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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 Never Gone, Backstreet Boys, I Want It That Way

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

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
The Beatles Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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One Direction is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
One Direction Up All Night, Something About the Way You Look Tonight, Total Eclipse of the Heart

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'N Sync is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
'N Sync Home for Christmas, No Strings Attached, *NSYNC

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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 Christmas Album, 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection: The Best of Jackson 5, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5

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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 Christmas Interpretations, II, Evolution

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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 Merry, Merry Christmas, Face the 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 5 Seconds of Summer, Somewhere New, Unplugged

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+ - 2,518 2,654
Jonas Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Jonas Brothers Jonas L.A., A Little Bit Longer, Lines

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+ - 1,787 1,947
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas

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Westlife is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Westlife Westlife, ...Allow Us to Be Frank, The Love Album

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The Vamps is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
The Vamps Meet the Vamps, Can We Dance, Wild Heart

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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St., Sticky Fingers

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The Wanted is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
The Wanted Word of Mouth, The Wanted, Battleground

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Take That is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Take That Beautiful World, Everything Changes, Nobody Else

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 Then & Now...The Best of the Monkees, Headquarters, Daydream Believer / Goin' Down

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+ - 1,012 1,853
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 This Christmas, 98 Degrees and Rising (Christmas disc), 2.0

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+ - 1,309 1,077
Blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Blink-182 Enema of the State, Dude Ranch, blink-182

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Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory, Living Things, Meteora

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Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever, Main Course, Spirits Having Flown

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Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Savage Garden Savage Garden, Affirmation (live), Greatest Hits

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Boyzone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Boyzone Ballads: The Love Song Collection, Coming Home Now, When the Going Gets Tough

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+ - 2,398 2,098
Big Time Rush is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Big Time Rush 24/Seven, BTR, Elevate

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+ - 1,121 1,967
Blue is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Blue Guilty, The Platinum Collection, One Love

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New Edition is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
New Edition Christmas All Over the World, Candy Girl, Heart Break

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EXO is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
EXO Safety Primer Justice, Say Hello to the Master Seige Control, Eclats 4

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Nickelback is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Nickelback Rockstar, All the Right Reasons, Photograph

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+ - 1,015 1,979
Five is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Five 5ive, Kingsize, Until the Time Is Through

The Most Underrated Beatles Songs Brands that Remind You of Childhood

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Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Twenty One Pilots Vessel, Twenty One Pilots, Regional At Best

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Niall Horan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

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U2 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
U2 The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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Rixton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Rixton Me and My Broken Heart, Wait On Me - Pop/R&B

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

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

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+ - 1,376 1,522
Big Bang is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Big Bang Stand Up, The Best of Big Bang, ALIVE

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The Killers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
The Killers Sam’s Town, Hot Fuss, Day & Age

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SHINee is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
SHINee The Misconceptions of Us, Why So Serious? – The Misconceptions of Me, Dream Girl – The Misconceptions of You

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R5 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
R5 Louder, Loud EP, Say You'll Stay (Acoustic Version) - Pop Rock

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All Time Low is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
All Time Low Put Up or Shut Up, Don't Panic, So Wrong

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+ - 690 1,417
2PM is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
2PM Hands Up, 2:00PM Time for Change, The First Album 1:59PM

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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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Union J is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Union J Carry You, Union J

The Most Famous 90s Popstars (Then and Now) Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!

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O-Town is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
O-Town O2, O-Town, All or Nothing

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+ - 770 1,424
All-4-One is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
All-4-One An All-4-One Christmas, I Swear, All-4-One

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WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
WHAM! Make It Big, The Best of Wham!: If You Were There..., The Final

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The Police is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
The Police Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

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A1 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
A1 The A List, Make It Good, Here We Come

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Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Fall Out Boy Infinity on High, Save Rock and Roll, From Under the Cork Tree

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+ - 173 199
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head