Boybands of yesterday still relevant, compete with today’s

Morgan Montgomery, Reporter

Rising boybands are held to the expectations that were set in the 1980s with the first boyband to be what we know today. Boybands have been thriving since they started out, and this new generation of boybands does not disappoint. 

The Backstreet Boys have been around since 1993. Its members include Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, Kevin Richardson, and Howie Dorough. They released their debut album Backstreet Boys in 1996, with the chart topping song Quit Playing Games (With My Heart). They released hit songs like I Want It That Way (1999), Everybody(Backstreet’s Back) (1997), As Long As You Love Me (1997), and All I Have To Give (1997), most of which are love songs. 

is a new upcoming boyband that was formed in 2016 by Simon Cowell. Its members include Brandon Arreaga, Austin Porter, Zion Kuwonu, Nick Mara, and Edwin Honoret. They have no albums but have released three EPs. Some songs include 10,000 Hours (2018), Phases (2019), Would You Mind (2018), Open Arms (2018), Gone To Long (2019), and their newest Rock Witchu which came out Aug 16, 2019. Most of their songs are edgier and have a more mature audience target.

New Kids On The Block
, commonly abbreviated as NKOTB, is a boyband that began in the 80’s. The members are Joey McIntyre, John and Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood. They released a lot of songs that make you want to dance, like Hangin’ Tough (1988), Step By Step (1990)  and You Got It (The Right Stuff) (1988). They also released slower songs such as Please Don’t Go Girl (1988) and I’ll Be Loving You (1988). 

Why Don’t We
is a new boyband formed in 2016. Members include Jonah Marais, Corbyn Besson, Daniel Seavey, Jack Avery, and Zach Herron. They have released one album and five EPs, including a Christmas album. Some of their songs include 8 Letters (2018), What Am I (2019), Trust Fund Baby (2018), Something Different (2017), and, their first song ever released as a band, Taking You (2016). 

Boybands have evolved from the 80’s to now, they still have a mainly female fandom, but some of them have more edge and are not just geared toward teenage girls. They convey positive messages, give you a go-to karaoke song, they’re a bop to dance to and they can be a pick-me-up after a bad day.