Tennessee is famous for many things. Of them, it’s the home state of every millennial’s favorite* former Mousekeeter. Born in Memphis, Justin Timberlake is best known for his impressive vocal talent and dance moves as both a solo artist and a member of the ever popular boy band *N SYNC. Justin and bandmate JC Chasez lead the vocals when the band commenced its award winning journey together in 1996. The early-aughts began Justin’s reign as a solo artist, with his first solo single “Like I Love You” peaking on Billboard’s Hot 100 list. His two subsequent solo albums Justified and FutureSex/LoveSounds, released in 2002 and 2006 respectively, debuted at the top of Billboard’s 200 chart. Timberlake’s extreme celebrity appeal and business smarts have scored him a plethora of opportunities.
The actor, record producer and restauranteur has turned out tons of collaborations across the music industry. The Justified album received enormous praise for the ease with which Justin’s vocals fit into the production accoutrements of Timbaland and The Neptunes. FutureSex/LoveSounds was produced by Timberlake and the musical likes of Timbaland again, as well as will.i.am and Rick Rubin, with Snoop Dogg and Three Six Mafia appearing in the album’s tracks. Who can forget Timberlake’s unihibited appearance in Nelly Furtado’s “Promiscuous” video only to later be featured on Timbaland’s single “Give It To Me” with her again? Fast forward to 2013, where Justin’s single “Suit & Tie,” from his newest album The 20/20 Experience, features Jay-Z, with whom he performed the hit at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony and will be touring this summer. To say Timberlake knows how to leverage his talent and connections would certainly be an understatement.
*Okay, so, maybe among the likes of Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Ryan Gosling, it’s hard to have a favorite, but the once baby-faced Justin Timberlake undeniably remains a heartthrob even in his 30s.
Justin Timberlake Top 10 Chart
Mr. JT's impressive vocal history makes this difficult, but here's a shot at the best Justin Timberlake songs of all time (care of Spotify and Billboard).