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Justin Timberlake plays Boston tonight; Here are 5 songs we wish he would perform

Posted by Emily Wright  February 26, 2014 03:53 PM

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Justin Timberlake performed at The Staples Center on Nov. 26, 2013.

Spoiler alert: We looked up Justin Timberlake's set list for his "20/20 Experience World" tour, stopping in Boston tonight.

There's not much to be disappointed about in the ambitious 29-song performance game plan, but there are a few songs from Mr. SexyBack's solo career (and a couple from his roots) we wish he'd sample as well. Before you head out to Timberlake's first of two 2014 TD Garden shows tonight, check out the five tracks we're pining for and vote for the song you wish he'd take on in our poll below.

1. 'Take It From Here'

The flirtatious, almost innocent melody of "Take It from Here" made it one of our favorite (albeit obscure) tracks off of Timberlake's first solo album, "Justified" (2002). He was all about assuring the ladies that he had their back with tracks like this one (and our No. 2 pick, "Let's Take a Ride"), and honestly, who doesn't want to hear that Justin Timberlake is going to be there for them when things get tough? Exactly.

2. 'Let's Take a Ride'

Timberlake was just 21 years old when he released "Justified," but all of those years in the music industry (joining 'N Sync in 1996) must have taught him a thing or two about catering to his audience because this track was a home run. Have a bad day? Want Justin Timberlake to pick you up from work and whisk you away? Well, all that can be yours (if you have a good imagination) when you listen to "Let's Take a Ride" (below).

3. 'Gone' ('N Sync)

We are fully aware that Timberlake wasn't out on his own when he recorded this break-up song, but does that matter? The 'N Sync track was an anthem for all those broken-hearted teens and tweens (and maybe their older sisters/parents/grandparents) when it came out in 2001, and Timberlake's haunting voice still brings tears to our now-dried eyes. Sing the crazy outro, JT, please?

4. 'I Think She Knows Interlude'

He's planning to play the first part of the 7-plus minute "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows Interlude" combo, but we want him to do the whole shabang. Give us all or nothing, Justin.

5. 'Let's Stay Together'

In 2009, Al Green and Justin Timberlake teamed up for a last-minute performance of Green's track, "Let's Stay Together" (with country rocker Keith Urban on guitar) at the Grammys, making it one of the most memorable awards shows to date. Timberlake openly admits that Green is one of his biggest influences, and seeing him take on one of soul's biggest hits once again would make our lives complete.

Check out a video of the legendary duet below.

Now that you've heard from us, we want to hear from you:

Here's the full set list, per 101.9 AMP Radio:

1.”Pusher Love Girl”
2.”Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want)”
3.”Rock Your Body”
4.”Don’t Hold the Wall”
6.”Like I Love You”
7.”My Love”
9.”Strawberry Bubblegum”
10.”Summer Love”
12.”Until the End of Time”
13.”Holy Grail”
14.”Cry Me a River”
15.”Only When I Walk Away”
16.”True Blood”
17.”Drink You Away”
18.”Tunnel Vision”
20.”Let the Groove Get In”
21.”That Girl”
22.”Not a Bad Thing”
23.”What Goes Around”
25.”Take Back the Night”
27.”Suit & Tie”

Are you going to the show tonight? Contribute to our live blog by using the Twitter hashtag #justinboston or #2020 and show us your Timberlake pride.

Emily Wright can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @missemilywright.

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