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16th Feb '17 10:38:17 AM CosmicFerret
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* Menudo: Best known nowadays to non-Latin people as "Ricky Martin's Old Band" (it was much more popular in Latin America and it was the TropeMaker / TropeCodifier there). Notable because they combined this with a [[RevolvingDoorBand rotating cast]]; when you [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday turned sixteen]][[note]]this rule was terminated in 1988[[/note]], grew facial hair, or underwent a voice change, you were fired. It's also noticeable for continuing as two separate groups: ''MDO'', a direct successor that was created in 1997 and split-up in 2008, and ''El Reencuentro'' which involves some of the original founding members along with some ex-members of the band touring the world singing their old material which began in 1998 and continues to this day.

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* Menudo: Music/{{Menudo}}: Best known nowadays to non-Latin people as "Ricky Martin's Old Band" (it was much more popular in Latin America and it was the TropeMaker / TropeCodifier there). Notable because they combined this with a [[RevolvingDoorBand rotating cast]]; when you [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday turned sixteen]][[note]]this rule was terminated in 1988[[/note]], grew facial hair, or underwent a voice change, you were fired. It's also noticeable for continuing as two separate groups: ''MDO'', a direct successor that was created in 1997 and split-up in 2008, and ''El Reencuentro'' which involves some of the original founding members along with some ex-members of the band touring the world singing their old material which began in 1998 and continues to this day.
1st Feb '17 3:03:10 PM LaptopGuy
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* New Edition: Remembered mostly nowadays for being [[FaceOfTheBand Bobby Brown's old band]], but they established the typical R&B-lite musical style used by boy bands ever since. They were all teenagers, all cute and wholesome (despite being from gritty [[{{Southies}} Roxbury, MA]]), and had the all-important Large Intimidating Boss.

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* New Edition: Remembered mostly nowadays for being [[FaceOfTheBand Bobby Brown's old band]], but they established the typical R&B-lite musical style used by boy bands ever since. They were all teenagers, all cute and wholesome (despite being from gritty [[{{Southies}} Roxbury, MA]]), and had the all-important Large Intimidating Boss.Boss (Maurice Starr).



* 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 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. 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''. 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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* 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.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''.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.



* Blue: early 2000s British boy band with stronger than usual R&B influences and a multi-racial line-up. Particularly notorious for member Lee Ryan's initial reaction to a journalist when asked about 9/11 ("[[BeamMeUpScotty Who gives a fuck about New York when elephants are being killed?]]").

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* Blue: early 2000s British boy band with stronger than usual R&B influences and a multi-racial line-up. Particularly notorious for member Lee Ryan's initial reaction to a journalist AnimalWrongsGroup moment when asked about 9/11 ("[[BeamMeUpScotty Who gives a fuck about New York when elephants are being killed?]]").killed?]]"). Their chances of breaking America (assuming they would've done so anyway) ended there.



* [=LFO=] -- A PowerTrio, though they weren't even half as popular as 98 Degrees. However, they ''did'' get the all-important [[Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock Joey McIntyre]] Elder Boy Band Statesman Seal of Approval; he had them as openers for some of his solo shows. ([=LFO=] supposedly stands for "[[BrainBleach Lyte Funky Ones]]".) They are mostly well-known today because their biggest hit "Summer Girls" has [[WordSaladLyrics some of the most random lyrics in music history]].

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* [=LFO=] -- A PowerTrio, though they weren't even half as popular as 98 Degrees. However, they ''did'' get the all-important [[Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock Joey McIntyre]] Elder Boy Band Statesman Seal of Approval; he had them as openers for some of his solo shows. ([=LFO=] supposedly stands for "[[BrainBleach Lyte Funky Ones]]".) They are mostly well-known today because their biggest hit "Summer Girls" has [[WordSaladLyrics some of the most random lyrics in music history]].history]] -- and because member Kevin Cronin died very yong.



** Now that Music/NickJonas has established himself as a successful solo artist with DarkerAndEdgier songs like "Jealous" and "Chains," and as an actor after appearing in ''Series/{{Scream Queens|2015}}'', he at least is breaking away from the group. Joe has also had success with his FunkRock band DNCE.

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** Now that Music/NickJonas has established himself as a successful solo artist with DarkerAndEdgier songs like "Jealous" and "Chains," and as an actor after appearing in ''Series/{{Scream Queens|2015}}'', he at least is breaking away from the group. Joe has also had success with his FunkRock band DNCE. Kevin, however, has largely stayed out of the spotlight since.



* 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 popular 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 popular 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).
18th Jan '17 9:20:32 AM HighCrate
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-> ''You thought that boy bands [[DeaderThanDisco were dead and gone]]\\

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-> ''You thought that boy bands [[DeaderThanDisco were dead and gone]]\\gone\\
17th Jan '17 7:04:16 PM DynastiNoble
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB!'' brings us "The Sugar Boyz" A fake parody of several boy bands although they only use one repetitive hook no matter what lyrics they sing. Their career is comically ended when all four of them hit puberty onstage. This destroys their voices, fills their faces with acne and gives them crooked teeth, not to mention lots of facial hair.

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* Boyz Will Be Boyz from ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' from "For Bros About To Rock". They also made a cameo on TV in "The Green House".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB!'' brings us "The Sugar Boyz" A fake parody of several boy bands although they only use one repetitive hook no matter what lyrics they sing. Their career is comically ended when all four of them hit puberty onstage. This destroys lowers their voices, fills their faces with acne and gives them crooked teeth, not to mention lots of facial hair.
9th Jan '17 8:50:53 AM Twentington
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* Music/TheJonasBrothers: Notable for possibly having two TV shows soon (one's a reality show, another is a Creator/DisneyChannel show). Notable also for making the fans of the above-listed Boy Bands feel very old. (''Name'' a Jonas Brother. We'll wait.)

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* Music/TheJonasBrothers: Notable for possibly having two TV shows soon (one's a reality show, another is a Creator/DisneyChannel show). Notable also for making the fans of the above-listed Boy Bands feel very old. (''Name'' a Jonas Brother. We'll wait.)Music/TheJonasBrothers.



* ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' starts off with [[Creator/JackBlack Eddie Riggs]] as a roadie for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7W864JuLsY Kabbage Boy]], a [[NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly Second Wave of American Tween Melodic Rap Metalcore]] band that sounds like Music/LinkinPark mixed with TheJonasBrothers. Needless to say, Eddie is far from pleased with this gig.

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* ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' starts off with [[Creator/JackBlack Eddie Riggs]] as a roadie for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7W864JuLsY Kabbage Boy]], a [[NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly Second Wave of American Tween Melodic Rap Metalcore]] band that sounds like Music/LinkinPark mixed with TheJonasBrothers.Music/TheJonasBrothers. Needless to say, Eddie is far from pleased with this gig.



* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has the Paisley Sideburn Brothers, a pretty obvious nod to fellow Creator/DisneyChannel-associates TheJonasBrothers.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has the Paisley Sideburn Brothers, a pretty obvious nod to fellow Creator/DisneyChannel-associates TheJonasBrothers.Music/TheJonasBrothers.
7th Jan '17 6:07:14 PM nombretomado
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* In a rare combination of making fun of boybands and a defense of what society does to boy band members, [[BarenakedLadies Barenaked Ladies]] did a song called "New Kid (On The Block)" that included stanzas like this:

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* In a rare combination of making fun of boybands and a defense of what society does to boy band members, [[BarenakedLadies Barenaked Ladies]] Music/BarenakedLadies did a song called "New Kid (On The Block)" that included stanzas like this:
2nd Jan '17 9:17:33 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In (of all things) ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', boy band Binky is not real... sort of. In concerts, holograms are used in concerts, somehow, without anyone noticing at all. Which kind of begs the question -- who does the singing? (Though, by the sound of the only example of their music in the show, which consists of "wheeowheoowheeo" repeated over and over, it could be YokoOno.)

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* In (of all things) ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', boy band Binky is not real... sort of. In concerts, holograms are used in concerts, somehow, without anyone noticing at all. Which kind of begs the question -- who does the singing? (Though, by the sound of the only example of their music in the show, which consists of "wheeowheoowheeo" repeated over and over, it could be YokoOno.Music/YokoOno.)
10th Nov '16 6:42:16 AM GlassRain
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!!!Web Comic
* ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie'' has N'Tune, part of Candi Shugari's (a powerful demon who mixes cute with evil) plot to eliminate Alex, Riley and Tristan.
* Early in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', Tagon's Toughs are hired to guard the "[[LawyerFriendlyCameo New Sync Boys]]" -- who turn out to be the holographic creation of a single AI owned by the record company, who ends up "defecting" to the mercenary company. "Ennesby" is still a main cast member.




!!!Web Comic
* ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie'' has one uses as part of Candi Shugari's (a powerful demon who mixes cute with evil) plot to eliminate Alex, Riley and Tristan.
* Early in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', Tagon's Toughs are hired to guard the "[[LawyerFriendlyCameo New Sync Boys]]" -- who turn out to be the holographic creation of a single AI owned by the record company, who ends up "defecting" to the mercenary company. "Ennesby" is still a main cast member.
6th Nov '16 2:05:38 PM missmoon
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* The BayCityRollers: a Scottish boy band also of [[TheSeventies 1970s]], renowned for putting Edinburgh on the musical map and who throbbed adolescent female hearts throughout the UK and beyond. Popularised Royal Stuart tartan as a fashion fad among girls. Still on stage, playing "Yesterday's Hero". Unspeakable things will happen to the first one saying "Oh, the [[{{Irony}} Irony]]".

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* The BayCityRollers: Bay City Rollers: a Scottish boy band also of [[TheSeventies 1970s]], renowned for putting Edinburgh on the musical map and who throbbed adolescent female hearts throughout the UK and beyond. Popularised Royal Stuart tartan as a fashion fad among girls. Still on stage, playing "Yesterday's Hero". Unspeakable things will happen to the first one saying "Oh, the [[{{Irony}} Irony]]".
30th Oct '16 1:22:00 PM TheDiamond
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Lately, Korea has been getting on the action too with bands like [[DongBangShinKi DBSK]], 2PM, Music/fSHINee, Music/B2ST, U-KISS, Music/SuperJunior, etc. This goes hand in and with the general k-pop explosion of the [[TheAughts late 00s]] and [[TheNewTens the past few years]]. They're significantly more popular in the Western world than the Japanese boy bands, but are still nobodies relative to the Anglophone groups.

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Lately, Korea has been getting on the action too with bands like [[DongBangShinKi DBSK]], 2PM, Music/fSHINee, Music/{{SHINee}}, Music/B2ST, U-KISS, Music/SuperJunior, etc. This goes hand in and with the general k-pop explosion of the [[TheAughts late 00s]] and [[TheNewTens the past few years]]. They're significantly more popular in the Western world than the Japanese boy bands, but are still nobodies relative to the Anglophone groups.
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