First Hit #1: July 29, 2000
The first chart topper for *NSYNC is surprisingly aggressive lyrically. It’s not very aggressive musically, it sounds like it could be a template Britney Spears track – it’s a vocal track away from just being Baby One More Time – in fact it sounds like a pop music template rather than an original composition, as though Casio put a “pop hit” present on their latest keyboard. However, lyrically we’re in the same wheelhouse as Vertical Horizon, except somehow more unpleasant. If that song was passive-aggressive whining, this is more aggressive browbeating. *NSYNC will be your next boyfriend, you have no choice, they are perfect and you will see that soon, even if you don’t right at this moment. Even some of the line breaks are odd, with “You have no choice” being a complete thought before it’s mellowed by the rest of the verse, the song putting emphasis on that one line above all others.
It’s a strange love song because it feels less like love than a personal challenge, in performance it just sounds like men accepting a challenge rather than genuine emotion. I suppose the songwriters of 2000 were really bitter that people weren’t dating them.