The '90s were an especially amazing time for music fans, with the radio waves dominated by girl groups, boy bands, and solo stars. Plenty of male pop groups rose to international prominence, but what were the top '90s boy band hits? The list of great songs by '90s boy bands is pretty much endless.
Today, throwback groups like New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys still tour, while the members of supergroups like *NSYNC went the solo route. But other groups made their mark on the '90s scene, too. R&B royalty 3T had fans that would do "Anything" for them, while sexy soul stars like Silk and Next encouraged ladies to "Freak Me" and get "Too Close." British-based bands like 5ive, as well as Irish imports Westlife, all had an impact on the charts. And then there were '90s boy bands who were one-hit wonders, like All-4-One (remember them?) or Shai.
Wondering what happened to these '90s boy bands? Flashback with these forgotten hits, and vote up your favorite retro song.
"I Swear" By All-4-One (1994)
You might not remember the band All-4-One, but you probably know their signature song, "I Swear." The ballad, a cover of a John Michael Montgomery country song, hit the top of the charts and stayed there for several months. Although All-4-One had a few more hits, they soon faded into obscurity, but apparently they never really broke up. You can even find them actively replying to fans on Twitter.
British boy band 5ive sure knew how to put out a hit (they shared management with the Spice Girls). They sold over 20 million records thanks to hits like "When the Lights Go Out," and eventually split, but reunited twice. Scott Robinson became a DJ, while Sean Conlon failed to make it onto The Voice. Three of the guys became celeb-reality stars in the 2000s, too. But they're still performing as a group even now - albeit as a threesome.
Next's raunchy "Too Close" heated up dance floors everywhere in the 1990s. Capitalizing on their undeniably catchy hit, its members recorded duets with Destiny's Child and R&B diva Deborah Cox in the last years of the decade. In 2000, they released a follow-up hit, "Wifey," and received a number of awards, but the band informally dissolved in the mid-2000s.
Alt-rockers The Verve Pipe found success in 1996 with "The Freshmen," a melancholy post-grunge ballad from their first album. The single topped the charts and earned a gold certification. Unfortunately, the grunge bubble burst, and the band's second album flopped in 1999.
The Verve Pipe took a break for a few years, but returned in 2009 with an album of children's music. They continue to write and record both rock and children's albums, and tour throughout the U.S.