The news is usually filled with an endless bevy of depressing, frustrating, and tragic stories.
This is not one of them.
For better or for worse, Justin Timberlake is one of the most influential individuals of my generation. Music, movies, comedy, fashion, general awesomeness, and marrying Jessica Biel. He’s got it all covered (except for Janet Jackson). With so many hits over the years, it is finally time to decide, once and for all, JT’s five greatest songs. Technically, JT’s top five songs according to a 30-year-old guy who should have outgrown this sort of stuff 15 years ago.
Zach Morris aside: “Suit & Tie” is terrible. (Sorry, Justin.) The falsetto in that song is the worst thing I’ve heard since my co-worker told me the Potbelly’s across the street from our office closed. Tragic.
If anyone is actually still reading, here are JT’s top five songs:
(1) Mirrors: Yes, this is an unorthodox choice. Yes, it is a brand new song. Yes, it is JT’s best jam. (Thanks for agreeing.) The beat is sick, the singing is slick, and the song actually has a deep message. However, be warned, it is a terrible karaoke song. I’ve tried. It’s too new. And too slow. And I’m a terrible singer.
(2) What Goes Around…Comes Around: This was my jam during the summer of 2007. I used to listen to it every weekday morning as I hung out in Farragut Square and ate granola bars. One morning, a homeless guy with no legs asked me for some food. I gave him a granola bar. During our exchange, he tipped out of his wheelchair. I tried to help him back up. He got crazy mad and gave me a stank eye so hot that it made the August D.C. air feel like a crisp Alaskan breeze. As for the song, it’s amazing, but it’s also seven minutes long. I take naps shorter than that.
(3) Bye, Bye, Bye: JT has some songs of better “quality,” but this song (and Britney Spears and eating at IHOP) defined my high school years. Plus, me and some buds formed a fake boy band, memorized all the lyrics and dance moves to this song, and busted them out whenever it was borderline appropriate. (I just realized this song is 13 years old. And now I’m the creepy old guy still writing about it.)
(4) I Want You Back (Warning: if you click that link, you’ll painfully realize that the ’90s were a long time ago): The kids who were born the day this song was released are now 16 years old. (sigh) Back in 1997, me and some BFFs would spend every afternoon playing “Goldeneye” on the N64 (usually rocket launchers in the Complex). One dude’s little sister would listen to this song 8,000 times in a row. These heart-wrenching and passionate lyrics (not really) are buried deep within my soul (really). Oddjob was my character of choice and I’m comfortable to admit that, even if all my friends hated me because of it. (If you don’t get any of these “Goldeneye” references, congratulations on having a life in 1997.)
(5) Cry Me a River: Yep, “My Love” (What happened to T.I.?), “Senorita,” “Tearing Up My Heart,” and “Love Stoned” are all quality songs, but “Cry Me a River” is the song that made it cool to listen to Justin Timberlake. No longer did a hypothetical guy have to turn down the JT on his car radio speakers when he came to a stoplight. After “Cry Me a River” came out, that hypothetial guy was set free. Plus, this song killed any chance that Justin and Britney would get back together, thus, leaving the door open for a hypothetical guy to swoop in and make a move…