Published on July 15, 2016
“Love Never Felt So Good” is a song performed by American singer Michael Jackson, released posthumously on May 2, 2014. The song, reworked from a 1983 demo track originally composed by Jackson and Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka, was the first single released from Jackson’s second posthumous album, Xscape. Two versions of the single were developed. The first was a solo produced by American record producer John McClain and Dutch record producer Giorgio Tuinfort. The second version was a duet featuring American singer Justin Timberlake, produced by American record producers Timbaland and Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, which received positive reviews from music critics. Its accompanying music video premiered on May 14, 2014 on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In it, Timberlake appears with a crowd of young dancers, who reference Jackson’s most known dance moves, interspersed with archival footage of the late pop singer’s many short films. The song is the second collaboration between Jackson and Anka to be released since Jackson’s 2009 death — the first being “This Is It”.
“Love Never Felt So Good” charted within the top ten in eighteen national charts, reaching the top spot in five. Michael Jackson became the first artist in history to have a top 10 single on the US Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades when “Love Never Felt So Good” reached number nine on May 21, 2014 (six decades if his Jackson 5 tenure is included). It spent eight weeks atop the US Adult R&B Songs. The song also charted at number eight on the UK Singles Chart.