by (@katespencer)

The 20 Best Photos Of The 20 Best Boy Bands Of The Past 20 Years

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.

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by (@missmuttoo)

New Kids On The Block. Backstreet Boys. Together.

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Time to start squeeing, ladies (and many gents)! Get yourselves (and your libidos) ready for this one. New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys are going on tour – TOGETHER. It’s like our old teenage self is going into hormonal overdrive. Can’t. Breathe.  Apparently, we have to thank Live Nation Entertainment for this boyband extravganza-bonanza, although they’re staying silent on this alleged hormone implosion for now. Yet insiders reckon that this glorious union might make it onstage by March 2011.

A source revealed, “The idea is to recreate the boy band phenomenon. It will be the ultimate ladies’ night out.” What do you mean “recreate” the boy band phenomenon? In our minds, it never went away! How AWESOME was it when the Backstreet Boys sang with the New Kids on “I Want It That Way”?

And there’s even BETTER news. The buzz is that they’re looking for a third boy band to join, and Boyz II Men might just be the ones. Can you handle it? CAN YOU HANDLE IT? Umm, clearly, we can’t.

[Photos: GettyImages]

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Boyband Star Dies At 33

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In another shocking death this year, Irish boyband star Stephen Gately has died at the age of just 33.  Stephen had been a member of Boyzone, who topped the charts and broke sales records in Britain and Ireland during the 1990s, and who recently made a comeback.  Stephen passed away suddenly on a holiday in Majorca – and the cause of death has now been confirmed as a pulmonary oedema.

Aside from huge success with Boyzone, Stephen was also notable for being the first member of a boy group to come out as gay, which he did in 1999. He married his long-term partner Andrew Cowles in a civil service ceremony in 2006.

Writing that they are “completely devastated” on his official website, the other members of the band say, “Stephen was a beautiful person in both body and spirit. He lit up our lives and those of the many friends he had all over the world.”  [Photo: Getty Images]