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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 The Backstreet Boys are an American vocal group, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993. The group consists of A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell. The ...more

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10,913 6,661
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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5,992 4,310
'N Sync is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Home for Christmas, No Strings Attached, *NSYNC NSYNC 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 Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, ...more

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4,264 3,612
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 4 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 are an American popular music family group from Gary, Indiana. Formed in 1964 under the name The Jackson Brothers, the founding members were Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine. Marlon and ...more

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3,286 3,235
Boyz II Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Christmas Interpretations, II, Evolution Boyz II Men is an American R&B vocal group, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. Formerly a quartet featuring Michael McCary, they are currently a trio composed of ...more

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3,465 3,412
New Kids on the Block is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Merry, Merry Christmas, Face the Music New Kids on the Block is an American boy band from Boston, Massachusetts, assembled in 1984 by producer Maurice Starr. The band's original name was Nynuk. The band consists of brothers Jordan ...more

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3,116 3,492
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 were an American pop rock group. Formed in 2005, they gained popularity from their appearances on the Disney Channel children's television network. They consist of three ...more

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3,550 3,349
Westlife is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Westlife, ...Allow Us to Be Frank, The Love Album Westlife were an Irish boy band, formed in July 1998 and disbanded in June 2012. Originally signed by Simon Cowell and managed by Louis Walsh, the group's final line-up consisted of Nicky Byrne, ...more

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1,895 3,020
Take That is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Beautiful World, Everything Changes, Nobody Else Take That are a British pop group who formed in 1990. The group currently consists of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, and Mark Owen. The original line-up also featured Jason Orange and Robbie ...more

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1,231 2,541
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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1,758 2,846
98 Degrees is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
This Christmas, 98 Degrees and Rising (Christmas disc), 2.0 98 Degrees is an American pop and R&B boy band consisting of four vocalists: brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre, and Jeff Timmons. The group was formed by Timmons in Los Angeles, ...more

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1,724 784
Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 12 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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1,077 2,289
New Edition is listed (or ranked) 13 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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3,021 2,682
Big Time Rush is listed (or ranked) 14 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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2,102 2,214
EXO is listed (or ranked) 15 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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1,521 2,795
Boyzone is listed (or ranked) 16 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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1,917 1,995
Big Bang 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 is a South Korean boy band formed by YG Entertainment. Consisting of members G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung, and Seungri, they officially debuted on August 19, 2006. Predominantly a ...more

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1,312 2,495
Blue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Guilty, The Platinum Collection, One Love Blue are an English R&B group consisting of members Antony Costa, Duncan James, Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe. The band originally formed in 2000, releasing three studio albums, All Rise, One ...more

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1,193 2,494
Five is listed (or ranked) 19 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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972 1,469
Rixton is listed (or ranked) 20 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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911 1,775
All-4-One is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
An All-4-One Christmas, I Swear, All-4-One All-4-One is an American male R&B/pop group best known for their cover hit single "I Swear" from their self-titled 1994 debut album. The group comprises Jamie Jones, Delious ...more

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1,749 1,962
SHINee is listed (or ranked) 22 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 (stylized as SHINee) is a South Korean boy group formed by SM Entertainment in 2008. The group is composed of four members: Onew, Key, Minho, and Taemin. Originally a five-piece group, ...more

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433 250
Why Don't We is listed (or ranked) 23 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

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997 1,775
O-Town is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
O2, O-Town, All or Nothing O-Town is an American boy band formed from the first season of the MTV-produced reality television series Making The Band in 2000, consisting of Erik-Michael Estrada, Trevor Penick, Jacob ...more

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895 1,762
2PM is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
HàYurieHts added Hands Up, 2:00PM Time for Change, The First Album 1:59PM 2PM is a South Korean idol group managed by JYP Entertainment. The current members are Jun. K, Nichkhun, Taecyeon, Wooyoung, Junho and Chansung. Former leader Jay Park officially left the group ...more

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588 1,097
Union J is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
biggymais added Carry You, Union J Union J are a British boy band consisting of members Josh Cuthbert, JJ Hamblett, Jaymi Hensley and George Shelley. They were formed in 2011 and originally a trio, consisting of Cuthbert, ...more

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548 1,740
Menudo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Feliz Navidad, Sombras & Figuras, Es Navidad Menudo was a Puerto Rican boy band that was formed in the 1970s by producer Edgardo Díaz. Menudo was also one of the biggest Latin boy bands in history, releasing their first album in ...more

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761 1,913
A1 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
The A List, Make It Good, Here We Come A1 are an English-Norwegian pop group that formed in 1998. The line-up consists of Christian Ingebrigtsen, Mark Read and Ben Adams. Original member and founder Paul Marazzi was a member from ...more

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756 2,246
Bay City Rollers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Once Upon a Star, Rock n' Roll Love Letter, Dedication Bay City Rollers were a Scottish pop band whose popularity was highest in the mid 1970s. The British Hit Singles & Albums noted that they were "tartan teen sensations from ...more

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594 1,367
JLS is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Coolza added Evolution, Outta This World, JLS JLS were an English pop/R&B boy band consisting of members JB Gill, Marvin Humes, Aston Merrygold and Oritsé Williams. Originally formed by Oritse Williams. They originally signed to ...more

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342 464
Infinite is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
GaiaLee added Over the Top, Inspirit, First Invasion Infinite is a seven-member South Korean pop boy band, formed in 2010 by Woollim Entertainment. The group comprises seven members: Sungkyu, Dongwoo, Woohyun, Hoya, Sungyeol, L, and Sungjong. ...more

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512 1,173
B2K is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
JAXCRAPTV added Santa Hooked Me Up, Pandemonium!, You Got Served B2K was an American R&B music group that was active from 1998 to 2004.

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412 1,470
East 17 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Resurrection, Walthamstow, Up All Night East 17 are an English pop boy band group currently consisting of original members John Hendy and Terry Coldwell and newest addition to the line-up Robbie Craig. The original line-up also ...more

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692 1,439
Before You Exit is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
GwenRamirez added Before You Exit is an American pop-rock band based in Orlando, Florida. Formed in 2007, the band originally consisted of Connor McDonough, Braiden Wood and Thomas Silvers. A year later, the band ...more

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35 36
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Angel Rafael Torres added Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium The 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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489 1,473
Busted is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Sleeping With the Light On, You Said No, Crashed the Wedding Busted were an English pop rock band from Southend-on-Sea, Essex. The band was formed in 2000 and originally consisted of James Bourne, Matt Willis and Ki Fitzgerald. In October 2000 Fitzgerald ...more

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446 855
TVXQ is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Lushlush added Mirotic, "O"-Jung.Ban.Hap., Rising Sun TVXQ, an initialism for Tong Vfang Xien Qi, is a South Korean pop duo consisting of U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin. They are known as Tohoshinki in Japanese releases, and are sometimes referred ...more

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Got7 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
KingaMeow added 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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161 492
Dream Street is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Dream Street Dream Street was a short-lived American pop boy band that was formed in mid-1999 by Louis Baldonieri and Brian Lukow. Dream Street later disbanded in 2002 following a legal dispute between ...more

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261 1,207
911 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Wonderland, All I Want Is You, The Greatest Hits & A Little Bit More... 911 are an Scottish pop group consisting of Lee Brennan, Jimmy Constable and Simon "Spike" Dawbarn. They were formed in 1992 and released their debut single "Night to ...more

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327 1,159
Take 5 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Against All Odds, Take 5 Take 5 was an American boy band from Orlando, Florida that formed in 1997 and the broke in 2001 consisting of brothers Ryan and Jeff "Clay" Goodell, Tilky Jones, Stevie Sculthorpe, and ...more

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401 1,298
BBMak is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Sooner or Later, Into Your Head, Back Here BBMak were an English pop group consisting of Mark Barry, Christian Burns and Stephen McNally. Together they sold three million albums and spawned two Top 10 and Top 40 singles worldwide between ...more

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124 74
Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Ainh.garcia added Seventeen, also stylized as SEVENTEEN or SVT, is a South Korean boy group formed by Pledis Entertainment in 2015. The group consists of thirteen members (Jun, Vernon, DK, Seungkwan, Hoshi, ...more

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377 1,307
H.O.T. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Wolf and Sheep, We Hate all Kinds of violence..., H.O.T. New Mix H.O.T. was a popular five-member South Korean boy band in the mid to late 1990s. They were formed by SM Entertainment in 1996 and disbanded in 2001. In addition to South Korea, the band was ...more

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Wanna One is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Guest_e512297f-2c3b-424f-af1a-385acbe4bfb2 added Wanna One is a South Korean boy band formed by CJ E&M through the 2017 series Produce 101 Season 2. The group is composed of eleven members: Kang Daniel, Park Ji-hoon, Lee Dae-hwi, Kim ...more

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Lonestar is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Amazed, I'm Already There, This Christmas Time Lonestar is an American country music group consisting of Richie McDonald, Michael Britt, Keech Rainwater, and Dean Sams. Before the group's foundation, both Rainwater and Britt were members of ...more

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iKON is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Ainh.garcia added Welcome back, Return

Ikonic

iKon, stylized as iKON, is a South Korean boy band formed in 2015 by YG Entertainment. The group was first introduced in the reality survival program WIN: Who is Next as "Team B." ...more

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Day6 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
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How Can I Say, Sunrise Album

Day6 is a South Korean band formed by JYP Entertainment. The band's current line-up consists of five members: Jae, Sungjin, Young K, Wonpil, and Dowoon. The band debuted with the release of ...more

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PrettyMuch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
tyshaunthomas added PrettyMuch, stylized as PRETTYMUCH, is an American-Canadian pop boy band based in Los Angeles, California. The group consists of Brandon Arreaga, Edwin Honoret, Austin Porter, Nick Mara and Zion ...more

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Human Nature is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Human Nature, Counting Down, Telling Everybody Human Nature is an Australian pop vocal group. They formed in 1989, originally as a doo-wop group called The 4 Trax, while the members were schoolmates in Sydney. After signing with Sony Music ...more