Dreamy, perfect, and a symbol of teenage youth, boy bands have become a constant presence in modern pop culture. In media, boy bands are a great way to showcase coming-of-age moments and character development. The concept of fictional boy bands has recently come to the fore, with turn red‘s 4*Town, but fictional boy bands have been a mainstay in movies and TV shows since the heyday of Backstreet Boys and N*Sync in the late 90s.
Here’s a list of some of our favorite fictional boy bands in film and TV!
4*City (turning red)
With their sweet melodies, suave poses and perfectly timed dances, 4*Town brings together all the best parts of 2000-era boy bands into one. The Five Best Friends, Aaron T. (Topher Ngo), Aaron Z. (Josh Levi), Robaire (Jordan Fisher), Tae Young (Grayson Villanueva), and Jessy (Finneas O’Conner) are an integral part of Meilin (Rosalie Chang) time of majority at the end of Become red. With music composed by FINISHED and Billie Eilish4-Town boosts the nostalgia factor up to 10.
Boyz ‘N Motion (it’s so Raven)
First featured in the episode “Boyz ‘N Commotion,” Boyz ‘N Motion was such a big moment on the show. It’s so raven, that it was almost like they were a real boy band. Their song, “We Are the Boyz ‘N Motion” goes viral from time to time on social media.
In the show, the group books a reservation at Raven’s (Raven Symone) family restaurant, The Chill Grill. The group, consisting of JJJ (Ryan Hansen), Trey (Columbus runs), and Ricky(Michel Copon), are mobbed by high schoolers after Raven and her team humbly boast that the group has a reservation at the Chill Grill. Raven helps them escape the crowd by hiding them in her home but her little brother Cory (Kyle Massey) sees it as a business opportunity. He begins to take items that the group uses to sell later. While Raven was thrilled at first to have her favorite boy band in her home, she soon realizes that she has to be careful what she wishes for. The trio are messy and don’t necessarily clean up after themselves.
Microbe (Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century)
The Disney Channel Original Movie Zenon: the girl of the 21st century is a cosmically iconic sci-fi movie set in the year 2049 and space boy band Microbe was definitely a highlight. Led by lead vocalist, Proto Zoa (Philip Rhys), Microbe had all the tweens on the Wyndham space station wanting more, especially 13-year-old megafan Zenon Kar (Kirsten Storms). With icy blonde highlights, metallic outfits and shimmering sequins, Proto Zoa and Microbe sang “Supernova Space Girl” and became the first rock band to sing a song in space.
2ge+her (2ge+her The movie)
Created to parody popular boy bands of the 90s like N*Sync, 98 Degrees, Backstreet Boys, and more, 2ge+her is an entertaining and catchy comedic look at the boy band spectacle. The film begins when Bob Buss (Alan Blumenfeld) boy band Whoa! fires him after he disagrees with one of the members getting a stomach tattoo. He rebounds after listening to Jerry O’ Keefe (Evan Farmer) sings and decides he wants to start a rival band. Bob recruits Doug and Chad Linus (Noah Bastien), Mickey (Alex Solowitz), and QT McKnight (Michael Cuccione) and call them 2ge+her. After the success of the film, a show was created in the continuity of the film. In real life, the fictional group’s popularity led them to open some of Britney Spearsthe 2000 tour dates. The actors always stayed in character, and the music always stayed in the same spoofy tone of the movie and the show. The single “The Hardest Part of Breaking Up (Is Getting Back Your Stuff)” peaked at number 87 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 2000.
Crying Boys (Spongebob Squarepants)
A trio of identical fish with matching side-swept hairstyles and blue v-neck polo shirts, Boys Who Cry has a look made just for teenage Bikini Bottom dreams. That of Mr. Krabs (Clancy Jones) girl, Pearl (Lori Alan) is a mega fan and blackmails them at her 16th birthday party. While their singing fees were outrageously high, it was the best present Pearl wanted for her milestone birthday. Carl (Rodger Dale’s bump pass), is also a big fan of Boys Who Cry, but his singing moment is met with stares from other sea creatures who would rather just hear the originals. Although only shown on the show in small doses, Boys Who Cry is an unforgettable and highly quotable part of Spongebob lore.
Sing Street (Sing Street)
Set in 1980s Ireland, street sing is an underrated gem featuring a boy band with a soundtrack that could fit right into any 1980s pop chart. Conore (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) is a teenager whose family collapsed during the Dublin recession in 1985. He and his older brother Brenden (Jack Reynor) have a rolodex of musical knowledge in their head. In order to impress Raphina (Lucy Boyton), Conor decides to recruit a few other teenagers to create a group that challenges the gender norms of his all-boys Catholic school. At first, the band decides to focus on musical covers, like “Rio” by Duran Duran, but soon realizes that they need to do more if they want their band to succeed. They develop a heavy synth sound that resonates deeply with the emotions of coming of age as they age.
The Style Boyz (Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping)
In the years following its creation, Popstar: never stop, never stop acquired a cult. This mockumentary follows Connor (Andy Samberg) years after his boy band, The Style Boyz, broke up. Connor is the most successful of the group, but the shadow of the Style Boys still follows him. After a series of public failures following the release of his second solo album, Conor reunites with The Style Boyz on stage to sing their new song “Incredible Thoughts” featuring Michael Bolton. While the Style Boyz are inspired by boy bands in general, the Beastie Boys are the main reference. The lyrics of The Style Boyz songs are irreverent, silly and above all memorable.
Alvin and the Chipmunks (Alvin and the Chipmunks)
This trio of lively singing chipmunk siblings have been undeniably part of the fabric of pop culture since their introduction in 1958. Their high-pitched, squeaky voices are instantly recognizable and their Christmas single, “The Chipmunk Song,” was a number one single. in the United States in 1958. Voiced by the creator, Ross Bagdasari, Simon, Theodore and Alvin also had other Billboard Hot 100 songs like “The Witch Doctor”. In 2007, chipmunks were rebooted for a new audience, this time in CGI. Voiced by Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney, covers of “Funky Town” and “Bad Day” hit the Billboard Hot 100. Three sequels followed, along with a reboot of the TV series. In 2019, the fictional boy band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
Oh Boyz (Kim Possible)
The Oh Boyz on the TV show Kim possible are a boy band in decline with great tunes. Instead of being upset when the evil Señor Senior, Sr. (Count Boen) kidnaps the band, their label Defteen is relieved. Robbie (Bass Spear), Ryan (James Marsden), Dexter (justin shenkarow), and Nicky Nick (Joey Faton) are captured alongside Ron Stoppable (Will Friedle) so that Señor Senior Jr. (Nestor Carbonelle) can achieve his dreams of pop stardom. The Oh Boyz music is inspired by the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC.
Boyz 4 Now (Bob’s Burgers)
Unlike other fictional boy bands, Boyz 4 Now aka B4N is more closely inspired by One Direction. Boo boo (Max Greenfield), the youngest member of the group, leaves the group in the same way as Zayn Malik. The group is first introduced when Tina (Dan Mintz), a mega fan of the boy band, drags Louise (Kristen Schal) at one of their concerts. Louise becomes enchanted with Boo Boo, and they sneak into their tour bus, where she ends up slapping him. B4N’s music is influenced by the 2010s with more pop guitar riffs than 90s boy bands.