Many years have passed since Justin Timberlake turned from the talented lead singer for boy band NSYNC to a successful solo artist with millions of fans worldwide. Over the years, Justin Timberlake has re-invented himself and broken new ground in mainstream pop music, making him one of the greatest all-around entertainers in the history of showbiz. In his music, Justin Timberlake has managed to create an image of himself as a bad boy on the album Justified, a cool guy on FutureSex/Love Sounds, and a gentleman on The 20/20 Experience. Justin Timberlake has also worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Timbaland, Pharrell, and Jay-Z. With over 88 million records sold worldwide, Justin Timberlake is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He has also won numerous awards and accolades, including ten Grammy Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, and many more awards. Here are the ten best Justin Timberlake songs ever.
10. Strawberry Bubblegum
Starting us off in the tenth position is a song from his 2013 hit album The 20/20 Experience. Although the song’s lyrics have been criticized by most of his fans as being cliche, the delivery and production of the song are something to be praised.
9. Rock Your Body
“Rock Your Body” was initially written by Pharrell Williams for Michael Jackson’s tenth studio album Invincible. However, Michael Jackson declined the song, and hence the songs were passed to Justin Timberlake. When this song dropped back in 2003, my admiration for Justin Timberlake’s solo career went to a whole new level. His dance skills were insane, and his vocals were quite incredible.
8. Suit and Tie
“Suit and Tie” is arguably one of the most significant and one of his most successful singles ever. The song features Jay-Z and comes from his 2013 album, The 20/20 Experience. It also contains one of the best videos that Justin Timberlake ever produced for his songs. According to Justin Timberlake, there was no real inspiration behind the song, although the creation process was one of the best he had in his career. The song was ranked position 20 in Billboard’s Most Popular Songs of 2013.
7. Can’t Stop The Feeling
The fact that this song is position seven in our list of the best Justin Timberlake songs only goes to show how good he is. “Can’t Stop The Feeling” is a legendary song that is timeless. The song’s video is quite similar to “Happy” by Pharrell due to the good feeling that it evokes from listeners. The song peaked at the top position in the weekly charts for many countries and was ranked as the best-selling song of the summer in the USA.
When he dropped “Mirrors,” Justin Timberlake proved that his musical style, which combined aspects of pop, rock, and R&B was almost flawless. The song was inspired by Justin Timberlake’s relationship with Jessica Biel and the marriage between his grandparents. The song plays for well over eight minutes, and in the song, Justin realizes that his lover Jessica Biel is just his other half. He references taking a break from the relationship but comes back later, singing that “It was easy coming back to you.” The song appeared among Rolling Stones and Billboard’s best songs of 2013 in positions 7 and 10, respectively.
The song “Sexyback” comes from Justin Timberlake’s 2006 album, FutureSex/LoveSounds. The song contains an iconic beat, and Timbaland’s voice in the background made Justin Timberlake and Timbaland the dynamic duo of the time. The song won Justin Timberlake, a Grammy Award for Best Recording at the 2007 awards ceremony, and the People Choice Award for Favorite R&B Song. The song features low distorted vocals by Justin Timberlake that make his voice almost unrecognizable.
4. Like I Love You
In fourth position in our list of the best Justin Timberlake songs is a song that marked the beginning of Justin Timberlake’s relationship with hip-hop. In this song, he ditches his NSYNC style, which features a youthful, friendly voice for a more mature bad boy style. The song was written by the Neptunes when Pharrell Williams was at his peak in the songwriting business. “Like I Love You” should have been a bigger smash and is ranked as one of the best debut singles of all time. The song peaked at position 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned Justin Timberlake a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
3. What Goes Around Comes Around
“What Goes Around Comes Around” is Justin Timberlake at the peak of his career. The song was a sequel to his 2002 song, “Cry Me A River,” and is a song about betrayal and forgiveness. The video, which features Scarlett Johansson as Justin Timberlake’s love interest, was a commercial success, with it having 50,000 downloads in four days on iTunes.
2. My Love
If I wanted to introduce a normal music fan to the best Justin Timberlake music, I would play this song. The song features a slow beat that includes beatboxing and percussion with lyrics that show a more humble approach to love. The song was released in 2006 as the second single from his album FutureSex/Love Sounds. The track won the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sng Collaboration and has proved to be a timeless love ballad that fans sing along to this day.
1. Cry Me A River
“Cry Me A River” tops our list of the best Justin Timberlake songs since it showed his evolution from NSYNC member to a great solo musician. In the track, Justin Timberlake sings about the pain, sadness, and regret from his whirlwind romance with Britney Spears over a great Timbaland beat. What I like about the song is how Justin displays his full emotions on the track. The song peaked at position three in the US Billboard Hot 100 and won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2004.