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What were the key musical and cultural differences between 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys?

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What a fun question! No, really, this is the last question I expect but a fun one!

So check out 's answer below/above me for more background (ie I didn’t know Lou Perlman started both!), and I respectfully disagree with him a bit that Backstreet Boys’ style didn’t evolve.

However, back to the question of differences- the way I see it(or saw it..), is while they were both pop, Backstreet Boys seemed to me a bit more soulful, and had some very good more of slow songs with strong lyrics. I can think of only one of such by Nsync (Gone). Nsync, as I remember is strictly pop you can dance to, while I thought Backstreet Boys had a mix of very dancey pop to it (like its early albums), and by the end had of more slow tempo slow songs you can slow dance to as well.

Another important difference is how the vocals were conducted—Nsync clearly had a leader—it was Justin Timerblake, sometimes, JC Chasez –the rest were more of backup singers and it was clear that these two were the stars of the group. Backstreet Boys was harmony—you had on most tracks all of the members singing all of them and featuring all of their “marketed” personalities. I thought talent wise that with the Backstreet Boys it was clear every single one of them was a very strong singer—it was less clear to me if any of the others were as good singers as performers, except for Justin Timerlake and JC Chasez (Btw, I never foresaw or could understand how multi talented Justin Timberlake is).

My subjective opinion is that Backstreet Boys were better—some songs like “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely”, and “Shape of My Heart” just sounded a bit more mature, while NSync didn’t strike any emotional connection but their pop hits were infectious and even better than Backstreet Boys’(Bye Bye, It’s Gonna Be Me, Pop).

I think it’s no accident that Justin Timberlake carved a career for himself after the band disbanded…while technically Backstreet Boys are still together, none of them carved out a successful(so far) solo career (I think Nick Carter tried twice).

PS On another note, I came to the US from Israel where “Backstreet’s Back” was popular in Israel (back in 1997)…only to find out that in the US it just picked up steam?!?!! That was a bit confusing to an 8 year old child!



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