There’s no denying that we all jammed to an annoyingly catchy song by famous boy bands at some point in our lives. It doesn’t matter if you love or hate the band. You’ll hear their music either way. Most likely on the radio, in a mall or at a café. You just can’t escape them! Here are 5 famous boy bands that everyone has definitely heard of before:
1. Backstreet Boys
Backstreet Boys are a vocal group formed in Florida, Orlando. They have been active since 1993 but only rose to fame a few years later. The band released their first single called “We’ve Got It Goin’ On” and became a smash hit in the U.S. and Europe. However, the songs that made them achieve worldwide success are “Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)” and “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”. I’m pretty sure that everyone has listened to these two amazing hits before.
Even though their popularity has significantly faded over the years, the group didn’t split up. Their most recent album was actually released in 2019. Surprising, isn’t it?
Coming from the same record label as Backstreet Boys, NSYNC were formed in 1995 in Florida, Orlando as well. NSYNC’s first single “I Want You Back” dominated the charts in Europe in 1996 and then later on in the U.S. In 2000, they released their album “No Strings Attached’’ which sold over 2 million copies in the first week of its release. The song that NSYNC is most known for is ‘’Bye, Bye, Bye”.
This has never been confirmed, but the song hints at the group’s separation from their former manager. This catchy pop anthem was nominated for a Grammy, which proved their popularity at that time.
NSYNC decided to go on a “hiatus’’ in 2002. But it was very clear that the group were not going to get back together at all. Justin Timberlake launched his solo career after their hiatus and is now a household name.
3. Jonas Brothers
Everyone who is now in their 20s or 30s knows who the Jonas Brothers are. They are a boy band made up of three brothers: Joe, Nick and Kevin. Although everyone knows them because of their Disney Channel years, they were first signed to Columbia Records in 2005. Unfortunately, the trio had poor sales and they got dropped by their record label. In 2007, they signed a contract with Disney, which only meant that they would soon rise to stardom. The Jonas Brothers are mostly known for their roles in Camp Rock.
They split up in 2013. Nick was the one who had the most successful solo career, with hits like “Jealous” and “Close”.
The brothers made a comeback in 2019 and dropped a song called ‘’Sucker’’, reaching number one all over the world.
4. One Direction
One Direction are a British-Irish boy band formed in 2010. The 5 members originally competed as solo artists for a talent show called ‘’The X Factor’’. They were eliminated but one of the judges, Simon Cowell, considered that it would be better if they formed a group.
The boys became famous in an instant, compared to other groups. After the release of ‘’What makes you beautiful” in 2011, the boy band continued to make history and break records by having all of their four albums chart at number one.
In 2015, Zayn Malik left the group after several conflicts with their manager and even some of the members. Zayn also revealed that he didn’t like the music he made with his bandmates.
One Direction are currently on a hiatus, but fans strongly believe that a reunion is probably off the table.
BTS are a Korean boy band consisting of 7 members. They are the most popular boy group at the moment. They debuted in 2013. But their path to fame has been a difficult and a slower one compared to the other boy bands mentioned in this article. The septet became popular in 2017 and started to set high standards for other groups ever since.
One could say that they’re still making history. Although they don’t sing in English, BTS never stop dominating the charts, which only shows us that music transcends language barriers.
What do these famous boy bands have in common?
I personally believe that the driving force of their fans is what makes these five groups similar. In this case, you can’t be famous without the support of a powerful fanbase.