Love Never Felt So Good

Michael Jackson

featuring Justin Timberlake

May 2nd, 2014

The woman of this man’s dreams makes him head of heels in love. She cares for him good, loves him dearly, that is, until she steps out on him again. He wants to leave the girl alone, but the bliss that he feels around her is so comforting and he loves her so dearly that he is easily drawn back in to a one way romance. It drives him crazy, and he knows he should leave this girl, but “Love Never Felt So Good”, even though it is so wrong.

Did you know?

  • The single charted on number 9 in the US and on number 8 in the UK and has charted in the Top 10 in at least 15 other countries.
  • Two reworked versions of the 1983 demo track originally composed by Jackson and Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka form the first single released from Jackson's second posthumous album, Xscape. The first version is a solo produced by American record producer John McClain and Dutch record producer Giorgio Tuinfort. The second version is a duet featuring American recording artist Justin Timberlake.
  • Upon its release, "Love Never Felt So Good" received positive reviews from critics. Surprised by the quality of the song, Aisha Harris from Slate writes that Timberlake's version "sounds like an outtake from Off The Wall" and further commented: "If producers are going to put out more MJ music, let's hope it continues to sound this good."
  • Counting Jackson's entire chart career in addition to his solo career, the 2010s is actually Jackson's sixth decade with a single charted (not peaking) in the Top 10.
  • Jackson also became the first act in the Hot 100's history to score top ten hits in five different decades, as he has done for each decade from the 1970s to the 2010s.
  • The music video for the duet version received a nomination for Best Choreography at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was born in Gary, Indiana, the eighth of ten children born to working class parents.
  • Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.
  • Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication on June 25, 2009, after suffering from cardiac arrest. The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled his death a homicide, and his personal physician Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
  • Jackson's music took root in R&B, pop and soul. He had been influenced by the work of musicians such as Little Richard, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Diana Ross, Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis, Jr., Gene Kelly, David Ruffin, The Isley Brothers, the Bee Gees, and the West Side Story dancers, to whom he made a tribute in "Beat It" and in the "Bad" video.
  • Michael Jackson was inducted onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1980 as member of The Jacksons and in 1984 as solo artist.
  • He debuted on the professional music scene along with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1964, and began his solo career in 1971.
  • His awards include many Guinness World Records (eight in 2006 alone), 13 Grammy Awards (as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award), 26 American Music Awards (including the "Artist of the Century" and "Artist of the 1980s")—more than any artist—, 13 number one singles in the US in his solo career—more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era—and estimated sales of up to 400 million records worldwide, which makes him one of the best selling artists of all time.