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Epic Boy Bands of the 80's and 90's

Epic Boy Bands of the 80's and 90's

In the 90s, the so-called boy bands sprang up like mushrooms and caused a true mass hysteria among the female fans. Whether New Kids on the Block or later Take That, the number of female followers was endless. Who else broke rowdy girl's heart in the 90s, you can see in our list today.

The history of the boy bands goes back to the early 1960s. It all started with the "Jackson 5", "The Monkees" and the "Osmonds". Afterward followed another wave of boy groups in the 70s and 80s and the world learned about "Menudo", "New Edition" and "New Kids on the Block". However, the most profitable time for boy bands struck in the 1990s. 

In addition, a lot of bands of the 80s and 90s that had been active in the music business are still enjoying cult status today, and you can even catch them on a tour.

Bay City Rollers

Years: 1966–87, 1990, 1998–2000, 2015–present

From Edinburgh, Scotland


Years: 1970–1975, 2004–2009

From Cleveland, Ohio, United States

New Edition

Years: 1978–90, 1996–97, 2002–present

From Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

New Edition is an American R & B band from Boston, which was founded in 1978 by Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Ralph Tresvan and Michael Bivins. They were exposed by Maurice Starr, a Florida-based music producer. The group was positioned as a new Jackson Five.

New Kids on the Block

Years: 1984–1994, 2007–present

From Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Founded in the mid-80s, they made a big breakthrough at the beginning of the 90s. Jonathan and Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood were responsible for the mass hysteria that had only hit the Beatles to date. The five boys endured their triumph after that, before they decided in 1994 to their temporary separation, probably also for the reason that Jonathan Knight had previously announced his exit from the band for health reasons.

Boyz II Men

Years: 1985–present

From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Specializing in sentimental ballads, Boyz II Men is one of the most successful R & B music groups of all time. Their international breakthrough came in 1990 with the single "End Of The Road", which secured top positions in the charts worldwide. With the release of "I'll Make Love To You" and "One Sweet Day" they managed two more mega-hits. In total, they sold over 60 million records.

Take That

Years: 1990–1996, 2005–present

From Manchester, England

Already while the New Kids stormed the charts, five British boys called Take That denied their rank. Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Jason Orange managed to capture the hearts of teenagers with a mix of song and dance. They were at the peak of their careers when Robbie Williams surprisingly left the band. Their most popular songs include "Back for Good *", "These Days *" and "The Flood *". In its 18-year career to date, Take That has sold over 45 million records and, with this spectacular record, is ranked 10th among the most prosperous boy bands of all time.

Caught in the Act

Years: 1992-1998, 2015-present

From Netherlands and United Kingdom

Caught in the Act was a Dutch-British collaboration. In the mid-90s, they celebrated several top ten hits in Germany. In 1998, the group broke up.

Backstreet Boys

Years: 1993–present

From Orlando, Florida, United States

"Backstreet Boys" is an American boy band from Florida founded in 1993. The band was named after the flea market "backstreet flea market" in Orlando. Their most prosperous time celebrated in the late 1990s. With 130 million records sold, "Backstreet Boys" is one of the most commercially successful boy bands of all time.


Years: 1993–2000, 2007–present

From Dublin, Ireland

The Irish boy band Boyzone was founded in 1993. The band consisted of five members: Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, and Stephan Gately (who died of pulmonary edema in 2009). The guys were successful, especially in the UK and Ireland.

Their greatest songs are "Father and Son", "Words" and "No Matter What". In 2000, the band split, but in 2007 in original cast announced their comeback.

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