Summer Jam by Justin Timberlake

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This is the first strong contender for a Summer Anthem – something I’ve largely missed the past couple of summers. The last one I can think of was ‘Starships’ by Nicki Minaj. This time around it’s an instant-classic by Justin Timberlake, ‘Cant Stop The Feeling!’ Only in a summer song are exclamation points allowed, and encouraged!

The season of the sun works in tandem with certain songs to imprint them in our memories, conjuring happier moments of hope and light, and when you listen to them again a few months later, you can almost hear the splashing of pool water and the buzzing cicadas. May and music go hand in hand, as instanced by some of the more memorable songs that came out at this time of the year: ‘Hold On’, ‘It Must have Been Love’, and ‘Turn Up the Radio.’

In this case, the big JT himself is providing a summer anthem that will be hard to top. Infectiously catchy, buoyantly uplighting, and timelessly carefree, ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!’ is effervescent pop genius, designed for pool-side jams and top-down driving. It is the sonic personification of the summer to come. We need that now.


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