A Look Back: Our Favorite Justin Timberlake Moments Over the Years
It's not even February yet, but it seems to be the year of Justin Timberlake -- he's set to perform at the Super Bowl LII Half Time Show, he announced a new album "Man of the Woods" set to release February 2, he dropped a new single "Filthy," and he also announced a world (North American) tour for 2018. If 2018 can get better still, I'm not sure how.
I thought it worth taking a look back at Justing's career over the years so as to really appreciate all this JT.
1. NSYNC - Pre-2000
You can't look back on the career of Justin Timberlake without going back to the very beginning. Would there be a Justin Timberlake if there hadn't been NSYNC? I guess we'll never know. But we can appreciate his boy band days nonetheless; the world really would be a less nostalgic place without hits like "Tearin' Up My Heart," "It's Gonna Be Me," and "Bye Bye Bye."
2. Justified (2000)
JT wasted no time cementing his solo career with the release of his debut album. Justified dropped the end of 2000, less than a year after NSYNC's last album. With hits like "Senorita," "Cry Me a River" and "Rock Your Body," there was no doubt the former NSYNC-er was here to stay.
3. Future Sex/Love Sounds (2006)
Justin's sophomore album is the sexually angsty teenage version of his first. The hot and heavy lyrics of "SexyBack," "My Love," "Lovestoned," and "Summer Love" would make any good, church-going mother blush. Plus, I'm pretty sure every guy wanted to be Justin in his Bond-esque music video for "SexyBack" and every girl wished she was his female counterpart.
4. The 20/20 Experience (2013)
Timberlake's third album was far too long a wait for fans but, oh, so worth it. The first of a two-part album experience, this was a more experimental, thoughtful album with longer track times and changing sounds mid-track. Songs like "Strawberry Bubblegum" (7:59) and "Pusher Lover Girl" (8:02) hearken back to lengthy forerunners by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Queen. Other notable hits include the sultry Jay-Z collaboration "Suit and Tie," and romantically introspective "Mirrors."
5. The 20/20 Experience - Pt 2 (2013)
Released just six months after The 20/20 Experience, this follow-up album was proof Timberlake had clearly been hard at work during his seven-year music hiatus. If part one one was the angel on one shoulder, part two was the devil on the other. From instrumentation to lyrics, songs like "Gimme What I Don't Know (I Want)," "True Blood," and "Cabaret" will build anyone's sexual tension, while "Take Back the Night" will have you out on the dance floor with friends. We can only wonder if JT's 2015 live performance with Chris Stapleton on "Drink You Away" was a foreshadow of his 2018 album to come.
6. Man of the Woods (2018)
Just as suddenly as the release of the 20/20 experiences was JT's announcement of a new album in 2018. His first single "Filthy" came just days after the announcement that a new album was on the way. In teases of his new album, Justin indicates a return to his Tennessee roots, though "Filthy" seems a far cry to the country or Americana we might have imagined it to sound like.
What's your favorite Justin Timberlake song or album?