Friday Face-Off: One Direction Vs. Backstreet Boys

The Wanted’s new single “Walks Like Rihanna,” with its questionable lyrics (no talent = no problem as long as you’re sexy), got us thinking about other “love songs” we’re not sure whether to swoon over or take as an insult. Vote to tell us if One Direction’s “Little Things” or Backstreet Boys’ “As Long As You Love Me” throws the most unintentional lyrical shade while we try to figure out if we should be flattered by reminding R. Kelly of his jeep.

Team One Direction

One Direction “Little Things” – Remember all those body image insecurities I told you about in confidence because we’re so in lurve? How you sing about them? On second thought, don’t, because hearing you harmonize with your bros about my back dimples, sad stomach, thighs and overall lack of self-esteem is mortifying! I’ll be over here eating Ben & Jerry’s so you have new material to work with for a followup single. May I suggest “Bigger Things?”

Team Backstreet

Backstreet Boys “As Long As You Love Me” – I can get behind the love is all I want from you sentiment in this late 90’s BSB jam. Everybody needs to feel needed sometimes. But lines like “I don’t care who you are/Where you’re from…As long as you love me” reveal that the Boys don’t discriminate at all about who they get their lovin’ from. The insert-Anygirl-here approach probably sold more posters to teen screamers back in the day, but no amount of sexy chair dancing will make me forget anyone could take my seat.