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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 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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1
8,099 4,700
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

2
10,308 6,237
One Direction is listed (or ranked) 2 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

3
5,638 4,000
'N Sync is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
'N Sync Home for Christmas, No Strings Attached, *NSYNC

4
3,959 3,381
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 4 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

5
3,114 2,988
Boyz II Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Boyz II Men Christmas Interpretations, II, Evolution

6
3,269 3,173
New Kids on the Block is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
New Kids on the Block Merry, Merry Christmas, Face the Music

7
2,107 2,412
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Bootsdad added The Beach Boys Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas

8
2,910 3,205
Jonas Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Jonas Brothers Jonas L.A., A Little Bit Longer, Lines

9
3,410 3,099
Westlife is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Westlife Westlife, ...Allow Us to Be Frank, The Love Album

10
1,819 2,769
Take That is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Take That Beautiful World, Everything Changes, Nobody Else

11
1,166 2,277
Hanson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

12
1,677 2,605
98 Degrees is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
98 Degrees This Christmas, 98 Degrees and Rising (Christmas disc), 2.0

13
640 780
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
MaxDame added Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever, Main Course, Spirits Having Flown

14
977 445
Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Madeline Chavez added BTS 2 Cool 4 Skool, DARK&WILD, SKOOL LUV AFFAIR SPECIAL ADDITION

Celebrities Who Were Rich Before They Were Famous

15
2,787 2,494
Big Time Rush is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Big Time Rush 24/Seven, BTR, Elevate

16
1,866 1,970
EXO is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
DaniellaBuenaa added EXO Safety Primer Justice, Say Hello to the Master Seige Control, Eclats 4

17
992 2,116
New Edition is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
New Edition Christmas All Over the World, Candy Girl, Heart Break

18
1,448 2,623
Boyzone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Boyzone Ballads: The Love Song Collection, Coming Home Now, When the Going Gets Tough

19
1,256 2,327
Blue is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Blue Guilty, The Platinum Collection, One Love

20
1,742 1,821
Big Bang is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Big Bang Stand Up, The Best of Big Bang, ALIVE

21
1,144 2,328
Five is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Five 5ive, Kingsize, Until the Time Is Through

Kids of Dead Musicians: How Are They Doing Today?

22
721 775
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
JoshRenne added Savage Garden Savage Garden, Affirmation (live), Greatest Hits

23
472 478
WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added WHAM! Make It Big, The Best of Wham!: If You Were There..., The Final

24
1,604 1,811
SHINee is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
295 440
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
LauraAndrews added Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

26
890 1,100
R5 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
ElainaDeWulf added R5 Louder, Loud EP, Say You'll Stay (Acoustic Version) - Pop Rock

27
923 1,326
Rixton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
ElainaDeWulf added Rixton Me and My Broken Heart, Wait On Me - Pop/R&B

28
942 1,652
O-Town is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
O-Town O2, O-Town, All or Nothing

The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy

29
860 1,645
All-4-One is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
All-4-One An All-4-One Christmas, I Swear, All-4-One

30
561 970
Union J is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
biggymais added Union J Carry You, Union J

31
830 1,645
2PM is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
HàYurieHts added 2PM Hands Up, 2:00PM Time for Change, The First Album 1:59PM

32
199 115
Why Don't We is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Whatever9981 added Why Don't We

33
516 1,633
Menudo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Menudo Feliz Navidad, Sombras & Figuras, Es Navidad

34
723 1,794
A1 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
A1 The A List, Make It Good, Here We Come

35
946 1,799
McFly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
McFly Sibelius: Violin Concerto / Saint-Saëns: Rondo Capriccioso, Room on the 3rd Floor, Wonderland

Your Top 10 Favorite Boy Banders, Then and Now

36
740 2,151
Bay City Rollers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Bay City Rollers Once Upon a Star, Rock n' Roll Love Letter, Dedication

37
397 891
Color Me Badd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
dubdawg2 added Color Me Badd Time & Chance, C.M.B., Now & Forever

38
567 1,269
JLS is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Coolza added JLS Evolution, Outta This World, JLS

39
397 1,372
East 17 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
East 17 Resurrection, Walthamstow, Up All Night

40
474 1,082
B2K is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
JAXCRAPTV added B2K Santa Hooked Me Up, Pandemonium!, You Got Served

41
674 1,339
Before You Exit is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
GwenRamirez added Before You Exit

42
238 338
A-ha is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
DerekBeckius added A-ha Hunting High and Low, Minor Earth | Major Sky, Take On Me

The Most Convincing Rock and Roll Urban Legends

43
273 374
Infinite is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
GaiaLee added Infinite Over the Top, Inspirit, First Invasion

44
477 1,385
Busted is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Busted Sleeping With the Light On, You Said No, Crashed the Wedding

45
147 401
Dream Street is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Dream Street Dream Street

46
386 769
TVXQ is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Lushlush added TVXQ Mirotic, "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap., Rising Sun

47
50 104
The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Jdoggy added The Temptations The Temptations Christmas Card, The Very Best of Christmas, The Temptations Sing Smokey

48
250 1,114
911 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
911 Wonderland, All I Want Is You, The Greatest Hits & A Little Bit More...

49
383 1,412
Tokio Hotel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
NatachaMilheiro added Tokio Hotel Scream, Humanoid City Live, Automatic

50
387 1,209
BBMak is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
BBMak Sooner or Later, Into Your Head, Back Here