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** While it's pretty clear why some people would classify them as a boy band, they don't really fit the above criteria considering they are brothers (not formed by a label) and play several instruments, plus they are more like a boy-band-ish version of a typical pop rock band anyway.

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** While it's pretty clear why some people would classify them as a boy band, they don't really fit the above criteria considering they are brothers (not formed by a label) and play several instruments, plus they are more like a boy-band-ish version of a typical pop rock band anyway. They also tend to write or co-write a lot of their songs.


* 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 (Maurice Starr). One of the first boy bands to have one of their lead members leave for a solo career: The other members fired Brown at the end of 1985, and he went on to have a very successful solo career. The group lasted four more years without him before going on a "hiatus" in 1990; Three members subsequently formed the new jack swing group Bell Biv [=DeVoe=] and had a huge pair of hits with "Poison" and "Do Me!". New Edition reunited in 1996 with all six members - both Brown and his replacement Johnny Gill were on board - and still tour and record from time to time.

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* New Edition: Music/NewEdition: 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 (Maurice Starr). One of the first boy bands to have one of their lead members leave for a solo career: The other members fired Brown at the end of 1985, and he went on to have a very successful solo career. The group lasted four more years without him before going on a "hiatus" in 1990; Three members subsequently formed the new jack swing group Bell Biv [=DeVoe=] and had a huge pair of hits with "Poison" and "Do Me!". New Edition reunited in 1996 with all six members - both Brown and his replacement Johnny Gill were on board - and still tour and record from time to time.


Most Boy Bands follow a particular Five-Man Band archetype, established by New Edition and Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock, that differs from the traditional one used on this wiki. It is as follows:

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Most Boy Bands follow a particular Five-Man Band archetype, established by New Edition Music/NewEdition and Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock, that differs from the traditional one used on this wiki. It is as follows:


* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' has the ''Oh Boyz' in the episode of the same title. A four-man boyband, they'd outlived their popularity (which lasted about a week)with only Ron and Rufus liking them by then. Señor Senior Snr. kidnapped them on Señor Senior Jnr.'s birthday (the plan was their safe return for Junior to be made a pop star). The kidnapping brought back their sales up and they fired their weasel of a manager once the thing blows over. (Two of the band's members were actually voiced by Lance and Joey from *NSYNC.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' has the ''Oh Boyz' in the episode of the same title. A four-man boyband, they'd outlived their popularity (which lasted about a week)with week) with only Ron and Rufus liking them by then. Señor Senior Snr. kidnapped them on Señor Senior Jnr.'s birthday (the plan was their safe return for Junior to be made a pop star). The kidnapping brought back their sales up and they fired their weasel of a manager once the thing blows over. (Two of the band's members were actually voiced by Lance and Joey from *NSYNC.)


* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' brought us [=Boyz4Now=], a group whose concert Tina dragged the entirely uninterested Louise to only for Louise to entirely fall for the Cute member of the group, Boo-Boo.
** As an entirely trivial point of interest, Kristen Schaal who voices Gravity Falls' Mabel and Bob's Burgers' Louise ended up playing two young girls going crazy for a throwback boy band almost back to back.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' brought us [=Boyz4Now=], a group whose concert Tina dragged the entirely uninterested Louise to only for Louise to entirely fall for the Cute member of the group, Boo-Boo.
** As an entirely trivial point of interest, Kristen Schaal
Boo-Boo. This becomes HilariousInHindsight as, Creator/KristenSchaal, who voices Gravity Falls' Louise, also was involved in the next example (she also voices Mabel and Bob's Burgers' Louise ended up in ''Gravity Falls''), essentially playing two young girls going crazy for a throwback boy band almost back to back.


* In spite of only having three members, ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' parodied the UnbuiltTrope as far back as 1959, but especially in their 1980s and 2000s versions. The genuinely aim for the same "tween" audience.

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* In spite of only having three members, ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' parodied the UnbuiltTrope as far back as 1959, but especially in their 1980s [[WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks 1980s]] and 2000s [[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks 2000s]] versions. The genuinely aim for the same "tween" audience.


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[[/index]]* According to British actor and comedian Creator/JamesCorden, he was in a boyband as a teenager. Their name was "Insatiable" and he wrote the songs. He included the lyrics to one 'Girl Are You Ready' in his autobiography, claiming he wrote it in the hopes of being as good as "Ready to Rumble."
[[index]]* Stolen City are an Irish band whose members correspond quite well to the archetypes - Dave as the Heartthrob, Ian as the Bad Boy and Sean filling the dual roles of Cute One and Older Brother. They do however play their own instruments and write their own songs.

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[[/index]]* According to British actor and comedian Creator/JamesCorden, he was in a boyband as a teenager. Their name was "Insatiable" and he wrote the songs. He included the lyrics to one 'Girl Are You Ready' in his autobiography, claiming he wrote it in the hopes of being as good as "Ready to Rumble."
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* Stolen City are an Irish band whose members correspond quite well to the archetypes - Dave as the Heartthrob, Ian as the Bad Boy and Sean filling the dual roles of Cute One and Older Brother. They do however play their own instruments and write their own songs.



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* According to British actor and comedian Creator/JamesCorden, he was in a boyband as a teenager. Their name was "Insatiable" and he wrote the songs. He included the lyrics to one 'Girl Are You Ready' in his autobiography, claiming he wrote it in the hopes of being as good as "Ready to Rumble."


* 98 Degrees: Notable for having four members rather than the more typical five, for being Nick Lachey's old band, and for being discovered by their label instead of assembled by it. They originally had a pure R&B sound before ExecutiveMeddling re-purposed them as a boy band.

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* 98 Degrees: Notable for having four members rather than the more typical five, for being Nick Lachey's old band, and for being discovered by their label instead of assembled by it. They originally had a pure R&B sound before ExecutiveMeddling re-purposed them as a boy band. band (which was quite ironic, considering they were signed to Motown), although most of their big hits were R&B style ballads and midtempo fare.


* Unsurprisingly, ProfessionalWrestling got in on the act. Wrestling/{{WCW}} faction Three Count, consisting of Shannon Moore, Shane Helms and Evan Karagias, were a parody boy band. They even had a variation of the large, intimidating boss in enforcer/#1 fan Tank Abbot. And just like several real boy bands, they had a BreakupBreakout when Shane Helms jumped ship to the Wrestling/{{WWE}} and became highly popular with his superhero gimmick The Hurricane.
* Japanese ProfessionalWrestling promotion Toryumon X tried this. They cast Taiji Ishimori as a pop idol and identical twin brothers Shu and Kei Sato as his backup singers. Then they pushed the trio as the top faces of the promotion, even going so far as to have them actually release an album. Fans didn't take to them. The funny part? Their rivals were "Los Salseros Japoneses" -- a salsa band. And they DID become popular, with the Salseros gimmick outlasting the promotion itself, going into Wrestling/MichinokuProWrestling and Wrestling/DragonGate.

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* Unsurprisingly, ProfessionalWrestling got in on the act. Wrestling/{{WCW}} faction Three Count, consisting of Shannon Moore, Shane Helms and Evan Karagias, were a parody boy band. They even had a variation of the large, intimidating boss in enforcer/#1 fan Tank Abbot. And just like several real boy bands, they had a BreakupBreakout when Shane Helms jumped ship to the Wrestling/{{WWE}} and became highly popular with his superhero gimmick The Hurricane.
Wrestling/TheHurricane.
* Japanese ProfessionalWrestling promotion Toryumon Wrestling/{{Toryumon}} X tried this. They cast Taiji Ishimori as a pop idol and identical twin brothers Shu and Kei Sato as his backup singers. Then they pushed the trio as the top faces of the promotion, even going so far as to have them actually release an album. Fans didn't take to them. The funny part? Their rivals were "Los Salseros Japoneses" -- a salsa band. And they DID become popular, with the Salseros gimmick outlasting the promotion itself, going into Wrestling/MichinokuProWrestling and Wrestling/DragonGate.


* According to British actor and comedian Creator/JamesCorden, he was in a boyband as a teenager. Their name was "Insatiable" and he wrote the songs. He included the lyrics to one 'Girl Are You Ready' in his autobiography, claiming he wrote it in the hopes of being as good as "Ready to Rumble."
* Stolen City are an Irish band whose members correspond quite well to the archetypes - Dave as the Heartthrob, Ian as the Bad Boy and Sean filling the dual roles of Cute One and Older Brother. They do however play their own instruments and write their own songs.

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* [[/index]]* According to British actor and comedian Creator/JamesCorden, he was in a boyband as a teenager. Their name was "Insatiable" and he wrote the songs. He included the lyrics to one 'Girl Are You Ready' in his autobiography, claiming he wrote it in the hopes of being as good as "Ready to Rumble."
* [[index]]* Stolen City are an Irish band whose members correspond quite well to the archetypes - Dave as the Heartthrob, Ian as the Bad Boy and Sean filling the dual roles of Cute One and Older Brother. They do however play their own instruments and write their own songs.


Lately, Korea has been getting on the action too with bands like [[Music/DongBangShinKi DBSK]], [[Music/TwoPM 2PM]], 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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Lately, Korea has been getting on the action too with bands like [[Music/DongBangShinKi DBSK]], [[Music/TwoPM 2PM]], 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, bands. Music/{{BTS}} is now considered the biggest boyband in the world, but there are still nobodies relative to other k-pop boy bands that have growing fandoms all over te world. In fact, Korea has taken this trope UpToEleven the Anglophone groups.
last few years, with tens of boybands being active at the same time, many of which have fandoms both in and outside Korea. There are new ones debuting constantly, and some already have followings before they officially have their debut.


* According to British actor and comedian James Corden, he was in a boyband as a teenager. Their name was "Insatiable" and he wrote the songs. He included the lyrics to one 'Girl Are You Ready' in his autobiography, claiming he wrote it in the hopes of being as good as "Ready to Rumble."

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* According to British actor and comedian James Corden, Creator/JamesCorden, he was in a boyband as a teenager. Their name was "Insatiable" and he wrote the songs. He included the lyrics to one 'Girl Are You Ready' in his autobiography, claiming he wrote it in the hopes of being as good as "Ready to Rumble."


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[[caption-width-right:350:The Backstreet Boys are the best selling boy band of all time.]]

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* Series/BigTimeRush: Known as a current day version of the Monkees and Sony Music and Nickelodeon's answer to the Jonas Brothers (and later, to Allstar Weekend). They are often credited for reviving the boy band for TheNewTens and for making Music/OneDirection possible, [[FandomRivalry for better and for worse]].

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* Series/BigTimeRush: Music/BigTimeRush: Known as a current day version of the Monkees and Sony Music and Nickelodeon's answer to the Jonas Brothers (and later, to Allstar Weekend). They are often credited for reviving the boy band for TheNewTens and for making Music/OneDirection possible, [[FandomRivalry for better and for worse]].


* Music/{{Menudo}}: Best known nowadays to non-Latin people as "Music/RickyMartin'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. The group lasted from 1977 to 1997, and about 30 singers passed through the band in that time. The Menudo name was retired in 1997, and their management kept the final lineup together under the new name MDO, which continued until 2008. There's also another successor group, El Reencuentro, which formed in 1998 and features a lineup of former members, including a few from the original lineup.

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* Music/{{Menudo}}: Best A Puetro Rican group best known nowadays to non-Latin non-Latinx people as "Music/RickyMartin'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. The group lasted from 1977 to 1997, and about 30 singers passed through the band in that time. The Menudo name was retired in 1997, and their management kept the final lineup together under the new name MDO, which continued until 2008. There's also another successor group, El Reencuentro, which formed in 1998 and features a lineup of former members, including a few from the original lineup.

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