“Love Never Felt So Good” is a song written by American recording artist Michael Jackson and Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka. The official release also features a duet with Justin Timberlake, however there is also – a version with only Michael’s vocals.
First recorded as a demo in 1983, the single was released posthumously on May 2, 2014. The first released version of the song was recorded by Johnny Mathis for his 1984 album, Special Part of Me with new lyrics by Anka and Kathleen Wakefield.
Two reworked versions of Jackson’s 1983 version, produced by American record producers Timbaland, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, John McClain, and Dutch record producer Giorgio Tuinfort, form the first single released from Jackson’s second posthumous album, Xscape.
It is the second collaboration between Jackson and Anka to be released since Jackson’s 2009 death (the first being “This Is It“). Timbaland also paid homage to Jackson’s 1979 song “Workin’ Day and Night” by sampling percussion and breaths from the track.
Since its release, “Love Never Felt So Good” has 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.”