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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
Never Gone, Backstreet Boys, I Want It That Way
Backstreet Boys (often abbreviated as BSB) is an American vocal group, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993. The group consists of AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and ...more

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One Direction is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Up All Night, Something About the Way You Look Tonight, Total Eclipse of the Heart
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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New Kids on the Block is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Merry, Merry Christmas, Face the Music
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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'N Sync is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Home for Christmas, No Strings Attached, *NSYNC
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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The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Christmas Album, 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection: The Best of Jackson 5, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5
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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Boyz II Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Christmas Interpretations, II, Evolution
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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Jonas Brothers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Jonas L.A., A Little Bit Longer, Lines
The Jonas Brothers are an American pop rock band. Formed in 2005, they gained popularity from their appearances on the Disney Channel television network. They consist of three brothers: Kevin ...more

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Take That is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Beautiful World, Everything Changes, Nobody Else
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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Westlife is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Westlife, ...Allow Us to Be Frank, The Love Album
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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Hanson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Hanson is an American pop rock band from Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States, formed by brothers Isaac (guitar, bass, piano, vocals), Taylor (keyboards, piano, guitar, drums, vocals), and Zac (drums, ...more

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New Edition is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Christmas All Over the World, Candy Girl, Heart Break
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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98 Degrees is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
This Christmas, 98 Degrees and Rising (Christmas disc), 2.0
98 Degrees (stylized as 98°) is an American pop and R&B vocal group consisting of four vocalists: brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, their friends Justin Jeffre, and Jeff Timmons. The group ...more

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Big Time Rush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
24/Seven, BTR, Elevate
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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EXO is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
DaniellaBuenaa added
Safety Primer Justice, Say Hello to the Master Seige Control, Eclats 4
Exo is a South Korean-Chinese boy group based in Seoul. Formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2011, the group debuted in 2012 with twelve members separated into two subgroups, Exo-K (Suho, Baekhyun, ...more

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Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Madeline Chavez added
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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All-4-One is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
An All-4-One Christmas, I Swear, All-4-One
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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BIGBANG is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Stand Up, The Best of Big Bang, ALIVE
Big Bang (stylized as BIGBANG) is a South Korean boy band formed by YG Entertainment. The group consists of 4 members: G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, and Daesung. Member Seungri retired from the ...more
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Five is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
5ive, Kingsize, Until the Time Is Through
Five are an English boy band consisting of members Sean Conlon, Ritchie Neville, and Scott Robinson. They were formed in 1997 by the same team that managed the Spice Girls before they launched ...more

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O-Town is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
O2, O-Town, All or Nothing
O-Town (also known as OTWN) is an American boy band formed from the first season of the MTV-produced reality television series Making the Band in 2000. As of 2015 the group consists of ...more
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SHINee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
The Misconceptions of Us, Why So Serious? – The Misconceptions of Me, Dream Girl – The Misconceptions of You
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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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
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Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium
Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other ...more

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Boyzone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Ballads: The Love Song Collection, Coming Home Now, When the Going Gets Tough
Boyzone are an Irish boy band. Their most famous line-up was composed of Keith Duffy, Stephen Gately, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating, and Shane Lynch. Boyzone have had 21 singles in the top 40 UK ...more
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Menudo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Feliz Navidad, Sombras & Figuras, Es Navidad
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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Rixton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
ElainaDeWulf added
Me and My Broken Heart, Wait On Me
Pop/R&B Rixton are an English four member band from Manchester, England signed by Scooter Braun's SB Projects. The band was established in 2012 as Relics before changing their name to Rixton. Their ...more
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Why Don't We is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Whatever9981 added
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