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Along with the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears, *NSYNC dominated the teen pop explosion of the late '90s with a blend of group harmonies, gauzy ballads, and well-produced dance textures. Although the group emerged in 1996 in Orlando, FL, singers JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake had previously co-starred on The Mickey Mouse Club before relocating to Nashville, where they worked on solo projects with the same vocal coach and songwriters. Timberlake soon returned to Orlando, where he befriended Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone. Along with Chasez, the four agreed to form a boy band, and *NSYNC officially launched after the addition of bass singer Lance Bass. The group recorded its self-titled debut LP with help from a series of producers, including Denniz Pop (whose protégé, Max Martin would later work with the band after Pop's death in 1998). The album was initially released by BMG Ariola Munich, and *NSYNC soon became an overnight success throughout much of Europe, where the singles "I Want You Back" and "Tearing Up My Heart" became sizable hits. The album was then released in America during the spring of 1998. Accompanied by a tour of the nation's roller rinks, it became immensely popular and eventually sold more than ten million copies, thus establishing the singers as teen pop titans. Home for Christmas followed later that same year and went double-platinum, while a similar version was released in Europe under the title The Winter Album. Although already celebrated as one of pop music's biggest acts, *NSYNC rose to greater heights with the release of No Strings Attached in 2000. The album was originally slated to appear in 1999, but a series of legal battles with former manager Lou Pearlman delayed its arrival by several months. After successfully escaping from Pearlman's contract and signing with Jive Entertainment, *NSYNC happily watched as sales of No Strings Attached topped one million during its first day of release. Nearly two and a half million copies were sold by the end of the week, and three singles soon cracked the Top Five in America: "Bye Bye Bye" (which many viewed as a sendoff to the band's old management), "It's Gonna Be Me," and the ballad "This I Promise You." Supported by a 76-date American tour that grossed over $75 million, No Strings Attached proved to be the most popular album of 2000, selling nearly ten million copies. *NSYNC returned to the road in early 2001, this time to promote the impending release of Celebrity. The album appeared that summer to continued fanfare, with first-week sales reaching nearly two million -- a feat that made Celebrity the second fastest-selling album of all time, bested only by No Strings Attached. The album featured a stronger debt to hip-hop and included several songs written by Timberlake and Chasez, an opportunity that may have whetted their desire to pursue respective solo careers. Following an elaborate stadium tour, the group went on hiatus in mid-2002. Timberlake released his solo debut that same year, successfully making the jump from boy band vocalist to critically acclaimed solo artist, while Chasez found less success with his own record, 2004's Schizophrenic. Meanwhile, Joey Fatone launched a movie career and later performed on Broadway, Chris Kirkpatrick starred in the reality TV series Mission: Man Band, and Lance Bass became a certified cosmonaut in the hopes of making it to outer space. The group's website shut down in 2006, however, prompting increased speculation about *NSYNC's future. Responding to such rumors in 2007, Bass informed the Orlando Sentinel that the group had "definitely broken up" in light of Timberlake's desire to continue his solo career. ~ Andrew Leahey
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  2.   Bye Bye Bye
  3.   God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You
  4.   Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
  5.   This I Promise You
  6.   Tearin' Up My Heart
  7.   It's Gonna Be Me
  8.   I Want You Back
  9.   The First Noel
  10.   Pop
  11.   Girlfriend
  12.   Gone
  13.   Music of My Heart
  14.   O Holy Night
  15.   I Drive Myself Crazy
  16.   Up Against the Wall
  17.   Home for Christmas
  18.   I Don't Wanna Spend One More Christmas Without You
  19.   Sailing
  20.   It Makes Me Ill
  21.   That's When I'll Stop Loving You
  22.   It's Christmas
  23.   Here We Go
  24.   Just Got Paid
  25.   Digital Get Down
  26.   No Strings Attached
  27.   That Girl (Will Never Be Mine)
  28.   Tell Me (Tell Me... Baby)
  29.   If I'm Not the One
  30.   I Need Love
  31.   See Right Through You
  32.   I'll Never Stop
  33.   I Thought She Knew
  34.   Bringin' da Noise
  35.   Crazy for You
  36.   I Just Wanna Be With You
  37.   Selfish
  38.   Together Again
  39.   More Than a Feeling
  40.   Somewhere, Someday
  41.   The Only Gift
  42.   Something Like You
  43.   Just Don't Tell Me That
  44.   Celebrity
  45.   You Don't Have to Be Alone (On Christmas) by James Horner
  46.   Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)
  47.   Space Cowboy (Yippie-Yi-Yay)
  48.   Everything I Own
  49.   You Got It
  50.   All I Want Is You This Christmas
  51.   I Guess It's Christmas Time
  52.   The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
  53.   I Never Knew the Meaning of Christmas
  54.   Under My Tree
  55.   Close The Door
  56.   On the Line featuring Christian Burns
  57.   Are You Gonna Be There
  58.   Higher
  59.   Found Love
  60.   The Lion Sleeps Tonight (A Capella Version)
  61.   Falling
  62.   Do Your Thing
  63.   The Two of Us
  64.   The Game Is Over
  65.   I'll Be Good for You
  66.   Best of My Life
  67.   If Only in Heaven's Eyes
  68.   U Drive Me Crazy
  69.   For the Girl Who Has Everything
  70.   Giddy Up
  71.   Kiss Me at Midnight
  72.   In Love on Christmas
  73.   Love's in Our Hearts on Christmas Day
  74.   Can U Feel It
  75.   Turn Off The Light
  76.   Riddle
  77.   Feel the Love

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