Test your knowledge of classic Boy Bands!


By: Scott Nordlund

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A fun and lighthearted quiz, featuring the most iconic boy bands! Everyone from Jackson 5 to Hanson, NSYNC to the Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men to One Direction - they're all here!

Which "Glee" star was once a member of the early 2000s boy band, LMNT - pronounced "element"?

The band LMNT was formed in 2000. Its name originates from a naming contest held by "People" magazine. The band broke up in 2004.


Which artist/band famously sang "Mmmbop"?

Hanson is an American pop band from Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. Bandmates are brothers Isaac, Taylor, and Zac. "MMMBop" was from their major label debut album, "Middle of Nowhere."


Which band sang the following verse: "I like girls that wear Abercrombie & Fitch"?

Lyte Funkie Ones was an American pop band that included Rich Cronin, Devin Lima, and Brad Fischetti. The band disbanded in 2002, reunited in 2009, and then split up again.


Which of these bands did the notorious Lou Pearlman manage?

Lou Pearlman managed *NSYNC, as well as Backstreet Boys and Aaron Carter. Mr. Pearlman was convicted of conspiracy and money laundering and sentenced to 25 years in prison. He died in prison in 2016.


Which of these bands included a set of triplets?

The Moffatts were a Canadian pop/rock band. Bandmates were brothers Scott, Clint, Bob, and Dave Moffatt.%0DThe band started out as a country music group but transitioned to pop rock later in their career.


Which boy band rose to fame on MTV's "Making the Band"?

O-Town released their debut album in 2001. Songs included "Liquid Dreams" and "All or Nothing." O-Town's popularity declined after their second album.


Which of the following songs is NOT a Backstreet Boys jam?

"Drive Myself Crazy" was sung by NSYNC. They are the eighth-best-selling boy band in history. They sold over 50 million albums.


Which 98 Degrees member was once married to Jessica Simpson?

Nick Lachey starred in the reality television series, "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica," with his then-wife, Jessica Simpson. He has released four solo albums: "SoulO," "What's Left of Me," "A Father's Lullaby," and "Soundtrack of My Life." He is also known for his recurring role as Leslie St. Claire on the television series "Charmed."


Which boy band was the first group in US Billboard history to impressively have each of their first four albums debut at #1 on the chart?

Following the release of their fourth album, "FOUR," One Direction or 1D became the first band in the U.S. Billboard 200 history to have their first four albums debut at number one. The band was formed on the British reality show, "X Factor."


What was the New Kids on the Block's joint #1 single in both Canada and US in 1990?

That was NKOTB’s 1990 hit, “Step By Step.” The hugely popular single from the album "Step By Step" was the boy band’s first single to go #1 in Canada. The single also took the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.


Which band first released a self-titled debut album in 1986?

NKOTB consists of members Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood, and brothers Jonathan Knight and Jordan Knight. They released "Hangin' Tough" in 1988 and "Step by Step" in 1990. They went on a hiatus after their fourth studio album, but reunited in the 2010s for a new album and tours with the Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men.


This former boy band was comprised of brothers Joe, Nick, and Kevin.

The Jonas Brothers were an American pop rock band, formed in 2005 and disbanded in 2014. They gained popularity from their appearances on the Disney Channel television network.


Justin Timberlake helped launch his solo career while still in NSYNC with what slow jam?

Odd enough, the entire band was shown in the video, but Justin Timberlake was the sole artist on lyrics. As this was NSYNC's second last single to be released, it paved the way for Timberlake's solo career.


R&B heavyweights Boyz II Men rose to fame with the 1991 release of their debut studio album, called what?

The album was "Cooleyhighharmony." The 1994 album and 1997's Evolution took the boy band to new heights soon after, aided by the hit songs "I'll Make Love to You," "On Bended Knee," and "4 Seasons of Loneliness." While the group fell short of topping charts in the 2000s, they are still making new music today.


Although the term "boy band" is mostly associated with groups from the 1990s onwards, the earliest predecessors of this format includes which groups?

The Monkees were originally a manufactured act. The Jackson 5 were a family group that established many musical norms that modern boy bands today still follow. For example, their music featured close harmonies from soul music and catchy pop hooks.


Before his music career as Marky Mark, leader of the Funky Bunch, Mark Wahlberg was originally in which boy band?

Mark Wahlberg was originally in NKOTB, along with his brother Donnie. He left the group because he didn't like its clean image. He went on to a brief ‘90s hip-hop career as "Marky Mark" instead.


What was the first single that launched the Backstreet Boys' career?

The first ever Backstreet Boys single was “We’ve Got It Goin’ On.” The popular hit was the first song released from their self-titled debut album in 1995. This was the tune that launched their career.


What was the Boyz II Men song that that ended up winning them two Grammys?

The answer is “End of the Road,” which was the boy band’s first #1 single. At the Grammys in 1993, the tune earned Boyz II Men awards for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song. They went on to earn many more musical awards throughout there career.


Where did the Backstreet Boys first rise to fame in Europe in the 1990s before making it big in the United States?

In June 1995, the group flew to Sweden to record some songs with Max Martin and Denniz PoP. During this session, they also recorded "We've Got It Goin' On," which ended up being their very first single. The song was a minor success in the US, peaking at only No. 69 by December 1995. However, it hit the top 5 in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, and the Netherlands.


Before battling a drug addiction and launching a successful solo career, Robbie Williams was the bad boy member of which boy band?

Robbie Williams was in the British boy band, Take That, from 1990-1995. Williams quit the band in 1995 after fighting with band members and battling a drug addiction.. He got clean and launched a solo career that was hugely successful in the UK.


Which is the best-selling boy band in history, selling 140 million+ records?

The Backstreet Boys have sold over 140 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling boy band in history. They are one of the world's best-selling music artists. They are the first group since Sade to have their first nine albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200, and the only boy band to do so.


Since the 2000s, groups such as Backstreet Boys and LFO have disliked the term "boy band" and have preferred to be known as what?

Boy bands have been accused by the music industry of emphasizing the appearance and marketing of the group above the quality of music. Such criticisms can become extremely scathing. Boy bands are often seen as being short-lived.


How many studio albums did NSYNC release?

NSYNC has released three studio albums and 18 singles. The band first debuted in 1996 and released its self-titled debut album in 1998. Although their 2000 single, "It's Gonna Be Me," reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and internationally, they are better known for their single released in the same year, "Bye Bye Bye."


How did NSYNC receive its name?

NSYNC received its name after Justin Timberlake's mother commented on how "in sync" the group's singing voices were. The group's name is also a play on the last letter of each of the original members' names: JustiN, ChriS, JoeY, JasoN, and JC. Lance Bass later replaced Jason Galasso, and was nicknamed "Lansten" so they could keep the name NSYNC.


Which of the following individuals was NOT a member of the Backstreet Boys?

Justin Timberlake called his vocal coach, who suggested a 16-year-old from Mississippi named Lance Bass. Bass flew to Orlando to audition. He was immediately accepted into the group.


Which boy band achieved success with their hit song, "I Wanna Sex You Up"?

The group sold 12 million records worldwide. The group has been well known in New Zealand, Australia, Philippines, Indonesia, parts of east Asia, the United Kingdom, other parts of Europe, Canada, and the United States. The group has been on TV shows and commercials, plus their songs have been in many movies.


Which famous Jackson brother was the father of the boys from 3T?

Tito Jackson was the second oldest Jackson brother in the group Jackson 5. 3T was comprised of his sons Toriano, Taryll, and TJ (all names beginning with T, hence the 3T)! Michael Jackson sang with the group on their single, "Why"; he also provided backing vocals for their song, "I Need You."


Kevin Richardson is cousins with which other Backstreet Boy?

Brian Littrell was born in Lexington, Kentucky. He is a cousin of fellow Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson. He first started to sing in the choir at Porter Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington, and later started singing in his high school choir and performing in "Grease" as Roger at Tates Creek High School.


Which group has won the most Grammy Awards?

Boyz II Men has won Grammy awards for best R&B vocal performance by a group in years 1992, 1993, and 1994. During the 1990s, Boyz II Men gained international success. This began with the release of the number-one single, "End of the Road," in 1992, which reached the top of charts worldwide.


Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson all competed in 2010 as solo artists on what show?

One Direction is an English-Irish pop boy band based in London. It is composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and formerly, Zayn Malik, until his departure from the band in 2015. The group signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records after forming and finishing third in British televised singing competition show, "The X Factor," in 2010.


According to most followers, South Korea's "idol" K-pop scene was created upon what group's 1992 debut?

Seo Taiji & the Boys are a trio of hip-hop singers that fused American pop music with Korean lyrics. The band's immense popularity helped modernize the country approach to boy band creation. It started Korea's still-popular trend of preparing polished acts with in-sync choreography, coordinating fashion choices and genre-melding music.


Which K-Pop boy band competed with H.O.T?

Similar to how NSYNC soon became the rivals with the Backstreet Boys, Sechs Kies quickly became the only boy band that could compete with H.O.T. While the two groups acted as friendly rivals, their supporters were notorious for creating online fan wars. Some of their hits include, "Pom Seng Pom Sa," "Couple," and "Road Fighter."


Match the boy band to the lyric: "You don't have to think twice I will love you still / From the depths of my soul / It's beyond my control / I've waited so long to say this to you"?

In 1999, 98 Degrees released the song as the fourth and final single from their second album, "98 Degrees and Rising." Their version peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also included on the soundtrack for the 1999 romantic film, "Notting Hill."


Which fellow boy band did NKTOB tour with in 2011?

The NKOTBSB Tour was a concert tour between American boy bands New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys, who together formed NKOTBSB. The tour visited North America in 2011. The tour ranked 44th in Pollstar's "Top 50 Worldwide Tours (Mid-Year)," earning over 10 million dollars.


What is the name of the Korean TV show that is about a K-Pop boy band?

"Shut Up; Flower Band" has aired on TVN since 2012. It ran for one season with 16 episodes. It became famous after the network ran a reality addition program to fill one of the casting roles.


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