The Battle of the Songs: The Ultimate 90s' Boy Band Holiday Song Battle

Get ready to rumble for the Second Battle of the Songs. Since the holiday season is coming up, I thought it would be neat to have a battle with holiday songs. And, what wouldn’t be a perfect battle than a battle of the hearts of teenage girls in the 90s: The battle of boy bands!

Now, I can’t do one battle between all the boy bands of the 90s. That would be impossible. But, for this holiday battle, I picked two famous bands that were the talk of the town when I was in middle school.

That’s right; Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC.

*NSYNC – Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

First off the bat is *NSYNC with their holiday song “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays”. *NSYNC finished 1998 with a bang with the release of their holiday album. That is right, today is the 20th anniversary of the release of “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays”.  Don’t you feel old?

The collective vocal sound of *NSYNC has a charming quality. It’s smooth, soulful, and ear-pleasing. Although many have associated this group’s success to Justin Timberlake’s vocals, the truth is, the group’s success wasn’t solely because of him. As you can hear in this song, the reason why *NSYNC had a wonderful sound was that the talent of all the members. I do like Justin’s vocals but I thought Chris Kirkpatrick had the best vocals within the group. Lance, Joey, and JC had wonderful vocal skills too. Each member’s different vocal talent made *NSYNC a unique group with a wholesome blend of soulful, talented, and smooth vocals.

“Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” is a typical late 90s’ boy band song. Some people might like it, some might not. Whether or not you are a fan of boy bands, “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” is a mid-tempo, catchy tune that will make your holidays brighter. You might hum this upbeat tune and dance to it throughout your day or even when you put up the Christmas decorations.


Backstreet Boys – “Christmas Time”

If *NSYNC’s “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” is an upbeat tune that will have you dancing a little bit, Backstreet’s Christmas song will have you do something completely different. “Christmas Time”  is a meaningful mid-tempo ballad that will have you think about the true meaning of the Christmas season. Although written about spending Christmas time with your romantic partner, you could replace that thought with spending time with loved ones.

Though the lyrics are a pretty basic, there are good reminders within the different sections of what is the true meaning of Christmas. It never hurts to be reminded of such precious things in our lives with something basic and common. Especially with these lyrics featured in the chorus section:

“Christmas time 
Time to share our love 
Come and joy 
The tidings to the world 
Christmas time 
The best time of the year 
Yes, it’s Christmas time”

“Christmas Time” is a rare track that was featured on the winter pressing of the “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” single as well as two compilation albums in the early 2000s released by Jive Records. And like *NSYNC’s “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays”, “Christmas Time” was released early in Backstreet Boy’s professional careers. So, “Christmas Time” does have that 90s’ boy band sound to it. Yet, what makes this song ear-pleasing is the vocal talent among all the members as well as the soothing and meaningful melodies. “Christmas Time” is a relaxing holiday song that can be played anywhere at any time. But, it will make you think deeply about the Christmas season and have you reminisce about any holiday memories with loved ones.


What Will It Be?

Now it is your turn to vote! Who will be the victor of the first-ever “Battle of the Songs”? Tell me in the comments below! Also, tell me why you choose a particular version! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think!

I am also part of The “Battle of the Bands” blog collection. Please check out the leader’s blog site here. Thanks, Stephen for welcoming me to the team!



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This Post Has 193 Comments

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      The lyrics are something special! I was a BSB and NSYNC fan growing up but I did see BSB in concert

  1. Candice Laboy

    Im gonna have to go with NSYNC. Only because Im a Timberlake fan 😜

  2. Anna Nwa

    Definitely NSYNC!! They are the best and I always listen to them when I’m decorating the house for Christmas 🙂

    1. Anna Nwa

      I asked my husband which he would pick and he said that he would rather listen to the Backstreet Boys! What?!?! Looks like we are a house divided on this…LOL 🙂

    2. aisasami
      aisasami

      They are amazing! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  3. Catherine Lanser

    Can’t believe I’ve never heard either of these songs. 🙂 I go for the slower jam. Backstreet all the way.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for voting! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  4. With the DeVaulls

    I have to go with *NSYNC! Their song just sounded better to me plus I love Justin so yeah lol

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      He is amazing! What is your favorite Justin album? I love his 2006 album!

  5. The Color Coded Mom

    Yes, you definitely succeeded in making me feel old! I refuse to believe that that era was actually 20 years ago. Although I was a Backstreet Boys fan back in the day, I think I’m going to have to go with Justin on this one. He’s definitely stood the test of time.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      He is amazing! What is your favorite Justin album? I love his 2006 album!

  6. foundationsandfairytales

    I love Christmas songs so I feel really bad that I don’t think I’ve heard either of these! If you’d have chosen East 17 that would have been my first choice I love Stay Another Day!!
    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      I gotta check out East 17! They weren’t popular in the US!

      1. foundationsandfairytales

        Yes you have to!!

  7. Awesome post!! I’ve always been a Backstreet Boys kinda girl, so… It’s the Boys for me all the way!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  8. Amanda Yorton

    1000 percent NSync!! Love them and Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays is one of my FAVORITE Christmas songs!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It is great! Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  9. Lindsey

    Oh my goodness, this has just transported me back to my childhood! Love it! Couldn’t possibly decide though – such fun!

  10. This is wonderful. I love them both! Probably going to go with N’Sync though. I love JT a little more than I used to love Nick Carter. 😉

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      I loved Aaron Carter when I was in middle school. Isn’t that crazy!

  11. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    It is going to be Backstreet Boys for me. I loved listening to their songs when I was younger. I am a big fan of their music. I believe I rocked my daughter to sleep with their songs playing in the background. 🙂

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Haha! Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  12. Clare Kennedy

    n’synch is fun and in my head now. #1
    :o)

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  13. Annie Cho

    I think I prefer the Nsync song more. It’s upbeat and festive, and has a great message, even in the music video!
    xoxo
    Annie

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It is great! Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  14. Kemi

    20 years already? Dear Lord!! As much as I loved NSync, I loved BSB and still love them for nostalgia.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      BSB is still great, even today with their new music video. Did you see it?

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Hahaa! Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  15. banx63

    Surely East 17 – stay…
    All time Xmas boy band song?
    Hahaha

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      I will check this out! I never heard of East 17, they weren’t popular in the US.

  16. rhianwestbury

    I was all about backstreet boys when I was younger so I’d definitely go for them. N Sync were always more of an American thing and weren’t quite as popular in the UK x

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It seems the case that NSYNC was an American thing and never got promoted outside of the US. BSB was promoted more. It’s the same in Japan, Japanese who are about my age know BSB but don’t know NSYNC except of Justin.

  17. rioribaya

    Haha nice match up! I can imagine hard core boy band fans will come out of hiding for this one. ;p

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      They will! Fangirls of boy bands still live on!

  18. playinspiredmum

    Aww how to choooooose?! I was always team Backstreet boys back in the day… Gonna stick with them 😛

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  19. It will of course, have to be Nsync!!! I didn’t even know that the Backstreet Boys had a Christmas album. I love Nsync. I’m so sad that they didn’t stay together.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Me either. The thing is “Christmas Time” was only released on a winter pressing of a hit single and was on some compilation albums. BSB did release an Xmas single in 2012.

  20. Charli Bruce

    I love them both and it reminds me of my childhood, although being a major Backstreet Boys fan I have to say they steal it by a pinch!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Haha! I was a fan of both but BSB slightly more as I went to their Black and Blue concert.

  21. A Nation of Moms

    NSYNC and Backstreet Boys.. this takes me back! This is a fun duel.. I’m not sure who I would pick. Gotta love the 90’s boy bands!

  22. bmcharnley

    Nsync all the way! I LOVE that song. I don’t think I’ve ever even heard the Backstreet Boys one!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Haha. Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  23. Linh Nguyen

    90s music is my jam! I am team Nsync all the way!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  24. kumamonjeng

    Wow, it brings back a lot memory from the 90s and they have certainly the sweetest voice. I love it, thanks for sharing.

  25. Romualdo II Atibula

    Backstreet boys all the wayyyy! Haha

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  26. Kimberly

    I have to go with Nsync on this one. Like them both, it reminds me of when my kids were little! Just gotta go with Justin though!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Haha! Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  27. philandkat

    LOL! Love this. And your right, definitely makes us feel old. Always been partial to the far more up beat NSYNC song to be honest.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  28. Chloé Hamard

    haha old boysbands memories. I’ve always preferred the backstreet boys!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      <3 Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  29. StephJ

    I was always more of a backstreet boys gal, however nsync christmas is probably my favorite christmas tunes of all time!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It is great! Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  30. Surekha Busa

    I’m really into backstreet boys, OMG! I totally missed them. I always love them and their songs.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      They are still active! They just released a new music video a couple of weeks ago and they will release a new album next year.

  31. Jessica Phelps

    Well, this is easy for me. I have been an N’SYNC* fan-girl, since I was teen. Went to all of their concerts, and stayed at the same hotel as them, which we got to see them walking around. My fondest memories!

  32. Devyani Ray

    OMG- LOVE 90s songs. Back street boys was my favorite band!!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      <3 Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  33. alison

    He he I remember seeing backstreet boys in Boston clubs back in the 90’s. So fun with the xmas songs

  34. Gervin Khan

    Wow, reading this makes me feel so old. I was exactly 15 years old the first time I’ve heard these songs. I am not going to choose which one is the best for me because both songs are really beautiful and I like it!

  35. ehdesignmn

    Hmm that’s a tough one but I’m going Back Streets Back! Alright! I let them when I was younger! Yup I did!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  36. happyandbusy

    Ohhh Christmas is so near! Thanks for sharing 90s Christmas songs by the boybands hahaah

  37. Sara Welch

    I love this idea. Great throw back to the 90’s. I never can decide on these kind of things.

  38. Tracy Chong

    Backstreet Boys for sure! Haha..Not really a fans of them but I listened to their songs a lot. They are so famous back then!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  39. Mary B

    Excellent battle! Glad to see you joined the other battle of the banders 🙂
    Christmas battles are always a bit difficult. I never really did get into the boybands back in the day, but I did listen to their music from time to time.
    My vote is for Backstreet Boys.
    ~Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

  40. toastycritic

    On the whole, I probably like Backstreet Boys better. But when it comes to these Christmas songs I will have to go with Backstreet Boys as I enjoy their version much better.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  41. Stephanie

    Oh, this brings me back to my middle school days! Boy bands started when I was in 5th grade and my first ever concert was BSB. But, having said that, I’ve always been more of an NSYNC girl myself!

  42. Arlee Bird

    Twenty years ago? It makes me feel older since I kind of felt old when these songs first came out.
    This music is not exactly my cup of tea, but it was pleasant enough. My vote goes to the Backstreet Boys–kind of a sweet song.
    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  43. John Holton

    I definitely liked the one by ‘NSYNC better than the one by the Backstreet Boys.
    Hey, we do Battle of the Bands, too, but you already know that, because you voted in mine…

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks, I joined it actually because Mary from Jingle Jangle Jungle invited me!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  44. Brittnie Anderson

    Oh my gosh blast from the past! Love both songs, but N’Sync definitely gets my vote on this one!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  45. April Marquardt

    I love N*Sync so much. They have always been my favorite. They can do no wrong to me. LOL.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Haha, Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  46. mjgolch

    I enjoyed both tunes! I went with some Classic Andy Williams and his Brothers Christmas Music it will post around 10:00 Am tomarrow!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Link it back to me when you do post it! I want to read it!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  47. marjiemare

    The battle is hard, I love them both and simply can’t decide. I am curious to know who will win that battle.

  48. nicole gilbert

    I was definitely all about NSYNC when I was a teenager. I’m decorating for christmas and I know what I’ll be listening to!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Haha, that is great to know. You might start dancing along like NSync too! Every time “Bye Bye Bye” plays, I have to do the dance routine.

  49. delhifundos2014

    Yes battle is really hard.. tough competition I am with NSYNC and now I am waiting for the results

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  50. kattieh

    This is really tough! I love the NSYNC song though! Brings back the memories 😀

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  51. Elizabeth O

    Both groups sound wonderful and had great success as boy bands. I won’t pick sides on this one. Happy Holidays!

  52. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    I love listening to more meaningful and slow/mid-tempo Christmas songs. It just makes me feel happy to have such a wonderful family to spend Christmas with. With that being said, my vote goes to Backstreet Boys.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  53. organisedmumlife

    Oooh I loved both bands when I was a kid (ok, I still do!!) but I would have to give the edge to the Backstreet Boys today!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for your vote! Check back on Wednesday for the results!

  54. Joshua

    brings back nostalgic memories of grade school and high school

  55. genaadventure

    These are the songs I am going to listen today! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  56. I love this post!!! For me it has to be backstreet boys all the way 🙂 BackStreets Back for Christmas yayyy xx

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks! Check back tomorrow for the results!

  57. Kathryn Marr

    This is so much fun! I remember listening to ALL of these as a kid!

  58. Stephen T. McCarthy

    Hi, AMY! It’s good to have you as a new member of ‘Battle Of The Bands’ (aka BOTB). You sure do have a popular blog here with a large following. Obviously you’re doing things right.
    As a [Link> “Confident Heterosexual” old guy (Class of ’77), these groups are pretty far afield of my wheelhouse. I’ve heard of both groups before, but not sure I’d ever heard any of their songs… until NOW, that is.
    I’m casting my vote for the The Backstreet Boys because I preferred the ballad to the energetic song by Nsync. That first song sounded (to me) like bumper music one would hear when a morning TV talk show is about to go to a commercial break. (Does that make any sense to you? Ha! I’m not sure if anyone would get my meaning there, but contrary to popular belief, I DO know what I’m yakking about… at least 40% of the time. ;o)
    I hope you will enjoy being a member of BOTB. It’s a small but pretty eclectic group.
    ~ Stephen
    (aka D-FensDogG @ STMcC Presents ‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’)

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks for the warm welcome! Haha, you and my dad are the same age and my dad was like “Whatever man, I am just going to let her go and see the BSB”. He said he had a repellant towards screaming fan girls.
      I do get the bumper reference!

  59. XmasDolly

    Well, I guess we all have our own way to celebrate Christmas. *NSYNC – Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays is just too cute! Wow, Timberlake is such a baby here, right! Wow! Thanks for sharing! HUGS

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      He was! I love his hair back in the day!

  60. Clarice

    Super love your feature re: the battle of songs. It’s really fun and this match up just brought me good memories. I love them both but voting for Backstreet Boys this time. 🙂

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks! Check back tomorrow for the results!

  61. Busie D

    I really love them both so it’s really hard to choose between this 2 great groups.

  62. Shawna

    ahhhh, the 90’s. You are speaking to my soul. I, like many other 90’s babies, had a severe infatuation with these boy bands (insert girl scream). NSYNC’s song has always been one of my fave throwback Christmas pop songs, though. So, I have to give it to them.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Great! My inner boy band fangirl is screaming as well. It never dies!

  63. Gill Trotman

    Wow! This is such a blast from the past for me. Growing up, my kids absolutely loved both of these bands and would fight for hours over who was the best and had the better dance moves. I don’t remember which group won!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Ahaha, that was my middle school years!

  64. Jazmin Williams

    We don’t hear either of these much in the UK! But I do like the Backstreet Boys’ song so my vote goes with them!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Really? More Blue, 5ive, and others, right? The UK had a lot of boybands in the late 90s.

  65. Ray @ Superpowers Sold Separately

    Gotta give it to NSYNC here. But damn do I feel old. Now it’s stuck in my head. Thanks.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Hahaha, Thanks! Check back tomorrow for the results!

  66. Michelle Catallo

    Never was into boy bands, so not sure how to answer this. I guess I like the Backstreet Boys’ song better.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks! Check back tomorrow for the results!

  67. Binge on Basics

    I have always been a die hard fan of Backstreet Boys. So BSB gets one up from me.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Thanks! Check back tomorrow for the results! Who was your favorite member, btw?

  68. laura dove

    Im not overly keen on either but I’ll go with the back street boys as they remind me of being young again!

  69. laura dove

    Im not overly keen on any but I think I will say the backstreet boys as it reminds me of being younger!

  70. Surekha Busa

    I love backstreet boys but when it comes to sentimental and love or Christmas songs, nsync is really my bet. Their voices is really so sweet.

  71. nbosken

    Ah I remember when all the pop artists of the 90s had their Christmas albums. Those songs were always catchy.

  72. I love both of these bands. I have to say the winning song for me is NYSNC’s Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays. That is one of my favorites from the 90’s.

  73. Becca Wilson

    NSYNC has always been my favorite boy band over the BSB. I have no idea why but I just like their sound better!

  74. Karen Monica

    I was a huge fan both bands before. But for this I would go with NSYNC, I simply love that song.

  75. kaypittmanknits

    This is a hard choice. I loved both groups but I think I think I was a little more in love with NSync because of JT

  76. Kim

    These are some awesome flashbacks! It’s hard for me to decided on one honestly!

  77. Kimberly Caines

    My husband and I are a huge fan of Blackstreet boys. We really love their songs and the beat.

  78. Danik

    Wow! these songs bring backs memories from my youth! God I am old now!

  79. With Love Moni

    Obviously I am with Backstreet boys because they rock..

  80. Cassandra Rose

    I was OBSESSED with both bands growing up, but N’SYNC will always have a special place in my part because of J. C.’s amazing voice <3

  81. Sigrid Says

    BSB and NSYNC! hahaha Sorry, I love both boy bands that I can’t possibly pick one. When I was younger, I used to follow their works 😀

  82. Neil Alvin Nicerio

    My bet is still on Backstreet Boys. Hahahah

  83. Danielle

    Oh my gosh I love boy bands and this post!

  84. Kiwi

    My best friend and I were literal teens in the teeny booper era. Nsync Christmas is still my favorite.

  85. Jasmeet Singh

    I was listening to Backstreet boys in the 90’s. This post brought back old memories.

  86. Beth Deyo

    Oh man, do we have to pick just one?! I actually love both of these songs! I’m interested, however, to see what the final vote decides!

  87. TheKitchenDoc

    Backstreet boys were my jam back in the day. they are coming together to perform in the big city close to us in September. Can’t wait

  88. Jeferson Beluso

    O geezzz….blast from the past…..I feel old……but these are good tracks to come back to…..

  89. Keshia Richmond

    I will pass on *NSYNC and the Back Street Boys holiday music. I vote for Boys II Men. They hold more records than either in your article and stayed at number 1 longer on the billboards. You can’t deny them especially with the amazing baritone they had. Wish this list was more inclusive and exhaustive.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      I love Boys II Men too. I looooooooooooooooooove their first album the most but that is because I am a huge fan of new jack swing. Sadly, this is a battle between two boy groups. I wish I had time to include all the boy bands and their holiday songs but the list would long and take a lot of time.

  90. Cherdo

    Girl, I’m sorry that I didn’t get you added to my blog till today, but welcome to the Battle of the Bands!
    You’ve got two powerhouse boy bands here, but I gotta give it to Backstreet Boys!
    Well done!
    Hugs,
    Cherdo

  91. blair villanueva

    OMG these are gold! Gone are the days when new music artists nowadays will sing and released their own Christmas songs.

  92. The Beauty Flicks

    Backstreet boys….yoooo rock…

  93. tpeskin

    Definitely N’sync hahaha. Much better song if I have to pick one

  94. Christmas Time – because my son, who was growing up then, was a big Backstreet Boys fan and even had one of their cassettes.

  95. Danielle W.

    Talk about a blast from the past!! So many fun memories here. I cannot choose one!

  96. Smiling like crazy here, you just reminded me of my youth! Oh my gosh another one of your difficult-to-decide-who-to-choose battle! I will go for both!

  97. my wee thoughts

    Backstreet boys for me! I memorized all of their songs. Literally!

  98. Kavri Iyer

    I believe the first exposure to every Indian Kid from 90s was the Backstreet Boys. They were kings of Pop, and guess what, they will remain.

  99. I usually prefer more traditional holiday music (loved your post on TSO!). I’d have to go *NSYNC if I had to choose!

  100. sundaymorningwithsandy.com

    So far behind but ‘*NSYNC – I saw them way back when. Who won?

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