Song: “Sexyback” by Justin Timberlake
Reached #1: September 9, 2006 (his first, 7 weeks)
Is there something about being a Disney Kid that makes most of them rebel later in life?
Whether it’s actual self-destructiveness (Britney Spears, Demi Lovato), deliberately amping up the non-“Disney” side of their lives (Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus), or even the more muted pushback that Justin Timberlake did… most Disney Kids become… er… “intriguing” adults.
My point, I think, is that it’s no surprise that the Mickey Mouse Club alum wound up working with Timbaland on an album called FutureSex/LoveSounds… then turning the lead single into a secret-agent fantasy on video.
“Sexyback” is also one of the lowlights of the Autotune era – you can barely tell it’s Timberlake singing, and Timbaland’s backup vocals are processed as well. There once was a time where your voice was all you had as a singer. I miss that.
Timberlake did have the good grace to admit that he never intended “I’m bringing sexy back” to be the worn-out catchphrase it turned out to be. He thought it seemed like a good line for a song – but he’s never said that he thought it was a good hook.
Somehow, the song was reworked for the soundtrack of Happy Feet Two, where it was sung by baby penguins. That may be the most insane line I’ve written in the 253 posts so far…
Tomorrow, a one-hit wonder soundtrack song for a one-hit wonder of a movie…
Other songs that reached #1 on September 9:
1957 – “Diana” by Paul Anka (his first, 1 week, Best Seller chart)
1978 – “Boogie Oogie Oogie” by A Taste Of Honey (their first, 3 weeks)
1989 – “Hangin’ Tough” by New Kids On The Block (their second, 1 week)
1995 – “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio feat. L.V. (his first, 3 weeks)