Girlfriend (NSYNC song)

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Single by NSYNC featuring Nelly
from the album Celebrity
B-side "The Two of Us", "Gone" (Spanish version)
Released April 15, 2002
Format CD single
Recorded 2001
Genre R&B, hip hop, pop
Length 4:14 (Album Version)
4:45 (The Neptunes Remix)
Label Jive
Songwriter(s) Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, Cornell Haynes Jr. (Remix)
Producer(s) The Neptunes
NSYNC singles chronology

Music video
"Girlfriend" on YouTube

"Girlfriend" is a song by American boy band NSYNC. It was released on April 15, 2002 as the third and final single from their third studio album, Celebrity (2001). The song was also the last single the group ever released.

The Neptunes' remix of this song was featured on their first compilation album Greatest Hits, and their third compilation album The Essential *NSYNC.

It was the group's last song that entered the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, being their sixth top ten hit overall.


When originally announced as a single, the intention was for the album version of the track to be released along with a video and released to television. However, just weeks before the release, the group announced that the song would be re-recorded for its single release, with remix production by The Neptunes, and would feature two all-new verses with rapper Nelly. Unlike previous NSYNC releases, the single version, which was named "The Neptunes Remix" for classification purposes, possessed a heavy hip hop influence. The video for the album version of the track was subsequently edited for "The Neptunes Remix", and to feature Nelly; however, it kept essentially the same format. The Neptunes Remix peaked at number 5 in the US and #2 in the UK.

In August 2002, the remix won a Teen Choice Award for Choice Hook Up. In several countries, the single was released as a double A-side with a remixed version of "Gone", entitled the "Gone Clubbin': I'll Be Back Late" mix.

Critical reception[edit]

In 2015, Billboard's Jason Lipshutz ranked it tenth on the list "Top 20 Essential Boy Band Songs," writing, "straddling the lines of pop, R&B and hip-hop, the song could have been the precursor to the boy band's stylistic shift, but instead proved to be the starting point for Justin Timberlake's solo career."[1]

Music video[edit]

Two music videos exist for the single. The first was created for the album version, and features only the band. The original album version video was released in December 2001 and featured the band dancing on cars, singing to girls and Justin Timberlake winning a drag race. The Neptunes Remix featured scenes of Nelly spliced into shots of the already existing video, as well as having a few re-edits to fit the track. Both versions were directed by Marc Klasfeld. The album version video debuted on TRL on January 3, 2002, and the Neptunes remix debuted on March 12, 2002.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK
  1. "Girlfriend" (The Neptunes Remix) – 4:45
  2. "The Two of Us" – 3:51
  3. "Gone" (Gone Clubbin' I'll Be Back Late Radio Edit) – 3:57
  4. "Gone" (Video) – 5:10
  • Europe
  1. "Girlfriend" (The Neptunes Remix) – 4:45
  2. "Girlfriend" (Album Version) – 4:14
  1. "Girlfriend" (The Neptunes Remix) – 4:45
  2. "Girlfriend" (Album Version) – 4:14
  3. "Gone" (Gone Clubbin' I'll Be Back Late Mix) – 5:57
  4. "Gone" (Video)
  • America
  1. "Girlfriend" (Album Version) – 4:14
  2. "Girlfriend" (The Neptunes Remix) – 4:45
  3. "Gone" (Gone Clubbin' I'll Be Back Late Mix) – 5:57
  4. "Gone" (Spanish Version) – 4:57
  5. "Girlfriend" (Video) – 4:20
  6. PopOdyssey Live Trailer (Video) – 1:20
  • Canada
  1. "Girlfriend" (Album Version) – 4:14
  2. "Girlfriend" (The Neptunes Remix) – 4:45
  3. "Gone" (Gone Clubbin' – I'll Be Back Late Mix) – 5:57
  4. "Gone" (Spanish version) – 4:57
  5. "Gone" (Video) – 5:10

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Recorded at Right Track, NYC; Battery Studios, NYC; and WIRE Studios, Orlando, FL
  • Justin Timberlake – songwriter
  • Chad Hugo – songwriter, producer, remix producer
  • Pharrell Williams – songwriter, producer, remix producer
  • The Neptunes – producer, remix producer
  • Brian Garten – recording, additional vocal recording
  • Paul Gregory – assistant recording engineer
  • Rowie Nameri – assistant recording engineer
  • Matina Scarpino – assistant recording engineer
  • Jean-Marie Horvat – mixing
  • Josean Possey – assistant mixing engineer
  • Chaz Harper – mastering


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 43
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 34
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[6] 1
Denmark (Tracklisten)[7] 6
Europe (European Hot 100)[8] 4
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 6
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 8
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 8
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 13
Norway (VG-lista)[13] 12
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[14] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 36
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 23
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 2
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[18] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 5
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[20] 23
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[21] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Position
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[22] 96
UK Singles Chart 44

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