Like I Love You

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"Like I Love You"
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Single by Justin Timberlake
from the album Justified
Released October 14, 2002 (2002-10-14)
Format
Recorded 2002
Genre
Length 4:43
Label Jive
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) The Neptunes
Justin Timberlake singles chronology
"Like I Love You"
(2002)
"Cry Me a River"
(2002)

"Like I Love You"
(2002)
"Cry Me a River"
(2002)

"Like I Love You" is the debut single recorded by American singer Justin Timberlake for his debut studio album, Justified (2002). The song features American hip hop duo Clipse. It was co-written by Timberlake and The Neptunes (Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams), who also produced it. The song was released on October 14, 2002 as Timberlake's debut solo single, following the announced hiatus of 'NSYNC earlier that year. According to Williams, who came up with the music loop, the song's drums were an ode to the funk era.

The song peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number two in the United Kingdom.[1] It was performed by Timberlake at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City, on August 29, 2002. It also received a nomination at the Grammy Awards of 2003 for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.[2] The location of the music video is in Weston, Ontario, Canada.

Writing and recording[edit]

Chad Hugo (left) and Pharrell Williams (right) co-wrote "Like I Love You" together with Timberlake.

MTV News reported in July 2002 that Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams (known collectively as Williams and Hugo) were working on multiple tracks for Justified.[3] When the duo picked Timberlake up from his hotel in Virginia Beach, they listened to Earth, Wind & Fire albums during the car ride. The background of the songs was the feeling the duo wanted to implement into the musical content of the album.[4] In response to this, Timberlake said: "Nobody's ever heard anything like that before ... a white boy singing this kind of music." Hugo revealed that Timberlake "didn't care what people would say."[4] The production duo commented that despite not being content with sampling music, for inspiration, they listened to both Off the Wall and Thriller, albums by Michael Jackson.[4] Hugo commented that "We just wanted to re-create that sense of those timeless, classic songs, without any of the 'bling, bling, hit me on my two-way' style of the new R&B. It has elements of the old and the new."[4]

"Like I Love You" was the first song they recorded together and the first song Timberlake recorded for Justified.[5] The song was written by Timberlake, Hugo and Williams, while the production was done by the latter two. The song features a rap verse by hip hop duo Clipse.[6] "Like I Love You" was recorded at Master Sound Recording Studios and Windmark Recording both located in Virginia Beach with Andrew Coleman serving as a recording engineer.[6] Serban Ghenea mixed the song at Windmark Recording, while Daniel Botancourt and Tim Roberts were additional engineers.[6] John Hanes provided the additional pro tools engineering. All the instrumentation was delivered by Hugo and Williams, while the song's vocal arrangement was provided by Williams together with Timberlake.[6]

Release[edit]

"Like I Love You" was chosen as Timberlake's debut single and the lead single of Justified. According to Timberlake, there was "never any question" in his mind whether or not the song would be released as his debut single. Of the song, Timberlake said: "It sounded so original to me. And I kind of consider myself a new artist. This is a new beginning for me, so why call on some big-name hip-hop artist when I could get somebody that feels new so it could feel like we were chomping at the bit at the same time?"[5]

On October 14, 2002, a CD single was released in Germany containing the album version of the song, its instrumental and two club extended mixes.[7] The same version of the single was released in Canada on October 17, 2002.[8] In the UK, the album version of "Like I Love You", its instrumental and one extended remix was physically released on October 22, 2002.[9] The song was released as a 12" vinyl on November 19, 2002, in Italy and Spain.[10][11] On November 24, 2002, it was also released in France as a CD single.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

"This is quite possibly the best post-boy-band debut single of all time. He booked the hottest producers (The Neptunes) and a bubbling-under hip-hop duo (Clipse) to show that the bubblegum had officially popped. There couldn't have been a better introduction to Justin Timberlake, solo star."

Billboard's Katie Atkinson in 2016.[13]

The song received positive reviews from music critics. Entertainment Weekly's Craig Seymour wrote "Over a lo-fi Neptunes-produced track dashed with Spanish guitar, live drums, and Planet Rock-like electro bleeps... [Justin proves that] while no innovator, he is a fine student".[14] In his review of the album Justified for Rolling Stone, Ben Ratliff wrote "In Like I Love You, a nasty funk rhythm on loud, live drums shares the space with a tiny guitar strum and Timberlake's breathy, studied tenor; it's minimalism influenced by Michael Jackson. But a softer, harmony-and-hook-filled chorus sets it off, thus pleasing preteen girls and beat junkies alike."[15]

Denise Boyd, writing for BBC Music, said that the song was a "sure bet for success" with The Neptunes producing the song but "Justin's vocal arrangement has given this offering a distinctive edge and it stands out as one of the best Neptunes productions this year."[16] Slant Magazine called it a "well-oiled Neptunes production" and "the acoustic guitar loops and snap-crackle-pop percussion of "Like I Love You" pick up where 'NSYNC's hit "Girlfriend" left off."[17]

In 2013, Lauren Nostro from Complex wrote, "The song catapulted Timberlake's career... It was the quintessential R&B/pop/hip-hop track filled with soulful lyrics and a heavy beat. It presented JT as a full-fledged musician, and not just the lead singer of 'N Sync."[18] Adelle Platon from Billboard opined in 2016, "This groovy number cemented J.T.'s solo career as a genre-fusing wunderkind."[19] In 2017, Spin staff ranked it as the best boy-band solo debut single.[20]

Chart performance[edit]

"Like I Love You" debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 67 for the issue dated September 7, 2002.[21] The next week it climbed to number 46.[21] It eventually reached a peak of number 11 and stayed on the chart for total of 36 weeks. The song was more successful on the US Pop Songs and Hot Dance Club Songs charts where it peaked at number four and one respectively. Additionally it charted on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart where reached a peak of 53. The song was more successful in Oceania. On the Australian Singles Chart, the song debuted at number nine for the week dated October 27, 2002.[22] The next week it fell to number 11, before eventually reaching its peak of number eight in its third week; the single stayed on its peak position for three consecutive weeks.[22] "Like I Love You" stayed on the chart for a total of twelve weeks.[22] The song was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for shipments of 70,000 units.[23] It debuted and peaked at number six on the New Zealand Singles Chart for the week dated November 10, 2002. The song stayed on the chart for twelve weeks.[24]

In the United Kingdom, "Like I Love You" debuted at its peak of number two for the issue dated November 2, 2002.[25] It stayed on the chart for total of 16 weeks, with its last appearance being on February 15, 2003 at number 57.[25] The song debuted and peaked at number five on the Irish Singles Chart.[26] "Like I Love You" debuted at its peak of number four on the Danish Singles Chart and managed to stay on the position for two consecutive weeks, before starting to fell on the chart. It stayed on the chart for total of 14 weeks.[27] The single debuted at number 14 on the Norwegian Singles Chart for the week dated October 25, 2002. After three weeks, "Like I Love You" managed to reach its peak of number 10 on the chart.[28] Additionally, the song charted and peaked at number 14 on the Swiss Singles Chart.[29]

Live performances[edit]

Timberlake made his solo performance debut on the MTV Video Music Awards performing "Like I Love You" at the 2002 ceremony.

"Like I Love You" was featured on The Justified World Tour (2003/04), Justified and Stripped Tour (2003), FutureSex/LoveShow (2007), Legends of the Summer (2013) and The 20/20 Experience World Tour (2013/14).

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording and mixing
  • Recorded at Master Sound Recording Studios and Windmark Recording, Virginia Beach; mixed at Windmark Recording, Virginia Beach.
Personnel

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Justified, Jive Records.[6]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002–03) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[22] 8
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[30] 29
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[31] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[32] 27
Denmark (Tracklisten)[27] 4
Germany (Official German Charts)[33] 16
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[34] 36
Ireland (IRMA)[26] 5
Italy (FIMI)[35] 17
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[36] 5
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[37] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[24] 6
Norway (VG-lista)[28] 10
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[38] 20
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[39] 14
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 14
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[40] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[41] 11
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[42] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[43] 53
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[44] 4
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[45] 17

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[23] Platinum 70,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[46] Gold 400,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format Label
Germany[7] October 14, 2002 Maxi single RCA Records
Canada[8] October 17, 2002 LP Jive Records
United Kingdom[9] October 22, 2002 CD single RCA Records
Italy[10] November 19, 2002 12" single
Spain[11]
France[12] November 25, 2002 CD single Jive Records

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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