Label: RCA

Justin Timberlake's return to music after a six-year hiatus was one of the most anticipated events of the year. The first single, "Suit & Tie," featured Jay-Z, and didn't disappoint. But, a look at the rest of track list was a little shocking. Would "Suit & Tie" be the only song serviced to radio? The entire 10-song album consisted of songs no shorter than 4-and-a-half-minutes long, with the longest, "Mirrors," coming in at nearly eight minutes. Far from traditional singles fare. Still, the production, courtesy of Timbaland, is so well calculated that key changes, unexpected breakdowns and harmonies make even the longest tracks full-on musical experiences—hence, "Mirrors" 10-week run on the pop charts. Sophisticated and sexy, complex but catchy, The 20/20 Experience proves that JT is more than just a song & dance man. He's a well-rounded artist. —Lauren Nostro