Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling” Is The Top-Selling Single Of 2016
TIME may have called out Justin Timberlake‘s “Can’t Stop The Feeling” as the worst song released in 2016 — branding it no less than an “insipid earworm,” and begging, “please stop this song,” in the process — but the receipts don’t lie: JT’s Trolls hit is officially the best-selling single of the year. (We were a bit more forgiving around these parts; it was included on Idolator’s 20 Best Songs Of 2016 roundup…albeit at #20.)
Per Forbes and Nielsen SoundScan, “Can’t Stop The Feeling” sold 2.4 million downloads total in 2016, and it was streamed nearly 700 million times. The song initially debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 upon its release in the spring, thus becoming Timberlake’s first chart-topper in nine years.
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That’s a big drop from last year’s best seller, “Uptown Funk,” which rang up roughly 5.4 million paid downloads — something that speaks to the rise of streaming versus traditional music sales.
Sorry ’bout it, haters.