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.
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.
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.
Backstreet Boys, 1999: Brian is thanking the higher powers above that he did not wear AJ’s pants.
*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.
112, 2001: The bad boys of boy bands.
*NSYNC with Michael Jackson, 2001: Dirty “Pop” with the King of Pop.
The Wanted, 2012: 50 Shades of the Wanted.
*NSYNC, 2013: It was only the best reunion of all time and arguably the greatest boy band moment in VMA history.