Since *NSYNC broke the hearts of millions of teen girls everywhere by going their separate ways and attempting solo musical careers (at least a few of them, anyway), Justin Timberlake has dropped some of the most successful pop and R&B songs of the past several decades. He’s sold millions of albums, collected dozens of platinum plaques, won more than his fair share of GRAMMYs, and he’s succeeded more often than he’s failed. Nine of the 17 songs he’s promoted as singles from his albums—which is the criteria we're using for a Justin Timberlake single—have reached the top 10 in the U.S., and he’s turned several of those into chart-toppers.
So, which JT songs are the best, and which ones simply don’t hold up? Here’s our definitive ranking of all the singles spun off of the musician’s four solo albums.
Justin Timberlake has released a number of singles that aren’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s usually easy to hear some redeeming quality in all of them...except this. “TKO” is tough to stomach, and even tougher to listen to several times over. The production sees Timbaland going off the rails with his love of percussive sounds, and not even the superstar himself can reel him back in or save what came out of their latest collab.