25 Old Photos of 'N Sync That'll Take Fans Back To That Glorious Pre-Breakup Era

In 2001, boy band 'N Sync released third studio album Celebrity. The album name was a bit on the nose, sure, but you'd be nuts to argue with it: After the wild success of No Strings Attached, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, and Lance Bass were five of the biggest names in popular culture. (It didn't hurt that one of them happened to be dating the princess of pop.) They were at the top of their game. And they went out on top: Celebrity was certified five times platinum and the last album 'N Sync recorded together. Like Justin promises in "Pop," they brought it 'til the end.

But before the boy band called it quits for good, they won awards, performed at major sporting events, and shared the stage with some of the most iconic musicians of all time. Oh and! They wore amazing shit. My goodness, did they wear some hilarious outfits. Outfits that only super famous pop stars would dare attempt.

Without further ado, here are some beautiful photos of 'N Sync from 2001 and 2002, aka The Pre-Breakup/Breakup Years.

Surfbort

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Watch out, JC! That floating Chris head totally wants to nab that surfboard. He might bite.

Super Bowl XXXV

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Here’s a sentence that always brightens my day: Aerosmith, ‘N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, & Nelly shared the Halftime Show stage. G’bless whoever made that happen.

Nope, Not Over It.

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JUSTIN’S SHIRT!

Still Stuck On It.

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JUSTIN’S SHIRT!!!!!!!! OH MY GOD, I DIDN’T REALIZE THE COLLAR WAS DENIM!!!!!!!

(Hi, Britney!)

Michael Jackson!!!!

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Oh, just the King of Pop, NBD.

That Hat

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What’s under that hat, JT? A) Crunchy Ramen curls?B) Secrets?C) A guinea pig?D) A marionette?E) All of the above?

Rehearsals For The 2001 VMAs

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Welp, that’s a mural I need in my apartment ASAP.

2001 VMAs

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Another day, another Moon Man.

2001 VMAs

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Whatcha doin’ over there, Chris?

MJ Again!!!!!!

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JT beatboxed while the King of Pop danced. I could watch this video on repeat for the rest of my life.

Surfbort, Part Deux

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Hi there, JC’s hat. Nice to see you.

Surfbort, Part Trois

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Hi there, Chris’s hair, Justin’s hat, and JC’s entire ensemble. Nice to see all of you.

Heeey, Nelly!

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Thanks for reminding me that I wanted to revisit the song “Girlfriend” and the remix!

Neutrals For Miles...

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Lookin’ sharp in various shades of camel.

...And Miles...

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Just beiging, er, chilling on some stairs.

...And Miles

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All of those fabrics look so soft. And beige.

2002 Grammys

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“Nope, not ready, Mr. DeMille.”

2002 Grammys

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“Alright, Mr. DeMille. We’re ready for our close-up.”

Shout-out to JC’s Jiffy Pop couture.

2002 Grammys

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It looks like they’re performing underneath one of those gigantic parachutes from elementary school phys ed class.

2002 Winter Olympics

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Sittin’.

2002 Winter Olympics

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Kickin’.

2002 Winter Olympics

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Leanin’.

'N Sync & The Beatles

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…Er, Wax ‘N Sync & Wax The Beatles.