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Is an *NSYNC reunion in the works? Our favourite boy bands who got back together

*NSYNC at the Billboard Music Awards in 1999. (Getty Images)

They might have said “Bye, Bye, Bye” to their fans back in the early 2000s, but if reports are true, *NSYNC are getting back together.

The band made up of Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, and of course Justin Timberlake, are rumoured to perform at this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclay Centre in New York City, where Justin Timberlake is set to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award.

If true it would be the first time the band have performed together live on TV since delivering a Bee Gees tribute at the Grammys in 2003. Since then a reunion has long been touted. But the band, who had hits with songs like “Tearin’ Up My Heart,” has always denied reunion rumours, with Timberlake in particular too busy forging a successful solo career to return to the fold.

If they do return this Sunday *NSYNC won’t be the first group who have got the back together. In fact reunions seem to be something of a rite of passage for boy bands. We take a look at five boy bands who got back together.

Take That
Telephone hotlines had to be set up for suicidal fans when British boy band giants Take That first broke up in 1996. But after more than a 10-year absence they got back together for a reunion tour in 2006 and have since gone on to find even more success than they did in their heyday.

New Kids on the Block
Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Jordan and Jonathan Knight and Danny Wood – otherwise known as mega-famous boy band New Kids on the Block, sold more than 70 million albums before parting ways in 1995. A decade later the band, now pushing their 40s, decided to get back together with a new album and a reunion tour which kicked off at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre in September 2008. They're still touring in 2013.

Backstreet Boys
It was more than alright for hordes of adoring fans when the Backstreet Boys came back in 2011. The record-breaking five-piece, who have sold more than 130 million albums during their career are arguably as popular as ever after a hiatus from the music scene in the early 2000s. Since then, Nick Carter and company have been hard at work, and released their first independent album “In a world Like This” in July this year.

98 Degrees
'90s boy band 98 Degrees announced that they were getting back together this year. As well as releasing “2.0,” their first album in more than a decade; the band also treated fans by teaming up with New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men for a tour with a triple dose of nineties nostalgia.

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