60 years ago, four men walked into the studio to make their first single. They planned on releasing a song called ‘How You Do It,’ but that didn’t sound quite good. After many re-recordings and deliberations, they went ahead and released a different song called ‘Love Me Do.’ That song ended up shooting those boys to fame.
Those four young men were The Beatles. Many boybands came before them, and many existed in their time. But they are the ones known for starting the fan culture surrounding boybands. Hundreds of people thronged the places they performed in.
After all this time, few boybands have stood out like them. Let’s take a look at these bands:
The British band first formed in 2010 went on to rule the hearts of many till 2016, after which took a hiatus. Member Zayn Malik (who probably didn’t get the memo about the hiatus) left before they broke apart. Currently Harry, Louis, Liam and Niall, the members who remained, are pursuing solo projects. Their most famous member Harry Styles also dabbles in the acting industry.
Some of their songs worth listening to are ‘History’, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, and ‘One Thing.’
This Spanish boyband was actually based in Florida. They consisted of members Richard Camacho, Eric Brian Colon, Zabdiel de Jesus and Christopher Valez. Their former member Joel Pimento left in 2021. They made an impact in the Latin music scene.
The band broke up this year to pursue solo projects (Joel Pimento also seems to have not gotten the memo) but they still will work together for an album, a tour, and an acting project with Disney+. Some songs worth listening to are ‘Reggaeton Lento,’ ‘Se Vuelve Loca,’ and ‘Para Enamorarte.’
This band is probably the only one that made a mark in the English pop scene when One Direction was active. They are also the first band on this list so far that is active. The band consists of four members, including Brad Simpson, James Brittain-McVey, Connor Ball and Tristan Evans.
Some of their songs worth listening to are ‘Somebody to You,’ ‘All Night’ and ‘Oh, Cecilia.’
Usually, they would either occupy the first or last position on such a list. But since I’m ‘not like other girls,’ they are second to last. The group consists of seven members mostly known by their stage names – RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook. Jimin and Jungkook kept their real names as their stage names because they, like me, are ‘not like other boys.’
BTS is known for being the first group to make a breakthrough in the West despite making their music in Korean. They debuted in 2013, but their fame spread internationally only in 2017. Currently they are on hiatus to focus on solo projects.
Even though in my opinion each song of theirs is worth listening to, the ones I would forcibly make you listen to are ‘Black Swan,’ ‘Spring Day’ and ‘Silver Spoon.’
Although their name is seventeen, the band consists of only 13 members. This is because they were formed through a reality show and after the finale, four of the 17 members backed out for personal reasons. The remaining 13 debuted in 2015. Like BTS, they are a K-pop group.
Okay so now I’m going to list out the names of all 13 members. Ready? Here we go: Seungcheol, DK, Dino, Mingyu, Vernon, Hoshi, Woozi, Jeonghan, Joshua, Jun, Seungkwan, and The8. We’re done.
Songs of theirs worth listening to are ‘Very Nice,’ ‘Cheers,’ and ‘Fear.’
All of these boybands have had an impact worth mentioning in the past decade. And no matter what part of society you belong to, their role in how we listen to music cannot be denied.