Larger than Life: The Greatest Boy Bands

You can have a once-in-a-generation singing voice, write songs like the King of Pop and play guitar like Hendrix reincarnate and you’ll still be consistently out sold by the latest band. There’s no sense in fighting it. Boy bands are cheesy, generic, and inorganic, but that’s sort of the point.

To be considered for today’s list, your group must consist of, well … boys. Boys that sing almost exclusively about love. Oh yeah, you’ll also need really, really good hair. I can’t stress that hair part enough.

Today, we peer in to the history books, salute the forefathers of the genre, and relish in the majesty that are the greatest boy bands (and haircuts) of all time. Let’s go!

New Kids on the Block

New Kids on the Block may be a few years removed from the height of their success, but that’s ok. I mean, very, very few bands ever reach the heights that these guys inevitably reached.

Jordan, Jonathan, Joey, Donnie, and Danny of NKOTB started their surging career in the late 1980s in Boston, Massachusetts. It didn’t take long for the band to catch a wave and ride it to the top of the music industry.

If you’re looking for a place to start, check out “Step by Step,” “You’ve Got It (The Right Stuff),” and “Tonight.”

Menudo

Menudo, the Puerto Rican based Latino boy band, began in 1977 and left a legacy of talented performers for the world to enjoy.

The band didn’t operate quite like your traditional, North American boy band. The band would cycle out its members as soon as they turned 16, so Menudo’s cast of performers is actually quite extensive. The Golden Era lineup (1980-1986) was made up of latin superstars like Robi Rosa and Ricky Martin. Martin, of course, would go on to enjoy an incredible career in the U.S.

If you’re looking to deep dive the Menudo discography, check out “Besame,” “Besame en la Playa,” or “Historia Del Primer Amor.”

Jonas Brothers

From New Jersey with love. The Jonas Brothers formed in 2005 and quickly vaulted in to the annals of boy band history. Before they started selling records by the barrel full, brothers Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas and Nick Jonas made their international debut as TV stars. Jonas took to the Disney Channel airwaves in 2009, and the rest is history.

The band has sold over 17-million records worldwide and has enjoyed two top-10 Billboard topping hits including “Burnin’ Up”, and “Tonight.” The boys split up for good in 2013, opting to pursue their individual solo careers. And, though Nick Jonas is reaping the benefit of that decision, the Jonas Brothers band will always have my heart.

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