Here’s a look back on the best boy bands of the ’90s
If for some reason you were not aware. Kpop nor BTS is not the original Oppa’s. Yeah, that’s right! Our western counterparts were the very first ones to have long since started this phenomenon. And since I am a bit nostalgic, here are some of the best boy bands in the ’90s era.
From the early ’90s to the early ’00s, boy bands enjoyed a fan mania that bordered on fanatic obsession, let us take a trip down memory lane with uDOu’s list of the best boy bands of the ’90s. (In no particular order)
The Backstreet Boys
They need no introduction, pretty sure they never left. They are one of the world’s most popular boy bands with the strongest track record of chart-topping hits! BSB rose to fame in the early ’90s. The group is made up of AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter.
The iconic American boy band was formed in Orlando, Florida in 1995 and, just like Backstreet Boys, were one of the top and most sought after boybands there is.
*NSYNC was a five-piece arrangement comprised of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone and Lance Bass.
Boyz II Men
Not sure if we can call them as a boyband, but this group is one of the ’90s giants who were able to smash onto the entertainment scene with their 1991 debut studio album Cooleyhighharmony (hey, at least it wasn’t another self-titled collection) and it’s only been better since then.
They are currently a trio composed of baritone Nathan Morris alongside tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman. During the 1990s, Boyz II Men found fame as a quartet including bass Michael McCary, who left the group in 2003 due to multiple sclerosis.
Formed in 1998 in Dublin, Ireland, the band originally consisted of Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan and Bryan McFadden, who left the group in 2004 to pursue a solo career.
Westlife enjoyed worldwide success with hit singles like If I Let You Go, I Wanna Grow Old With You, a cover of Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl, Fool Again, Flying Without Wings, Bop Bop Baby and Queen of My Heart.
Perhaps one of the only group in this list that established themselves first before debuting. 98 Degrees (stylized as 98°) is not you usual boyband — they are known to be not just an American pop group but also is an R&B vocal group consisting of four vocalists: The group’s founding member Jeff Timmons, brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, and Justin Jeffre.
From the start, they emphasized that they wrote much of their own material, which reflected R&B influences more than mainstream pop roots. “There are major differences musically between groups, not to mention the fact that we were signed to Motown, which gives us a little more credibility as far as R&B and soul music goes.”
There you have it! uDOu’s list of the best boy bands of the ’90s! What do you think?
Is there any group that we have missed? Any other boybands you would like to recommend?
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