Let The Groove Get In: Justin Timberlake’s 20 Greatest Songs

by (@emilyexton)

Justin Timberlake

While you were still talking about Miley, Justin Timberlake‘s new album–his second of 2013–was released this week. The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 might be a disappointing “data dump” to some, but it’s not terrible enough to discredit all the jams JT has given us over the years.

In that time, with *NSync and solo, Timberlake has tested the boundaries of his vocals and dutifully studied the masters he’s lucky enough to call friends (Timbaland, Pharrell Williams). We can (and do) fall down a rabbit hole of his complete catalog much too easily, so deciding on his 20 best was seriously taxing. Read on for our picks, and let us know your favorite Timberlake joint in the comments below.

20. “D**k In A Box” Featuring The Lonely Island, Saturday Night Live

Sure he can front a boy band, release two successful solo albums, and act in C-Level movies. But can he make you laugh? Timberlake earned lifetime access to Saturday Night Live with his performance opposite Andy Samberg and The Lonely Island in 2006. Executing a successful parody on gift-giving at the holidays that is both humorous and believable is largely due to his delicate falsetto. By channeling early ’90s R&B groups, with disturbingly authentic facial hair, we wouldn’t think twice about finding this video on the floor of a recording studio frequently visited by Color Me Badd.