Sometimes, it pays off to hear out somebody with opposing views from your own. Politicians try to reach across the aisle and forget their differences in order to move the country forward. Impatient bosses listen to a new hire's bold idea. These acts of patience and understanding usually pay off... unless someone is debating *NSYNC versus BSB. We all know *NSYNC is the superior boy band, and if anyone tries to argue differently, tell them "Bye, Bye, Bye!"
*NSYNC is better than Backstreet Boys. Stop - no matter what you say in defense of Nick Carter and crew, you are wrong. It makes me ill to think there are still folks out there who don't understand why *NSYNC is the best, but if you really need convincing, read on. You will come to see the truth, this I promise you.
If we're going to talk about which of two bands is better, we need to focus on quality over quantity.
Backstreet Boys may have given us a deeper discography with eight studio albums and a live compilation, but *NSYNC skipped the churn and cut three well-crafted albums full of "pop perfection," as Billboard pop editor Erin Strecker put it.
*NSYNC embodied the showbiz maxim: always leave them wanting more.
Sophomore slump? What sophomore slump?
*NSYNC's second album, No Strings Attached, set a record for first week sales that didn't just exceed the previous record, it more than doubled it. What was the previous title holder? Backstreet Boys Millennium. Bye bye bye, indeed.
*NSYNC managed to hold onto their record for a whopping fifteen years until Adele shattered it in 2015. During all that time, guess what musical act came the closest to beating them? *NSYNC's follow up to No Strings Attached, the aptly named Celebrity, which hit the market in 2001.
That's almost a decade and a half that *NSYNC held the top two spots for fastest albums sales. I guess Backstreet Boys should have spent a little more time on their albums.
Even with three times the albums, the Backstreet Boys didn't really beat the pants of *NSYNC for the number of singles that charted, did they?
In fact, they both had the same number of songs crack the top 10 in the Billboard Hot 100. Backstreet Boys's six top ten singles sounds pretty great, right? But that's three less hits than they had albums. *NSYNC's six top 10 singles means they never had an album that didn't reach those lofty heights. They also had a number one hit in "It's Gonna Be Me," an achievement Backstreet Boys never matched.
Maybe the Backstreet Boys should have quit playing games with the charts?
You can't really compare the solo careers of each member of both bands, because Justin Timberlake blows them all out of the water.
To be fair, there's some more name recognition on both sides. People might know who Nick Carter and Lance Bass are, but they're not household names the way Justin Timberlake is. Nobody else from either band springboarded quite as high as Justin Timberlake, who has collaborated with the Black Eyed Peas, Snoop Dogg, Rihanna, and even Beyoncé.