[Quote]Now, the J5 are really the best band musically and probably talent wise but different eras so it’s hard to compare because the boy band style hadn’t really set in until the MTV era.
R19 You could have stopped after the first part of that sentence. LOL When discussing music what is more important than music and talent?
I don't think MTV is much of an arbiter of the best band (especially since Michael Jackson helped put MTV on the map - but I digress). What MTV does is further expose the exceptionalism of the Jackson 5.
The Jackson 5 gained notoriety primarily from live performances and only "very limited" TV exposure. We all know that giving outstanding live performances (much less becoming famous for that) is very hard to do. They also crossed over in an era when few Black groups were able to do that. That was no small feat. Finally, they had none of the studio tricks and editing available to ALL these other groups decades later.
I don't think NSYNC got many fans outside of their specific genre nor did they have much multi-generational appeal. I barely remember most of NSYNC'S music and I pride myself in being a music connoisseur. Everybody knows a Jackson 5 song and we know all of the Jackson 5 by name. I doubt most people can name all the members of NSYNC much less even one of their songs.
I think NSYNC leaving early actually hurt them. Obviously JT is an amazing talent as evidenced by his subsequent success, but who knows if NSYNC as a group had the staying power to compete much longer. The market was flooded with many groups just like them. To be honest, I had a hard time telling them a part. NKOTB stood apart as being in a different era. I would actually put them above NSYNC.
NSYNC was not a group long enough nor did they have enough originality to be enough of standouts to be considered "the best."
The Jackson 5 was the original Boy Band and really developed the formula that all their successors followed. There are actually memes of the Jackson 5, which is surprising since they left the stage so long before memes were even a concept. Their songs are played in commercials and will always be a part of pop culture.
NSYNC dissolved after JT left. The Jackson 5 (while not the same without Michael) rebranded as "The Jacksons" and continued for many years which shows the strength of the group.
Not to mention the Jackson name and notoriety was able to spinoff two world renowned superstars in Michael and Janet!
Finally, side note: Of all these bands including NSYNC, the Jackson 5 was the ONLY TRUE BOY BAND in that ALL their members were under the age of 18 when they started. That truly puts them in a category all by themselves.
I don't think different time periods prevents these groups from being properly evaluated if you know music. And certainly, MTV should not be the standard used to measure anything. By all objective standards, The Jackson Five was the best!