25 Best 'It's Gonna Be May' Memes + The Justin Timberlake Meme Explained

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The year was 2000. Justin Timberlake was the most famous band member of *NSYNC, along with Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, and Lance Bass. Timberlake was famously dating pop princess Britney Spears while becoming internationally known for the steaming hot pack of Ramen noodles styled as his curly hair.

If you don't remember NSYNC's hit song "It's Gonna Be Me" on their "No Strings Attached Album," here's the music video to jog your memory. As you listen, see if you notice anything a bit ... odd ... about Timberlake's pronunciation of the word "me" at the end of each chorus.

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In an interview, Timberlake revealed that the song's co-writer Max Martin instructed him to sing the line that way. "In my defense, Max Martin made me sing 'me' that way. I think he just wanted me to sound like I was from Tennessee," Timberlake explained.

It, without a doubt, 100% sounds like Justin Timberlake is actually singing the word "May." And just like that, the pop-culture phenomenon known as "It's Gonna Be May" memes was born.

Origin of the It's Gonna Be May Meme

In 2012, a now-defunct Tumblr account known as amyricha created the first known "It's Gonna Be May" meme, and since then, it's become one of the most popular shares on social media channels from Twitter to Facebook to Instagram and so on.

In March of 2012, the Nairobi-blue Tumblr blog posted a photograph of an April calendar with a picture of Timberlake at the end captioned "It's gonna be May". The popular online magazine BuzzFeed reposted the same image the very next day.

The very next month YouTubers PassionateFriendTime uploaded a video titled "It's Gonna Be May," which parodies the NSYNC song. The video has over 77,000 views as of 2022. The meme even took over the commercial marketing of the kitchen appliance brand Maytag. The company began an advertising campaign with #itsgonnabemaytag that even NSYNC member Lance Bass hopped on.

And back in 2016, Justin Timberlake himself even acknowledged the meme in a tweet.

Now every year — Every. Single. Year — without fail, in those days between late April and early May, but usually on April 30, an influx of "It's Gonna Be May" memes rule the social media stratosphere.

The meme has become so prolific that NSYNC even updated the official title on Apple Music and Spotify to celebrate the meme, changing the song's title to “It’s Gonna be Me (It’s Gonna Be May).”

But just in case you do love yourself some reminiscing about Justin Timberlake's good old days with NSYNC, here are 25 of the best funny It's Gonna Be May memes around.

25 Best 'It's Gonna Be May' Memes

1. "Brace yourselves. It's gonna be May."

The Internet has officially come to the point that we can meme memes.

2. "You will see the Justin Timberlake 'It's Gonna Be May' meme today. I guarantee it."

I don't always drink Dos Equis but, when I do, it's because it's gonna be May.

3. "After April, it's gonna be MAY!"

Hey!!!! It's May!!!!

4. "It's gonna be May."

It seems like this month comes around every year. I don't know what it could be...

5. "Say 'It's Gonna Be May' one more time ..."

Samuel L. Jackson is daring you to say it.

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6. "Roses are red. April is gray. But in a few days ... "

All we need is to see Justin's face and we know what's coming.

7. "Hey, what's after the month of April? It's gonna be May."

It's May... It's May... It's Mayyy.

8. "It's gonna be November."

JT seems to have his months a little mixed up.

9. "It's May."

Don't cry, May is here.

10. "It's gonna be May."

Guess what comes after April?

11. "Roses are red, April is grey, the next time you leave your house..."

For the love of May.

12."Bye Bye Bye, April... It's gonna be May."

Start singing bye, bye, bye to the April calendar cause we all know what's coming.

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13. "I don't care who you are, where you're from, don't care what you did, as long as you love May."

Of course, boy band rival Backstreet Boys had to get in on the May action.

14. "It's gonna be..." "Don't."

Don't. The whole world is daring you. Don't give in to the temptation!

15. "You're gonna love Mayyyyyyy"

Mayyyyyy, where did you goooo?

16. "Something takes a part of May."

OK, why can't any bands pronounce 'me' correctly?

17. "King Kong ain't got nothing on May!"

Even King Kong hides from May.

18. "It's gonna be May meme."

Let's all collectively roll our eyes.

19. "It's gonna be May."

Another May to think about this year.

20. "It's gonna be... May???"

Justin Timberlake has even terrorized the Troll universe with May.

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21. "Me: So when can we leave our houses next?" "Government: It's gonna be May."

May looked a little different during the coronavirus pandemic.

22. "It's gonna be May."

Doesn't even need to be Justin on the meme anymore, pasta has the same effect.

23. "It's gonna be May. Pregnancy announcement done the right way."

Well, that's one way to announce a pregnancy

24. "It's gonna be May."

"It's what's inside that matters."

25. "Hello — It's May."

Justin Timberlake even has gotten Adele on the May bandwagon.

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Liza Walter is a writer who focuses on current events, pop culture, and true crime.