The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

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List Criteria: Only all-male vocal groups in any pop genre. Most don't play instruments, but some do.

Here's a list of the best boy bands of all time, with photos, ranked from best to worst by the community. Boy bands sometimes get a bad rap by music snobs who don't appreciate the pure joy that pop songs bring to millions of people around the world - especially pop songs sung in perfect harmony by boy bands. Music snobs aside, fans know that top boy bands are incredibly talented and creative and - in most cases - deserve all of the fame and attention they get from fans. However! Not all boy bands are created equal, so we must rank them. This list of the top boy bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution and is an up-to-date and current list that is ranked in order of best to worst. The top bands on the list are truly the greatest boy bands of all time, since the most famous boy band artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best boy band music.

You can click on the boy band band names to see more information about that particular notable boy band group. If they're near the top of the best boy band artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top boy band bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the boy band band names themselves.

The list includes all types boy bands from yesteryear to today, from Hanson with songs like "MMMBop" to K-pop. Click thumbs up for the artists you do like and down vote the artists you think are dumb. If you like New Kids on the Block or 'N Sync, then make your voice heard. All important, significant, and iconic names in boy band music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely.

The list includes all new boy bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of boy band, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into boy band music. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent boy band bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best boy band bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest boy band musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular boy band bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote. Tweet this or Facebook it to make sure your friends weigh in too.
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music

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    added by reesemalo
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    One Direction is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time


    Pop music, Teen pop, Electronic music

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    'N Sync is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time


    Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Teen pop

  5. 5
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    ranked low on reranks & added by MarkusMarquisBiechl
    Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

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    Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco

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    Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

    added by themichaellangley
    Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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    added by LamarBelina
    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    5 Seconds of Summer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

    added by xinxinluvshammys
    Pop punk, Pop music

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    New Kids on the Block is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time


    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music

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    The Vamps is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

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    Indie pop, Pop music

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    Ballad, Synthpop, Pop music

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    Adult contemporary music, Ballad, Synthpop

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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Eurodance

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

    added by TylerPolston
    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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    Green Day is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

    added by popdc
    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Teen pop

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    ranked low on reranks & added by popdc
    Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

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    Pop music, Boy band

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    Pop music, Soul music, Pop rock Pop/R&B

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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, Rock music

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    added by popdc
    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    added by MRxROID
    Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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    U2 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    Synthpop, Pop music, Electronic music

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    added by ElainaDeWulf
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock Pop Rock

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    Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Pop punk, Synthpop, Pop music

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    added by UzairCool
    Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance music

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    Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, New Wave

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    Pop music

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    Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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    Zayn Malik is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

    added by UzairCool

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    The 1975 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

    added by MelanieHornsby
    Indie pop, Nu gaze, Alternative rock

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    Pop music, Teen pop, Dance-pop

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    Pop music, Boy band

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    added by Coolza
    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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    Before You Exit is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

    added by GwenRamirez
    Pop rock

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