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From Boy Bands to ‘Boy Meets World’: Why the ’90s Are Making a Comeback

Brenda Chase, Hulton Archive
Brenda Chase, Hulton Archive

If you almost climbed through your TV when the Kids' Choice Awards aired to steal Ariana Grande's '90s Nickelodeon-themed purse or have recently felt the overwhelming urge to start papering your walls with centerfold posters from Tiger Beat magazine, you're not alone. The '90s have come back with a vengeance.

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Which Pop Song Would You Rather Sing at Karaoke? – Readers Poll

Carlos Alvarez / Kevin Winter / Jason Oxenham / Ian Gavan / Fiona Goodall / Christopher Polk / Stuart Wilson, Getty Images
Carlos Alvarez / Kevin Winter / Jason Oxenham / Ian Gavan / Fiona Goodall / Christopher Polk / Stuart Wilson, Getty Images

It's a battle of the best karaoke pop songs! Picture it: You're out on a night on the town with your friends, and someone inevitably decides to hit up some good, old-fashioned karaoke. Would you go for a classic, like Prince's 'Kiss'? How about a '90s-era smash like Backstreet Boys' 'I Want It That Way' or 'Baby One More Time' by Britney Spears? Or maybe Justin Bieber's 'Baby' or Katy Perry's anthemic 'Firework' is more your speed. But of course, you can't forget modern pop staples like Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' and Lorde's 'Royals'... decisions, decisions! Which song would you rather sing at karaoke?

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Backstreet Boys + Spice Girls Reportedly ‘In Talks’ for a World Tour Together

Carlos Alvarez / Stuart Wilson, Getty Images
Carlos Alvarez / Stuart Wilson, Getty Images

Update: We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but it looks like this epic world tour was just to good to be true. According to MTV News, a rep for BSB stated that the BSB/Spice Girls world tour is a no-go. (We'll just be over here, crying into our '90s-era posters.)

It's like all of our '90s nostalgia was gearing up for this moment: the Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls may be doing a reunion tour together! Brian Littrell of BSB was the one to allegedly reveal the Internet-breaking news himself.

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Backstreet Boys, ‘I Want It That Way’ vs. Britney Spears, ‘Baby One More Time’ – Greatest Pop Song of the Modern Era [Round 3]

Backstreet Boys Britney Spears Greatest Pop Song of the Modern Era Round 3
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UPDATE: Britney Spears' 'Baby One More Time' won in Round 3 and has moved on to the Semi-Finals. Vote for the song here!

Welcome to March Music Madness! Here at PopCrush, we’ve selected 32 of the most iconic pop songs released from the ’80s to today (divided into brackets by decade) — and now it’s your job to vote and decide which song will be named the Greatest Pop Song of the Modern Era. May the best song win!

Round 2 of voting for the Greatest Pop Song of the Modern brought us two of the toughest battles we've seen thus far in this year's March Music Madness tournament. The Backstreet Boys brought in 51.49% of the votes with their catchy hit 'I Want It That Way' and wound up winning against Whitney Houston's classic 'I Will Always Love You.' Meanwhile, Britney Spears and Hanson fans dueled up until the very last second, but in the end, 'Baby One More Time' topped 'MMMBop' with 53.12% of the votes -- and now the song is moving on to Round 3 to face 'I Want It That Way.' Will 'I Want It That Way' or 'Baby One More Time' be the song that gets one step closer to being titled the Greatest Pop Song of the Modern Era?

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Backstreet Boys Extend World Tour, Avril Lavigne to Open

Carlos Alvarez, Getty Images
Carlos Alvarez, Getty Images

Backstreet's back, alright!

Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson and Howie Dorough made an exciting announcement this morning on 'Good Morning America' -- the band is extending their world tour and coming back to North America this spring!

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Justin Bieber vs. Backstreet Boys: Whose ‘As Long as You Love Me’ Song Is Better? — Readers Poll

Kevin Winter / Carlos Alvarez, Getty Images
Kevin Winter / Carlos Alvarez, Getty Images

When Justin Bieber came out with the infectious 'As Long As You Love Me' in 2012, we thought the title sounded a little familiar: That's because the Backstreet Boys had a hit by the same name in 1997. Bieber's song is more upbeat and dance-heavy, while BSB went with a love ballad for the original. Whose 'As Long as You Love Me' is better?

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Backstreet Boys, ‘I Want It That Way’ vs. Whitney Houston, ‘I Will Always Love You’ – Greatest Pop Song of the Modern Era [Round 2]

Backstreet Boys Whitney Houston
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It was a close match for all, but in Round 1 of March Music Madness, the Backstreet Boys' 'I Want It That Way' pulled a last minute win against New Kids on the Block's 'Step by Step.' Fans voted wildly up until the final seconds of the song battle, resulting in BSB's hit single getting 59.09% of the votes. Meanwhile, Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' held a steady lead over Celine Dion's 'My Heart Will Go On' throughout Round 1 of the competition. In a duel between two of the greatest pop vocalists of all time, Whitney came through with the win. Now we're faced with an unexpected but interesting match to vote on in our quest to find the Greatest Pop Song of the Modern Era: 'I Want It That Way' vs. 'I Will Always Love You'!

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New Kids on the Block, ‘Step by Step’ vs. Backstreet Boys, ‘I Want It That Way’ – Greatest Pop Song of the Modern Era [Round 1]

New Kids on the Block Backstreet Boys
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New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys are two of the biggest boy bands of all time, and songs highlighted here as part of March Music Madness are arguably their most successful songs. 'Step by Step' hit a chord with early '90s pop fans, while 'I Want It That Way' made its mark in the late '90s. Will it be 'Step by Step' that moves on to the next round in our Greatest Pop Song of the Modern era bracket, or will it be 'I Want It That Way'?

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Backstreet Boys ‘Show ‘Em’ Who’s Boss by Holding on to No. 1 Slot on PopCrush Top 10 Video Countdown

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Once again, the Backstreet Boys and their video for 'Show 'Em' have nabbed the No. 1 slot on the PopCrush Top 10 Video Countdown.

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Backstreet Boys Show Some Skin in ‘Show ‘Em (What You’re Made Of)’ Video

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The Backstreet Boys took the title of their latest single, 'Show 'Em (What You're Made Of),' to heart, showing some serious skin in the official video for the song.

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