The world has been waiting with anticipation for the once boy-band heartthrob Justin Timberlake to return to music after his unexpected hiatus. JT has spent the last seven years blossoming into a respected Hollywood actor, harnessing his sketch comedy skills on SNL and reeling in his longtime starlet girlfriend, Jessica Biel. With all the excitement in the air about the “Sexy Back” star’s new track, “Suit & Tie,” we would like to share with you our top 5 favorite JT music moments.
1. “D*ck in a Box”
What do you get when you cross a talented singer with a comedian who has little discretion? A 90’s R&B-inspired ballad “D*ck in a Box.” If you were tuned into Saturday Night Live when Justin joined The Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg, you undoubtedly remember trying to remember if you heard the song lyrics correctly. This raunchy ode to love is one of our faves.
2. “Like I Love You”
It’s still a pretty laughable idea for a defected boy-band member to collaborate with a rap duo for a pop song, but in 2002, Justin Timberlake and The Clipse made musical history when they appeared in “Like I Love You.” Justin’s debut track not only hushed the skeptics, but it was the beginning of a very exciting solo career for the young pop star.
3. “The History of Rap”
Justin Timberlake isn’t shy about flexing his rap skills as he, Jimmy Fallon and the legendary Roots band school the kiddies on the history of rap.
4. “Sexy Back”
JT came back to the music scene and promised to fill a much needed “sexy” void in his chart-topping single “Sexy Back.” Timberlake commissioned the help of Timbaland’s 808’s to turn this song from a hit to an anthem.
5. “Cry Me a River”
Fresh off of the messy breakup with Britney Spears, Timberlake released a new go-to breakup song for men and women alike. In the video, Justin snuck into a Britney-look-a-like’s house to record himself and a hot brunette doing the nasty all over her house, then left the tape running on every TV in the house. “Cry Me a River” was a chance for every scorned lover to vicariously live out their revenge fantasy through JT.