September 8, 2016

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Justin Timberlake's 'FutureSex/LoveSounds' Anniversary: Ranking Every Song, 10 Years Later

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To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Justin Timberlake's sophomore studio album (released on Sept. 8 2006), Fuse brings you Remember the Record: FutureSex/LoveSounds at 10.

Justin Timberlake's departure from *NSYNC was inevitable, as he began showing signs of artistic independence on their final album—Celebrity. The singer officially broke out on his own with 2002's Justified, but it was his sophomore album FutureSex/LoveSounds that confirmed he had the confidence to take on solo stardom. With the help of musical genius Timbaland, Timberlake was able to master his signature blue-eyed soul sound, which was flecked with inspirations from PrinceStevie WonderDavid Bowie and more.

With its eclectic mix of genres and themes of sensuality and romance, FS/LS remains a classic. So in honor of its anniversary, let's get into our personal rankings of every song on the album!

#1"Damn Girl" feat. will.i.am

Whenever will.i.am hops on a track, the result is usually cringeworthy. There's no excuse for the cheesiest line on the album: "Don't need no Maybelline, 'cuz you a beauty queen. Don't need no L'Oréal, 'cuz bitch you're bad as hell." "Damn Girl" is one of the two songs not produced by Timbaland, and his prescence is missed. Rating: 4/10

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