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"Gone" is a song by American boy band NSYNC. It was released as the second single from their third studio album, Celebrity. The single debuted on the band's 2001 PopOdyssey World Tour, during the summer of 2001. The commercial release of the single did not occur until September 2001.

Gone 'N Sync.jpg
Single by NSYNC
from the album Celebrity
B-side"I'll Be Good for You", "The Game Is Over"
ReleasedSeptember 4, 2001 (2001-09-04)
FormatMaxi single
GenrePop, R&B, soul
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Wade Robson
NSYNC singles chronology
Music video
"Gone" on YouTube

The song was nominated at the 44th Grammy Awards for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, but lost to U2's "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of".

In April 2002, a remix of the track, entitled the "Gone Clubbin' I'll Be Back Late Mix", appeared as a double A-side with The Neptunes' remix of "Girlfriend" in several countries, however, was released as a solo single in both Europe and Australia.

Critical receptionEdit

In 2018, Billboard staff ranked the song 24 on their list "The 100 Greatest Boy Band Songs of All Time," writing, "the bridge is downright surreal, as the sparse beat drops out entirely, the meter all but dissolves, and the five members sound like they're swarming Timberlake's subconscious, until he breaks out for a final chorus of matserful ad libs. But it all comes back to that one word: harrowing, relentless and unmistakably final."[1] In 2015, Rolling Stone staff ranked it as the 30th greatest boy band song of all time.[2]

Chart performanceEdit

The single proved to be even more successful than previous single, "Pop". The single peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 13, 2001. It also reached number 14 on the Hip Hop/R&B Airplay charts, becoming the only pop boy band to chart there. The single also hit number 27 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song was also a hit abroad, hitting number 28 in Canada, number 24 in the UK, number 21 in Japan and number 43 in Sweden.

Music videoEdit

Justin Timberlake standing next to sepia shots of NSYNC's Charlie Chaplin role-play in an apartment

The music video for "Gone" was directed by Herb Ritts and filmed in August 2001. However, the music video itself was not released until late September 2001, due to the September 11 attacks. The video is shot in black-in-white (with a few scenes in sepia), and has shots similar to Charlie Chaplin-esque footage. The video is a mixture of flashbacks of Justin Timberlake's video girlfriend, played by Croatian fashion model Korina Longin, and his world currently, all filmed in an apartment.[3][4]

The video shows flashbacks of his girlfriend's birthday party, and random parts in their apartment where emotional moments taken place. The video was a hit, becoming NSYNC's eighth number 1 video for TRL and MuchMusic. This video and their other music video "Pop" even got spins on BET's 106 & Park, making NSYNC the only all-white band to ever get rotation on the show. The video debuted on TRL was September 27, 2001. The music video was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, but it lost to "Without Me" by Eminem. MADtv spoofed the video on November 24, 2001 with "John", about trying to find the toilet after eating too much Taco Bell food.

Track listingEdit

European maxi single[5]
1."Gone" (Radio Edit)4:22
2."Gone" (Spanish Radio Edit)4:22
3."Gone" (Album Version)4:51
4."I'll Be Good for You"3:56
Japanese maxi single[6]
1."Gone" (Radio Edit)4:22
2."Gone" (Album Version)4:51
3."I'll Be Good for You"3:56
4."Pop" (Databass Remix)5:32
UK maxi single
1."Gone" (Radio Edit)4:22
2."I'll Be Good for You"3:56
3."Pop" (Pablo La Rosa's Funktified Mix)5:38
  • Europe – Gone Clubbin'
  1. "Gone" (Gone Clubbin' I'll Be Back Late Mix) – 5:57
  2. "Gone" (Radio Edit) – 4:22
  3. "The Game Is Over" – 3:25
  • Australia – Gone Clubbin'
  1. "Gone" (Gone Clubbin' – I'll Be Back Late Mix) – 5:57
  2. "Gone" (Gone Clubbin' – I'll Be Back Late Radio Edit) – 3:57
  3. "Gone" (Radio Edit) – 4:22
  4. "Gone" (Spanish Version) – 4:22
  5. "Girlfriend" (The Neptunes Remix) – 4:43

Credits and personnelEdit

  • Recorded at Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, CA
  • Justin Timberlake – songwriter, producer, arranger, multi instruments
  • Wade J. Robson – songwriter, producer, arranger, multi instruments
  • Alan Armitage – recording
  • Kevin Guarnieri – assistant recording engineer
  • Peter Mokran – mixing
  • Tony Flores – assistant mixing engineer
  • Chris Haggerty – digital editing
  • Robin Wiley – string arrangement
  • Yasu – strings recording
  • Jeremy Welch – assistant strings recording engineer
  • The Hampton String Quartet – strings performer
  • Michael Thompson – guitars
  • Michael A. Lang – piano


Chart (2001–2002) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 67
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[9] 17
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[10] 28
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 62
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 40
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[13] 36
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 85
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 43
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 24
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[17] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 11
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[19] 27
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[20] 14
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[21] 7
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[22] 17

Release historyEdit

Country Date Format Label
Japan[23] October 24, 2001 Maxi single Sony
Austria[24] November 5, 2001
United Kingdom[25] November 26, 2001


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  2. ^ Walters, Barry; Stevens, Kat; Spanos, Brittany; Murray, Nick; Benjamin, Jeff; Johnston, Maura (September 24, 2015). "50 Greatest Boy Band Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "Korina Longin Complete Biography". Celebs101. Celebrity Photos. Retrieved April 28, 2013. Korina starred in NSYNC's "Gone" music video
  4. ^ "Korina Longin Profile". Fashion Model Directory. The Fashion Model Directory. Retrieved April 28, 2013. She features in NSYNC's music video "Gone".
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  17. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
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  19. ^ "N SYNC Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  20. ^ "N SYNC Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  21. ^ "N SYNC Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  22. ^ "N SYNC Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  23. ^ " イン・シンク : Gone - 音楽".
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  25. ^ "Gone". November 26, 2001 – via Amazon.

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