Top 30 Boy Bands Of All Time

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1962 - Beatles

Beatles. Photo by Hulton Archive

Since 1962, boy bands have played a key role in pop music history. Brian Epstein started a trend when he dressed the Beatles in matching suits and shaggy (for the time) haircuts. Relive 50 years of 30 of the best boy bands of all time.

Deserving of being ranked as the most influential pop group of all time, The Beatles hold a different place in history from all other boy bands. However, early in their career they were marketed in similar fashion to countless groups to come. Public appearances were accompanied by screaming teenagers, and their every move was recounted in fan magazines. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr laid the groundwork for the legendary groups to come. Brian Epstein's plan was a success and today The Beatles are ranked as the bestselling pop music artists of all time.

Key Songs:

  • "I Want To Hold Your Hand"
  • "She Loves You"
  • "Help!"
  • "Hey Jude"
  • "Get Back"

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1966 - The Monkees

The Monkees
The Monkees. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives

The success of the Beatles' film A Hard Day's Night inspired film director Bob Rafelson and TV producer Bert Schneider to team up and put together a TV show about the misadventures of pop band. The four group members of The Monkees were hired as much for their acting talent as their musical skill. However, with the pressure to perform live, The Monkees soon became adept at performing their music.

From the beginning the group was a commercial success. Their first single "Last Train to Clarksville" was a #1 charting gold certified hit. The Monkees followed it with five more top 10 hits. Eventually, they wrested away artistic control over their own recordings. While receiving positive critical notices, the group's popularity soon faded. Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork recorded the song "That Was Then, This Is Now" and took it to the pop top 40 as The Monkees in 1986 giving the group their first major hit in nearly 20 years. 

Key Songs:

  • "Last Train to Clarksville"
  • "I'm a Believer"
  • "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You"
  • "Pleasant Valley Sunday"
  • "Daydream Believer"

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1969 - The Jackson 5

The Jackson 5
The Jackson 5. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives

The five Jackson brothers, Tito, Jermaine, Jackie, Marlon, and Michael, had significant success performing regionally in the Midwest before earning a Motown Records recording contract with an audition tape sent to label head Berry Gordy. In August 1969 they performed live as an opening act for The Supremes, and in October their single "I Want You Back" was released.

With 11-year-old Michael Jackson as lead vocalist for the group, the Jackson 5 had four consecutive #1 hits to kick off their career. Later leaving Motown for Epic Records and replacing oldest brother Jermaine with younger brother Randy, the group continued to record and have significant success as The Jacksons. By the end of the 1970s Michael Jackson's success overshadowed that of the family act. The Jackson 5 hold a key place in the history of the boy bands as both the first commercially successful family boy band and pioneers among R&B boy bands. 

Key Songs:

  • "I Want You Back"
  • "ABC"
  • "The Love You Save"
  • "I'll Be There"
  • "Dancing Machine"

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1970 - The Osmonds

The Osmonds
The Osmonds. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives

The brother group that became the Osmonds began as a barbershop quartet in 1958. They then became TV regulars on the Andy Williams Show. However, following the emerging success of the Jackson 5, music producer Mike Curb became convinced the Osmonds could find success on national pop charts.

Much like the Jackson 5, the Osmonds put their youngest member front and center. 13-year-old Donny Osmond sang lead on the group's #1 pop breakthrough hit "One Bad Apple." Between 1970 and 1975, the Osmonds had 10 top 40 pop hit singles. Five albums were certified gold and the group's concerts were performed before thousands of screaming fans. Again, as with the Jackson 5, the Osmonds' lead vocalist Donny Osmond soon overshadowed the group, and he had a successful solo career and chart hits in duets with sister Marie Osmond making him one of the top teen pop artists of all time. In the 1980s the Osmonds found success on the country chart.

Key Songs

  • "One Bad Apple"
  • "Yo-Yo"
  • "Down By the Lazy River"
  • "Crazy Horses"
  • "Love Me For a Reason"

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1974 - Bay City Rollers

Bay City Rollers
Bay City Rollers. Photo by Jorgen Angel / Redferns

In the mid-1970s, the Bay City Rollers emerged from Scotland to become for a brief period, the biggest British boy band since the Beatles and soon international pop stars. They chose their name by throwing a dart at a map of the United States, and it landed near Bay City, Michigan.

Following the group's rise to success in the UK, legendary Arista label chief Clive Davis decided to bring the group to the US pop market. His intuition paid off when the song "Saturday Night" went to #1 on the US pop charts in late 1975. The group reached the pop top 10 in the US two more times and released four gold certified albums. In recent years the Bay City Rollers have been embroiled in legal disputes with Arista alleging failure to pay millions of dollars in past royalties.

Key Songs:

  • "Saturday Night"
  • "Money Honey"
  • "Rock n' Roll Love Letter"
  • "I Only Want To Be With You"
  • "You Made Me Believe In Magic"

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1977 - Menudo

Menudo. Photo by Bolivar Areliano / WireImage

Puerto Rican music producer first found success managing the Spanish teen group La Pandilla. In the mid-1970s he returned to his native Puerto Rico to form a new boy band. His concept for the group was a rotating lineup that would change as current members got older so that the membership remained permanently young. The group found moderate success in the late 1970s until the 1981 album Quiero Ser brought them significant success throughout Latin America. 

By 1983 Menudo's fan base had begun to grow in the US as well. ABC TV included music spots by the group in their Saturday morning programming lineup. The group reached the Billboard Hot 100 in the US one time with the 1985 single "Hold Me." Menudo became noted for launching the careers of Latin music performers, most notably that of Ricky Martin. The most recent lineup of Menudo disbanded in 2009.

Key Songs:

  • "Claridad"
  • "Hold Me"
  • "Besame"
  • "Historia del Primer Amor"
  • "Besame En La Playa"

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1983 - New Edition

New Edition
New Edition. Photo by GAB Archive / Redferns

Childhood friends Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell, Travis Pettus, and Corey Rackley formed the first lineup of New Edition as childhood friends in the late 1970s. Later Pettus and Rackley were replaced by Ralph Tresvant and Ronnie DeVoe for the group's classic lineup. They earned their big break performing at a talent night competition in 1982 held by Boston-based producer Maurice Starr. They finished second in the competition, but Maurice Starr was impressed enough he invited the group to his studio to be recording their debut album the next day.

New Edition's first single "Candy Girl" was a #1 R&B hit. The following year the teenagers became mainstream pop stars when their single "Cool It Now" hit #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. New Edition are arguably the most influential R&B boy band of all time. In addition to their own eight top 40 pop hits, they spun off the successful trio Bell Biv Devoe and the solo careers of Bobby Brown and Johnny Gill who had joined the group to replace Bobby Brown. The group's latest reunion album One Love hit #12 on the album chart in 2004. 

Key Songs

  • "Candy Girl"
  • "Cool It Now"
  • "Mr. Telephone Man"
  • "If It Isn't Love"
  • "Hit Me Off"

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1986 - New Kids On the Block

New Kids on the Block
New Kids on the Block. Photo by Michael Linssen / Redferns

Following his success with New Edition, producer Maurice Starr decided to put together an all-white pop boy band. The first member chosen was Donnie Wahlberg, and he helped recruit the group's other members among friends and acquaintances. His brother Mark Wahlberg was originally part of New Kids On the Block, but he chose to quit and was replaced by 12-year-old Joey McIntyre. Columbia Records released the group's first album in 1986. The relative failure of the bubblegum pop of the self-titled release led to more artistic input for the group members. 

New Kids On the Block made their first major chart impact in 1988 with the ballad "Please Don't Go Girl" from their album Hangin' Tough. Support from MTV kicked on and soon the group had two consecutive #1 hits "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)," and the album's title song. New Kids On the Block released nine consecutive top 10 pop hit singles and led the way to what many consider the golden era of boy bands in the 1990s. The group went on hiatus for nearly 15 years but came back together in 2008 with the top 40 hit "Summertime."

Key Songs:

  • "Step By Step"
  • "Hangin' Tough"
  • "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)"
  • "You Got It (The Right Stuff)"
  • "Tonight"

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1991 - Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men. Photo by Fred Duval / FilmMagic

The vocal group that became Boyz II Men was formed as Unique Attraction at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in 1985. The band got its big break in 1989 when they sneaked backstage to sing for New Edition member Michael Bivins who was impressed enough he decided to manage the group. Following disputes and shuffling in membership, Boyz II Men recorded their first album with the group's classic lineup of Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman.

Boyz II Men had a smash hit with their very first single "Motownphilly" which details the group's route to success. It reached #3 on the pop chart and earned a platinum certification for sales. By 1995 the group had released three of the biggest hit singles of all time including "End of the Road," "I'll Make Love To You," and "One Sweet Day" with Mariah Carey. Boyz II Men have hit the pop top top 10 with 11 singles and have sold nearly 30 million albums. Their most recent collection Collide was released in 2014.

Key Songs:

  • "Motownphilly"
  • "End Of the Road"
  • "I'll Make Love To You"
  • "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday"
  • "One Sweet Day" with Mariah Carey

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1991 - Take That

Take That
Take That. Photo by Michael Putland / Hulton Archive

In 1989, having seen the success of New Kids On the Block in the United States, English band manager Nigel Martin-Smith decided to put together a British version. His vision included music that hopefully would appeal to a broad audience beyond just teens. He first hired Gary Barlow and then built the group around him. Robbie Williams was the final member to join.

Take That had their first UK TV appearance in 1990, entered the charts in 1991, and experienced their major breakthrough with a 1992 top 10 pop remake of R&B group Tavares' "It Only Takes a Minute." Take That soon became one of the biggest UK pop groups of all time. By 1996 they had reached #1 on the UK pop singles chart eight times. Following disputes over drug abuse issues, Robbie Williams left the group in the summer of 1995, and Take That disbanded in 1996. 

Robbie Williams went on to become one of the biggest UK male solo artists of all time, while the solo careers of the other members faltered. The group reunited without Robbie Williams in 2006 and experienced significant commercial success. In 2010 Robbie Williams rejoined the group for the album Progress. Throughout their massive worldwide success, Take That only had one major pop hit in the US. "Back For Good" reached #7 in the US in 1995.

Key Songs:

  • "Back For Good"
  • "Never Forget"
  • "Patience"
  • "The Flood"
  • "How Deep Is Your Love"

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1994 - Boyzone

Boyzone. Photo by Mike Prior / Redferns

Irish musical entrepreneur Louis Walsh set out to form an "Irish Take That" in the early 1990s. He held auditions in November of 1993 and more than 300 hopefuls appeared. It took some time for the lineup to be settled but by late 1994 the classic roster of Shane Lynch, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, Mikey Graham, and Keith Duffy was in place. Boyzone found success at home in Ireland with their first single, a cover version of the Four Seasons' "Working My Way Back To You." It was followed by the November 1994 release of their cover of The Osmonds' "Love Me For a Reason which hit #2 in the UK.

Boyzone became one of the most durable British Isles boy band's of all time. By the time the 1990s ended, the group had reached the UK top 10 with 16 singles. With the new decade, the group went on hiatus. The group came back together for a concert tour and new single "Love You Anyway" in 2008. Tragedy struck for the group in 2009 with the sudden death of Stephen Gately, but Boyzone have continued on as a four person group. The group have failed to have significant chart success in the US.

Key Songs

  • "No Matter What"
  • "Words"
  • "Love Me For a Reason"
  • "Love You Anyway"
  • "All That I Need"

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1995 - Backstreet Boys

Backstreet Boys
Backstreet Boys. Photo by Brian Rasic / Getty Images

The future members of Backstreet Boys were already familiar with each other's talents when they auditioned to be members of a vocal group being formed by Florida-based entrepreneur Lou Pearlman. He was inspired by the success of New Kids On the Block. After forming in 1993, the group began building a fan base through performances at shopping malls and high schools. In 1995 the group flew to Sweden to work with rising pop producer Max Martin. Their single "We've Got It Goin' On" became a top 5 hit across Europe.

After Backstreet Boys emerged as pop stars in Europe, the music industry took notice in the US and "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" became the group's first top 10 hit. Soon Backstreet Boys were on of the biggest pop groups in the world. Their 1999 album Milennium sold more than 1.1 million copies in its first week of release. 2000's Black & Blue opened even bigger with 1.6 million copies sold in its first week. The group's massive mainstream success soon faded, but Backstreet Boys have continued an unbroken streak of top 10 charting albums including the most recent, 2013's In a World Like This. The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013. An autobiographical film Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of was released in 2015.

Key Songs:

  • "I Want It That Way"
  • "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"
  • "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)"
  • "Incomplete"
  • "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely"

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1995 - Hanson

Hanson. Photo by Tim Roney / Hulton Archive

In the early 1990s the three Hanson brothers, Isaac, Taylor, and Zac, built a regional following around their native Tulsa, Oklahoma. They released two independent albums and earned a break when manager Christopher Sabec signed them after seeing them perform at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. Multiple labels turned the group down until Steve Greenberg signed them to Mercury. Produced by the Dust Brothers, the group's debut album Middle Of Nowhere exploded on the strength of the single "MMMBop." It has a classic boy band sound with lead vocals by 11-year-old Zac Hanson.

Hanson returned to the pop top 10 with the hit "I Will Come To You, but the follow up album This Time Around failed to generate major successes.  Frustrated with major label artistic restrictions, Hanson set out to record and release their music independently. They have become pioneers in self-releasing their own music with three top 30 charting albums including the most recent Anthem in 2013 on their own label.

Key Songs

  • "MMMBop"
  • "I Will Come To You"
  • "This Time Around"
  • "Where's the Love"
  • "Give a Little"

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1996 - *NSYNC

*NSYNC. Photo by Frank Micelotta / Hulton Archive

After Chris Kirkpatrick missed getting selected for the Backstreet Boys, he met with entrepreneur Lou Pearlman about forming a second group. A deal was struck on the condition that Chris Kirkpatrick could find the other band members. *NSYNC were initially signed to German label BMG Ariola Munich. They were sent to Sweden to record with Max Martin. The group's first single "I Want You Back" was released in Germany in 1996 and hit the top 10.

Following the same path as the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC earned a US contract after significant European success. "I Want You Back" was released in the US in January 1998, and it reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. With high profile touring opening for Janet Jackson and regular TV appearances, *NSYNC's fan base grew quickly. Following highly publicized conflicts with Lou Pearlman, the group reached an out of court settlement and set about recording their second album No Strings Attached. It was released In March 2000 and sold a record 2.42 million copies in its first week.

*NSYNC's follow up album Celebrity opened with sales of nearly 1.9 million. However, by 2002 the group was on hiatus. Soon group member Justin Timberlake launched a phenomenally successful solo career. *NSYNC regrouped briefly for a live performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

Key Songs:

  • "Bye Bye Bye"
  • "Tearin' Up My Heart"
  • "It's Gonna Be Me"
  • "Pop"
  • "This I Promise You"

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1997 - 98 Degrees

98 Degrees
98 Degrees. Photo by Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic

Although all of the members of 98 Degrees have roots in Ohio, the group was formed in Los Angeles. Unlike a number of other boy bands of the time, the group members wrote much of their own material and aimed to differentiate themselves from their competition. The group earned a recording contract with Motown Records.

With influences from label mates Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees first hit the charts with the #12 single "Invisible Man" in 1997. Within the next three years they hit the pop top 10 with four singles including the #1 hit "Thank God I Found You" with Mariah Carey and Joe. It was followed by one of the group's signature hits "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)." 98 Degrees went on hiatus in 2003 after three albums together. Group member Nick Lachey found some success as a solo artist. They reunited in 2012 and released the studio album 2.0 in 2013. The album peaked at a disappointing #65 on the album chart. It was the group's poorest commercial performance since their debut in 1997.

Key Songs:

  • "I Do (Cherish You)"
  • "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)"
  • "The Hardest Thing"
  • "Because Of You"
  • "Thank God I Found You" with Mariah Carey and Joe

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1997 - LFO

LFO. Photo by Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic

An early version of LFO released a cover of Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You" and a cover of New Kids On the Block's "Step By Step" in the mid-1990s with little success. Finally in 1999 the single "Summer Girls" gained traction and eventually hit #3. The group's self-titled debut album earned platinum certification and included the top 10 follow up "Girl On TV."

After disappointing sales of LFO's second album Life Is Good, the group parted ways in 2002. The group came back together for a brief reunion in 2009. In 2010 founding member Rich Cronin died after battling leukemia.

Key Songs:

  • "Summer Girls"
  • "Girl On TV"
  • "Every Other Time"
  • "Life Is Good" featuring M.O.P.
  • "I Don't Wanna Kiss You Goodnight" 

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1999 - Arashi

Arashi. Photo courtesy J Storm

The Japanese translation for the word Arashi is "Storm." The group Arashi was formed in 1999 by producer Johnny Kitagawa. The band's debut single "Arashi" became the theme song for the 1999 Volleyball World Cup hosted by Japan. The group's next single "Sunrise Nippon / Horizon" debuted at #1 in Japan.

Arashi's sales declined in the following decade, but they made a comeback in 2007 with the #1 hit single "Love So Sweet." The band's commercial success in Japan has continued from this second wave of success to the present day. The triple platinum certified single "Calling / Breathless" was one of the biggest Japanese hit singles of 2013. Arashi reached a total of 30 million records sold by 2015.

Key Songs

  • "Calling / Breathless"
  • "Love So Sweet"
  • "Troublemaker"
  • "Arashi"
  • "My Girl" 

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1999 - Shinhwa

Shinhwa. Photo by Han Myung-Gu / WireImage

Boy band Shinhwa are one of the most successful and enduring K-Pop groups of all time. The group was formed under the management of SM Entertainment in 1998, but they moved to Good Entertainment in 2003 after expiration of their contract. In 2011 Shinhwa formed their own management company to perform and record together independently.

Shinhwa earned significant chart success with their second album T.O.P. released in 1999. All of the group's 12 studio albums since have reached the top 3 on the Korean album chart. Shinhwa's career was interrupted in 2008 by mandatory military service for the group members. Their comeback album The Return was released in 2012. There have been no changes in the lineup of Shinhwa since formation in 1998. In 2015 the group released their 12th album We.

Key Songs:

  • "Resolver"
  • "Venus"
  • "This Love"
  • "Sniper"
  • "T.O.P. (Twinkling of Paradise)"

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1999 - Westlife

Westlife. Photo by Brian Rasic / Getty Images

 Irish boy band Westlife began as a group named Six As One. In the process of seeking a recording contract with Simon Cowell, three members of the group were fired and replaced by Nicky Byrne and Brian McFadden. The new configuration was renamed Westlife and managed by Boyzone's manager Louis Walsh along with Boyzone member Ronan Keating. The group gained significant exposure opening in concert for Backstreet Boys and Boyzone in Dublin, Ireland. Westlife's 1999 debut single "Swear It Again" was a #1 hit in the UK and Ireland. It also became the group's only single to impact the US pop charts reaching #20. 

Westlife became one of the most successful pop groups of all time in the UK. Between 1999 and 2006 they hit #1 on the UK pop singles chart a phenomenal 13 times. By the time the group called it quits in 2012 they had reached the top 10 with 24 singles and had released 10 platinum certified studio albums.

Key Songs:

  • "You Raise Me Up"
  • "Swear It Again"
  • "Uptown Girl"
  • "The Rose"
  • "If I Let You Go"

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2000 - O-Town

O-Town. Photo by KMazur / WireImage

O-Town was one of the first bands formed from participation of musicians on a TV reality show. The group members were participants on the MTV series Making the Band in 2000. Ikaika Kahoano was originally part of O-Town, but he left to return to Hawaii and attend medical school. The TV show was successful enough that the group participated in two additional seasons.

O-Town were signed to J Records after the first season of Making the Band. The single "Liquid Dreams" reached the top 10 and it was followed by the group's signature song, the #3 smash "All Or Nothing." The group's second album O2 failed to find commercial success and O-Town disbanded in 2003. In 2013 four group members reunited and began working on new recordings. Founding member Ashley Parker Angel refused to participate. The album Lines & Circles was released in August 2014. Ryan Tedder co-wrote one of the songs on the album.

Key Songs:

  • "All Or Nothing"
  • "Liquid Dreams"
  • "I Showed Her"
  • "These Are the Days"
  • "We Fit Together"

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2001 - B2K

B2K. Photo by Scott Gries / Getty Images

R&B boy band was named B2K meaning "Boys Of the New Millenium." The group came together in 1998 under the management of Chris Stokes. Omarion was the last member to join the original lineup. The group earned its breakthrough in 2001 with the top 40 pop hit single "Uh Huh." 

"Bump, Bump, Bump," the lead single from B2K's second album Pandemonium! became a #1 pop smash. It was followed by another top 40 hit "Girlfriend." B2K announced a breakup in 2004. Group member Omarion has emerged as a successful solo artist with two #1 gold certified albums. Chris Stokes became manager of Omarion's solo career.

In 2013, Jhene Aiko, who got her start appearing in B2K videos as group member Lil Fizz's "cousin," kicked off her own successful solo career with the top 10 charting EP Sail Out.

Key Songs:

  • "Bump, Bump, Bump"
  • "Uh Huh"
  • "Gots Ta Be"
  • "Girlfriend"
  • "Badaboom"

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2001 - Blue

Blue. Photo by Gareth Davies / Getty Images

UK boy band Blue emerged out of the ashes of a Simon Cowell sponsored group project. With the lineup of Antony Costa, Duncan James, Lee Ryan, and Simon Webbe, Blue began recording their first album. The debut single "All Rise" was produced and co-written by Norwegian duo Stargate. It became a #4 chart success in the UK in 2001.

Blue released three consecutive #1 studio albums in the UK. They generated 10 top 10 pop hit singles. After a final top 10 hit "Curtain Falls" from their greatest hits collection in 2004, the group announced a hiatus. All four members explored solo careers and released top 40 pop hits in the UK. The group members hit the pop top 5 four times among them.

Blue came back together for a live performance in 2009 and performed the UK's 2011 Eurovision Song Contest entry "I Can." They have since released two more studio albums Roulette and Colours. Both peaked at #13 on the UK album chart failing to match the commercial success of the band's heyday.

Key Songs:

  • "Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word"
  • "U Make Me Wanna"
  • "I Can"
  • "One Love"
  • "Too Close"

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2004 - TVXQ

TVXQ. Photo by Koichi Kamoshida / Getty Images

TVXQ began as a K-Pop boy band signed to SM Entertainment in 2003. They made their first public appearance in a December 2003 showcase featuring BoA and Britney Spears. With extensive TV support the group's first single "Hug" reached the top 5 on the South Korean pop chart.

In the latter part of the decade, TVXQ became one of the most successful of K-Pop bands. After legal turmoil with the group's management company, TVXQ went on year hiatus and returned as a duo in 2011. The paring down of the act failed to decrease popularity and TVXQ now ranks as the best selling Korean album act and bestselling foreign act in the Japanese singles market.

Key Songs:

  • "Hug"
  • "Keep Your Head Down"
  • "Share the World"
  • "Break Out!"
  • "Something"

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2005 - Jonas Brothers

Jonas Brothers
Jonas Brothers. Photo by Scott Gries / Getty Images

Before the Jonas Brothers performed as a trio, youngest brother Nick pursued recording as a solo artist. However, when Columbia Records president Steve Greenberg heard the trio perform the song "Please Be Mine," he signed all three brothers as a group. The Jonas Brothers' first single "Mandy" received exposure on MTV's show Total Request Live in early 2006. 

The Jonas Brothers debut album It's About Time found limited success. However, with strong TV exposure, the self-titled second album was a top 5 hit. By the time of 2008's A Little Bit Longer, the Jonas Brothers had become one of the hottest pop recording artists. The album hit #1 and included the top 10 hits "Burnin' Up" and "Tonight." The follow up Lines, Vines, and Trying Times was a commercial disappointment and in 2013 the group announced they were going their separate ways professionally. Nick Jonas has since emerged as a successful solo artist and Joe Jonas is a leader of the group DNCE.

Key Songs:

  • "Burnin' Up"
  • "Tonight"
  • "SOS"
  • "Lovebug"
  • "Pom Poms"

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2005 - Super Junior

Super Junior
Super Junior. Photo by Han Myung-Gu / WireImage

Super Junior, formed in 2005 by K-Pop management organization SM Entertainment, has had as many as 13 members at one time. The group was formed mostly by individuals who had a background in television and media. Conceptually, Super Junior was designed with plans to regularly change the group membership. Super Junior's official debut occurred in November 2005.

Super Junior broke into Asian markets outside of South Korea with their 2009 album Sorry, Sorry. The group's 2011 album Mr. Simple became the first of three consecutive releases to break into the US Heatseekers chart. The song "Mr. Simple" was a top 5 hit on the Korean Hot 100. In 2015 Super Junior celebrated their 10th anniversary with the release of their album Devil. In August 2015 the group won the International Artist award at the Teen Choice Awards.

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2009 - JLS

JLS. Photo by Dave Hogan / Getty Images

Oritse Williams, Marvin Humes, JB Gill, and Aston Merrygold came together to form a British boy band named UFO in 2006. In 2008, they auditioned for X Factor and were forced to change their name due to UFO being used by another group. They chose JLS as an initialism of their musical style "Jack the Lad Swing." They finished second to Alexandra Burke on X Factor and signed a recording contract with Epic Records in January 2009.

JLS experienced instant success in the UK. Five of their first seven singles all went to #1, and the group's first three albums were all certified platinum for sales. After four studio albums and 10 top 10 pop hit singles in the UK, JLS announced in 2013 that they would release a greatest hits album and break up after completing a final tour in December.

Group member Martin Humes is the host of The Voice in the UK. Aston Merrygold hit the UK pop singles chart in 2015 with his debut solo single "Get Stupid."

Key Songs:

  • "She Makes Me Wanna" featuring Dev
  • "Beat Again"
  • "Love You More"
  • "The Club Is Alive"
  • "Everybody In Love" 

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2010 - Big Time Rush

Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush. Photo by Bryan Bedder / Getty Images

In a similar fashion to The Monkees more than 40 years before, Big Time Rush are a band that came together specifically to star in a TV series. This time the series, also named Big Time Rush, was oriented to kids on the Nickelodeon network. The TV series was an instant hit giving Nickelodeon its highest rated live action series debut ever.

The first Big Time Rush album, titled BTR, debuted at #3 on the album chart in the US and received a gold certification for sales. It also found success around the world peaking at #14 in the US. The single "Boyfriend" featuring Snoop Dogg broke into the mainstream pop radio top 40. The group's second album Elevate appeared in 2011 and in 2012 the group starred in the full-length film Big Time Movie. The Big Time Rush TV series came to an end in the summer of 2013, and the group released a third studio album 24 / Seven before announcing an indefinite hiatus.

Key Songs

  • "Boyfriend" featuring Snoop Dogg
  • "Worldwide"
  • "Windows Down"
  • "Big Time Rush"
  • "Music Sounds Better With U"

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2010 - The Wanted

The Wanted
The Wanted. Photo by Florian G. Seefried / Getty Images

The British-Irish boy band The Wanted were put together in 2009 after a series of mass auditions of more than 1,000 hopefuls. The group were managed by Scooter Braun, best known for his managing work with Justin Bieber. In 2010 The Wanted released their debut single "All Time Low" and it hit #1 on the UK pop singles chart.

After two more top 10 hits, The Wanted returned to #1 on the UK pop singles chart in 2011 with "Glad You Came." Unlike many British and Irish boy bands before them, The Wanted were able to cross the Atlantic successfully and "Glad You Came" became a top 3 hit in the US. The success in the US has not been sustained, but The Wanted have released 10 top 10 charting singles in the UK. The group starred in a US reality TV series in the summer of 2013 titled The Wanted Life on the E! network. Ryan Seacrest appeared in a prelude episode.

In January 2014 the group announced an indefinite hiatus. Group member Nathan Sykes kicked off his solo career with the top 10 charting UK pop hit single "Over and Over Again." It also reached #1 on the dance chart in the US.

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2011 - One Direction

One Direction
One Direction. Photo by Dave Hogan / Getty Images

Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson all competed in 2010 as solo artists on the UK's competition show. They were eliminated at the end of boot camp, but then all five were called back to form a group. The new group One Direction finished in third place. They were immediately signed to a recording contract by Simon Cowell.

One Direction's lead single "What Makes You Beautiful" was an international success. It went to #1 in the UK and #4 in the US. Since that time One Direction have become one of the bestselling boy bands of all time. Their first four albums all topped the US album chart and earned platinum certification for sales as well as selling more than three million copies worldwide. Three of their singles "Live While We're Young," "Best Song Ever," and "Drag Me Down" all debuted inside the top 3 on the US pop singles chart. Group member Zayn Malik left One Direction in 2015. Later in the year the group announced a hiatus would begin in 2016. Rumors have persisted that it is a permanent split.

Former One Direction member Zayn Malik soared to #1 on the pop singles charts in both the US and UK with his first single "Pillowtalk" released in 2016.

Key Songs:

  • "Best Song Ever"
  • "What Makes You Beautiful"
  • "Story Of My Life"
  • "Live While We're Young"
  • "Drag Me Down" 

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2014 - 5 Seconds Of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer
5 Seconds of summer. Photo by Shirlaine Forrest / WireImage

The band 5 Seconds of Summer came together in Australia in late 2011. The band first gained attention posting videos on YouTube of them covering songs by other artists. They caught the attention of One Direction member Louis Tomlinson who shared links to videos of 5 Seconds of Summer with his fans. The group experienced their big break when they were chosen to open for One Direction in concert on their 2013 Take Me Home Tour.

In early 2014 5 Seconds of Summer released their debut major label single "She Looks So Perfect." It reached the pop top 40 in the US and was followed by two other top 40 hits "Amnesia" and "Good Girls." The group's self-titled debut album was released in July 2014 and topped the US album chart and charts in other countries around the world. 5 Seconds of Summer kept the momentum going in the summer of 2015 with the top 40 pop hit "She's Kinda Hot." Their second studio album Sounds Good Feels Good was released in October 2015. It debuted at #1 on the album chart. The band announced a 2016 Sounds Live Feels Live concert tour.

Key Songs

  • "She Looks So Perfect"
  • "Amnesia"
  • "She's Kinda Hot"
  • "Good Girls"
  • "What I Like About You"