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Pop (song)

Single by 'N Sync
from the album Celebrity
Released May 15, 2001
Format CD single
Recorded February 2001
Genre Dance-pop, electronic dance
Length 3:57
2:55 (radio version)
Label Jive
Writer(s) Justin Timberlake
Wade Robson
Producer(s) Brian Transeau
'N Sync singles chronology
"This I Promise You"

"Pop" is the first single by 'N Sync from their third studio album, Celebrity. It 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 #19 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and #9 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. The song was included in the movie Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.


  • Music video 1
  • Track listing 2
  • Awards and nominations 3
    • Mnet Asian Music Awards 3.1
    • MTV Video Music Awards 3.2
    • Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 3.3
    • Teen Choice Awards 3.4
  • Charts 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Music video

The music video 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." (incidentally July 24 was the release date for the Celebrity album.) 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. 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. This video got spins on BET's 106 & Park, making 'N Sync the only all-white band to ever get rotation on the show.

Track listing

  • 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

Awards and nominations

Mnet Asian Music Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2001 "Pop" Best International Artist[1] Won

MTV Video Music Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2001 "Pop" Best Pop Video Won
Best Group Video Won
Best Dance Video Won
Viewer's Choice Won
Breakthrough Video Nominated

Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2002 "Pop" Favorite Song Nominated

Teen Choice Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2001 "Pop" Choice Single Won


Chart (2001) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 10
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 49
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 39
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan) 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[5] 34
Germany (Media Control Charts)[6] 30
Irish Singles (IRMA) 21
Italy (FIMI)[7] 33
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 19
Norway (VG-lista)[9] 7
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[10] 11
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 19
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 40
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 9
US Billboard Hot 100 19
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) 5


  1. ^ "2001 Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  2. ^ " – 'N Sync – Pop". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  3. ^ " – 'N Sync – Pop" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ " – 'N Sync – Pop" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – 'N Sync search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  6. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche –" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  7. ^ " – 'N Sync – Pop". Top Digital Download.
  8. ^ " – 'N Sync – Pop". Top 40 Singles.
  9. ^ " – 'N Sync – Pop". VG-lista.
  10. ^ " – 'N Sync – Pop" Canciones Top 50.
  11. ^ " – 'N Sync – Pop". Singles Top 60.
  12. ^ " – 'N Sync – Pop". Swiss Singles Chart.

External links

  • "Pop" Official music video on YouTube
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