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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 getĀ nostalgicĀ 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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Color Me Badd Singer: “I Wanna Beat You Up!”

Top five most embarrassing details from the arrest of former Color Me Badd leader Bryan Abrams last Friday: 1. He was arrested for punching his girlfriend in the face while screaming “I’m a kill you! You and me! You and me!” 2. The assault occurred around 4pm… 3. in a restaurant… 4. in Oklahoma City. 5. Yes, he was drunk.

Top five most embarrassing details about former Color Me Badd leader Bryan Abrams that have nothing to do with his arrest: 1. An ex-wife and a girlfriend teamed up to sue him for unpaid child support three years ago. 2. He was working in a tire store at the time. 3. Mission: Man Band. 4. He recorded a track with the Insane Clown Posse in 2007. 5. Color Me Badd reunited this year…for a rock’n'roll quiz show.

Those New Kids On The Block better appreciate how lucky they are. [NewsOK]

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