The origins of the ‘It’s Gonna Be May’ meme


It’s April 30th, otherwise known as “It’s Gonna Be May ” day.

“It’s Gonna Be May” refers to the lyrics in the 2000 pop hit single “It’s Gonna Be Me” performed by NSYNC.  The band’s former lead vocalist Justin Timberlake sings the lyrics with a distinctive twang — turning the final “me” into a “May” sound.

Every year toward the end of April the memes start rolling out, but where did it all come from?


According to on January 29th, 2012, Tumblr user amyricha posted the first picture. The meme spread in March of that year when BuzzFeed posted a picture of a calendar turned to April with a picture Timberlake with the caption “It’s gonna be May,” taped to the final day.

On April 29th of that same year, YouTuber Aaron Ochoco uploaded a video which featured a clip from “It’s Gonna Be Me,” of Timberlake singing the title. The video was titled “It’s Gonna Be May.”

And the rest is history.


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