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The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time 

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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. Including some of the most popular K-pop boy groups, 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. 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 bands, 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. For more, you can check out the best albums by boy bands.

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Backstreet Boys is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

Albums: Never Gone, Backstreet Boys, I Want It That Way, Black & Blue, Backstreet's Back, + more

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New Kids on the Block is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

Albums: Merry, Merry Christmas, Face the Music, Hangin' Tough, Step by Step, + more

New Kids on the Block (also initialized as NKOTB) is an American boy band from Dorchester, Massachusetts. The band currently consists of brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, ...more

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

Albums: Up All Night, Something About the Way You Look Tonight, Total Eclipse of the Heart, Your Song, You Are So Beautiful, + more

One Direction are an English-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. In addition, Zayn Malik was a member until his departure ...more

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

Albums: Home for Christmas, No Strings Attached, *NSYNC, Celebrity, Bye Bye Bye, + more

NSYNC (, ; also stylized as *NSYNC or 'N Sync) was an American boy band formed in Orlando, Florida, in 1995 and launched in Germany by BMG Ariola Munich. NSYNC consisted of Justin Timberlake, JC ...more

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Boyz II Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

Albums: Christmas Interpretations, II, Evolution, The Remix Collection, Full Circle, + more

Boyz II Men is an American R&B vocal group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. They are currently a trio composed of baritone Nathan ...more

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The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

Albums: Christmas Album, 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection: The Best of Jackson 5, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, ABC, The Jacksons, + more

The Jackson 5 (stylized as the Jackson 5ive), later known as the Jacksons, were an American pop band composed of members of the Jackson family. The group was founded in 1964 in Gary, Indiana by ...more

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Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
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Albums: 2 Cool 4 Skool, DARK&WILD, SKOOL LUV AFFAIR SPECIAL ADDITION

Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, is a seven member South Korean boy group formed by Big Hit Entertainment. They debuted on June 13, 2013 with the song "No More Dream". They have won ...more

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Jonas Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

Albums: Jonas L.A., A Little Bit Longer, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, It's About Time, + more

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

Albums: Westlife, ...Allow Us to Be Frank, The Love Album, Live At Wembley Arena, World of Our Own, + more

Westlife are an Irish pop vocal group, which formed in 1998 in Sligo, disbanded in 2012 and reunited in 2018. They were originally signed by Simon Cowell in the UK, Clive Davis in the US and ...more

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Big Time Rush is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

Albums: 24/Seven, BTR, Elevate, Big Time Movie Soundtrack, If I Ruled the World, + more

Big Time Rush is an American boy band created in 2009 for Nickelodeon's television series Big Time Rush. The group consists of Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos PenaVega and Logan Henderson. ...more

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All-4-One is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

Albums: An All-4-One Christmas, I Swear, All-4-One, And the Music Speaks, On and On, + more

All-4-One is a Grammy Award Winning American male R&B and pop group best known for their hit singles "I Swear" and "I Can Love You Like That". The group comprises Jamie ...more

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

Albums: Christmas All Over the World, Candy Girl, Heart Break, Home Again, New Edition, + more

New Edition is an R&B and pop group formed in Boston in 1978. The group reached its height of popularity during the 1980s. They were the progenitors of the boy band movement of the 1980s and ...more

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Take That is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

Albums: Beautiful World, Everything Changes, Nobody Else, Progressed, Take That & Party, + more

Take That are an English pop group formed in Manchester in 1989. The group currently consists of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen. The original line-up also featured Jason Orange and ...more

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SHINee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

Albums: The Misconceptions of Us, Why So Serious? – The Misconceptions of Me, Dream Girl – The Misconceptions of You, Boys Meet U, Lucifer, + more

Shinee ( SHY-nee; Korean: 샤이니, romanized: Syaini; Japanese: シャイニー, romanized: Shainī; stylized as SHINee) is a South Korean boy band formed by SM Entertainment in 2008. The group's musical ...more

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BIGBANG is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

Albums: Stand Up, The Best of Big Bang, ALIVE, REMEMBER, Big Bang, + more

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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
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Albums: Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium, Mother's Milk, By the Way, + more

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

Albums: O2, O-Town, All or Nothing, Love Should Be a Crime, Liquid Dreams, + more

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EXO is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
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98 Degrees is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

Albums: This Christmas, 98 Degrees and Rising (Christmas disc), 2.0, Revelation, 98 Degrees and Rising, + more

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

Albums: 5ive, Kingsize, Until the Time Is Through, Invincible Special Edition, Greatest Hits, + more

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Why Don't We is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
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Why Don't We (commonly abbreviated as WDW) is an American pop boyband, that was assembled on September 27, 2016, consisting of Jonah Marais, Corbyn Besson, Daniel Seavey, Jack Avery and Zach ...more

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Got7 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
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Albums: Got It?, Got Love, AROUND THE WORLD

Got7 is a groove dance K-pop boy group based in South Korea. Formed by JYP Entertainment in 16 January 2014, Got7 has seven members: leader JB, Mark, Jr., Jackson, Youngjae, Bambam and Yugyeom. ...more
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Menudo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

Albums: Feliz Navidad, Sombras & Figuras, Es Navidad, Sueño salvaje, Sergio, + more

Menudo (Spanish synonym for "little"—and, in Puerto Rican Spanish, for "loose change") was a Puerto Rican-based, Latino boy band that was formed in the 1970s by producer ...more

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B2K is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
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Albums: Santa Hooked Me Up, Pandemonium!, You Got Served, B2K, B2K: The Remixes – Volume 1, + more

B2K (Boys of the New Millennium) is an American boy band that was active from 1998 to 2004, and again from 2018 onwards. In 1998, the group was formed by American record producer Chris Stokes. ...more
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Hanson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
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