This uptempo disco-pop soul-popsong was written as a soundtrack for the animated movie ‘Trolls’. Justin provides the voice of a troll called ‘Brunch’ on the movie, he is the executive producer of the soundtrack. Timberlake wrote this song with Shellback and Max Martin who he hadn’t worked with since he was with NSYNC.
In an interview with The Wrap, Timberlake answers if there were more constraints to writing a song for film that you don’t get when you’re writing for yourself? He said: “This movie feels like one big, trippy disco experience. But we didn’t have a disco song,” said Timberlake of the Trolls soundtrack. “We had ‘September’ by Earth, Wind and Fire, but we thought this was a great opportunity to do a modern disco song. I think that disco is a really underappreciated genre. “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” appears in the denouement of the movie, conceived with the idea of covering the disco genre inspired by the situation of the final scene. What’s different about this is that it’s not even like writing just a song for a movie; it’s writing a song for characters who are going to sing it in the movie. That’s the part that made it a task that none of us had ever done. This is a modern animated musical, and we wanted to push ourselves to do something that worked in that way. I’m glad we did it, but none of it came easily.”
Timberlake in a quick interview on the Oscar’s red carpet that his task was to write a song that encapsulated the message of the movie, and that he wanted people to be able to dance to it. If it wasn’t for the movie, Timberlake would have never wrote this song, in interview with ‘People’ he said: “Listening to Gina Shay and Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn talk about the movie and how it was really inspired by the ’70s, I started bringing up the soundtrack from Saturday Night Fever, movies where the soundtrack was released before the movie and got people equally excited. The movie seems like an unabashed pop song to me, so I was like, ‘Let’s just write an unabashed pop song.'”
Release Date: May 6, 2016
Songwriter/s: Justin Timberlake – Max Martin – Shellback
Chart Rankings: In the US, it became the best-selling song of 2016 with over 2.49 million copies sold, and for Apple it was the second best performing song of the year. It topped the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, Adult Top 40, Dance Club Songs and the US Mainstream Charts. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Quadruple Platinum for sales over 2.8 million copies. In the UK, it peaked at number 2 on the Official Charts Company. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified Double Platinum for sales over 1.3 million copies. ‘Can’t stop the feeling’ topped several charts around the world including Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland. It was certified Diamond in France and Poland, 7 times Platinum in Sweden, 6 times Platinum in Australia and Canada, Quadruple Platinum in Italy, Triple Platinum in Belgium and Spain, Double Platinum in Denmark and New Zealand, Platinum in Brazil and Austria.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Justin Randall Timberlake was 35 years old when he released this song.
Cover Versions: Olly Murs – boyceavenue – Kurt Hugo Schneider – Leroy Sanchez – Nicole Cross – Megan Nicole – Cimorelli – Sofia Karlberg – The Vamps – The Gorenc Sibling – Maddie Wilson – Tanner Patrick – Joseph Vincent – Giselle Torres – Macy Kate – Tiffany Alvord – Johnny Orlando – Tyler Ward – other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.