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An important analysis of the music video for 'Bye Bye Bye'

It truly is an underrated banger.

*NSYNC HAVE BEEN on a hiatus since 2002 and every day that passes without a hint of new music from them is a sad day indeed. They’ve given us some absolute bangers and we felt like it was about time that we gave ‘Bye, Bye, Bye’ (the best one) a bit of well deserved love.

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There are many things to love about this incredible video. Firstly, it gave us the iconic (and oh so creepy) puppeteer lady holding all the men on strings.

Source: Youtube

This unique set up also gave rise to some of the best coordinated dancing the world has ever seen.

Would you just look at their legs go? Outstanding. What I love about this set up aswell is the intensity of the dancing despite the lack of control over their limbs. Like JT and JC are still really going for it.

From this extremely odd puppet scene, we move onto a train where two of the lads are running on top said train. One of the best things about it is that they sort of run like Phoebe in Friends with arms flying in every direction.

From the train we then move onto the site of what will be forever known as the most intense dance sequence in the history of music. The lads are jumping up and down with more fervour than a kid who has just gotten a new trampoline.

Not only that, but *NSYNC were the first to do the dancing on the walls sequence, a full DECADE before Inception. Honestly Christopher Nolan owes Justin Timberlake so much more than he will ever give him credit for.

There’s a few questions that need to be asked about this part of the video though. Firstly why is Justin the only one dressed in red? Secondly why does he feel the need to thrust directly into the camera? Absolutely no need for that sort of carry on in 2000.

Moving swiftly from that, another two of the lads (JC and Lance) end up in the most bizarre car chase that doesn’t really culminate in anything but does give us a big throwback to CD players.

This video has been a gift to us all and I feel the only way we achieve world peace is by getting *NSYNC off their hiatus. They’ve got their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, we deserve another ‘Bye, Bye Bye’.

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