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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. 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, from Hanson with songs like "MMMBop" to K-pop. 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
7,472 4,131
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

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2
4,970 3,087
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
reesemalo added The Beatles Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

3
9,409 5,691
One Direction is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
5,190 3,607
'N Sync is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
'N Sync Home for Christmas, No Strings Attached, *NSYNC

5
3,628 3,039
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 5 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

6
2,894 2,634
Boyz II Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Boyz II Men Christmas Interpretations, II, Evolution

7
3,022 2,838
New Kids on the Block is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
New Kids on the Block Merry, Merry Christmas, Face the Music

8
3,064 1,836
5 Seconds of Summer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
xinxinluvshammys added 5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer, Somewhere New, Unplugged

9
1,943 2,076
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Bootsdad added The Beach Boys Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas

10
2,646 2,834
Jonas Brothers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Jonas Brothers Jonas L.A., A Little Bit Longer, Lines

11
2,771 1,826
The Vamps is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
xxJLanzado added The Vamps Meet the Vamps, Can We Dance, Wild Heart

12
3,209 2,815
Westlife is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Westlife Westlife, ...Allow Us to Be Frank, The Love Album

13
1,886 2,797
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
The Monkees Then & Now...The Best of the Monkees, Headquarters, Daydream Believer / Goin' Down

14
966 900
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
KimberlyHagan added The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St., Sticky Fingers

15
2,000 2,463
The Wanted is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
gretakortsen_tw added The Wanted Word of Mouth, The Wanted, Battleground

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16
1,689 2,493
Take That is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Take That Beautiful World, Everything Changes, Nobody Else

17
1,094 1,984
Hanson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time

18
1,582 2,329
98 Degrees is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
98 Degrees This Christmas, 98 Degrees and Rising (Christmas disc), 2.0

19
774 476
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
popdc added Linkin Park Hybrid Theory, Living Things, Meteora

20
527 510
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
MaxDame added Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever, Main Course, Spirits Having Flown

21
1,429 1,170
Blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
TylerPolston added Blink-182 Enema of the State, Dude Ranch, blink-182

22
377 212
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
arbresha added Twenty One Pilots Vessel, Twenty One Pilots, Regional At Best

23
339 372
U2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
MarioArley added U2 The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

24
914 1,865
New Edition is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
New Edition Christmas All Over the World, Candy Girl, Heart Break

25
1,346 2,372
Boyzone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Boyzone Ballads: The Love Song Collection, Coming Home Now, When the Going Gets Tough

26
1,170 2,095
Blue is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Blue Guilty, The Platinum Collection, One Love

27
1,070 2,096
Five is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Five 5ive, Kingsize, Until the Time Is Through

28
2,526 2,220
Big Time Rush is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Big Time Rush 24/Seven, BTR, Elevate

29
1,562 1,649
EXO is listed (or ranked) 29 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

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30
619 570
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
JoshRenne added Savage Garden Savage Garden, Affirmation (live), Greatest Hits

31
586 577
Nickelback is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
popdc added Nickelback Rockstar, All the Right Reasons, Photograph

32
853 1,164
Rixton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
ElainaDeWulf added Rixton Me and My Broken Heart, Wait On Me - Pop/R&B

33
1,444 1,631
Big Bang is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Big Bang Stand Up, The Best of Big Bang, ALIVE

34
874 539
Niall Horan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
UzairCool added Niall Horan

35
266 287
The Police is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
DerekBeckius added The Police Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

36
354 313
WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
1,369 1,646
SHINee is listed (or ranked) 37 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

38
225 264
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
LauraAndrews added Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

39
797 530
Louis Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
UzairCool added Louis Tomlinson

40
305 414
The Killers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
MRxROID added The Killers Sam’s Town, Hot Fuss, Day & Age

41
849 572
Harry Styles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
UzairCool added Harry Styles

42
721 1,506
2PM is listed (or ranked) 42 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

43
888 1,491
O-Town is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
O-Town O2, O-Town, All or Nothing

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44
760 768
Zayn Malik is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
UzairCool added Zayn Malik

45
791 914
R5 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
ElainaDeWulf added R5 Louder, Loud EP, Say You'll Stay (Acoustic Version) - Pop Rock

46
368 548
All Time Low is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
UzairCool added All Time Low Put Up or Shut Up, Don't Panic, So Wrong

47
808 1,489
All-4-One is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
All-4-One An All-4-One Christmas, I Swear, All-4-One

48
690 1,631
A1 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
A1 The A List, Make It Good, Here We Come

49
284 147
Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
Fall Out Boy Infinity on High, Save Rock and Roll, From Under the Cork Tree

50
494 807
Union J is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Boy Bands of All Time
biggymais added Union J Carry You, Union J