411 Music Ten Deep 10.23.13: The Top 10 Timbaland-Produced Songs
Posted by Sean Walker on 10.24.2013
From Justin Timberlake's "Sexyback" and Rihanna’s "Rehab" to Aaliyah's "One in a Million", Madonna's "4 Minutes" and more, 411's Sean Walker counts down the top 10 songs produced by Timbaland!
Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of the Ten Deep, where nothing compares to Sinead O'Connor and Miley Cyrus in a Celebrity Death Match. Book it! College has been kicking my ass, literally. I HATE web development, I really do. Anywho, let's get started with the list.
Timbaland has been one of the more notable producers of the last 15 years. He's been known to produce anything from hip-hop, pop and even rock. Recently Timbaland produced one of the albums of the year, The 20/20 Experience part 1, which had great innovative beats that showed that Tim Moseley still had it. Then about a couple of weeks ago, the release of one of the worst albums The 20/20 Experience part 2, showed that too much could be a bad thing. However, this is a list to celebrate the music genius that is Timbaland.
The Top Ten Timbaland Produced Songs
Just Missing the 10:
Justin Timberlake - "Suit & Tie"
Shakira - "Give it up to me"
Jay Z - "Off That"
Beyoncé - "Get Me Bodied (Timbaland Mix)"
10. Nelly Furtado- "Say it Right"
Timbaland made me a fan of Nelly Furtado fan for a little less than a year. I mean she is talented, but she isn't really my cup of tea. 2006 was arguably the year of Timbaland. He was a force to be reckoned with when it came to production values. Of course he may have been a tad overexposed, but it was still enjoyable hip-hop pop. Say it Right has those famous hand clap beats and that nagging 'eh' voice in the background that Timbaland is known for. However, because Nelly's voice is so annoying, she only makes it to number 10.
9. Timbaland - "Morning After Dark (featuring Nelly Furtado & SoShy)"
How the hell did Nelly make it twice on my list? This was not intentional I just like the song. SoShy makes this song better than what it is. Nelly ruins it. Seriously Nelly, retire. I just can't deal with your voice. It's hideous. It's like a higher pitched Rihanna, which doesn't help anyone. Timbaland didn't buy Shock Value II, but there were some bright spots on it. This is great Goth-pop, which can do no wrong with me. I like mysterious pop. I have one problem with this song. Timbaland, please stay away from auto tune. It doesn't make a song better. It reminds me of those memories of my 'friend' tying me up and playing Rebecca Black on repeat (shudder).
8. Janet Jackson - "Go Deep (Timbaland Remix)"
Mmmmmm hey Janet. This was my excuse to put Janet on here. I've honestly only heard this song in once, and it's OK. The regular version is better in my opinion, but Timbaland didn't produce it. "The Velvet Rope" is my third favorite album of the year, and my all time favorite concept album. Is it because of Janet? Yes, yes it is. Because I love Janet. Marry me Janet. Get rid of that hack you're married to and join me in my fantasy where you are god. Who the hell am I kidding you are already god.
7. Omarion- "Icebox"
Anyone remembers Omarion? His career quickly fizzled out before had a chance to thrive. This is arguably his best song , which isn't saying much as his career is pretty non-existent. For those of you who don't know, Omarion could be placed in the Let's make money off of Michael Jackson's Legacy pretty boy dancer category. In one song, Timbaland was able to make him seem mature and relevant in pop culture. I've done some researching, and apparently Omarion released a shitty collaboration album with Bow Wow of all people. He was part of YMCMB, left, and then created his own label. Now he is part of tit's and sunglasses' group Maybach Music. Good luck with that.
6. Rihanna - "Rehab"
I mentioned before that I am a fan of Rihanna's MUSIC. 2007-2008 were great years for Rihanna as she released her greatest album to date, Good Girl Gone Bad. Rehab is an overlooked song on that LP. Partial blame could go to the fact that a singer known as Amy Winehouse released a song of the same name, and that received critical acclaim. Although not credited, it features Justin Timberlake adding background vocals. I'm not sure if you can go to rehab for cigarette addiction, but damn is the production on this song great. Rihanna's vocals go great with Timbaland's beats. They just mesh very well. Rihanna, if you're making another album soon, please collaborate with Timbaland and Timberlake as they bring the best out of you.
5. OneRepublic - "Apologize"
OneRepublic is not really my cup of tea. Although they are pop-rock band, they usually fall on the pop side of the field. Timbaland remixed the song and gave them the edge that they oh so desperately needed. This was the time period where Timbaland started to produce the same sound over and over. Every song started to sound the same. However, he made this song sound more rock by adding hip-hop elements. This is one of his finer works, and it showed that he is versatile when it comes to producing for different genres. The handclap beats are still present, but the original sound makes it differ from other products. 2008 was truly the year of Timbaland.
4. Madonna - "4 Minutes"
In 2005 Madonna revitalized her career when she released the awesome album Confessions on the Dance Floor. That momentum was quickly halted when she released the dreadful Hard Candy. I don't know if you realize this Madonna, but you're a veteran in the music industry. Singing songs that a 20 year old (Miley Cyrus) should be singing only makes me roll my eyes. Plus, it's disturbing to hear an old lady singing about getting into my pants. 4 Minutes proves that Madonna literally has nothing interesting to sing about anymore. The lyrics are so bad. However, there is an undeniable chemistry between Justin Timberlake and Madonna, and Timbaland stepped up his game after years of phoning it in. What was created, was an enjoyable four minutes of pop.
3. Aaliyah - "One in a Million"
It was difficult to choose which Timbaland-produced Aaliyah song to put on the list. So I picked my personal favorite. Aaliyah was a staple in the Walker household growing up. She was certainly more mature than how old she was. Without Aaliyah, Timbaland probably wouldn't be as successful as he is. The beats are fresh and they save this song from being a boring played out R&B ballad that was popular in the late 90s.
2. Missy Elliot - "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"
Next we have one of the greatest hip-hop duos of all time. Misdemeanor and Timbaland always create magic when they are on the same track. This is the song that made Missy Elliot famous. The repeating "I can't stand the rain" line is genius, and is one of the greatest uses of a sample I've heard that wasn't made by Kanye West. When is Missy coming back with a new album? It's been a while since she's been around. She's been mostly producing herself for talented artist such as Jasmine Sullivan. It says on Wikipedia that she was supposed to release an album five years ago. If that's the case, RELEASE IT THEN.
1. Justin Timberlake - "Sexyback"
When I first heard this song in the summer of 2006, I had no clue what the hell I was listening to. It sounded gritty. It made me feel dirty listening to it. It was distorted. It sounded pretty weird for a song on the radio. When I found out who made the song, I immediately hated it. For those who want to know why, here's a hint..
For those who are still in the dark, it was one of the worst/best days of my life. The day that Justin Timberlake ruined Janet 's career. That's right you self-righteous douche, I'm blaming it on you! Justin accidentally exposed Jackson's right tit, which singlehandedly destroyed Janet Jackson's credibility as an artist. Don't get me wrong; the song is one of the best of the decades because of how risky it was. Still, I was bitter at the hypocrisy shown during that time period. Take a bow you asshole.
Well that's it for now. Is there a smash hit from Timbaland that I missed? Feel free to comment below or Email me. See you next time!