That said, if you've noticed, since I set out blogging for myc! (my maiden post being 'Tattoos') I've covered random, fangirl-y topics ranging from hunks to shoes to jewellery to books. Well, here's another one for the count :)
'90s Babies: Top 10 Boybands You've Probably Listened to When Growing Up
(the era of bowl-shaped hair-dos and dodgy jewellery, the '90s and early 2000s was the time of boybands. Note: the list is compiled not in any particular order)
|Backstreet Boys photo taken from here, 98 Degrees|
photo taken from here
- Five (or known as 5ive) - More known for their awesome dance moves than anything else, Five is J, Scott, Richie, Abs and Sean. Selling over 7 million albums throughout their career, they disbanded in 2001. My personal favourites are Slam Dunk (Da Funk), When The Lights Go Out and Don't Wanna Let You Go (check out the music video for the last one; it involves a haunted house and groovy dance moves)
- Backstreet Boys - Crawl out from whichever rock you've been hiding under if you haven't heard of them. Songs you've probably heard include older hits like Everybody (Backstreet's Back) and I Want It That Way, or newer ones like Drowning and Straight Through My Heart.
- Westlife - I was in Year 6 when Westlife-mania started. Girls were listening to and singing If I Let You Go and Flying Without Wings, and there were always possibilities of encountering Shane/Mark/Bryan/Kian/Nicky posters at the back of toilet doors at school. Or worse, words would be written in liquid paper, for instance "(insert your name here) loves Shane forever xoxoxo".
- 98 Degrees - Consisting of brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre, the band was more adult contemporary than the rest of the boybands out there during that time. Noteworthy songs include the up-tempo Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche) as well as ballads like I Do (Cherish You) and Invisible Man.
- Boyz II Men - An American R&B vocal group better known for their sappy ballads, Boyz II Men were around for quite some time (1988, to be exact). Up to date they've sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. Fans would probably remember their mushy ballad with Mariah Carey (One Sweet Day) and Brokenhearted (with Brandy).
- 911 - Seriously, what is with boybands and numbers? *rolls eyes* A three-man band, 911 is British, and members are Lee Brennan, Spike Dawbarn and Jimmy Constable. What was popular? Erm, there's "This isssss my journeyyyyy...journey through liiiiiife..." (The Journey) and "You got my body shakin', sends a shiver to my soul". Recalling this, I couldn't help but shudder from the cheesiness of it all.
- O-Town - The only two songs I could really remember are Liquid Dreams and All Or Nothing. I also remember, unfortunately, my, ahem! 'debate' with a few friends about which band member is cuter - Ashley Parker Angel or Dan Miller? *groans*
- LFO - An American pop/rap group, LFO (Lyte Funky Ones) consisted of Devlin Lima, Rich Cronin (who passed away last year) and Brian Fischetti. Their sound leaned more towards punk rap, and memorable songs include Summer Girls, Girl on TV and Every Other Time.
- Blue - Wildly popular with their hits All Rise, Too Close and If You Come Back, Blue consisted of Simon, Lee, Duncan and Antony. Lee's high-pitched vocals and Duncan's husky timbre produce the perfect harmony, especially for the slower songs.They disbanded in 2005 to concentrate on their solo projects, but there are news on the grapevine of a reform. Yays!
- 'N Sync - No boyband list would be truly complete without 'N Sync (need you even wonder?) Fronted by Justin Timberlake, the rest of the boys are JC, Lance, Chris and Joey and they sold more than 56 million albums worldwide before going their own ways in 2002. Fans would probably recall hit singles like Bye Bye Bye, It's Gonna Be Me and This I Promise You (try listening to this in Spanish!)
Cheers 'til the next time!