Chart Watch: MJ Makes Hot 100 History
"Love Never Felt So Good" by Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake jumps from #22 to #9 in its third week on the Hot 100. This makes Jackson the only artist in Hot 100 history to land a top 10 hit in each of five decades. He passes five artists who have notched top 10 hits in each of four decades: Barbra Streisand, Cher, Aerosmith, Madonna and Whitney Houston.
Making this even more amazing, if you combine Jackson's solo hits with his hits with the Jackson 5, he has made the top 10 in each of six decades. The J5's debut hit, "I Want You Back," first made the top 10 the last week of 1969.
As Billboard's Gary Trust notes, Jackson also sets a new record for the longest span of top 10 hits in Hot 100 history. He first cracked the top 10 (as a solo artist) in November 1971 with "Got To Be There." This week's chart is dated May 31, which gives him a 42 year and six month span of top 10 hits. He passes Santana, whose top 10 hits span 33 years and eight months.
"Love Never Felt So Good" is Jackson's 29th top 10 hit. Since the Hot 100 began in August 1958, only two artists have amassed as many or more top 10 hits: Madonna (38) and the Beatles (34). This is Jackson's 40th top 10 hit if you add in eight top 10 hits with the Jackson 5 and three with the re-named the Jacksons. It's Timberlake's 16th top 10 hit (his 22nd if you add in six *NSYNC hits).
This is Jackson's fourth top 10 hit on which he shared billing, following "The Girl Is Mine" and "Say Say Say" (both with Paul McCartney) and "Scream" (with Janet Jackson). (Siedah Garrett sang an uncredited backup vocal on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You").
Jackson co-wrote "Love Never Felt So Good" with pop veteran Paul Anka. Anka wrote 11 of his 12 top 10 hits as an artist. (That was unusual when he started in 1957, especially for a teen artist.) Anka's only top 10 hit that he didn't write was his last, the nostalgic ballad "Times Of Your Life."
Timberlake was just two when Jackson recorded this pop-disco tune in 1983. At that time, with disco winding down (and Prince coming on strong), it might have seemed a little dated. Now it's like a little lost gem. Johnny Mathis recorded the song on his 1984 album A Special Part Of Me.
Timberlake has a second hit in the top 10. His solo smash "Not A Bad Thing" holds at #8 for the third week. Billboard's Trust notes that this is the 13th time that Timberlake has had two songs in the top 10 at the same time. That's a lot of doubling up.
John Legend's "All Of Me" is #1 for the third straight week. It's also #1 for the third week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.