EW’s Music Mix is searching for the Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Act of All Time. With four seeded contestants remaining (see all the matchups), this tournament is continuing to change hearts, minds, and lives, as well as make some people remarkably agitated! Read/listen to the following, and then cast your vote in the poll after the jump; reader comments will be used from here on out, so we encourage you to also post a comment explaining why you chose the way you did. Note: In case of a tie, please select the artist you feel more ashamed to adore.
It was a true clash of the titans, but Backstreet edged out Britney Spears to claim the ’90s teen-pop crown.
“I don’t want to exaggerate here, but this is like Sophie’s Choice.” — et
“BSB still makes my voice jump two octaves when I hear them sing (especially a capella), even though nobody likes to admit to teenying out… I do. All it takes is those voices and a Carter smirk, and I’m there. damn. So they get my vote.” — Anna
“The Backstreet Boys truly are larger than life-they represent an entire area to anyone who was a tween/teen in the nineties, girls and boys. Put them on in a room full of nineties kids and in about 10 seconds everyone, EVERYONE will be singing along.” — kaitlin
“Now here comes the important question, why do I feel more guilty for a liking the Backstreet Boys? My guilt is not self generated but rather pushed on me by society. We live in a world where it is perfectly acceptable to like a female singer for the size of her breast and not the sound of her voice. However when a male singers is appreciated for their appearance in addition to their talent, there considered less of an artists. In addition, it is okay for men to like someone for only aesthetic reasons, but not for women. This is an unfortunate double standard. If I admit I like the backstreet boys to a coworker, they look at me like I crazy and think I need to grow up. If someone admits they like Britney spears, everyone assume it is because she looks good in her panties or that they enjoy a watching train wreck. PS. Does this match up remind anyone else of his or her TRL days?” — Ms. Car
George Michael performed a miraculous upset of early front-runners ABBA in Round Three.
“Every one of you is on drugs. George Michael is GOD!” — sarah d
“Wham! What’s a guiltier pleasure than having a superfluous member than no one remembers?” — Lisa Simpson
“Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou is the only person who could make me abandon ABBA before the final round. I am helpless in the face of his army of overly plucked supermodels in both ‘Freedom 90’ and ‘Too Funky.’ Also, he was fierce with Mary J. on that cover of ‘As’ and he does the best ‘Somebody to Love’ this side of Freddy Mercury. He may be a car crashing, habitual line stepper now, but he’ll always live in my memory as my first unattainable gay man crush.” — kat hayes
Photo Credit: Both: Everett Collection