We travel the world with these talented pop stars.
I’m a sucker for boy bands. Entertaining, full of personality and a natural performer – what’s not to love?
As a fan of K-pop groups like EXO and SuperM that have effectively been on hiatus since the members completed their military service, I miss that surge of excitement when watching comeback performances for the first time.
Eager to feel that adrenaline rush again, I scoured the net for some of the best boy bands around the world and was surprised to find dozens of brilliant acts.
If you’re looking for new bops to add to your Spotify playlist, check out these groups and discover some hidden gems:
1. CNCO (Latin America)
If you’re a fan of reggaeton and old-school boy bands like *NSYNC, Miami-based Latin pop group CNCO will surely fulfill your fantasies.
Formed in 2015, the band initially consisted of singers Richard Camacho, Erick Brian Colon, Christopher Velez and Zambian de Jesus. Despite the controversy of Mexican-American member Joel Pimentel leaving the group in 2021, the quartet remains hugely popular in the Americas.
Some of their most popular hits include Reggaeton Lento (2016) and Bonita (2018), where the boys show off their stunning voices.
2. Ninety One (Kazakhstan)
Inspired by the Korean Wave, Kazakhstan’s Ninety One are the Central Asian nation’s first ever pop group, giving birth to the national pop genre of Qazaq-pop, or Q-pop.
This groundbreaking quartet, made up of vocalist-producer Alem, rapper Zaq, former K-pop trainee Ace and kenzhe (the Kazakh word for maknaeor youngest member) Bala, had to overcome backlash from politically conservative factions before breaking into the mainstream music scene.
Like CNCO, group leader AZ left the group in 2020. However, they haven’t slowed down. Ah! Yah! Mah! (2017), ALL THAT I NEED (2018), and Bari Biled (2019) are among their most played tracks on Spotify among their many aurgasmic productions.
3. MJ5 (India)
Hailing from Mumbai, this five-piece band is known for their sharp suits and coordinated outfits.
With a unique dance style influenced by popping and locking, the group gained popularity after winning the Indian reality show. dance superstar in July 2021.
Members Himanshu Gola, Rohit Singh, Vishnu Kumar, Dennis Anthony and R Karthik began their journey to stardom eight years ago after discovering a common love for Michael Jackson.
Their firecracker BAWAAL (2021), is a mix of Bollywood-style beats and tropical house – perfect for those days when you can’t help but dream of trips to distant beaches halfway around the world.
4. JLS (UK)
If you’re in the mood for some nostalgic tunes, English four-boy band JLS have you covered. This veteran pop group captured the hearts of fans around the world when they finished second in the 2008 edition of The X factor.
After a seven-year hiatus, the quartet, consisting of Aston Merrygold, Oritse Williams, Marvin Humes and JB Gill, are back with more old school sounds that are sure to bring back fond old memories.
While the band’s latest single Everlasting love (2021) has longtime fans swooning once again, their synth-heavy 2011 track She makes me want (2011), which featured singer Dev, remains their biggest hit to date.
5. ALAMAT (Philippines)
At first glance, Filipino boy band ALAMAT may look like a K-pop group, with eye-catching hairstyles and synchronized choreography.
Their playful lyrics, which are almost exclusively in Filipino languages including Ilocano, Waray and Cebuano, give the eight-member band a unique OPM (Original Pinoy Music) edge.
Pinoy idols Taneo, Mo, Tomas, R-Ji, Valfer, Alas, Gami and Jao debuted in March 2021 and have since become one of the most popular boy groups in the country.
Fan favorites include ‘kasmala’ (2021), which feature raps, catchy melodies and multilingual lyrics. The boys also don various ethnic Filipino costumes, which makes this clip unique to the local pop scene.
As boy bands continue to grow and evolve, I’m excited to see what these international bands have in store. Although these are some of my favorites at the moment, I’m curious which underrated boy band are you a fan of?