A boy band (or boyband) is loosely defined as a vocal group consisting of young male singers, usually in their teenage years or in their twenties at the time of formation, singing love songs marketed towards young females. Being vocal groups, most boy band members do not play musical instruments, either in recording sessions or on stage, making the term something of a misnomer.
Here's a list of the best boy bands of all time, with photos, ranked from best to worst by the community. Boy bands sometimes get a bad rap by music snobs who don't appreciate the pure joy that pop songs bring to millions of people around the world - especially pop songs sung in perfect harmony by boy bands.
"Daydream Believer" by The Monkees
"Daydream Believer" reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1967.
Boy bands, usually neither the most artistic nor the most cool, with the notable exception of the original boy band, have a long history in pop music.
Based on over 32,000 votes, Backstreet Boys is ranked number 1 out of 134 choices. Agree? Disagree? Place your vote on the top 10 list of Best Boy Bands.
Backstreet Boys' official music video for 'I Want It That Way'.
"I Want it That Way" was nominated for three Grammy Awards.
All girls look to the guys in boy bands to help them get through their awkward preteen years. These handsome guys always tell you they love you, that you're smart, beautiful, and the only one for them.
Boy bands have been a staple of pop music since the early Sixties, and though they come in and out of style, the basic concept of cute, unthreatening guys singing about love always ends up getting revamped for a new generation. We asked you to name your favorite boy bands, and the results were somewhat surprising. Click through to see who you picked.
One Direction performing What Makes You Beautiful. (C) 2011 Simco Limited under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
"What Makes You Beautiful" was the group's debut single.