Pop (song)

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Pop single cover.jpg
Single by NSYNC
from the album Celebrity
Released May 15, 2001
Format CD
Recorded February 2001
  • 3:57 (album version)
  • 2:55 (radio version)
Label Jive
Producer(s) Brian Transeau
NSYNC singles chronology
"This I Promise You"

"This I Promise You"
Music video
"Pop" on YouTube

"Pop" is a song by American boy band NSYNC. It was released on May 15, 2001 as the first single from their third studio album, Celebrity, the song was written by Wade Robson and Justin Timberlake and produced by BT using his famous "stutter edit" sound.

The song's subject focuses on contemporary criticism of boy bands and pop music, and assures the public of their music being addictive and not being a trend, it reached number 19 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and number nine on the UK Singles Chart.

In 2001, it won four MTV Video Music Awards for Best Group Video, Best Pop Video, Best Dance Video, and Viewers Choice. Teen Choice Award for Choice Single.

The radio version was later included on their Greatest Hits album, the 2001 compilation album Now That's What I Call Music! 8, and their third compilation album The Essential *NSYNC.

The song was also heard on Canadian music mix MuchDance 2002. A remix of the song was included in the movie Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Wayne Isham, it begins with a girl (Sandra McCoy) holding a bowl of cereal (Alpha-Bits) watching a commercial of Justin Timberlake advertising pop to her: "Hey you! Yeah, I'm talking to you, sassy girl. Need a little ahh in your step? Try this on for size: i-i-i-i-i-it's Pop! I-i-i-it tastes real good and makes you feel kind of funny, not here, not down there, but all up in this area. And, c-coming J-July 24, 2001, Jumbo-pop." The girl drops her cereal bowl and the camera passes through three pieces spelling the word "POP". After the music starts, the video takes place at a colorful disco club with NSYNC performing on a lighted circle with the word "POP" in a neon sign behind them. While they are singing, Timberlake is also on a spinning spiral, and JC Chasez is in the crowd. Many special effects, including fast-motion, bullet-time, and computer generated warp-transitions, are used, at the end of the video, Timberlake executes his first music-video beatbox.[1]

The video debuted on TRL May 30, 2001, during the dancing sequence part of the video, close up shots featured Joey Fatone, but the far away shots instead featured the video producer Wade Robson. Joey had injured his leg in a trap door during rehearsals for the new tour and could not do the dance sequences. Thus, Robson filled in, with dyed hair.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  • UK
  1. "Pop" (Radio Version) – 2:55
  2. "Pop" (Pablo La Rosa's Hard Sync Mix) – 6:29
  3. "Pop" (Deep Dish Cha-Ching Radio Edit) – 4:12
  4. "Pop" (Instrumental) – 2:54
  • America
  1. "Pop" (Radio Version) – 2:55
  2. "Pop" (Radio Version No Breakdown) – 2:29
  • Europe
  1. "Pop" (Album Version) – 3:57
  2. "Pop" (Instrumental) – 3:21
  1. "Pop" (Album Version) – 3:57
  2. "Pop" (Radio Version) – 2:55
  3. "Pop" (Deep Dish Cha-Ching Radio Edit) – 4:12
  4. "Pop" (Terminalhead Vocal Remix) – 5:23

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Recorded at Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, CA and Metalworks Recording Studios, Toronto
  • Justin Timberlake – songwriter, producer, arranger, beatbox
  • BT – songwriter, producer, arranger, engineer, programmer, mixing
  • Wade J. Robson – songwriter, producer, arranger
  • Mike Tucker – vocal recording engineer
  • Carlos Vasquez – additional beat programming
  • Chris Haggerty – digital editing
  • Richard Fortus – electric guitar, bass
  • Kenny Blank – additional guitar
  • Chaz Harper – mastering

Awards and nominations[edit]

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2001 "Pop" Best International Artist[4] Won

MTV Video Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2001 "Pop" Best Pop Video Won
Best Group Video Won
Best Dance Video Won
Viewer's Choice Won
Breakthrough Video Nominated
Best Editing in a Video Nominated

Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2002 "Pop" Favorite Song Nominated

Teen Choice Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2001 "Pop" Choice Single Won


Chart (2001) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 10
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 49
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 39
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan) 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 34
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 30
Irish Singles (IRMA) 21
Italy (FIMI)[10] 34
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 19
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 7
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[13] 11
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[14] 11
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 19
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 40
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 19
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[19] 5
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[20] 23


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