Song of the Day #5,370: ‘Never Again’ – Justin Timberlake

Last Sunday, I asked for thoughts on how to proceed with weekend posts as Random Weekends passes its 11th anniversary.

The consensus was nearly unanimous: a return to Ron Sexsmith Weekends. Stay tuned next week for a deep dive into his earlier, unreleased material.

All kidding aside, so far I’ve heard suggestions to keep things as they are, to serve up a ‘classic rewind’ feature, or to limit the random selections to new artists rather than music already in my collection.

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Song of the Day #2,893: ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!’ – Justin Timberlake

timberlake_cant_stop_feelingJustin Timberlake returns to the Billboard charts with ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!,’ currently sitting in the third spot on the Hot 100 (though it previously occupied the top spot).

This is Timberlake’s first song on the charts (or period, I believe) since early 2014. It was written for the Timberlake-produced animated film Trolls, in which he also appears as a voice actor.

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Song of the Day #2,667: ‘Tennessee Whiskey (Live)’ – Chris Stapleton & Justin Timberlake

stapleton_timberlakeI always mean to watch the Country Music Awards but usually I forget. It’s an entertaining show, with the winning duo of Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood as hosts and plenty of memorable performances.

And as artists such as Kacey Musgraves, Ashley Monroe and Brandy Clark join Miranda Lambert and Paisley among my favorites, the number of acts worth watching goes up.

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Song of the Day #2,279: ‘Let’s Take a Ride’ – Justin Timberlake

justin_timberlake_justifiedHere’s a track from Justin Timberlake’s debut solo album, Justified, released in 2002.

Like most of the album, the track was co-written by Timberlake, Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams. I believe this is the first time I’ve heard the song, and god willing, it will be the last.

This track solidifies my opinion that Timberlake is a better actor than a pop star. I know he went on to bigger and better things, but isn’t it all pretty much in this vein?

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Song of the Day #2,224: ‘Cry Me a River’ – Justin Timberlake

justin_timberlake_justifiedI was shocked to realize I’d never featured Justin Timberlake’s ‘Cry Me a River’ on the blog. It’s the one song on Timberlake’s solo debut, Justified, that I like.

In fact, it’s the only Justin Timberlake song I like, period. Or at least the only one I know well enough to like. He’s just not my cup of tea, musically (though I enjoy his work on Saturday Night Live and in the movies).

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