January 22, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Send in the clones. The earsplitting success of the Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, and ‘N Sync has spawned a new subgeneration of boppy pop and hip-hop. Here’s your warning:

B*WITCHED (B*Witched)
Think: Irish Spice. These four lassies (including a pair of twins) do super-catchy tunes with the occasional fiddle riff (now, that’s getting jiggy with it).
Catchiest lyric: ”I’m the wolf today…/I’ll huff I’ll puff and blow you away.”

C NOTE (C Note)
Think: Color Me Badd meet Jon Secada. This Orlando quartet (under the same management as BSB and ‘N Sync) could be nicknamed The Bilingual Boys.
Catchiest lyric: ”Oh yeah, baby/Hah-hah/C Note’s comin’ home, girl.”

Think: a randier Backstreet Boys (also the same management), with a dash of Vanilla Ice. LFO is short for Lyte Funkie Ones.
Catchiest lyric: ”I wanna sex you up/Let me freak you out.”

THE MOFFATTS (A New Beginning)
Think: down-home Hanson. Raised in Vancouver and based in Nashville, these four teenage brothers (Scott and triplets Dave, Clint, and Bob Moffatt) play their own instruments and write their own songs.
Catchiest lyric: ”Life is such a funny thing/You never know what it’ll bring.”

STEPS (Step One)
Think: late-’90s ABBA. These twentysomethings may signal the next music trend: coed pop.
Catchiest lyric: ”You’re mine, all mine now bubba/Gonna rope you in.”

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