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95. Justin Timberlake – Señorita



Forget Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction or the Britney bitching of Cry Me A River – these five minutes are Justin Timberlake’s high watermark. The real genius of the song is already well under way when Timberlake arrives – the Neptunes lolloping piano groove and cow bell make for such an addictive backing that even were JT switched for St Winifred’s School Choir the track would probably remain a belter. But that’s not to diminish Timberlake’s contribution: the lyrics may be far from deep, but he delivers them with just the right combination of strut and self-awareness to keep things fun. Talk at the time was that much of Justified, the album from which Señorita sprung, was written to relaunch Michael Jackson’s career, but Jacko was in too much of a state to take up the challenge. From what was on offer, though – essentially a homage to the Thriller and Bad albums, with just a touch of Dangerous – the mind boggles at what he could’ve done. For one, he certainly would’ve avoided the cringeworthy “fellas/ladies” outro that Timberlake tacks on, a blot that keeps Señorita lower down in this chart than it otherwise would’ve been. The song’s force of propulsion, however, weathers that’s miniature storm, and with Timberlake’s cheesy final line, the old dawg, it would be a hard heart that doesn’t crack an indulgent smile.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 21/09/2009 9:36 am


    (The outro’s my favourite part ;)

    My equivalent favourite tune of 00s is probably ‘Women Trouble’ by Craig David and Robbie Craig. For some reason Señorita reminds me of it (pitched down about 20% :)

  2. 21/09/2009 9:37 am

    Damn those graphical smilies…

  3. Sam permalink*
    21/09/2009 2:22 pm

    I can kinda see the comparison, but the problem with Woman Trouble is that it feels a bit cackhanded and desperate compared with the effortless swing of Señorita – there’s a very British ineptness to it all, the same feeling you get when you see cheerleaders at a football (Americans, read: soccer) match in somewhere like Barnsley, and comparing the two is a bit like comparing Wimpy with McDonalds. It’s charming, but it’s probably, more accurately, charmingly shit.

    • 21/09/2009 9:45 pm

      Where you hear cack-handedness I hear the sounds of the streets. Yeah, Women Trouble doesn’t sound as smooth, but its chorus beats the Señorita hands down and I know which one I’d rather dance to. I guess it’s like comparing The Streets to Puff Daddy. Still, I <3 both tracks very mich.

      But speaking of smooth, I do hope Outkast's 'I like the Way you Move' makes it. It may well make my Top 10 of the decade…

  4. Kat Arney permalink
    21/09/2009 3:08 pm

    No way – the one where’s he’s in the video with all the lights and funny camera wizrdry and stuff is way better (but for the life of me I can’t remember what it’s called). Rock your body maybe?

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