In the mid to late 90s a modern style band hit the music scene. We were introduced to contemporary, pop style boy bands. The music charts were topped with singles from NSYNC, the Backstreet boys, and 98 Degrees. There were rivalries from fans and they argued which boy band was better, more famous, had better music, and who had better looking members. NSYNC and the Backstreet boys got more hype and popularity than 98 Degrees did, but they held their own in the battle of the boy bands. As the members grew up, the bands faded away. Some members from the groups tried as solo careers. Some made it big and others are just a memory from our past. Here is a look back at the boy bands from the 90s.
NSYNC was comprised of members: Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick and Lance Bass. They are a pop group that formed in 1995 out of Florida. Worldwide, they have sold nearly 60 million albums. However, they didn’t sell as many albums as the Backstreet Boys. They recorded under the labels RCA and Jive Records. They produced their first album in 1995 and the band officially broke up and went their separate ways in 2002. Justin and JC were the lead vocals for the group, but everyone sang and harmonized together. They were incredible pop dancers and their concerts sold out all over the world. They toured all over the world for four years starting in 1998. They released four albums which were called: NSYNC, Home for Christmas, No Strings Attached, and Celebrity.
The boy band that sold the most albums worldwide was the Backstreet Boys, and to date have sold 130 million albums. Like NSYNC they also formed in Florida, and their group members were: Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, Nick Carter, and Howie Dorough. They recorded under Jive Records label. All seven of their albums reached the number one position on the Billboard music charts. Their albums are titled: Backstreet Boys, Backstreet’s Back, Millennium, Black and Blue, Never Gone, Unbreakable, and This is Us. They have been touring for more than ten years, and their most current tour is called This Is Us Tour which will wrap up in the spring of this year. Interestingly, both the Backstreet boys and NSYNC had the same founder, Lou Pearlman.
Another boy band to hit the scene during this time was 98 Degrees. They were formed on the opposite side of the country as the other two bands. The group consisted of brothers Drew and Nick Lachey and two other members Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre. They recorded under the labels Universal and Motown and released five albums called: 98 Degrees, 98 Degrees and Rising, This Christmas, Revelation, and the Collection. Unlike the other two boy bands that created pop music, 98 Degrees incorporated R&B, soul, urban, and contemporary sounds into their music genre. They were a boy band in nature but wanted to separate themselves from NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys. They focused on writing their own music and staying in tune with a unique more urban sound.
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