Dear Justin, JC, Lance, Joey, and Chris,
Bring it in, guys—we need to have a little chat.
First things first: congrats on the new single. It’s been 20+ years since we could ask our friends, “Have you heard the new *NSYNC song?” and that feels like kind of a big deal.
I listened to “ Better Together” and it feels like it’ll be right at home on the Trolls Band Together soundtrack. It’s got that 2023 pop sound and a catchy enough chorus. The kids are gonna love it.
But guys. My dudes. Can I be honest?
From the bottom of my formerly ‘90s teenage heart, hear me when I say those kids are not your people.
The elder millennial/Oregon Trail generation/we still don’t know what to call ourselves women have been waiting for you.
And we don’t want new, trendy stuff. We want the classics. Your classics.
We can still sing every word to Tearin’ Up My Heart and Bye Bye Bye and It’s Gonna Be Me. We hear those five-part harmonies and we revert right back to 1997 when the internet was new and our after-market CD players shuffled three discs and apples were fruits you snacked on.
And now that we’re bookending 40 and our kids are a little more grown and our bills are a little less overwhelming, we are READY for the real return of *NSYNC.
Take the show on the road, guys. You know how a certain artist named Taylor Swift keeps selling out stadiums and dominating the headlines on the regular? You could do that. This I promise you.
Because there’s an entire generation of us ready to recapture that piece of nostalgia. We don’t even care if you can’t do all that fancy choreography anymore—we understand, because we have to take preemptive ibuprofen before we play rec league anything anymore too. It doesn’t matter. We just want to get together with our friends, put aside the responsibilities of being middle-aged adults with jobs and teenagers and 401(k)s, and relive a little slice of our glory days. They’re your glory days too, you know?
All the ’90s trends are coming back anyway. The kids are wearing ripped jeans and Doc Martens and belt bags (which we all know are fanny packs with a fancier name). Heck, if landlines still existed, that clear phone with the spiral cord would be all the rage again.
Listen, we know nothing can actually bring back the simpler times of our youth or those amazing concerts, but if the last several weeks of buzz around an *NSYNC reunion proves anything, it’s that we are craving it anyway.
So what do you say? Get the band back together, just for a few months, and let’s do this thing, no strings attached?