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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
7,967 4,535
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
10,121 6,103
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
5,547 3,879
'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
3,891 3,279
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
3,070 2,882
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
3,220 3,076
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
2,069 2,315
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
2,837 3,098
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
3,371 3,021
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
1,797 2,690
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
1,153 2,194
Hanson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

12
1,657 2,529
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
617 699
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
816 355
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

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15
2,730 2,412
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
974 2,051
New Edition is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
New Edition Christmas All Over the World, Candy Girl, Heart Break

17
1,789 1,892
EXO is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
1,425 2,561
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
1,236 2,268
Blue is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Blue Guilty, The Platinum Collection, One Love

20
1,124 2,273
Five is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Five 5ive, Kingsize, Until the Time Is Through

21
1,656 1,765
Big Bang is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Big Bang Stand Up, The Best of Big Bang, ALIVE

Kids of Dead Musicians: How Are They Doing Today?

22
701 731
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
445 436
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
279 397
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
LauraAndrews added Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

25
1,551 1,766
SHINee is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
874 1,050
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
934 1,619
O-Town is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
O-Town O2, O-Town, All or Nothing

28
910 1,288
Rixton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
ElainaDeWulf added Rixton Me and My Broken Heart, Wait On Me - Pop/R&B

The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy

29
846 1,611
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
548 927
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
805 1,611
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
508 1,597
Menudo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Menudo Feliz Navidad, Sombras & Figuras, Es Navidad

33
716 1,756
A1 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
A1 The A List, Make It Good, Here We Come

34
140 76
Why Don't We is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Whatever9981 added Why Don't We

35
935 1,766
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
737 2,119
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
390 861
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
557 1,236
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
392 1,342
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
470 1,050
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
228 309
A-ha is listed (or ranked) 41 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

42
665 1,308
Before You Exit is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
GwenRamirez added Before You Exit

The Most Convincing Rock and Roll Urban Legends

43
249 349
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
474 1,353
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
140 371
Dream Street is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Dream Street Dream Street

46
367 743
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
247 1,083
911 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
911 Wonderland, All I Want Is You, The Greatest Hits & A Little Bit More...

48
38 80
The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 48 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

49
378 1,387
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
385 1,187
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