Justin Timberlake has just released the obligatory ‘song of the summer’
You’re going to really hate this in a few months
There are some things which are certain about the summer: we’ll get about one solid week of actual heat, you’ll get either food poisoning or sunstroke at your fist big barbecue, and there’ll be a song you won’t be able to avoid.
You know the ones – they always sound the same. Whether it’s Daft Punk’s infuriatingly catchy “Get Lucky” or Robin Thicke’s ode to sexual harrassment “Blurred Lines”, the warmer weather always brings the upbeat ‘funk’ pop with it.
Now, Justin Timberlake has delivered an early bid for this year’s offering. It’s called “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!”, and it’s about to be everywhere. The capitals and exclamation mark are, seemingly, intentional.
Never did we think a single could try harder to be happy than “Happy”, but here it is – a song so infectiously joyous it appears, with an all-capitals-and-exclamation-mark title, on the soundtrack to a movie about troll dolls.
All the hallmarks of the summer banger are there: with the celeb cameos and Dreamworks collaboration of the aforementioned Pharrell Williams hit, with the added wandering bassline of Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” and screamalong falsetto of Jason Derulo’s “Want To Want Me”.
And guess what? It’s really catchy. So catchy, in fact, that you’re probably not going to hear anything else for the next three months.
In our culture’s endless race to ruin everything, this perfectly alright jingle will be so overplayed by the end of summer that you’ll want to wrench out your car radio every time Nick Grimshaw gives it another play.
You’ll try to hate it at first, you really will. But like with every song like this, you’ll find yourself yelling along every time it comes on.
So give it a listen, and try your best to enjoy it. You’re going to be hearing it a lot.