his latest song.

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What I Didn’t Like:

It lacked drive. It was kute, clean, nice, but I’m not going to remember it for long.

His dance breaks. Mr. Timberlake, you are famous for dancing it up onstage. Were you having an off week? Did you have no time to rehearse more choreography? Because his longest break was about 8 seconds.

What I Liked:

Overall, this performance brought to mind all of Justin Timberlake’s legacy. He’s been off the radar for about 2 years. By viewing this video, I had nostalgia for all of his other moments.

He had fun. Even if the performance was borderline basic, he had fun. And it was sweet watching him have a blast in front of the stadium crowd.

Review by: Gio Bradley.

 

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

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“Can’t Stop the Feeling!”  

by Justin Timberlake

Released: May 6, 2016

Genre: Pop/Disco 

Length: 3:56 

Record Label: RCA

Peak: #1 for 1 week (May 22-28)

Songwriters:  -Justin Timberlake  -Max Martin  -Shellback

Producers:  -Max Martin  -Shellback  -Justin Timberlake

My Thoughts:

Score: 6/10

Unlike most music critics, I am not crazy about this song. It does have a carefree, happy vibe that everybody loves to hear in summer songs. And if this song played at a dance party I’d still get down to it.

Still, for me, It’s too cheesy. I feel like I’m listening to a theme song for little kid’s cartoon show. Which makes sense, since it’s part of a soundtrack for the DreamWorks animated film Trolls (will be released Nov. 4, 2016).

What doesn’t make sense to me is how popular it has become with adults.

Justin’s previous hits have hit much harder (“Rock Your Body”/”Sexy Back”/”Mirrors”).

Again, I will cut slack since it was created for a children’s movie. What I mean is, if this was the first single off of his new album I would have given it a 4/10.

Fifteen years from now I don’t think this song will be remembered and/or referenced much.

His new, upcoming solo material, which I’m sure will arrive by the end of 2016, hopefully will not take me back to the second grade.

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(A promo shot for the movie Trolls)

Fun Factoid:

Justin Timberlake has not worked with producer Max Martin since his NSYNC days.

“Top 3 In the Pocket” Roundtable Opinions: 

Score: 9/10    “I love this song. It’s an extra cheesy, generic pop song. It’s really expected from a singer like J.T., but it’s a lot of fun.  -Taryn Candy.

 

Score: 8/10    “When I hear this song it makes me feel like I’m going to have a great day. I just hope it doesn’t turn out to be like Pharrell’s “Happy,” which got annoying and overplayed, because “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” is a great song.”  -Incognito Gurl.

 

Score: 6/10    ” ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!’ is the best out of his most recent songs. However, I still don’t find any of them (including this one) as great as his 2008 days.”  -Margie Ricchezza. 

 

Average Score: 7.6 /10

 

Favorite lyrics:

1.  “So just imagine, just imagine, just imagine.” His falsetto accompanied by the beat build-up is Kute (spelled on purpose). I visualize myself being gracefully thrown into the sky, higher and higher.

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2.  “So just dance, dance, dance,”   Those five words actually get more stuck in my head than the, “Can’t stop the feeling!” scream.

Here’s a link to the full lyrics found on Genius.com:

http://genius.com/Justin-timberlake-cant-stop-the-feeling-lyrics

Review by: Gio Bradley.