1990s Pop Rivalries, Part Two: Battle of the Boy Bands

Ding ding ding! It's time for Round Two of epic 90s rivalries: the Battle of the Boy Bands.

In Round One: Battle of the Blondes, it was decided that after all this time, we are still slaves for Britney Spears, while Christina Aguilera seems to have disappeared back into her bottle.


Now we move to the world of spiky haired, earring wearing, perfectly choreographed crooners known as boy bands. Two main ones stand out from the 90s: 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys. After winning our hearts a decade ago, how have these boy bands developed into men? And who has come out on top?

Battle of the Boy Bands: 'N Sync vs. Backstreet Boys

'N Sync

Pros: The members of 'N Sync, for the most part, have gone on to have very successful solo careers. J.C. Chasez released a catchy solo album and is a judge on MTV's America's Best Dance Crew. Joey Fatone has worked on his acting career, with stints on Broadway, a role in the hit movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and popular shows such as Dancing With the Stars. Lance Bass became a NASA-certified cosmonaut and came out of the closet, and everyone loved it! And finally: Justin Timberlake. He is a PRO in himself with his superstar solo career.

As for Chris Kirkpatrick? See below.

Cons: Chris Kirkpatrick. He always seemed kinda creepy. And with post 'N Sync gigs like providing voiceovers for Nickelodeon's Fairly Odd Parents, his status has really not improved much. Is it a bad sign that the first thing I think of about him is when Eminem bashes him in The Real Slim Shady? ("Chris Kirkpatrick, you can get your @$$ kicked!")

Another CON for the whole band is that they haven't released any new music since their Celebrity album in 2001. Though 'N Sync never officially broke up, isn't a boy band technically supposed to keep making music?

Backstreet Boys

Pros: They still make music, and it's pretty darn good! Their most recent album Unbreakable did well, and apparently the Boys plan to get back in the studio to crank out another.

Cons: Their solo careers. What solo careers, you may ask? Exactly.

Both Nick Carter and Bryan Littrell released very forgettable solo albums, and Kevin Richardson just plain left the band!

The Winner

Though it's very debatable, we have to go with 'N Sync. Though Backstreet may be back with their new albums, it is not with the same force and charm of their glory days in the 90s.

The members of 'N Sync, particularly Justin Timberlake, have gone on to become celebs in their own right. And I have a feeling that if these boys ever decided to get back in the studio together (which they have never ruled out) they would mop up the charts with the Backstreet Boys.

Though the members of 'N Sync seem to be on top now, both bands may have potential future records on the way.