What hath Lou Pearlman wrought? The boy band mogul unleashed a deafening wave of teenage girl screams when he created Backstreet Boys and N*SYNC back in the 90s. This wild popularity inspired a ton of innocent and adorable young men to follow suit. Too bad the genre quickly became over-saturated with clones upon clones of the headlining musical acts, because now when I look at this list of less successful boy bands, only a small amount barely scratch the surface of my memory. Were you a fan of boy bands in the late 90s? If so, see which of these now defunct groups were your favorites and which ones are a stretch to recall.
2Be3, US5 and 5ive? No, these are not cryptic codes from The Hunt for Red October. They are just a few choice names from the litany of boy bands that overtook our radios for the latter half of the 90s. Swarming the pages of Tiger Beat and the insides of our lockers, boy bands targeted and thus ruled a great portion of preteen girls. Were you admittedly one of them? It’s okay, I kinda was, too. Although I made fun of the music directly due to my sister’s avid interest, my first concert ever took place at Six Flags for N*SYNC. I went crazy.
Other than the double threat of Backstreet Boys and N*SYNC, there were other formidable groups that serenaded the hearts of squealing girls. LFO and BBMak had a strong following for some time, yes?
Check out the gallery to see which bands bring back memories, and some not so much. You can also go to Buzzfeed to see the complete list.
Were you a boy band fanatic? Which groups were your favorite?