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List Rules 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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Backstreet Boys is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Backstreet Boys Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music

The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

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One Direction is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
One Direction Pop music, Teen pop, Electronic music

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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'N Sync is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
'N Sync Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Teen pop

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The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
The Jackson 5 Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco

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Boyz II Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Boyz II Men Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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New Kids on the Block is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
New Kids on the Block Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music

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5 Seconds of Summer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
5 Seconds of Summer Pop punk, Pop music

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Jonas Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Jonas Brothers Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Westlife is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Westlife Adult contemporary music, Ballad, Synthpop

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The Vamps is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
The Vamps Indie pop, Pop music

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The Wanted is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
The Wanted Pop music, Dance-pop, Eurodance

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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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Take That is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Take That Ballad, Synthpop, Pop music

The Catchiest Songs of 2014 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers

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The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Hanson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

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98 Degrees is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
98 Degrees Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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Blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Blink-182 Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

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Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Linkin Park Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

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Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Savage Garden Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Boyzone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Boyzone Pop music, Boy band

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Blue is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Blue Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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Nickelback is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Nickelback Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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New Edition is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
New Edition Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, New Wave

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Big Time Rush is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Big Time Rush Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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

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Five is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Five Hip hop music, Pop music, Teen pop

The Most Underrated Beatles Songs Brands that Remind You of Childhood

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Niall Horan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

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U2 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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Rixton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Rixton Pop music, Soul music, Pop rock - Pop/R&B

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Louis Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

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Harry Styles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

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Big Bang is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Big Bang Hip hop music, Synthpop, Rock music

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The Killers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
The Killers Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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R5 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
R5 Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock - Pop Rock

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SHINee is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
SHINee Synthpop, Pop music, Electronic music

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All Time Low is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
All Time Low Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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2PM is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
2PM Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance music

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Union J is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Union J Pop music

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Zayn Malik is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

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O-Town is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
O-Town Pop music, Boy band

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All-4-One is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
All-4-One Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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The Police is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
The Police New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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A1 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
A1 Pop music, Teen pop, Dance-pop

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Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Twenty One Pilots Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

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The 1975 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
The 1975 Indie pop, Nu gaze, Alternative rock

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WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
WHAM! Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Beastie Boys Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop