“SexyBack” is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake for his second studio album, FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006). It was released on July 18, 2006, to US mainstream and rhythmic radio stations by Jive Records as the lead single from the album. The song was written and produced by Nate Hills, Tim Mosley, and Timberlake himself. Discussing “SexyBack”, Timberlake revealed that he went “left”, singing the song in a rock style, not an R&B style. He described the song as musicians David Bowie and David Byrne “covering” James Brown’s 1970 song “Sex Machine”. The track features Timbaland on backing vocals, while Timberlake’s voice is distorted. The instrumentation used in the song includes a pounding bass beat, electronic chords, and drum machine sounds.
“SexyBack” became Timberlake’s first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, staying seven weeks at the top spot. It also topped several of Billboard magazine’s other charts, including the Billboard Pop 100, Hot Dance Airplay, and Hot Digital Songs charts, and entered the top ten on most singles charts. Internationally, it became Timberlake’s first single to reach number one in the United Kingdom. In Australia, the track was Timberlake’s second number-one single, spending two consecutive weeks at the top. “SexyBack” was certified three-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and three-times platinum by Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA). “SexyBack” is one of the best selling singles of all time.
The track won Best Dance Recording at the 2007 Grammy Awards. In addition, the song won Timberlake the People’s Choice Award for Favorite R&B song and the Male Artist of the Year at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. The music video was filmed in June 2006; Timberlake decided to work with director Michael Haussman based on the latter’s work on Madonna’s 1994 music video “Take a Bow”.