"Love Never Felt So Good" (CD single)



Simulated dance-pop duet capitalizes on Jackson's legacy.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

To love someone unequivocally is certainly admirable, but it could also be considered foolish to commit to a partner who won't reciprocate.

Positive role models

In terms of the real-life artists, Michael Jackson was a troubled, drugged-out individual, who was accused of pedophilia and just plain bizarre behavior, though he was never convicted of a crime. Justin Timberlake is a beloved entertainer and former Mouseketeer with a clean image. So perhaps the performers' reputations balance each other out. Within the world of the song, a lover says, on the one hand, "Love never felt so good," and on the other, "...everytime I love you, in and out of my life." The singer foolishly adores a lover who doesn't commit.


Though the singer is clearly exaggerating, a lyric says, "Oh, baby lover never felt so fine / and I'd die if it's never mine."


The singer refers to "every time I love you" and repeats "hold me" and "love never felt so good." In the music video, young dancers mimic the late Michael Jackson's dance moves, which were occasionally suggestive.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There's no alcohol or substance use in the song or video, but it's now common knowledge that Michael Jackson used powerful drugs to induce sleep and relieve pain.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Love Never Felt So Good" is a single from Michael Jackson's posthumous album Xscape, which was created from unreleased tracks he recorded before his death in 2009. Producers combined the previously recorded tracks with a new vocal by Justin Timberlake and other musical elements to manufacture a Jackson/Timberlake dance-pop "duet" about a person who is madly in love with a partner who won't commit. The lyrics mention loving and holding but contain little to no suggestive language; the music video includes old footage of Jackson dancing and new film of young dancers mimicking Jackson's occasionally suggestive dance moves. The song and video contain no references to drug use, but it is common knowledge that Michael Jackson used powerful narcotic sedatives and pain relievers.

What's the story?

LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD is a simulated duet between Justin Timberlake and the late Michael Jackson. This is a fairly straightforward love song, in which a lover sings about his partner being the best he's ever had. However, the partner is "in and out my life" and doesn't commit to the relationship. Musically, the song includes some percussive elements and vocalizing that's reminiscent of older Jackson songs, which adds a touch of familiarity for fans.

Is it any good?


"Love Never Felt So Good" is a danceable, poppy love song that's made extra engaging by the addition of familiar musical elements from older Michael Jackson songs. The video for this song is particularly charming, as the always appealing Justin Timberlake and a cast of attractive young dancers imitate Jackson's signature dance moves before a backdrop of older footage. However, anyone familiar with Jackson's music will recall that the supremely talented performer was continually reinventing himself; though a duet with Timberlake somewhere down the line seems within the realm of possibility, it's hard to imagine that Jackson would have chosen to recycle his sounds this way.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the ethics of manufacturing a "duet" between a living artist and a deceased one. Do you think it's OK to create a song this way?

  • If you like the dancing in "Love Never Felt So Good," check out Michael Jackson's other videos, such as the iconic long-form "Thriller."

  • How is this song like older Michael Jackson songs? How is it different?

Music details

Artists:Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake
Release date:June 2, 2014
Topics:Arts and dance, Friendship
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 17 years old Written byrebma97 June 29, 2014

Catchy enough

I'm not a huge MJ fan, but this song is nice. It's not inappropriate as far as I can tell. This has nothing to do with the song, really, but I think it's cool how they released this song after he died. Even in death, Michael Jackson's music still lives on.
Kid, 9 years old June 27, 2014
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Too much sex
Parent Written byEvensmaxTV June 12, 2014

king of pop

Love Never Felt So Good" (CD Single)
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