March 4, 2000.

Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas.

One of the greatest experiences of my life! Why? The Backstreet Boys Into the Millennium Tour. My mom and I stood in a Ticketmaster line outside of Kroger in Garland, TX for three hours to buy two tickets for my friend Lynsi and I. The only concert to ever top this experience was seeing Beyonce almost 15 years later. I will always have a special place in my heart for boy bands, and I still claim A.J. McLean and I had a thang going on.

In my day, you were either a N*SYNC fan or a Backstreet Boy lover. No straddling the fence. Justin or Nick. No Strings Attached or Millenium. “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely” or “Crazy.” Sure, there were other boys to choose from, but did anyone really care if you shopped at Abercombie & Fitch? Or if you did cherish me? Or when exactly the lights went out? Nope!  (Those were LFO, 98 degrees, and Five references in case you missed it.) Boy bands were a huge influence on me back then, and they still are on the occasional Friday night at karaoke or one-woman-living-room dance party.

BSB and N*SYNC didn’t create the craze though. “Boy bands” have been around for quite some time! What do you think The Temptations were? So, being the lover of boys that I am, I have created a list of some of the greats. This is not a ranking! That would be impossible (mainly because it would begin with The Backstreet Boys, and end with The Backstreet Boys). Instead, this is a list of groups that had undeniable influence on our CD collections and taste of music. I took three groups from the 1950s to today’s popular music. The only real criteria: they be boys in a “band.” This also includes singing groups. You may disagree, but this is just how I hear it. So here we go. Remember, this is not a ranking and does not include all the hits.

1950s

  • The Four Aces.

Most Well Known Hit Songs: “Love is a Many Splendored Thing”  & “Mr. Sandman”

Movie Moment: Remember the opening of Grease? That’s this song!

 

  • The Drifters

The Hits: “Under the Boardwalk,” “This Magic Moment,” “There Goes My Baby,” & “White Christmas”

Movie Moment: Wendy Peppercorn from The Sandlot? Yup!

 

  • The Coasters

The Hits: “Yakkety Yak,” “Poison Ivy,” & “Charlie Brown”

Movie Moment: Poison Ivy’s entrance in Batman & Robin. I’m sorry I had to make you remember that terrible film.

 

1960s

  • Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons

The Hits: “Sherry,” “Walk like a Man,” & “Big Girls Don’t Cry”

Movie Moment: Jersey Boys! This was also a hit broadway musical.

 

  • The Temptations

The Hits: “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “My Girl,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” & “The Way You Do The Things You Do”

Movie Moment: The Temptations movie and My Girl. “Where are his glasses? He can’t see without his glasses….”

 

  • The Beatles

The Hits: “Let it be!,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “Yesterday,” & “Hey Jude”

Movie Moment: Yellow Submarine and Across the Universe

 

The 1970s

  • The Bee Gees

The Hits: “Stayin Alive,” “Night Fever,” & “Words”

Movie Moments: Saturday Night Fever

 

  • Queen

The Hits: “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions,” & “Somebody to Love”

Movie Moments: Wayne’s World!

 

  • The Jackson 5

The Hits: “Rockin Robin,” “Dancing Machine,” “ABC,” & “I’ll Be There”

Movie Moments: Now & Then. The American Dream: The Jackson 5 Story

 

The 1980s

  • WHAM!

The Hits: “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” “Freedom,” & “Where Did Your Heart Go?”

Movie Moment: Edge of Heaven

  • Van Halen

The Hits: “Jump!,” “Hot for Teacher,” & “Why Can’t This Be Love”

Movie Moment: Dancing the night away was featured in Argo. That happened guys.

 

  • Duran Duran

The Hits: “Hungry Like The Wolf,” “Rio,” & “Is There Something I Should Know?”

Movie Moment: A View to Kill. THEY WROTE A JAMES BOND THEME!

 

1990s

This is by far the hardest decade! It houses all of my favs: Backstreet Boys, N*SYNC, New Kids on the Block, All 4 One, Hanson, Menudo, LFO, 5ive, 98 Degrees, Take 5, THE MOTHER EFF-ING BACKSTREET BOYS…the list is endless, so just enjoy this and let’s move on.

 

2000s

Considering I am now an adult (whether I like it or not), I’m not the most in tune to what the kids are listening to these days, but here’s what I’ve gathered.

  • The Wanted

The Hits: “Glad You Came,” “Warzone,” & “High and Low”

Movie Moment: Probably some Disney Channel/ABC Family original movie

 

  • 5 Seconds of Summer

The Hits: “Amnesia,” “She Looks So Perfect,” & “Don’t Stop”

Movie Moment: Probably some Disney Channel/ABC Family original movie

 

  • One Direction

The Hits: “Story of My Life,” “What Makes You Beautiful,” & “Best Song Ever”

Movie Moment: Probably some Disney Channel/ABC Family original movie

 

 

And there you have it, folks! Whether you like it or no,t these “boy bands” heavily impacted teenage girls everywhere. They provided the soundtracks to our summers, and many a great movie moment. They are our childhoods in one way or another. Our mothers’ heartthrobs influenced our heartthrobs. It’s the circle of boy band life, and we all had our favorite member. But, in the grand scheme of things, there can be only one!