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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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8,992 5,416
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
2
11,469 7,012
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
3
6,273 4,571
'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
4
4,496 3,868
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
5
3,428 3,483
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
6
3,624 3,638
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
7
3,343 3,720
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 rock band. Formed in 2005, they gained popularity from their appearances on the Disney Channel television network. They consist of three brothers: Kevin Jonas, ...more
8
3,654 3,591
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
9
2,002 3,252
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
10
1,281 2,804
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
11
1,809 3,110
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
12
2,215 1,140
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
13
1,139 2,479
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
14
3,252 2,837
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
15
2,273 2,429
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
16
1,575 2,977
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
17
2,055 2,170
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
18
1,363 2,664
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
19
1,236 2,656
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
20
700 404
Why Don't We is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
1,023 1,620
Rixton is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
943 1,913
All-4-One is listed (or ranked) 22 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
23
1,871 2,094
SHINee is listed (or ranked) 23 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
24
1,037 1,894
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
25
948 1,884
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