From “Partition” to “Rehab”: Bet You Didn’t Know Justin Timberlake Wrote These Hits
Today is Justin Timberlake’s 33rd birthday, and to help him celebrate, we’re looking back at all the songs he’s helped put together over the years. From jams for Beyoncé to country gems with Reba McEntire, he’s done just about everything with everybody. Check out some of his major collaborations from the last few years.
Partition – Beyonce
Take all of me, I just want to be the girl you like…doesn’t sound like a track a man would help write, but Timberlake did, along with The-Dream, Timbaland, Jerome Harmon, Dwane Weir, Mike Dean and the song’s producer, BOOTS. It wouldn’t be the only contribution he had to the album…stay tuned!
Rehab – Rihanna
Timberlake actually not only wrote the song for Rihanna, but he was featured in the video as Ri Ri’s distant love interest. Called a “lovesick ballad,” Rihanna described what the song meant to her in an interview with Entertainment Weekly: “Rehab really just means we have to get over the guy. So we talk about checking ourselves into rehab, meaning we have to get over him. And we compare the guy to a disease or an addiction.”
Cold Case Love – Rihanna
Speaking of Rihanna…after their first collaboration went so well, the two paired up for Rihanna’s Rated R album to do a song together called “Cold Case Love.” She admitted later that even though she didn’t write the track, she dedicated it to Chris Brown:
“It’s a song that everybody wanted to hear. That’s exactly what everybody wanted to hear. Everything I didn’t say for the past 8 months. Exactly how I felt about that relationship and how I feel about it now, that says it all.”
Gone – ‘N Sync
As Beyoncé wrote songs for Destiny’s Child when they were still together, Justin Timberlake wrote quite a few hits for ‘N Sync, including one of their biggest ones with black folks–“Gone.”
The Only Promise That Remains – Reba McEntire
Aside from pop and R&B tracks, Timberlake has also dabbled in some country too! He worked with singer Reba McEntire on the track “The Only Promise That Remains” and appeared on the song with the star. Timberlake is actually a big country music fan (on the low low I guess), as he reps Memphis, Tennessee quite hard.
Love Sex Magic – Ciara
Another collaboration for Timberlake, he teamed up with the Princess of Crunk & B on the sensual song, which was Ciara’s biggest hit internationally. He also appeared in the video, getting licked on and what not by Future’s “future” wife.
Floatin’ – Charlie Wilson
And yes, Justin also collaborates with men aside from just Timbaland, Jay Z, and his homies from ‘N Sync. He teamed up with him and Will.i.am. for this jam from Charlie’s album, Charlie, Last Name Wilson. Timberlake has spoken openly about Wilson’s influence on his sound, and even helped him accept a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards, performing some classics from Uncle Charlie.
Rocket – Beyoncé
We told you he contributed to more than one jam on Bey’s new hit album! Timberlake also co-wrote “Rocket” with Miguel and Beyoncé (Timbaland, Beyoncé and Jerome Harmon produced the “How Does It Feel”-inspired jam). He can also be heard singing on the track (that oooOOOOOOOwa sound you hear is him).
D*ck In A Box – The Lonely Island
Timberlake also has a pretty wicked sense of humor, which I’m sure you’ve noticed if you watched him host Saturday Night Live the numerous times he has. But he did help write the very hilarious (and catchy) “D*ck In A Box” song with Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island crew.