Justin Timberlake’s 20 Best Songs, Ranked12 min read

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Eóin Ó Donnghaile and Sean Mac Cionaoith, co-founders of Nothing But Good Vibes (with a link to website). You can follow them through the links in this bio.

Usher, David Beckham, Leonardo di Caprio, André 3000, Conor McGregor, Andrea Pirlo, A$AP Rocky, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and The Weeknd are just some of the names that come to mind when posed with the eternally perplexing question: who is the coolest man alive? I guess this is as good time as any to plug our ‘Coolest Man Alive’ Spotify playlist. Ahead of the release of his fifth album Man of the Woods tomorrow and his half-time performance at the SuperBowl on Sunday, we count down the 20 greatest songs ever released by one of the most effortlessly suave men to ever grace a microphone: Mr Justin Timberlake.

20. Last Night

As great a singer as Justin Timberlake is, things are certainly made easier when you’ve had producers of the calibre of The Neptunes by your side for your whole career. One of many Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo beats on this list, ‘Last Night’ finds Timberlake playing the scorned lover role that was so prevalent on Justified. For a man so angry, this song sure sounds pleasant. Even when he’s in his worst mood Justin exudes sensuality.

19. Love Never Felt So Good (with Michael Jackson)

I’m dead against posthumous albums. The perfectionist standards of music’s most beloved auteurs is maintained by a diligent dedication to quality over quantity, and the unauthorised release of unfinished music hidden away for years on hard drives is capitalism at its ugliest and most unrestrained. Every so often however, a song breaks through beyond the grave that matches that exalted standard. 2Pac’s ‘Changes’ and Bob Marley’s ‘Buffalo Soldier’ comes to mind, as does this funky collaboration between Timberlake and the King of Pop that’s sure to be a mainstay on wedding playlists for years to come. A song with a name like this has to be irresistibly catchy and undeniably fun. Mission accomplished.

18. Strawberry Bubblegum

Like a-ha’s iconic ‘Take On Me’ video, this is one of those songs you just want to live in. Miguel’s ‘Pineapple Skies’ was definitely influenced by Timbaland’s infectious groove. I don’t know what ‘Strawberry Bubblegum’ means and I don’t wanna know. I’d like to think he’s singing about something so beautiful, it can’t be expressed in words, and it makes my heart ache because of it. I tell you, his voice soars higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. Yeah, I did steal that from Morgan Freeman.

17. Suit & Tie (feat. Jay-Z)

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Eóin Ó Donnghaile and Sean Mac Cionaoith, co-founders of Nothing But Good Vibes (with a link to website). You can follow them through the links in this bio.

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