I Know That Song! The One Billboard Calls The Biggest of the 2000's

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We give you a bunch of fun, lesser-known tidbits on the songs you know and love.

Today's song was a top 5 SMASH from 2000...With New Kids On The Block off the radar since 1991, many wondered if the boy band genre was over, but both this band and Backstreet Boys made inroads, and when BSB issued their album Millennium in 1999, it started the frenzy. 

In fact, Billboard announced in December 2009 that this band’s album No Strings Attached (from which this song comes)was the best-selling album of the 2000s in the US with over 10 million copies sold to that point.

Back to 2000 for the American Music Awards, Sid and Marty Krofft, who had worked on H.R. Pufnstuf and Land Of The Lost, designed 25-foot puppets of this band. The Kroffts sued when photos of the puppets were used on souvenir programs and backstage passes without their permission, but the case was thrown out of court.

The song received a Grammy nomination in 2001 for Record of the Year, but lost to U2's "Beautiful Day".

Today’s song was influenced by Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills", as the producers wanted to produce a R&B sound for the boys. The song's composition of repeating the title at the beginning and ending of the chorus was used as a foundation for many future pop songs like "Into You" and "Touch It" by Ariana Grande..

The song begins with a string crescendo that climbs before Justin Timberlake's nasal falsetto ad-libs "Hey, hey", leading to the five-part harmony of the song's title.

Speaking of JT, you might recall a 2017 Super Bowl commercial for the beverage Bai, Christopher Walken quotes some lines from this song before we see that Justin Timberlake is sitting next to him.

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