The Top Ten Lyrics from Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience

The Top Ten Lyrics from Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience

One of my favorite things about running this blog is that as owner of said blog, I can write about whatever I damn well please.

In that spirit--and as a service to the world--today, I'm counting down the top ten best lyrics from Justin Timberlake's new album. Someone had to do it, right?

#10

And now it's clear as this promise
That we're making
Two reflections into one
Cause it's like you're my mirror
My mirror staring back at me, staring back at me
--Mirrors

Mirrors is kind of narcissistic if you analyze it literally, now that I think about it, but still... Anyway, I'm going to go with the belief that this is a song about Justin & Jessica and the idea of two halves of the same whole, yada yada. 

Bonus: This is a rare song which is better with the video--and not just because of the crazy dancing at the end.

#9

C'mon and dance,
C'mon baby dance with me
Take my hand,
Get on the floor
C'mon baby dance with me
Please don't hold the wall
Please don't hold the wall tonight
We're gonna do it all,
So please don't hold the wall tonight
--Don't Hold the Wall

I'm conflicted. What do you do when Justin Timberlake encourages you to dance, dance? I mean, you'll never be able to match JT's moves, so that's a lot of pressure. However, I suspect that Justin also doesn't judge bad dancing, as long as you're feeling the music or what have you.

#8

Cause I'm in love with that girl
So don't be mad at me
Cause I'm in love with that girl
So don't be mad at me
So what if you're from the other side of the tracks, so what if the world don't think we match
I'll put it down like my love's on wax, guess what
I'm in love with that girl
And she told me, she's in love with me
--That Girl

I'm usually pretty good with deciphering metaphors, but I had to take to the Google to figure out what love on wax is--which kind of made me feel like a bonehead. Love on wax: like a candle, with a burning flame. (I love the old schoolness of this song, incidentally.)

Bonus: Wrong side of the tracks romance. *sa-woon*

#7

20,000 leagues away, catch up to you on the same day
Travel at the speed of light, thinking the same thoughts at the same time
Heartbeat set at steady pace, I’ll let the rhythm show me the way
No one can find us here, fade out and disappear
--Blue Ocean Floor

There's some funny math happening here. I'm pretty sure that you can travel more than 20,000 leagues in a single day if you're traveling at the speed of light.

Bonus: Jules Verne reference!

#6

Now that I know the truth, what am I suppose to do?
Changing up and breaking all my rules ever since we met
I'm so gone, I'm so gone, I'm so gone
Just like the movie shoot, I'm zooming in on you
Everything extra in the background, just fades into the set
As we ride off in the sun
--Tunnel Vision

At least one good thing came out of Justin's foray into movies--a movie camera simile. Oh, who I am kidding? I will admit to having watched and enjoyed the following Justin Timberlake movies: The Social Network, In Time and the one about baseball.)

#5

Are you comfortable?
Are you comfortable?
Are you comfortable?
There, there right there
There, there right there
There, there right there
Let the groove get in you
Let the groove get in you
Let the groove get in you
--Let the Groove Get In

This hook looks so strong when it's written out, but if you listen to the song, it's ridiculously catchy.

#4

We can't take an airplane
Where we're going is way too high
Going where the day sky turns into night
I got the windows special tinted for the stars that get too bright
And I saved you a seat, so let's ride
--Spaceship Coupe

Tinted windows are so swoonworthy!

#3

Hop into my spaceship coup
There's only room for two (Me and you)
And with the top down
We'll cruise around
Land and make love on the moon
Would you like that?
Hop into my spaceship coupe
There's only room for two (Me and you)
And with the top off, you're all wrapped up
In my space lover cocoon.
--Spaceship Coupe

I love every single word in this song. Remember all the oldies that involved taking one's best gal on a rocketship into outerspace? I love those songs and JT's interpretation is such an awesome blend of old school and new pop. As a result, this is the lone song with two--yes, two!--entries in this extremely official top ten list.

Bonus: "Space lover cocoon." (!!!) 

#2

If you’d be strawberry bubblegum
Then I’d be your blueberry lollipop
Little girl won’t you be my strawberry bubblegum
Then I’d be your blueberry lollipop
And then I’d love you ‘til I’ll make you pop
--Strawberry Bubblegum

Commentary: Candy metaphors abound on this album, but this is probably my favorite.

Bonus: Excellent sexual innuendo, JT. Just excellent.

#1

And now I'm just a, I'm just a, junkie for your love
Uh, my nicotine, my blue dream, my hydroponic candy jelly bean
Did you fix me up, I'm your number one fiend
Be my little pill and just creep into my blood stream
Bloodshot eyes, I'm hopped up on it
You ain't gotta think twice, just hop up on it
There's a million names for your kind of chronic
--Pusher Love Girl

Love is a drug; an old metaphor, but it's a reliable one. This song is my new jam: Swoon CIty, USA.

Bonus: Jelly bean used in a rhyme.

How do you feel about my rankings? In a controversial move, I completely omitted any lines from Suit & Tie (which is actually my second least favorite song on the album, which is strange, since I also love Jay-Z)--no lyrics stand out to me as particularly memorable, amusing and/or swoonworthy. 

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