One Direction

Boy Bands: The Way They Were

Let's go back to a simpler time: when bandannas were bedazzled, tribal tattoos were hot, and boy bands ruled the world


Who? Joey Fatone, J.C. Chasez, Lance Bass, Justin Timberlake, Chris Kirkpatrick
Known for: breaking Backstreet's record by selling 2.42 million albums during No Strings Attached's first week of release in 2000 – and they're still the record holder.
The five-man group started in Backstreet Boys' shadow, but thanks to killer synchronized choreography (cough, get the name? cough) and a charismatic frontman that God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on, 'NSync came out the clear winner of the Great Boy Band War of the new millennium.