Boy Band Singles Rate - THE WINNER!

A boy band (or boyband) is loosely defined as a vocal group consisting of young male singers, usually in their teenage years or in their twenties at the time of formation, singing love songs marketed towards young females. -Wikipedia, 2016

Boy bands are great.

Not everyone can be Grimes or Bjork - sometimes we just want to listen to 3-5 cute but nonthreatening guys singing simple songs about being in love. Boy bands have been a Thing since the 60s, and though the genre waxes and wanes in popularity, they’ll never go away for good (no matter how much people in the Youtube comments sections want them to).

We’ve got four main categories - Backstreet Boys, N Sync, One Direction, and The Other Ones. Some of the songs are great, some of them are forgettable, and some of them may make you cringe so hard your eyes roll out of your skull.

Note that voting doesn’t officially open until APRIL 19th. That’s because there’s a lot of boy band songs out there, so I’ve tried to keep it to the biggest hits - but I know I’ll forget something. If you notice any glaring omissions, let me know before the 19th and I’ll add them to the list!

Rate each song on a scale of 0 (Louis) to 10 (Harry), with one 11 (Zayn) if you'd like, then PM them to me. Votes are due, let’s say, May 25th.


BACKSTREET BOYS

Backstreet Boys (1996)
"We've Got It Goin' On"
"I'll Never Break Your Heart"
"Get Down (You're the One for Me)"
"Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)"
"Anywhere for You"

Backstreet's Back (1997)
"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"
"As Long as You Love Me"
"All I Have to Give"

Millennium (1999)
"I Want It That Way"
"Larger than Life"
"Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely"
"The One"

Black & Blue (2000)
"Shape of My Heart"
“The Call"
"More than That"

The Hits – Chapter One (2001)
"Drowning"

Never Gone (2005)
"Incomplete"
"Just Want You to Know"
"I Still..."

Unbreakable (2007)
"Inconsolable"
"Helpless When She Smiles"

This Is Us (2009)
"Straight Through My Heart"
"Bigger"

In a World Like This (2013)
"In a World like This"
"Show 'Em (What You're Made Of)"

NSYNC

NSYNC (1997|1998)

"I Want You Back"
"Tearin' Up My Heart"
"(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You"

No Strings Attached (2000)
"Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)"
"Music of My Heart"
"Bye Bye Bye"
"It's Gonna Be Me"
"This I Promise You"

Celebrity (2001)
"Pop"
"Gone"
“Girlfriend"

ONE DIRECTION

Up All Night (2011)
"What Makes You Beautiful"
"Gotta Be You"
"One Thing"
"More than This"

Take Me Home (2012)
"Live While We're Young"
"Little Things"
"Kiss You"

Midnight Memories (2013)
"One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)"
"Best Song Ever"
"Story of My Life"
"Midnight Memories"
"You & I"

Four (2014)
"Steal My Girl"
"Night Changes"

Made in the A.M. (2015)
"Drag Me Down"
"Perfect"
"History"

THE OTHER ONES, aka WILDCARD!

98 Degrees - “The Hardest Thing”
98 Degrees - "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)"
98 Degrees - "I Do (Cherish You)"
All4One - “I Swear”
B2K feat. P Diddy - “Bump Bump Bump”
BBMak - "Back Here"
Blue - "One Love"
Blue - "Too Close"
Boyz II Men - "End Of The Road"
Boyz II Men - “I’ll Make Love To You”
Five - "When The Lights Go Out"
Five - "Keep On Movin'"
JLS feat. Dev - "She Makes Me Wanna"
Jonas Brothers - “Burnin’ Up”
New Kids on the Block - “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”
New Kids on the Block - "Step By Step"
New Kids on the Block - "Hangin' Tough"
New Kids on the Block - "Please Don't Go Girl"
O-Town - “All or Nothing”
SoulDecision - "Faded"
Take That - “Back For Good”
Take That - "The Flood"
Take That - "Patience"
Take That - "Pray"
Take That - "Rule The World"
The Wanted - “Glad You Came”
Westlife - "Fool Again"
Westlife - “World Of Our Own”
 
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THE RESULTS SO FAR:

81) One Direction - Little Things
80) NSYNC - (God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time On You
79) NSYNC - Music Of My Heart
78) New Kids On The Block - Please Don't Go Girl
77) Backstreet Boys - Anywhere For You
76) 98 Degrees - I Do (Cherish You)
75) Backstreet Boys - Helpless When She Smiles
74) One Direction - Midnight Memories
73) 98 Degrees - The Hardest Thing
72) NSYNC - Thinking Of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)
71) NSYNC - This I Promise You
70) One Direction - History
69) Backstreet Boys - I'll Never Break Your Heart
68) O-Town - All Or Nothing
67) B2K feat. P Diddy - Bump Bump Bump
66) One Direction - Gotta Be You
65) Backstreet Boys - Drowning
64) JLS - She Makes Me Wanna
63) One Direction - More Than This
62) Backstreet Boys - All I Have To Give
[TIE] 59) NSYNC - Gone
[TIE] 59) Blue - Too Close
[TIE] 59) Jonas Brothers - Burnin Up
58) New Kids On The Block - Hangin' Tough
57) Westlife - Fool Again
56) Backstreet Boys - I Still...
55) One Direction - One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)
[TIE] 53) One Direction - You & I
[TIE] 53) All4One - I Swear
52) 98 Degrees - Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)
51) Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em (What You're Made Of)
50) Backstreet Boys - Inconsolable
49) Take That - Pray
48) Backstreet Boys - More Than That
47) New Kids On The Block - Step By Step
46) One Direction - Story Of My Life
45) Backstreet Boys - Bigger
44) Backstreet Boys - In A World Like This
43) One Direction - Steal My Girl
42) BBMak - Back Here
41) Backstreet Boys - Incomplete
40) Five - When The Lights Go Out
39) Backstreet Boys - Get Down (You're The One For Me)
38) One Direction - Live While We're Young
37) Backstreet Boys - Just Want You To Know
36) Backstreet Boys - We've Got It Goin' On
35) Backstreet Boys - Straight Through My Heart
34) Boyz II Men - I'll Make Love To You
33) One Direction - Night Changes
32) NSYNC - Girlfriend
[TIE] 30) One Direction - Drag Me Down
[TIE] 30) New Kids On The Block - You Got It (The Right Stuff)
29) SoulDecision - Faded
28) Backstreet Boys - Quit Playing Games With My Heart
27) Backstreet Boys - The One
26) Take That - The Flood
25) Take That - Patience
24) One Direction - One Thing
23) Boyz II Men - End Of The Road
22) Backstreet Boys - Shape Of My Heart
21) Take That - Rule The World
20) One Direction - Perfect
19) NSYNC - I Want You Back
18) One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
17) Backstreet Boys - The Call
16) The Wanted - Glad You Came
15) Five - Keep On Movin'
14) Blue - One Love
13) Take That - Back For Good
12) Westlife - World Of Our Own
11) One Direction - Best Song Ever
10) NSYNC - Tearin Up My Heart
09) NSYNC - Pop
[TIE] 07) Backstreet Boys - As Long As You Love Me
[TIE] 07) NSYNC - It's Gonna Be Me
06) One Direction - Kiss You
05) Backstreet Boys - Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely
04) NSYNC - Bye Bye Bye
03) Backstreet Boys - Larger Than Life
 
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MollieSwift21

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Here's are some songs I would like to add to consideration. They are quite a few so I understand them not being picked. I really tried to limit myself too.

Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche) - 98 Degrees #2 in US
I Do Cherish You - 98 Degrees #13 in US
Pray - Take That - #1 in US
Patience - Take That #1 UK
The Flood - Take That #2 UK
Back Here - BBMAK #5 in UK
End of The Road - Boyz II Men #1 in US
Step By Step - New Kids on The Block #1 in US
Hangin Tough - New Kids on The Block #1 in US
Please Don't Go Girl - New Kids on The Block #10 in US
Fool Again - Westlife - #1 in UK
 
Here's are some songs I would like to add to consideration. They are quite a few so I understand them not being picked. I really tried to limit myself too.

Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche) - 98 Degrees #2 in US
I Do Cherish You - 98 Degrees #13 in US
Pray - Take That - #1 in US
Patience - Take That #1 UK
The Flood - Take That #2 UK
Back Here - BBMAK #5 in UK
End of The Road - Boyz II Men #1 in US
Step By Step - New Kids on The Block #1 in US
Hangin Tough - New Kids on The Block #1 in US
Please Don't Go Girl - New Kids on The Block #10 in US
Fool Again - Westlife - #1 in UK

These are all really good choices! I'm gonna add these to the list momentarily.
 
Perched for Little Things to go out first.

I'm not sure if I should do this or not. I barely know any of the material, so my scores will be low and possibly inaccurate... But I really want to educate myself in the Backstreet Boys.

I would suggest adding a couple Blue songs. These were all UK top 5 hits:
All Rise #4
Too Close #1
If You Come Back #1
One Love #3
Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word #1 (but it's a cover and an Elton John collab)
U Make Me Wanna #4
Guilty #2
Breathe Easy #4
Curtain Falls #4

Plus I Can was the UK's 2011 Eurovision entry.

That being said I don't actually know them at all (they're on my mental list with 5ive and BSB) and as I said I can't even promise I'll participate so feel free to ignore!

Other British bands that could be included: A1, BBMak (honestly if you include Back Here I will participate so I can give it at least a 10), East 17, McFly, Rizzle Kicks, Union J.

US bands: Big Time Rush, Dream Street, Menudo, Youngstown, HANSON, O-Town.
 
Also if you put in SoulDecision's Faded I'd probably give it a 10, I_CANNOT_USE_REAL_WORDS_PROPERLY_.
I had to look this up because the name made me think "flop Christian boyband" in the vein of True Vibe or Plus One.

I actually saw True Vibe on Wikipedia's list of American boybands and thought about including them just for you and @wackseed.

Also:
sometimes we just want to listen to 3-5 cute but nonthreatening guys singing simple songs about being in love.
#straightlassesofpopjustice

(I think Corgi's straight? If not I've just embarrassed myself.)
 
Perched for Little Things to go out first.

I'm not sure if I should do this or not. I barely know any of the material, so my scores will be low and possibly inaccurate... But I really want to educate myself in the Backstreet Boys.

I would suggest adding a couple Blue songs. These were all UK top 5 hits:
All Rise #4
Too Close #1
If You Come Back #1
One Love #3
Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word #1 (but it's a cover and an Elton John collab)
U Make Me Wanna #4
Guilty #2
Breathe Easy #4
Curtain Falls #4

Plus I Can was the UK's 2011 Eurovision entry.

That being said I don't actually know them at all (they're on my mental list with 5ive and BSB) and as I said I can't even promise I'll participate so feel free to ignore!

Other British bands that could be included: A1, BBMak (honestly if you include Back Here I will participate so I can give it at least a 10), East 17, McFly, Rizzle Kicks, Union J.

US bands: Big Time Rush, Dream Street, Menudo, Youngstown, HANSON, O-Town.

That's a good idea! I wasn't very familiar with Blue but I know they were massive. I'm gonna find a couple of their songs to throw in...
 
This rate has made my week. Wishing Rule The World was represented for Take That though @CorgiCorgiCorgi. (It went to #2, it's one of their staple songs, etc.) Also, I wouldn't mind if JLS was included as well, if only for She Makes Me Wanna.

I'd like to see songs by Blue as well, but I see they've already been mentioned.
 
This rate has made my week. Wishing Rule The World was represented for Take That though @CorgiCorgiCorgi. (It went to #2, it's one of their staple songs, etc.) Also, I wouldn't mind if JLS was included as well, if only for She Makes Me Wanna.

Both added! Glaring omissions on my part.

Also if you put in SoulDecision's Faded I'd probably give it a 10, I_CANNOT_USE_REAL_WORDS_PROPERLY_.

That song is filthy and I have no clue how they got away with playing that at school dances. Added.
 
I would be happy if the following could be added:
5ive - If Ya Gettin Down
5ive - Keep On Moving

And maybe some mid 2000s:
Triple 8 - Knockdown
V - You Stood Up
D-Side - Pushin Me Out
Us5 - Just Because Of You

And:
The Wanted - I Found You
 
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