Whether we like it or not, boy bands have shaped the music industry and pop culture. The OG boy group, The Beatles, practically invented the prototype of the “fangirl”. While the Fab Four quickly became a rock band, they undoubtedly paved the way for New Kids on the Block, * NSYNC, One Direction and so many others that we pretend not to remember. With the K-Pop boy group BTS reaching hearts around the world today, the evolution of the boy group is to be recognized.
Here are some of the best songs from boy band groups old and new that slap pretty hard.
1. “I want you to come back”, The Jackson 5
From the first slide of the opening piano, Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” floods our brains with the kind of sweet dopamine one usually gets when shopping in an alleyway. While most of us are not worthy of that slice of sunshine, we’ll take what we can. From their first televised performances on The Ed Sullivan Show to appear on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack in 2014, the band’s “I Want You Back” remains one of the pioneering family band’s most successful songs. Who doesn’t like to listen to the young King of Pop?
2. “Cool It Now”, new edition
The new edition is iconic. The boy group performed at producer Maurice Starr’s talent show, where they caught his eye. He was so impressed that he invited them to record what would become their first album the next day. From their stylish clothes to their Jackson-influenced 5 sounds of early teen pop, R&B and hip-hop, “Cool It Now,” released in August 1984, made the band a dreamy teenage pop sensation.
3. “Step by step”, new children on the block
Following the success of New Edition, Maurice Starr formed the New Kids on the Block to keep the boy band sound alive. After achieving mainstream success two years after forming the group in 1986, New Kids on the Block were another full-fledged boy group that would achieve worldwide fame. “Step By Step” was the first track from the album of the same name, released on June 4, 1990, and still remains their most successful track. Do people still try to do this crazy stair dance in the music video or is it just us?
4. “Motownphilly”, Boyz II Men
“Motownphilly” is the jack swing track by Philadelphia boy group Boyz II Men, an upbeat offering from a group we’ve learned to associate with their iconic emotional ballads. The track was the first single from the quartet’s debut album Cooley high harmony, released in April 1991. Their “hip-hop doo wop” shines with their combination of influences in the song title: Motown and Philly soul. It was one of the few Boyz II Men songs that didn’t make us cry in the club.
5. “Poison”, Bell Biv DeVoe
Formed with former New Edition member Michael Bivins, Bel Biv Devoe (also known as BBD), was a trio that erupted with their debut track “Poison”. Like a hybrid swing, “Poison” remains the band’s most successful track and warns of the dangers of falling in love with a deceitful woman. The clip directed by Lionel C. Martin explored the New York nightclub scene, and BBD defined her music in a caption in the middle of the video: a “SMOOTH MENTAL HIP HOP ON THE R&B TIP WITH A POP CALL TO HER . “
6. “I want it like this”, Backstreet Boys
OK, OK, we know what you’re thinking. First of all, fuck yourself. Second, we know we tortured our little sisters with our endless Backstreet Boys mockery, but ultimately – very eventually – this song made its way into our hearts. The song reached number 1 in 25 countries and became the band’s flagship song. Now, this remains one of the most popular requests at a karaoke party. The song was parodied a lot on YouTube and was used as an interrogation technique on Brooklyn 99, but the pop ballad from the boy band’s third studio album millennium stands as a trademark in pop culture.
7. “Perfect man”, SHINHWA
SHINWA are one of the most successful K-Pop groups of all time; the six-member collective was formed in South Korea in 1998 and has since inspired K-Pop groups such as BTS, NC 127 and Monsta X. Their song “Perfect Man” remains their most popular song to this day. Their fifth studio album, of the same name, was released in March 2002 and debuted at No. 1 in South Korea, becoming the group’s No. 1 second album. While SHINWA hasn’t been as popular in the US, “Perfect Man” is a bop that needs attention.
8. “Bump, Bump, Bump”, B2K and P. Diddy
Iconic short-lived R&B boy group B2K delivered one of the best club bangers to date with “Bump, Bump, Bump”. From their fourth studio album Chaos!, the track achieved first place in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 upon its release and is still the band’s most played song to this day. Omarion’s song associated with Diddy’s fire is truly unforgettable. “Bump, Bump, Bump” is still a staple track for 2000s clubs and playlists. You know, when a song says it’s “for the ladies,” no matter how cringe the line is. , it will snap.
9. “Sucker”, Jonas Brothers
The highly anticipated comeback of Disney Channel boy group Jonas Brothers finally arrived in 2019 with “Sucker,” their first single together in six years. The opening track from their latest album Happiness begins found the brothers at a later stage of their evolution, showing their rekindled chemistry and growth. The group even showed up four nights in a row on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the song. Don’t worry, the Jonas Brothers are here to stay. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnAmeh0-EU
10. “SUGAR”, BROCKHAMPTON
After a one-year hiatus in 2018, boy band BROCKHMAMPTON returned with their fifth studio album GINGER, who found the group in a more emotional state after the departure of Ameer Vann. “SUGAR” showed the growth of the collective and experimented with a new alternative, the R&B pop sound. Their increased popularity even caught the attention of pop star artist Dua Lipa, who collaborated with the group on an official remix of the song.