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Top 10 Modern Boy Bands

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Script written by Sandra Argese Don’t you just love a great boy band? Join http://www.msmojo.tv as we count down the Top 10 Modern Boy Bands. For this list, we’re delivering the best of the best of the current boy bands. We’re defining the concept of a modern boy band as a group that began its career from the year 2000 and beyond, and has three or more members who either sing, play instruments, and/or perform choreographed dance numbers. That said, supergroups such as NKOTBSB won’t count here, and neither will boy bands established before the year 2000 with highly successful comebacks - though you may find them on our other list of the top ten boy bands.
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Top 10 Modern Boy Bands


Don’t you just love a great boy band? Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top ten modern boy bands.

For this list, we’re delivering the best of the best of the current boy bands. We’re defining the concept of a modern boy band as a group that began its career from the year 2000 and beyond, and has three or more members who either sing, play instruments, and/or perform choreographed dance numbers. That said, supergroups such as NKOTBSB won’t count here, and neither will boy bands established before the year 2000 with highly successful comebacks - though you may find them on our other list of the top ten boy bands.

#10: O-Town


At the turn of the new millennium, the reality series “Making the Band” documented the formation of a five-piece boyband named O-Town. From there, their 2001 debut album went on to achieve platinum status in the US and Canada, notably featuring the two Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles “All or Nothing” and “Liquid Dreams.” Though they disbanded 2003, O-Town returned to the spotlight ten years later -without Ashley Parker Angel - to huge success, touring their original hits, all while adding some pretty impressive tracks to their musical catalogue. Catchy tunes like “Skydive” and the funky “Chasin’ After You” truly demonstrated that the boys’ vocal capabilities and on point dance moves hadn’t gone anywhere.

#9: The Vamps


Sitting quite comfortably among the best performing British boy bands of the early 21st century, the career of the Vamps has seen them confirm themselves as dominant figures in the world of pop/rock music in just a few short years. Initially gaining popularity in 2012 by recording cover songs and posting them to YouTube, they eventually released their debut single a year later, which didn’t only peak at number 2 on the UK chart, but actually debuted at that spot. In 2014, their debut album, Meet the Vamps, achieved a similar feat, while their second album hit the Top 10 in the UK, further catapulting their deserved success and popularity. The Vamps are a boy band that reflects the perfect combination of both instrumental and vocal talent, and have so far left fans satisfied with each album release.

#8: Big Time Rush


Signed to a record deal and a Nickelodeon TV show at the same time, this group got so big that their success spawned four seasons and a movie about their lives in a boy band. Their enormous popularity saw them release three albums in 3 years, with each of them achieving global success worldwide. Meanwhile, their prominence and rise to fame both on TV and on tour helped return the boy band into the public eye. With millions of album sales, a loyal fan base, and four very talented members, it’s no wonder Big time Rush had the success they did. However, they have been on hiatus since 2014.

#7: The Wanted


Oh, did this band stay true to their name! The Wanted almost instantly cemented themselves among the most desired and sought after boy bands of the 2010s with their self-titled debut. As their first two albums were certified gold in the United Kingdom, this boy band clearly did several things right. Known for their catchy dance-pop tunes, The Wanted have given us some memorable music that would well complement any great party playlist. Their most notable track “Glad You Came” sold over three million, yes you heard it right, that’s three million copies in the US alone, and established their overseas success. However, just like Big Time Rush, The Wanted also announce their hiatus in 2014.

#6: Union J


Josh, JJ, Jaymi and George were first introduced to the world as Union J when they competed on the UK version of “The X Factor” in 2012. Though they finished fourth, that didn’t stop them from releasing music, and we’re pretty glad about that. Union J are the perfect example of true talent arising from a music reality TV show, with their debut album debuting and peaking at number six on the UK albums chart. With four top 10 UK singles to their name so far, there’s no doubt that the band are only going to get better and better – even if George Shelley – who was only added to the band formerly known as Triple J during the “The X Factor” – left the group in 2016.

#5: Blue


Sell over 15 million records worldwide? Check. Represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest? Check. Record music with Stevie Wonder and Elton John? Check. Blue are clearly the best color among the boy band palette, and it’s easy to see why. After all, their first three albums went to number one in the UK and skyrocketed the boys to well-deserved levels of success. Though they went on hiatus in 2005, their 2011 comeback single “I Can” showed us they really could still make great music, all while retaining the great sound that originally gave them their fame. Their consistent music releases since have seen them mature into a well-established band, with four great singing voices to boot.

#4: Big Bang


The “Kings of K-Pop” are none other than Big Bang, and don’t you question it, because this boy band has sold over 100 million records worldwide! The band’s wow factor never ceases to amaze audiences, particularly as they are known for their flawless choreography, vibrant costume designs, incredible string of catchy tunes, and extravagant live performances. Not only are they leaders in the K-Pop genre, but they’ve also taken it beyond their South Korean roots to expand the sound’s reach to worldwide audiences, and have performed globally to huge success. They even took home the first trophy for Best Worldwide Act at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards, which is as impressive as it is testament to their rapid international appeal.

#3: 5 Seconds of Summer


They’re loud, they’re successful, they’re Australian, and they’re likely plastered all over the walls of millions of fangirls worldwide. Formed in 2011, this group’s musical style fuses genres of rock, punk, and pop to create some outright killer tunes. You know you’ve hit it big when your debut studio album hits number one in eleven countries, which is exactly what 5 Seconds of Summer achieved. Though they argue that they aren’t a boy band in the strict sense of the term, with each of the four members playing an instrument, they do all share in the vocals and their powerful stage presence and attract females to their shows in droves. Thanks to their explosive performances, we will likely see them continue to be chart toppers for years to come.

#2: Jonas Brothers


Standing tall as the family powerhouse of boy bands everywhere, the Jonas Brothers were the main heartthrobs of females worldwide between 2005-2013. The combination of siblings Nick, Joe, and Kevin Jonas saw the group become three chart -dominating brothers that infiltrated the pop world with catchy music. With highly impressive record sales of over 17 million albums throughout their career, it’s also impressive that these brothers don’t only sing but play multiple instruments. They got so big that they had their own TV show, appeared in the Camp Rock franchise, and were permanent favorites on the Disney Channel. Though they broke up in 2013, The Jonas Brothers taught us that sometimes, you can work with family.

Before we hit the dance floor with our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

JLS

Justice Crew

Il Volo

Hot Chelle Rae

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#1: One Direction


There was only ever one direction for these boys, and it was straight to the top of the music charts around the world. When a band wins six Brit Awards and eleven MTV Europe Music Awards and sells out arenas and over fifty million albums worldwide, then it’s not surprising that they’ve created one heck of an unforgettable legacy. One Direction’s Midnight Memories was even the best-selling album of 2013, successfully sitting alongside each of their other four albums – all of which hit the top 5 in the UK and the US. As a quintet or quartet, their success is a testament to their outright appeal as a boy band, and have put them at number one on our list.

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