Best late '90s boy band: *N SYNC or Backstreet Boys? | The Tylt

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Best late '90s boy band: *N SYNC or Backstreet Boys?
#TeamNSYNC
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamBackstreetBoys

The dreamboat; the bad boy; the eccentric one; the goofball; the baby-faced boy next door; the quiet one; and/or the older brother type. Mix this winning combo of archetypes with bubblegum pop tunes, smooth ballads, dance moves inspired by the King of Pop, and screaming female fans—and you get the late '90s boy bands *N SYNC and Backstreet Boys. But which boy band is the best? Scroll to read more and vote below!

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Best late '90s boy band: *N SYNC or Backstreet Boys?
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*N SYNC and Backstreet Boys were similar, yet distinctive boy bands that were both discovered by the sleazy music manager Lou Pearlman and were signed to Jive Records. But fans and critics have been comparing the boy bands for two decades now, and now it's time to settle this. With a combination of record sales, touring, longevity and cultural impact—who's the better group?

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*N SYNC was definitely a teen pop sensation (like Backstreet Boys), but they managed to incorporate more of an R&B sound in their music. Hence, we got hits like "I Want You Back" and "Tearin' Up My Heart" in the '90s.

*N SYNC's impact continued into the early 2000s (like Backstreet Boys). These signature songs include #1 pop hit "It's Gonna Be Me"—which the Backstreet Boys currently have no pop #1s—and their ultimate smash, "Bye Bye Bye." 

*N SYNC were definitely more... well... in sync as a group with their vocals and dance moves than the Backstreet Boys ever could be. This is most apparent on "Bye Bye Bye," which every kid who grew up in the late '90s and early 2000s still know the dance steps to.Talk about a pop culture impact!

Watch the music video for their signature hit below: "Bye Bye Bye"

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But we brought the receipts. We could simply end this debate with the Backstreet Boys' numbers. Let us put it this way, they are the best record-selling boy band of all time. They have sold $165 million records worldwide—ranking them among the best selling artists of all time. *N SYNC is only in the top 10 best-selling boy bands of all time. That's saying a lot, right?!

Backstreet Boys was also a more versatile boy band. Yes, *N SYNC seemed cooler for crossing over into hip-hop and urban musical influences in the '90s and '00s. But Backstreet Boys had a more diverse catalog including: "Quit Playing Games with my Heart," "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," "All I Have to Give," "The Call," the Burger King-endorsing signature hit "I Want It That Way," and literally so many more.

Watch the music video for their signature hit below: "I Want It That Way"

FINAL RESULTS
Best late '90s boy band: *N SYNC or Backstreet Boys?
#TeamNSYNC
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamBackstreetBoys
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