It's a pop star rite of passage: the Christmas single. Many have attempted it, but few have pulled it off — and honestly, the jury's still kind of out on a couple of late-’90s offerings from our favorite boy bands, Backstreet Boys and 'NSync.

First released in 1996, Backstreet Boys' holiday hit "Christmas Time" didn't gain all that much traction — probably because it was released quietly, appearing as a series of single b-sides and on a few compilations. They did, however, perform it at Disneyland.

"Christmas Time" got some new life after "Christmas Time Again" became their first single after reuniting with all five original members. Fittingly, they debuted the song at Disneyland in 2012 — and this time, they got their own video to go with it. For a sequel, it doesn't sound all that much like the original — but 16 years can do a lot to a band's sound.

In November of 1998, 'NSync went all out for the holidays — Home for Christmas was just their second studio album, but it went double platinum. Included on the album was the track "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays." The icing on the cookie was this festive video, because which '90s holiday video would be complete without Gary Coleman in a vinyl suit?

Immediate observations about these holiday jams? BSB takes a Christmas seduction approach, making "Christmas Time" more about spending time with a loved one than about the holiday overall. As such, it's more of a slow jam. "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" is a little more upbeat and, while much less focused than BSB's ballad of yuletide lovin', it reigns in the full scope of the holiday. Really, though, it comes down to how you feel about Gary Coleman in a vinyl suit, right?

So which holiday jam are you rocking this year? Vote below, and elaborate in the comments!


Sarah Anne Lloyd is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!