#96 – ‘N Sync – “Bye Bye Bye” – (2000)

Remember when boy bands were so big that if they made an appearance on TRL (to premiere a video or just to chart with Carson Daly and his three-finger black nail polish) that the NYC police would have to barricade Times Square in an attempt to contain screaming tween fans? Well this song was about as big as possible in the early part of 2000. It dominated TRL – debuting at #1 and riding the top two spots (in a constant battle with the Backstreet Boys) – falling out of the top two only twice (for weird reasons I won’t explain) before it was “retired.” As was the strange case: TRL success didn’t transfer into chart success. This song peaked at #4 (perhaps a sign that this part of the MTV generation would rather illegally download than buy). No Strings Attached was a huge album but the beginning of the end for the short burst of boy bands in 1998/1999/2000.

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