This morning, I came into work as I usually do at 8 a.m. with my 16 oz, triple shot, vanilla latte, staring Monday in the face. But today was unlike any Monday I have stumbled upon in a while.

I was scrolling through Zoo FM's feed and found a post about winning tickets to see Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z live at Soldier Field in Chicago. I have a serious obsession with JT. Ever since his bleached-out, curly haired days with *NSYNC, JT has been my ultimate crush... There's no denying it, and I'm sure many of you would have to agree. Anyway, when I saw this post, I screamed for about 10 minutes and realized it was imperative that I share my excitement (and unruly obsession) with the rest of the world — or at least the rest of Missoula. In honor of this epic opportunity to win tickets to the 'Legends of Summer' show on July 22, I compiled my top six favorite songs by Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z.


  • Mirrors

    Maybe it's because it's one of the most recent songs of his that I've heard, but I have "Mirrors" on replay every day. No joke. Even the music video is good. You should watch it. Like now.

  • Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)

    "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)" is what brought "American Gangster" to life and best of all, unforgettable. Kanye and Diddy, among many others, are what made the Roc Boys one to remember. They "cheered to a hundred years of success" and I think they defined 'success' to a T.

  • SexyBack

    "Them other boys don't know how to act..." YEP! Even though I was in middle school when this song came out, and I was too young and naive to understand what Mr. Timberlake was singing about, "SexyBack" has a great beat that could bring anyone's sexy back.

  • Can't Knock the Hustle

    This song definitely took me back a year or 10, but it has to be one of my favorite songs by Jay-Z. Mary J. Blige just makes "Can't Knock the Hustle" that much better. "Taking out this time to give you a piece of my mind (cause you can't knock the hustle), but though you think you are, baby, one day you'll be a star."

  • My Love

    T.I. accompanied JT in this one, but I'm okay with that... It brings out JT's beat-boxing alter ego, which just makes him all the more attractive. "My Love" also showed off Timberlake's distinguished vocals, and made all of us jealous that a guy can actually sing that high.

  • Young Forever

    I had to bring a more recent song to light simply because I felt like I was traveling in a time machine with the first two Jay-Z songs. "Young Forever" partially reminded me of Napoleon Dynamite because of Mr. Hudson, but nevertheless, Jay-Z engraves his emotionally-based lyrics in my head. If you ever want to go on a long drive to clear your head, I recommend this song.