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17th May '17 9:44:16 AM Bahuvrihi
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Some of the tropes and musical stylings typical to Boy Bands started with TheMonkees and several other groups of the era. Technically, they ''could'' be considered boybands as well, but they are missing several of what are generally considered important aspects of the "boy-band" the term "boy-band" is generally reserved for groups which are assembled by a record company or other entity, whereas most bands form organically (although there are exceptions, in both directions). When most people hear "Boy Band" they tend to think of the late-80's -- late-90's bands listed below.

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Some of the tropes and musical stylings typical to Boy Bands started with TheMonkees Music/TheMonkees and several other groups of the era. Technically, they ''could'' be considered boybands as well, but they are missing several of what are generally considered important aspects of the "boy-band" the term "boy-band" is generally reserved for groups which are assembled by a record company or other entity, whereas most bands form organically (although there are exceptions, in both directions). When most people hear "Boy Band" they tend to think of the late-80's -- late-90's bands listed below.



* TheMonkees: Possibly the UrExample. Better than they had to be, but still the result of a calculated marketing effort aimed squarely at Beatles fans' younger siblings. They do get credit for rebelling against their puppetmasters and achieving a degree of creative autonomy typically not seen in the boy bands of today. Differs from the formula laid out above in that there were four of them, not five and they couldn't be neatly slotted into those roles -- there was overlap in all directions; they were all accomplished musicians and/or singers (and in the case of Mickey and Davy, actors, as well); and they often did their own songwriting (with tunes such as "Mary, Mary", "For Pete's Sake", and "The Girl I Knew Somewhere") and have received generally positive critical reviews for many of their works.

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* TheMonkees: Music/TheMonkees: Possibly the UrExample. Better than they had to be, but still the result of a calculated marketing effort aimed squarely at Beatles fans' younger siblings. They do get credit for rebelling against their puppetmasters and achieving a degree of creative autonomy typically not seen in the boy bands of today. Differs from the formula laid out above in that there were four of them, not five and they couldn't be neatly slotted into those roles -- there was overlap in all directions; they were all accomplished musicians and/or singers (and in the case of Mickey Micky and Davy, actors, as well); and they often did their own songwriting (with tunes such as "Mary, Mary", "For Pete's Sake", and "The Girl I Knew Somewhere") and have received generally positive critical reviews for many of their works.
14th May '17 10:54:35 AM Xtifr
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A very specific kind of five-man vocal group. Typically, you're in a '''Boy Band''' if you began recording while still in your teens; if you and your bandmates are all extremely [[PrettyBoy pretty]]; if few, if any of you, play instruments; if your boss is a large and often intimidating man; if you [[DeadHorseGenre can't get any respect]] from the Serious Music Critics; if you have a hard time [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids crossing over to an adult audience]]; and ''especially'' if the girls can't get enough of you. Can generate a PeripheryHatedom when a boy band is popular enough.

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A very specific kind of five-man vocal group. Typically, you're in a '''Boy Band''' Boy Band if you began recording while still in your teens; if you and your bandmates are all extremely [[PrettyBoy pretty]]; if few, if any of you, play instruments; if your boss is a large and often intimidating man; if you [[DeadHorseGenre can't get any respect]] from the Serious Music Critics; if you have a hard time [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids crossing over to an adult audience]]; and ''especially'' if the girls can't get enough of you. Can generate a PeripheryHatedom when a boy band is popular enough.
30th Apr '17 11:49:08 AM missmoon
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* '''The Shy One:''' Nerdier than the rest of the band. He's cast because NerdsAreSexy. May come off as wondering what the hell he's doing in the band in the first place.

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* '''The Shy One:''' Nerdier than the rest of the band.band, usually TheQuietOne. He's cast because NerdsAreSexy. May come off as wondering what the hell he's doing in the band in the first place.
29th Apr '17 11:04:14 PM thelivingtoad
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* Boyz II Men: Took NKOTB's place in the early-to-mid 90's, but had a more traditional R&B sound, and were more of an adult band than a teen act. Directly influenced many of the bands listed below.
* Color Me Badd: Similar to the aforementioned Take That[=/=]East 17 example, this group was more or less the "edgier" alternative to Boyz II Men. While they were less successful, they performed a similar-sounding New Jack Swing style that their rivals had early on and incorporating some rapped interludes.
* The BackstreetBoys: Notable for being the first of the 90's Boy Bands to throw off previously mentioned large, intimidating boss (their manager was infamous con man Lou Pearlman, who ended up dying in prison for fraud). They're also the record holder for the most successful boy band ''ever''.

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* Boyz II Men: Took NKOTB's place in the early-to-mid 90's, but had a more traditional R&B sound, and were more of an adult band than a teen act. Directly Were one of the most successful groups of the 1990s, scoring four #1 hits and several more that made the Top 5. Their 1992 single "End of the Road" remains the best selling single in Motown Records history. They directly influenced many of the bands listed below.
below, particularly the ones that strayed more towards R&B.
* Color Me Badd: Similar to the aforementioned Take That[=/=]East 17 example, this group was more or less the "edgier" alternative to Boyz II Men. While they were less successful, they still had two #1 singles and performed a similar-sounding New Jack Swing style that their rivals had early on and incorporating some rapped interludes.
* The BackstreetBoys: Music/BackstreetBoys: Notable for being the first of the 90's Boy Bands to throw off previously mentioned large, intimidating boss (their manager was infamous con man Lou Pearlman, who ended up dying in prison for fraud). They're also the record holder for the most successful boy band ''ever''.



* MTV's MadeForTVMovie ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKktTRdkHW4 2ge+ her]]'' was an AffectionateParody of Boy Bands and their formation. It even spawned several TRL-popular singles. A TV series based on the movie soon followed, as well as other singles. Sadly, it was quickly canceled after the death of one of the core members, which caused many a FunnyAneurysmMoment as his [[RealLifeWritesThePlot disease was written into the story]] -- [[DudeNotFunny as a gag]].

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* MTV's MadeForTVMovie ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKktTRdkHW4 2ge+ her]]'' was an AffectionateParody of Boy Bands and their formation. It even later spawned a TV show and album, and several TRL-popular singles. A TV series based of their songs got played on TRL. The main clue-in that the movie soon followed, as well as other singles. group was a joke (aside from their goofy lyrics) was that one of the members was Creator/ChrisFarley's brother Kevin, who was over 30, fat and balding. Sadly, it the show was quickly canceled after the death of one of member Michael Cuccione at the core members, age of 16 from lymphoma, which caused many a FunnyAneurysmMoment as his [[RealLifeWritesThePlot disease was written into the story]] -- [[DudeNotFunny as a gag]].
7th Apr '17 3:54:08 PM nombretomado
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* Music/OneDirection (1D), the biggest sensation of TheNewTens. One of many boy bands to have come out of England, they are the most globally successful, and the ''only'' one to have ever become legitimatelypopular in the United States. In fact, they're considered the most globally successful boy band of all time! They were 5 separate boys auditioning for TheXFactor until Simon Cowell put them together in a band. Though they finished third, they became the show's most successful act by far, actually becoming a bigger brand name than "The X-Factor". They now have a very successful album that, when it debuted in the States, went straight to #1 (they were the first British band to ever have their first album debut at number 1 in the US; and later the first band of any nationality to have their first ''three'' (and later four) albums accomplish the feat) and massive amounts of fangirls on both sides of ThePond. Their greatest accomplishment, however, was dethroning Justin Bieber as the hottest teen sensation on the planet. While they trail the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC in record sales, they're possibly bigger than they were in every other area. Unfortunately for them, they weren't able to beat the short lifespan curse their contemporaries faced (though that time on top was nevertheless a couple years longer than their predecessors). With the departure of one member, they announced a hiatus at the end of 2015 where all the members will focus on solo careers (very likely meaning a breakup).

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* Music/OneDirection (1D), the biggest sensation of TheNewTens. One of many boy bands to have come out of England, they are the most globally successful, and the ''only'' one to have ever become legitimatelypopular in the United States. In fact, they're considered the most globally successful boy band of all time! They were 5 separate boys auditioning for TheXFactor until Simon Cowell put them together in a band. Though they finished third, they became the show's most successful act by far, actually becoming a bigger brand name than "The X-Factor". They now have a very successful album that, when it debuted in the States, went straight to #1 (they were the first British band to ever have their first album debut at number 1 in the US; and later the first band of any nationality to have their first ''three'' (and later four) albums accomplish the feat) and massive amounts of fangirls on both sides of ThePond.UsefulNotes/ThePond. Their greatest accomplishment, however, was dethroning Justin Bieber as the hottest teen sensation on the planet. While they trail the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC in record sales, they're possibly bigger than they were in every other area. Unfortunately for them, they weren't able to beat the short lifespan curse their contemporaries faced (though that time on top was nevertheless a couple years longer than their predecessors). With the departure of one member, they announced a hiatus at the end of 2015 where all the members will focus on solo careers (very likely meaning a breakup).
1st Apr '17 10:02:20 AM missmoon
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* The BackstreetBoys: Notable for being the first of the 90's Boy Bands to throw off previously mentioned large, intimidating boss (their manager was notorious con man). They're also the record holder for the most successful boy band ''ever''.
* Music/{{NSYNC}}: Originally derided for riding the coattails of the Music/BackstreetBoys, they nonetheless proved themselves immensely popular. Their albums ''No Strings Attached'' and ''Celebrity'' hold the second and third spots for highest first week album sales in the US. Where Music/JustinTimberlake got his start, if you don't count ''The Mickey Mouse Club'' (which also gave us his band mate JC Chasez). Ironically, his solo career has been more popular and critically loved than anything BSB or *NSYNC ever did. They were also famous for their self-deprecating sense of humor and self-awareness regarding their public image. They embraced parodies, be it of themselves or boy bands and teen idols in general. As noted multiple times below, they were the TropeCodifier for many of the below parodies and even participated and crafted some of their own.

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* The BackstreetBoys: Notable for being the first of the 90's Boy Bands to throw off previously mentioned large, intimidating boss (their manager was notorious infamous con man).man Lou Pearlman, who ended up dying in prison for fraud). They're also the record holder for the most successful boy band ''ever''.
* Music/{{NSYNC}}: Originally derided for riding the coattails of the Music/BackstreetBoys, they nonetheless proved themselves immensely popular. Their albums ''No Strings Attached'' and ''Celebrity'' hold the second and third spots for highest first week album sales in the US. Where Music/JustinTimberlake got his start, if you don't count ''The Mickey Mouse Club'' (which also gave us his band mate JC Chasez). Ironically, his solo career has been more popular and critically loved than anything BSB or *NSYNC ever did. They were also famous for their self-deprecating sense of humor and self-awareness regarding their public image. They embraced parodies, be it of themselves or boy bands and teen idols in general. As noted multiple times below, they were the TropeCodifier for many of the below parodies and even participated and crafted some of their own.
30th Mar '17 12:18:44 PM Silverblade2
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', Star, Marco and Tom are fans of the boy band Love Sentence. The lead singer Justin Towers is voiced by former 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey.
24th Mar '17 12:46:28 PM Madrugada
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* Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock: Enormously successful in the late 80s and early 90s, [[TropeCodifier they're the group most people will think of]] when asked "Who was the first boy band?" They became bigger than New Edition by appealing to a wider audience, while New Edition mostly attracted the African-American demographic. It should be noted that New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys got along real well together for years and, due to that goodwill, eventually even combined into the supergroup NKOTBSB.

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* Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock: Enormously successful in the late 80s and early 90s, [[TropeCodifier [=NKotB=] is the best candidate for TropeCodifier: they're the group most that many people will think of]] of when asked "Who was the first boy band?" They became bigger than New Edition by appealing to a wider audience, while New Edition mostly attracted the African-American demographic. It should be noted that New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys got along real well together for years and, due to that goodwill, eventually even combined into the supergroup NKOTBSB.
24th Mar '17 12:42:25 PM Madrugada
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A very specific kind of [[FiveManBand five-man vocal group]]. Typically, you're in a '''Boy Band''' if you began recording while still in your teens; if you and your bandmates are all extremely [[PrettyBoy pretty]]; if few, if any of you, play instruments; if your boss is a large and often intimidating man; if you [[DeadHorseGenre can't get any respect]] from the Serious Music Critics; if you have a hard time [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids crossing over to an adult audience]]; and ''especially'' if the girls can't get enough of you. Can generate a PeripheryHatedom when a boy band is popular enough.

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A very specific kind of [[FiveManBand five-man vocal group]].group. Typically, you're in a '''Boy Band''' if you began recording while still in your teens; if you and your bandmates are all extremely [[PrettyBoy pretty]]; if few, if any of you, play instruments; if your boss is a large and often intimidating man; if you [[DeadHorseGenre can't get any respect]] from the Serious Music Critics; if you have a hard time [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids crossing over to an adult audience]]; and ''especially'' if the girls can't get enough of you. Can generate a PeripheryHatedom when a boy band is popular enough.



Some of the tropes and musical stylings typical to Boy Bands [[UrExample started with]] TheMonkees and several other groups of the era. ''Technically'' they could be considered boybands as well, but when most people hear "Boy Band" they tend to think of the late-80's -- late-90's bands listed below. For fans of 60s pop groups such as Music/TheJacksonFive and Music/TheBeatles, mentioning that said groups presaged boy band marketing in terms of having a spinoff TV show, talking with teen magazines, having [[Main/TheMerch popular lunchboxes/T-shirts/stationary/etc]], and the like sometimes triggers a BerserkButton reaction. The term "boyband" is generally reserved for groups which are assembled by a record company or other entity, whereas most bands form organically (although there are exceptions, in both directions).

At least [[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike one wag]] has suggested that the real [[UrExample original Boy Band]] was Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks, both for the popularity among pre-teens and the squeaky music sound of both the real and cartoon bands.

Most Boy Bands follow a particular FiveManBand archetype, established by New Edition and Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock, that differs from the traditional one used on this wiki. Whether or not they can actually sing matters little-- that's what AutoTune is for-- and don't get us started on whether or not they can actually play instruments. It is as follows:

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Some of the tropes and musical stylings typical to Boy Bands [[UrExample started with]] with TheMonkees and several other groups of the era. ''Technically'' Technically, they could ''could'' be considered boybands as well, but when most people hear "Boy Band" they tend to think are missing several of what are generally considered important aspects of the late-80's -- late-90's bands listed below. For fans of 60s pop groups such as Music/TheJacksonFive and Music/TheBeatles, mentioning that said groups presaged boy band marketing in terms of having a spinoff TV show, talking with teen magazines, having [[Main/TheMerch popular lunchboxes/T-shirts/stationary/etc]], and "boy-band" the like sometimes triggers a BerserkButton reaction. The term "boyband" "boy-band" is generally reserved for groups which are assembled by a record company or other entity, whereas most bands form organically (although there are exceptions, in both directions).

directions). When most people hear "Boy Band" they tend to think of the late-80's -- late-90's bands listed below.

At least [[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike one wag]] has suggested that the real [[UrExample original Boy Band]] Band was Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks, both for the popularity among pre-teens and the squeaky music sound of both the real and cartoon bands.

Most Boy Bands follow a particular FiveManBand Five-Man Band archetype, established by New Edition and Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock, that differs from the traditional one used on this wiki. Whether or not they can actually sing matters little-- that's what AutoTune is for-- and don't get us started on whether or not they can actually play instruments.wiki. It is as follows:



* '''The Heartthrob / Sweet One:''' The unofficial FaceOfTheBand, and the one who was put there to draw the {{Squee}} of millions of adoring teenage girls (at least, the most {{Squee}}). Most likely a former model. Is most likely to appear [[ShirtlessScene shirtless]] on the posters and in photo shoots. He is also the one most likely to have a successful solo career once the group disbands. If the band gets a movie, count on him to be the protagonist.

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* '''The Heartthrob / Sweet One:''' The unofficial FaceOfTheBand, and the one who was put there to draw the {{Squee}} of millions of adoring teenage girls (at least, the most {{Squee}}). Most likely a former model. Is most likely to appear [[ShirtlessScene [[{{Fanservice}} shirtless]] on the posters and in photo shoots. He is also the one most likely to have a successful solo career once the group disbands. If the band gets a movie, count on him to be the protagonist.



Most boy bands tend to last around five years before members are released from their contracts (or they simply expire) because something else has come along. Depending on the success of their subsequent individual projects, many [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether re-form]] 15-30 years after their heyday to cash in on their now-nostalgic original fandom -- this phase can last decades. Expect at least one ReplacementGoldfish for a member who's become a successful solo artist/died young/has a non-entertainment career they don't want to walk away from for the time necessary to record an album and go on tour.

The GirlGroup is the DistaffCounterpart. Oddly enough, girl groups notably preceded boy bands by years, examples being the wildly successful [[TheSixties 60s artists]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crystals The Crystals]] (of "He's a Rebel" and "Then He Kissed Me") and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shangri-Las The Shangri-Las]] (of "Leader of the Pack" and "Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)").

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Most boy bands tend to last around five years before members are released from their contracts (or they simply expire) because something else has come along.along or because they simply got too old to meet the "boyish" requirements. Depending on the success of their subsequent individual projects, many [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether re-form]] 15-30 years after their heyday to cash in on their now-nostalgic original fandom -- this phase can last decades. Expect at least one ReplacementGoldfish for a member who's become a successful solo artist/died young/has a non-entertainment career they don't want to walk away from for the time necessary to record an album and go on tour.

The GirlGroup is the DistaffCounterpart. DistaffCounterpart, although girl groups are usually built with a different structure, usuall a primary lead and two or three glorified back-up singers. Oddly enough, girl groups notably preceded boy bands by years, examples being the wildly successful [[TheSixties 60s artists]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crystals The Crystals]] (of "He's a Rebel" and "Then He Kissed Me") and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shangri-Las The Shangri-Las]] (of "Leader of the Pack" and "Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)").



* TheMonkees: The UrExample. Better than they had to be, but still the result of a calculated marketing effort aimed squarely at Beatles fans' younger siblings. They do get credit for rebelling against their puppetmasters and achieving a degree of creative autonomy typically not seen in the boy bands of today. Unlike many later boy bands, the Monkees actually often did their own songwriting (with tunes such as "Mary, Mary", "For Pete's Sake", and "The Girl I Knew Somewhere") and have received generally positive critical reviews for many of their works.

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* TheMonkees: The Possibly the UrExample. Better than they had to be, but still the result of a calculated marketing effort aimed squarely at Beatles fans' younger siblings. They do get credit for rebelling against their puppetmasters and achieving a degree of creative autonomy typically not seen in the boy bands of today. Unlike many later boy bands, Differs from the Monkees actually formula laid out above in that there were four of them, not five and they couldn't be neatly slotted into those roles -- there was overlap in all directions; they were all accomplished musicians and/or singers (and in the case of Mickey and Davy, actors, as well); and they often did their own songwriting (with tunes such as "Mary, Mary", "For Pete's Sake", and "The Girl I Knew Somewhere") and have received generally positive critical reviews for many of their works.works.
21st Mar '17 9:53:48 PM Rhapsody
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* UsefulNotes/{{Tennis}} stars Roger Federer, Tommy Haas and Grigor Dimitrov created their own "boyband" called The Backhand Boys and two videos of them butchering "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" (with Haas' in-law and the producer of the song David Foster providing the piano accompaniment) were uploaded to Federer's social media. The first time was done with hilarious 'so bad it's good' singing. The second one had harmonies, a lot of not-so-subtle autotune... and a videobomb of Novak Djokovic joining in right before the chorus.
-->Roger Federer: ''(caption for the second video)'' No seriously, we're actually starting a boyband.
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