10 of Justin Timberlake’s best collaborations of all time

Justin Timberlake

Justin Randall Timberlake is a versatile artist, actor, and producer who has joined forces with some of the most prominent figures in the music world.

From Madonna to Jay-Z, to A$AP Rocky, Timberlake has teamed up with a variety of artists to produce some of the most iconic tracks of our era. In this piece, we’ll explore some of his standout collaborations.

Justin Timberlake is well-acquainted with successful partnerships. His versatile voice integrates effortlessly across multiple genres, and his extensive tenure in the music industry has enabled him to form numerous high-profile, skilled musical alliances.

Timberlake has continually shown a talent for selecting collaborators that span across different genres and generations.

Here’s a preview of ten of the best Justin Timberlake collaborations of all time

Dead And Gone – feat. T.I.

“Dead and Gone” is a collaboration between Justin Timberlake and rapper T.I. Released in 2009, the song was a commercial hit, peaking in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It features Timberlake’s vocals on the chorus and T.I.’s verses, set to a catchy beat with a message about leaving behind negative influences and progressing in life. Directed by Chris Robinson, the music video showcases both artists in a dark and moody atmosphere, with scenes of T.I. reflecting on his past mistakes and Timberlake singing in a church. This track remains a standout collaboration between the two artists and fans who buy Justin Timberlake tickets still sing along to the track at his concerts.

Until the End of Time – feat. Beyoncé

The song evokes a world laden with calamities and uncertainties, yet amidst this dire reality, Timberlake finds solace and hope in his beloved. The lyrics centre on the protagonist’s steadfast devotion to his partner, whom he views as his guiding light in the darkness, a singular source of beauty in an otherwise desolate existence.

The essence of the song is captured in the sentiment that if his lover’s affection were all he had, it would be enough until the end of time. It’s a reassuring promise of eternal love, where he pledges to remain by her side, serenading her with love songs as they face life’s challenges together. In summary, “Until the End of Time” eloquently depicts a narrative of pure, unadulterated love, vowing to withstand all adversities and remain strong until the end of time.

Damn Girl – feat. will.i.am

“Damn Girl” is an energetic track by pop phenom Justin Timberlake, channelling the excitement of infatuation and the chemistry of attraction. The lyrics describe the enchantment Timberlake feels for this particular girl, who outshines all others he has encountered.

Timberlake likens himself to Casanova while praising the girl’s cosmic-level radiance, showcasing a potent romance steeped in impressive metaphors.

The narrative intensifies as Timberlake expresses his determination to “put it down tonight,” reflecting his deep attraction and commitment. Meanwhile, the vibrant refrain “Damn Girl” captures his amazement and admiration. It’s evident this is more than a fleeting attraction—it’s an overwhelming feeling that leaves Timberlake yearning for more. Yet, the lyrics also convey a playful and flirtatious vibe, with the trope of the captivated suitor pursuing the elusive siren, adding a touch of classic romantic chase to this pop anthem.

4 Minutes – feat Madonna

The Queen of Pop and Timberlake engage in a flirtatious exchange in this 2008 hit, declaring they have only the song’s four-minute duration to “save the world.” The urgency intensifies with Madonna’s “tick tock tick tock” tease towards the end before the final breakdown.

The song was a massive success, topping the charts in multiple countries. The music video, featuring Timberlake and Madonna performing together, also garnered significant acclaim. The track was praised for its catchy beat and the palpable chemistry between the two artists, solidifying it as one of Timberlake’s most memorable collaborations.

Say Something – feat. Chris Stapleton

“Say Something” is a collaboration between Justin Timberlake and country singer Chris Stapleton, released in 2017. The song marked a departure from Timberlake’s typical pop sound, blending elements of folk and Americana music. The music video, showcasing Timberlake and Stapleton performing in a rustic setting, was well-received. The track was lauded for its emotional lyrics and the powerful vocals of both artists, making it one of Timberlake’s most celebrated collaborations with a country artist.

LoveStoned/I Think She Knows – feat. Timbaland

“LoveStoned/I Think She Knows” is a track from Justin Timberlake’s sophomore album, “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” released in 2006. Timbaland produced the song and also contributed vocals. It features an infectious beat and Timberlake’s trademark falsetto vocals. The song achieved commercial success, reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Directed by Robert Hales, the music video showcases Timberlake executing a dance routine in a club setting. The track remains a fan favourite and a standout collaboration between Timberlake and Timbaland.

Love Sex Magic – feat Ciara

The songstress enlisted Justin Timberlake for her 2009 Fantasy Ride track. The pair exchange sultry and sweet verses alongside a seductive music video where Ciara showcases her flexibility with an attentive Justin.

The track, from Ciara’s 2009 LP, Fantasy Ride, is supremely sensual, reminiscent of an outtake from FutureSex/LoveSounds. Despite collaborations with the likes of Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, and Rihanna, “Love Sex Magic” stands out as his steamiest and most convincing romantic duet.

Ayo Technology – feat 50 Cent

Though 50 Cent’s third studio album, 2007’s Curtis, didn’t quite measure up against Kanye West’s competing release, Graduation, Timberlake’s sultry vocals contributed to the album’s fourth single peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. Addressing the sexual frustrations of a generation brought up in front of digital screens, 50 Cent and JT, along with producer Timbaland, delved into our hyperreal, eight-bit strip club fantasies with the provocative query: “Why don’t you sit down on top of me?”

Where Is The Love? – feat The Black Eyed Peas

Timberlake lent his signature vocals to the hook of this Black Eyed Peas track, which peaked at No. 8 on the Hot 100 and served as an anti-gun violence anthem. Originally released in 2003, the group’s members apl.de.ap, Taboo, will. i.am, and Fergie released a 2016 version of the track featuring Jamie Foxx, Ty Dolla $ign, Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake, and Jaden Smith.

Suit & Tie – feat. Jay-Z

After concluding his highly successful FutureSex/LoveShow world tour in 2007, Timberlake took a hiatus to focus on acting and producing for other artists. Following a six-year break from music, he returned with his third studio album in 2013, The 20/20 Experience, led by the sultry “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay-Z.

The single is built around samples of Sly, Slick and Wicked’s 1972 song “Sho’ Nuff” and is characterized by a mature, polished R&B production by Timberlake, Timbaland, and J-Roc. Timberlake sounds more sophisticated than ever, complemented by an equally classy black-and-white music video, which won a Grammy for Best Music Video in 2014.


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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as hosting interviews for the weekly XS Noize Podcast.Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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