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Boy Bands of the 90s vs. Today

From The Beatles to NSYNC to One Direction, it seems like boy bands will never die in the entertainment world.


  • 98 Degrees: This American quartet had their breakthrough in the late 90s. Although they were not among the most popular boy bands of the 90s, they had a loyal fan base and sang both Pop and R&B music.
  • Boyz II Men: Three members made up the American R&B group Boyz II Men and they were known for their sultry voices and soulful ballads.
  • *NSYNC: The band where celeb Justin Timberlake's fame was born, *NSYNC was one of the most popular bands of the 90s.
  • Backstreet Boys: This American group's first album was released in 1996. Almost instantly, they became international sensations and sky-rocketed to the top of the charts.They kept much of their popularity through the 2000s and were the best-selling boy band in history with 130 million records sold worldwide. They are also the only boy band in the world to have their first nine albums reach the Top 10 on the Billboard 200.

  • Today

    • 5 Seconds of Summer:Although 5 Seconds of Summer does not like to be called a boy band, they are blurring the lines and are widely considered as both a pop-punk band and a boy band.
    • Big Time Rush: This American boy band formed in 2009 and released their first album “BTR” in 2010. Their most popular single is "Big Time Rush" which was used in the opening sequence of their TV show.
    • One Direction This English-Irish boy band is known as the most popular boy band of the 2010s. They won countless awards and quickly rose to fame via social media in 2012. In 2014, they were named Forbes' second-highest earning celebrities under thirty.

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