Back in the days of TRL and a young Carson Daly, before there were television shippers, there were boy-band fan clubs. And trust us, they were just as intense (if not more so). In the 90’s, it was *NSync versus Backstreet Boys, and in 2012, it’s One Direction’s turn to go head-to-head with the much older Backstreet Boys.

Backstreet Boy AJ McLean recently spoke to TMZ about the idea that One Direction is nothing but a Backstreet knockoff. AJ pointed out that every song title on One Direction’s album was almost identical to a Backstreet lyric. And we have to admit that when TMZ put him to the test, he kind of proved his point.

Could he be right? Is One Direction a BSB rip-off?

But before we end this battle of the boy bands, we have to take a trip back in time, because TMZ also spoke with Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell, who challenged his interviewer to name five great *NSync songs. So we take it the feud isn’t a thing of the past?

We love these guys and their competitive spirit. Perhaps that’s why they’re still around and currently working on another record?

What is your favorite boy band (past or present)?

Source: TMZ

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