“Baby, when you finally/ Get to love somebody/ Guess what?/ It’s gonna be May.” Even if those may not be the actual lyrics to *NSYNC‘s 2000 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit “It’s Gonna Be Me,” it’s gone down in history that way.
Justin Timberlake‘s pronunciation of the world “me” in the chorus annually kicks off the month of May, with the same resetting capability as flipping a physical calendar.
But the internet flips back to this beloved meme every April 30, the last day before May. His former *NSYNC bandmate Lance Bass kicked things off this year with a TikTok dance challenge (also for International Dance Day on Thursday). Videos of JC Chasez singing “It’s gonna be May” into the microphone during *NSYNC’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in 2018 are also a popular option this time of year.
But forget JT’s ramen-noodle hair, because Kraft Macaroni and Cheese crafted Timberlake’s popular 2000s hairstyle with their own pasta. And one TikTok user showed a video of their custom flipbook (which took more than 40 hours to create) that pays homage to the original music video and spells out “It’s Gonna Be May” in its last few pages.
Billboard is honoring this Friday with the best “It’s Gonna Be May” memes, so enjoy them below before it actually becomes May on Saturday.
Justin Timberlake every year on April 30th…. #itsgonnabemay pic.twitter.com/8sEZzTQYPk
— The Martin Law Firm (@MartinLawFirmTX) April 30, 2021
👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽 THIS #itsgonnabemay pic.twitter.com/7YiKbHnI1c
— Nik Carter (@TheNotoriousNIK) April 29, 2021
Sorry, we had to. pic.twitter.com/3FvB60rCWn
— Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (@kraftmacncheese) April 30, 2021
URGENT PSA from @JCChasez #itsgonnabemay @NSYNC pic.twitter.com/DesymFQAf5
— JCChasezStreetTeam (@Team_Chasez) April 30, 2021
The @Dodgers scheduled a bullpen game tonight at Milwaukee, aligning the calendar in a very special way this weekend (@NSYNC fans: this is for you).
Starting for Los Angeles tomorrow… guess what? Yup, #itsgonnabemay pic.twitter.com/ipRHzi4BEp
— Elias Sports Bureau (@EliasSports) April 30, 2021
Good morning! ☀️ You know what tomorrow’s gonna be, right? #itsgonnabeMay 🤣 pic.twitter.com/ROzTsdVJD2
— ❤️ Dr. Allison Berkowitz ❤️ (@SocialWorkItOut) April 30, 2021
Don’t underestimate my love for this day. Because, tomorrow…#itsgonnabemay pic.twitter.com/tpQzFyZlme
— Kelly Bazzle (@KellyBazzle) April 30, 2021
It's that time of year already…can you believe it?!
S/O to @cristinavsmith, @Angiegil and @cheryljteach at @Tribe_CalledWES for the reminder, because ready or not…#ItsGonnaBeMay!#ALLINMartin👊 pic.twitter.com/iL1WHlteXp
— Martin County School District (@MCSDFlorida) April 30, 2021
I mean, what else was I supposed to have for lunch today? 😉 #ItsGonnaBeMay pic.twitter.com/ly9t66qwPg
— 👑 Mrs. Bozzie (@MrsBozzie) April 30, 2021