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Ranking Justin Timberlake's Albums

Justin Timberlake has gone through many phases as an artist, he went from *NSYNC to his solo work and now he's in the Man of the Woods era.


Emily Treadgold


Justin Timberlake is a pop music icon, but where do you begin with his albums? He started out in *NSYNC, and everyone knew he would be the one to break free from the group. While leaving a group behind is never easy, Justin Timberlake was meant to be a solo act, and he's been dominating the charts since. His performances are unforgettable and his songs are iconic.

1 The 20/20 Experience

5.13.2013 RCA

With songs like "Suit & Tie" featuring Jay-Z, "Pusher Love Girl," and "Mirrors" this was JT's most polished album. The symphonic arrangements combined with Justin's R&B influence made for a sophisticated and clean album. The songs show off Timberlake's flawless tenor that drifts in and out of falsetto in a way the only he can do. This album really solidified JT's sound.




2 FutureSex / Love Sounds

9.8.2006 Jive Records

Sexy Back was a moment. While some claim sexy never left, Justin Timberlake's intro to this song is synonymous with his name now. The unbeatable combo of JT and Timbaland is perfection. This album had all the perfect songs and was so cohesive. With "LoveStoned," "SummerLove," "MyLove," and the softer "What Goes Around..." this album was a hit from start to finish.




3 Justified

11.5.2002 Jive Records

Justin's solo career started off with this album, and it was easy to see how he was in a different game than his *NSYNC members. The Michael Jackson influence made this album a clear path for JT who would go on to be known for his slick dance moves and performance abilities. "Rock Your Body," and "Senorita" were standout tracks but Timbaland's magic touch on "Cry Me A River" was the real star here.




4 Man of the Woods

2.2.2018 RCA

Justin made the announcement of his next album with a video that showed him in the woods and lakes wearing flannel. The album would be a country-pop crossover, but the lead single "Filthy" sounded like a new "SexyBack" which confused fans. The album had standouts like "Say Something" which featured country star Chris Stapleton and "Morning Light" with Alicia Keys.