Are today's boy bands better or worse than the boy bands of the '90s? Buzzfeed has 63 reasons why 90's boy bands like Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, 98 Degrees and the like are far superior than One Direction, The Wanted, and Big Time Rush. I won't say one way or the other which way I lean, I'll just let this post about awesome singles released by '90s boy bands speak for itself.
Backstreet Boys are the best selling boy band of all time (I hope you are imagining Kanye West saying this), with 130 million records sold. I will never get tired of their choreographed dance moves or cheesy love songs because these five boys were my first loves, even though they're all old and married now. BSB released "I Want It That Way" (video at left) in 1999, and it broke the record for most radio station adds in its first week (it had 165). I actually know so much information about them I could write a book. Obscure things, too, like favorite colors. I'll leave now.
So serious, so smoldering! I'm not sure if I love the hair or the short-sleeved turtlenecks more in this music video. "I Want You Back" was the first single from *NSYNC, released in the U.S. in 1998. The single sold more than one million copies. (Fun fact: Justin Timberlake was only 14 when this single came out!) Back in the day, I pretended to hate *NSYNC, because I was a diehard Backstreet Boys fan through and through. These days, I equally celebrate all cheesy '90s boy bands.
98 Degrees didn't quite follow that five-member-band requirement, but they did pretty okay nevertheless. I mean, Nick Lachey married Jessica Simpson and they had a successful show and that's all that matters. I'm not sure anyone knows the names of the other members aside from Nick, but I'm also not sure it matters. (Don't be fooled by my try-hard nonchalance. I know they are Drew, Jeff, and Justin... and I even know their last names.)
People will try to argue with me on this, and I legit do not care because if you haven't jammed to "Mmmbop" then you are a huge, huge liar. If you try to claim that you know more lyrics than just the chorus, I feel like you're probably also a liar because to me this song is just a jumble of words with the occasional "mmmbop" thrown in there. Regardless, Hanson actually tours and releases music to this day, and they've cut off their long, luxurious locks in favor of more practical hair, but we will never forget.
Boyz II Men (Updated!)
So, in my boy band haze, I only listed four boy bands, not five, although to be fair, it was always my intention to have Boyz II Men on this list since I put them in the tags. Thankfully, a commenter was nice enough to point out that I was missing a band, which confirms to the world I have trouble counting. (And I actually really appreciate how kindly they wrote the comment. It easily could have said "YOU'RE AN IDIOT WHO CAN'T COUNT.") Nevertheless, Boyz II Men rounds out my list for top five '90s boy bands because they have had some of the greatest R&B songs of all time. Technically, they formed in 1988, but it was in 1992 that they really reached international success. "End of the Road" was actually the first song to break a record held by Elvis Presley. That's pretty awesome.
Lucky for me, and other '90s boy band fans like me, most of these boy bands still make music or are back and on tour. Except *NSYNC. Never *NSYNC. Sigh.