Nick Lachey Picks Worst Boy Band From The '90s but We Respectfully Disagree with His Choice

Oh, Nick Lachey. Remember his glory days back with boy band 98 Degrees, the tamer, less successful version of The Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC? Despite his band's third tier status, Lachey doesn't peg 98 Degrees as the absolute worst boy band in the late '90s/early 2000s heyday. In fact, when he appeared on Watch What Happens Live, he told Andy Cohen that he thought that 5ive was the worst boy band. (Don't remember them? This song might jog your memory.)

While those guys may leave a whole lot to desire (and oh those lyrics — "baby, when the lights go out/every single word cannot express/the love and tenderness"), there are some other subpar boy bands that go down in pop notoriety.

Prepare yourself for nostalgia, and for some lyrics that will leave you scratching your head. Maybe as kids we mistook chiseled abs and frosted tips for good music (and this girl raises her hand in shame because she knows EVERY WORD), but as adults... we know better now.

If Lachey thought that 5ive was bad, wonder what he thinks of these bands.

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These are the guys behind the formerly ubiquitous “Summer Girls.” While it was definitely a song of the summer, the lyrics were, uh, not particularly great. But hey, I repped Abercrombie and looked like a slutty woodsman for the majority of my tween years, thanks to these dudes. And think of the heartache I endured when I found out they were only interested in “Girl[s] n TV?”

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They need you back here, baby. They miss you, want you, need you so.

We’ll likely be OK with out them.

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Remember the song “Liquid Dreams?” YOU DO.

This infamous band formed via a now very defunct reality show, sang a song about having, uh, liquid dreams. Consider it Sex Ed: The Pop Musical.

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“Kinda faded, but I feel all right.” It was a subpar pop hit that hung out on radios for a bit too long. Fun fact about the author: she knows ALMOST EVERY WORD.

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Simon Cowell put together this Irish pop group. They sang the lyrically generic song that requires a gospel choir to give it the full effect, “Flying Without Wings.” (Fun fact? Ruben Studdard sang this song when he was crowned American Idol back in 2003). They also have the gem of a song, “My Private Movie.” You know what they mean by that.

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