According to Wikipedia
: “A boy band
) is loosely defined as a vocal group consisting of young male singers, usually in their teenage years or in their twenties at the time of formation. Being vocal groups, most boy band members do not play musical instruments, either in recording sessions or on stage, making the term somewhat of a misnomer. However, exceptions do exist. Most boy bands dance as well as sing, usually giving highly choreographed performances.” Did you get all that?
While I appreciate Wikipedia’s attempt at giving a technical and professional sounding definition to the term boy band, I think I may be able to give it a more realistic spin.
Dani’s boy band definition: a group of young men that invoke inexplicable screaming and tears from their young female fans. These young men must sing like angels, be able to bring inappropriate thoughts to mind with their dance moves, and be unspeakably cute.
That sounds more accurate, don’t you think?
In this “Pop of Opinion,” I am going to list my top five favorite boy bands of all time, and tell you why they’ve made this coveted list. Now, I understand that with every opinion piece, somebody will inevitably feel slighted. I won’t have a group on here that you love, and I will have a group on here that you hate. But this is my opinion piece, darnit, and I’ll choose who I want! Are you ready? Let’s go!
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5. One Direction:
These little cutie pies flew onto the scene well after my teeny bopper years had passed. But you know what? I couldn’t care less. I think they’re adorable. They are cute, talented, and can bring the girls to their knees. They have charm to spare and a killer sense of style. I also really like how accessible they try and be to their fans. The group recently announced
that they would be unleashing a seven-hour live-stream in which fans can tune in and watch the guys go about their business; complete with celebrity guest stars, special features, and the chance to interact with the group. They seem to really value their fan base and understand that without those throngs of screaming girls, they would be nothing. Plus, they make catchy tunes!
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4. 98 Degrees:
I have one word to describe this foursome: beefy. These guys spent quite a bit of their time in the gym. One reason I really like them is because they hail from my home town, the Queen City of Cincinnati. In fact, one member, Justin Jeffre, won a mayoral candidacy for the city in 2005. He didn’t win the election, but his involvement brought some positive press to the tri-state. Brothers Nick and Drew Lachey still have residences in the city, and if you see Nick in a photo or on TV, he almost always is wearing some Cincinnati sports gear. He is a hometown boy! But their music was great, too, in its day. “I Do (Cherish You)” was about the sweetest song I had ever heard. It made young girls everywhere fantasize about their future nuptials. 98 Degrees was a perfect name for these guys; they certainly were hot!
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3. The Jackson 5:
These brothers knew how to work it. What’s not to love about the Jacksons? These guys were straight up talented. They could move, sing, and even write and compose their own songs. They were a force to be reckoned with, they demanded attention. And attention they were granted. The Jackson 5 literally took the music world by storm; nobody saw them coming. Their music was fun, catchy, and easy to dance to; and they were so incredibly cute it wasn’t fair. And, I mean, hello. They gave us Michael Jackson, for Christ’s sake! They were, and still are really, incomparable. This may be totally inaccurate, but in my mind, they are the FIRST boy band. They really built the platform that allowed future boy bands to succeed. I couldn’t possibly love them more.
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2. Boyz II Men:
Motown Philly back again… I. Love. Boyz II Men. I owned (still own) every single one of their albums. These crooners knew how to make a love song, I tell you what! II
will probably go down as one of my favorite albums of all-time. I remember sitting in my room with all the lights off, lying on my floor next to my boom-box while they soothed my angsty soul with their velvety voices and impeccable harmonies. These guys were wise beyond their years. Their songs have spanned the years and still bring me an absurd amount of joy. The hardest part of this choice is narrowing down which song I will share with you. Decisions, decisions…
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If you know me at all, this choice comes as no surprise. *NSYNC was my adolescence. Every single open square foot of wall was covered in posters of the band, and specifically of JC Chasez. My best friend and I were so completely obsessed that we used to stay up into the wee hours of the night and make up hypothetical scenarios in which we would meet JC and Justin. Of course, Justin would fall madly in love with her, and JC would declare that I was the young woman he had been searching for his whole life. Not my proudest moment, but hey. I was young! These guys had it all. Melodic voices that meshed together like a perfect puzzle, dizzying dance moves, and they were so cute it almost hurt. I had many “firsts” with *NSYNC. They were my first live show. I had my first kiss while I was dancing at my first dance with my first boyfriend. They were there through all of my awkward high school years, helping me to get through it with the promise of awakening and the existence of love. Corny? Absolutely. But true, nonetheless. When they reunited a few weeks ago at the VMAs, I thought my heart was going to explode. I was flooded with so many wonderful adolescent memories that I had to take a seat. The effect they still had on me actually took my breath away. Just when you think you’ve gotten over it, your favorite childhood band reunites and takes you out at the knees! *NSYNC was different from your typical boy band. Later in their career, they demanded control over the music they made and the performances they gave. The guys composed and wrote together and showed that they were more than just a manufactured group of hotties; they were legit musicians. I jam out to their music to this day. They still get me moving!
What do you say, PopWrappers? Do you love my list, or hate it? We would love to hear who you would strike from this list, or add to it. Sound off below!