Who Sang It: Backstreet Boys or *NSYNC?

By: Stella Alexander
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About This Quiz

"THAT MAKES YOU LARGER THAN LIFE!" This quiz will make you larger than life! When it comes to boy bands, you'll always find the battle between Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC fans. From "I Want It That Way" to "Bye, Bye, Bye," can you figure out which boy band sang the lyrics?

Boy bands were a concept formed in the 1980s. With the rise of New Kids on the Block in the latter half of the decade, boy bands became a phenomenon. Following in the steps of New Kids on the Block, the 1990s introduced two of the best-selling boy bands of all time, Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC.

Backstreet Boys formed in 1993 in Orlando, Florida. The group of five began with AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, and Nick Carter before cousins, Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson joined. The group would go on to release its first album in 1996. The latest album was released in 2013. With more than 130 million units sold, the Backstreet Boys are not only the best-selling boy band of all time, but one of the best selling artists in general!

Two years after the Backstreet Boys formed, *NSYNC also formed in Orlando, Florida. The group was made up of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, and Chris Kirkpatrick. *NSYNC sold more than 55 million records. Some of their hits include "Bye, Bye, Bye" and "It's Gonna Be Me."

Just how well do you know these popular boy bands? Enough to recognize all of their lyrics? Let's put that to the test!

We'll give you a few lyrics and all you have to do is match it to the proper boy band! Think you can handle it?

Pick up the mic and let's go!

"I'm doin' this tonight / You're probably gonna start a fight / I know this can't be right."

"Bye, Bye, Bye" was the first track and single released off of *NSYNC's fourth studio album, "No Strings Attached," which was released in 2000.

"Am I original? / Yeah / Am I the only one? / Yeah / Am I sexual? / Yeah / Am I everything you need? / You better rock your body now."

"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" is the first track and first single that appears on Backstreet Boy's second studio album, "Backstreet's Back," which was released in 1997.

"In the middle of the night / Is he gonna be by your side? / Or will he run and hide?"

"Girlfriend" was the third single that *NSYNC released on their last studio album, "Celebrity." The song features rapper, Nelly.

"Let me tell you the story about the call that changed by destiny / Me and my boys went out / Just to end up in misery."

"The Call" is the first track and second single that appears on the Backstreet Boys' fourth studio album, "Black & Blue," which was released in 2000.

"You're all I ever wanted / You're all I ever needed, yeah / So tell me what to do now."

"I Want You Back" was *NSYNC's very first single. It was released in 1996 on their self-titled album.

"Begging for a second chance / Are you gonna let me in / I was running from the truth and now I'm crawling back to you."

"Crawling Back to You" is the third track and fourth single released on the Backstreet Boys' fifth studio album, "Never Gone," which was released in 2005.

"Oh I will love you more than that / I won't say the words, then take them back / Don't give loneliness a chance."

"More Than That" is the eighth track on the fourth Backstreet Boys' album, "Black & Blue." Released in 2000, "More Than That" is the third single from the album.

"In the heart / Of the night / When it's dark / In the light / I heard the loudest noise."

"Straight Through My Heart" is the first track on Backstreet Boys' seventh album, "This Is Us." It was the first track released on the album. This is also one of the two Backstreet Boys' albums on which Kevin Richardson does not perform.

"My world revolved around her / My love light burns for her alone / But she couldn't see the flame / Only myself to blame."

"I Thought She Knew" is the 12th track on *NSYNC's fourth studio album, "No Strings Attached," which was released in 2000.

"All you people can't you see, can't you see / How your love's affecting our reality / Every time we're down / You can make it right."

"Larger Than Life" is the first track on Backstreet Boys' third album, "Millennium," which was released in 1999. It was the third single released on the album.

"But my love is all I have to give / Without you I don't think I could live / I wish I could give the world to you / but love is all I have to give."

"All I Have to Give" is the third track on the 1995 self-titled Backstreet Boys' album. It was the third single and it peaked at #5 on the Hot 100.

"Ask me about tomorrow / You know that I don't care at all / I just got caught up / When she had me up against the wall."

"Up Against the Wall" is the eighth track from *NSYNC's final album, "Celebrity," which was released in 2001.

"I'm a house of cards in a hurricane / A reckless fire in the pouring rain / She cuts me and the pain is all I wanna feel."

"Helpless When she Smiles" is the second single that was released from the sixth Backstreet Boys' album, "Unbreakable." It was the first album in which Kevin Richardson was missing from the group.

"In a world like this where some back down / I, I, know we're gonna make it. / In a time like this where love comes 'round / I, I, know we're gonna take it."

"In a World Like This" is the the first single from Backstreet Boys' latest album, which was released in 2013. The single shares its name with the album.

"And I will take / You in my arms / And hold you right where you belong."

"This I Promise You" is the sixth track and the fourth single released on *NSYNC's fourth studio album, "No Strings Attached." The song peaked at #5 on the Hot 100 charts.

"When I look into your eyes / I know that it's true / God must have spent / A little more time on you."

"God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You" is the fifth track and sixth single that *NSYNC released on their debut 1997 album.

"I just want you to know / That I've been fighting to let you go / Some days I make it through / And then there's night that never end."

"Just Want You to Know" is second track from the fifth album by the Backstreet Boys. It was the second single on "Never Gone."

"Sometimes I wish I could turn back time / Impossible as it may seem / But I wish I could so bad, baby / Quit playin' games with my heart."

"Quit Playin' Games (With My Heart)" is the fifth track released on Backstreet Boys' self-titled debut album. It was their fourth-ever single and peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Lying in your arms / So close together / Didn't know just what I had."

"I Drive Myself Crazy" is the tenth track on *NSYNC's 1997 debut album. The song was also released as a single two years after the album came out.

"Every little thing I do / Never seems enough for you / You don't wanna lose it again / But I'm not like them."

"It's Gonna Be Me" was the second track and second single released on *NSYNC's fourth album, "No Strings Attached." "It's Gonna Be Me" is the group's best-performing song, their only single that reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

"And with the blessing from above / God sends you his love / And everything's okay / Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays."

*NSYNC released their popular Christmas song, "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays," on their first holiday album, "Home for Christmas," in 1998. The song also appeared on their other 1998 holiday CD, "The Winter Album."

"I don't care who you are / Where you're from / What you did."

"As Long As You Love Me" is the second track and second single from Backstreet Boys' second album, "Backstreet's Back," which was released in 1997. Look at all those twos!

"It's tearin' up my heart when I'm with you / But when we are apart, I feel it too / And no matter what I do, I feel the pain."

"Tearin' Up My Heart" is the very first track that appears on *NSYNC's self-titled debut album. The song was also their second single.

"It doesn't matter / 'Bout the car I drive or what I wear around my neck / All that matters / Is that you recognize / That it's just about respect."

"Pop" is the first track and first single from *NSYNC's fifth and final album, "Celebrity," which was released in 2001.

"I've tried my best to be a man and be strong / I've drove myself insane / Wishing I could touch your face / But the truth remains..."

"Gone" is the sixth track and second single from *NSYNC's final album, "Celebrity," which was released in 2001.

"If I wasn't a celebrity / Would you be so nice to me / If I didn't have cheese like everyday / Would you still wanna be with me?"

On *NSYNC's final album, "Celebrity," which was released in 2001, the song, "Celebrity," is the second track.

"Hold me now, don't bother / If every minutes it makes me weaker / You can save me from the man that I've become."

"Shape of My Heart" is the second track and first single that was released on Backstreet Boys' fourth studio album, "Black & Blue."

"You are my fire / The one desire / Believe when I say / I want it that way."

The biggest song of their career, "I Want It That Way," is the second song that appears on the Backstreet Boys' 1999 album, "Millennium."

"Baby you're not the only one / You don't have to be afraid to fall in love / I know that you've hurt in the past / But if you want it, here's my heart."

"No Strings Attached," released in 2000, is the fourth album released by *NSYNC. It is also the name of the seventh song on the CD.

"Is this the feeling I need to walk with / Tell me why I can't be there where you are / There's something missing in my heart."

"Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" is the third track and third single released on the 1999 Backstreet Boys' album, "Millennium." It peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"I close the door / Like so many times, so many times before / Filmed like a scene on the cutting room floor."

"Inconsolable" is the third track and first single released on the Backstreet Boys' sixth studio album, "Unbreakable," which was released in 2007. This is one of the albums on which Kevin Richardson is not featured.

"Just don't tell me that / You were gonna love me / I don't want to hear it, baby."

"Just Don't Tell Me That" is the 11th track on *NSYNC's final album, "Celebrity."

"Just got paid / Friday night / Party hoppin', Feelin' right / Booties shaking, all around."

On their fourth album, "No Strings Attached," *NSYNC released a cover of Johnny Kemp's "Just Got Paid." It is the fourth track on the CD.

"Listen, I mean it / There's nothing that he's worthy of / He's just another playa' / Playin' in the name of love."

"Get Another Boyfriend" is the third track on the fourth Backstreet Boys' album, "Black & Blue," which was released in 2000.

"I'll never break your heart / I'll never make you cry / I'd rather die than live without you."

"I'll Never Break Your Heart" is the fourth song on the Backstreet Boys' self-titled debut album which was released in 1995.

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