A Modern History Of Boy Bands In Five Songs : Pop Culture Happy Hour Boy bands have been a staple of pop music for generations. They've won over millions of fans and provided gateways to fandom and pop-cultural obsession. From New Edition and New Kids On The Block in the '80s to BTS today — with a whole lot of acts like *NSYNC and The Backstreet Boys in the middle — there've been countless boy bands to choose from. Today we're offering up a brief modern history of boy bands.

A Modern History Of Boy Bands In Five Songs

A Modern History Of Boy Bands In Five Songs

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BTS performs at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. John Shearer/Getty Images for dcp hide caption

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BTS performs at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

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Boy bands have been a staple of pop music for generations. They've won over millions of fans and provided gateways to fandom and pop-cultural obsession. From New Edition and New Kids On The Block in the '80s to BTS today — with a whole lot of acts like *NSYNC and The Backstreet Boys in the middle — there've been countless boy bands to choose from. Today we're offering up a brief modern history of boy bands.

Songs played in this episode:

  • New Edition, "Candy Girl"
  • New Kids On The Block, "Step By Step"
  • Backstreet Boys, "I Want It That Way"
  • *NSYNC, "Bye Bye Bye"
  • One Direction, "Best Song Ever"
  • BTS, "Dynamite"

The audio was produced by Mike Katzif, and edited by Jessica Reedy.