Is there anything in the world more beautiful than a boy band? The gel-heavy hairdos. The choreographed moves. The matching outfits (so often suits, so often made of leather). The cuddly, goofy photo ops. Being in a boy band isn’t just a job, it’s an art form. As someone who once cried in the middle of 40,000 screaming girls when Donnie Wahlberg sang “Cover Girl,” seeing them perform live can be a life-changing experience. (NKOTB 4ever.)
Our friends over at MTV are honoring this special species of man music with their Battle of the Boy Bands, and the final round of voting begins today. In honor of the competition we’ve selected the best photos of the best boy bands of the past 20 years for you to swoon/LOL/and get nostalgic over. Be sure to view the pics while listening to our boy band playlist, featuring some of our favorite boy band jams.
Hey guys, Beyonce has the same thing on her bucket list as we have on ours: for Beyonce to create a boy band. “I am starting my company, my label. I want to create a boy band,” Bey told the Associate Press after a promotional even for her her fragrance Beyonce Pulse, adding “I see so many male artists building these empires and passing their knowledge on to other artists and development. I see myself doing the same thing and hopefully other younger artists when they grow up and they have been around for 15, 20 years, they can do the same thing.” Beyonce then explained how she never sleeps and can instantly teleport anywhere on Earth by flinging her hair, thus explaining how she finishes any of her 1,000 concurrent projects.
And while she might have a million other items on that list and/or in that bucket, as far as she’s concerned, Beyonce’s pregnancy isn’t going to hinder her career in the slightest. “I think of course my life is going to change, and I definitely will make sacrifices, but you know, I think I will be able to bring hopefully my little rider with me,” she explained. Plus, if Bey has a boy then pops out a few more, we’re talking Boys II Men: Part II.
Do you miss the late ’90s? Were some of you even born in the late ’90s? If you remember a time where puka shells, frosted tips and matching track suits were enough to steal your pubescent heart, Lance Bass’s boy band reality show is going to make you fall in love all over again. “It’s a really great music show, starring all your favorite boy bands. It’s going to be really fun,” Bass explained Vulture. “I got a member from Backstreet Boys, A.J. McLean. A member from *NSYNC, Joey Fatone. A member from New Kids on the Block, Joe McIntyre. And a member from New Edition, Bobby Brown.” Add Chris Kirkpatrick to that list and he’s already managed to assumed our favorite band of all time. OF ALL TIME!
Adding to the same trend that spawned NKOTBSB’s summer tour, Lance explains that each veteran singer is “going to form a boy band, each, from the most talented guys in America that I’ve scouted, and then they’ll go head-to-head in a competition to see who the best band is, so it’s bragging rights for the guy in the group, for sure.” Though Lance admits he doesn’t officially have everyone signed on quite yet: “I think Bobby will do it. I think he’d love it.” You kids today with your Justin Bieber. Do you even remember the majesty that was “Dirty Pop”? You’re in for a real treat.
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