The Good, The Bad, The *NSYNC: The Best Boy Band Moments In VMA History

We'll never say bye bye bye to these unforgettable VMA boy band moments.

Many boy bands have come and gone, but a lot of them left a mark on our hearts, our minds, the margins of our notebooks during study hall, and, of course, the VMAs.

There’s no doubt this year’s only headlining boy band, 5 Seconds Of Summer, will do the same — just don’t call them a boy band, OK?

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From memorable performances to questionable red carpet attire, these pop groups have consistently stood out above the rest of their peers — though unfortunately, not always for the right reasons. I’m looking at you, Justin Timberlake’s turtleneck. And ramen curls.

Before the 2014 VMAs kick off on Sunday, let’s take a trip down memory lane with a look back at some of the best boy band moments in VMA history.

New Edition, 1990: Sparkle, Neely! Sparkle!

Color Me Badd, 1991: Yes, these outfits were all “Badd.”

Boyz II Men, 1994: Please tell me they harmonized their way down the red carpet.

Backstreet Boys, 1998: First time at the VMAs, and we put Brian Littrell to work.

Hanson, 1998: Is there a more iconic visual of the year 1998 than Hanson presenting an award with Sarah Michelle Gellar?

Backstreet Boys, 1999: It’s not a coincidence that “The Matrix” came out this same year.

*NSYNC, 1999: *NSYNC and Britney Spears? Like, “Hit Me Baby One More Time” ’cause this performance was “Tearin’ Up My Heart.”

Backstreet Boys, 1999: Brian is thanking the higher powers above that he did not wear AJ’s pants.

2gether, 2000: Quick math lesson: U + Me = Us… It’s Calculus.

*NSYNC, 2000: *NSYNC walked home with three Moonmen that year. Sadly not one went to Justin’s turtleneck.

*NSYNC, 2000: Then they were all like, “Bye, Bye, Bye.”

98 Degrees, 2000: SO. MUCH. SPARKLE.

O-Town, 2001: Ashley Parker Angel, doesn’t this make you want to rejoin the group?!

112, 2001: The bad boys of boy bands.

*NSYNC with Michael Jackson, 2001: Dirty “Pop” with the King of Pop.

BBMak, 2002: Miss you, want you, need you so!

Jonas Brothers, 2008: I never thought that I’d get this “Love Bug” again… And I won’t, because you broke up and broke my heart.

The Wanted, 2012: 50 Shades of the Wanted.

One Direction, 2012: One Direction performed “One Thing,” and everyone fell in love all over again.

*NSYNC, 2013: It was only the best reunion of all time and arguably the greatest boy band moment in VMA history.

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Christina Garibaldi has been an on-camera reporter for MTV News since 2011. When not interviewing or writing about her favorite stars, she keeps herself busy with baby animal videos and boy bands.
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