The top boy band song from the year you were born

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When you hear the term “boy band,” the first thing that probably comes to mind is a group of men singing together and performing synchronised dance moves. While that is true for groups like New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys, there are other groups that choose not to have choreographed moves going back decades.

Additionally, Merriam-Webster defines a group as one that contains two or more people. This means that a duo, like Wham!, could technically be considered a boy band.

For the purposes of this article, we included groups consisting of all-male members (regardless of what genre of music they fall into) that broke through on the pop charts.

Keep reading to find out which boy band topped the Billboard Hot 100 the year you were born.


1975: “Jive Talkin'”— Bee Gees

Patrick Riviere/Getty ImagesThe group was comprised of siblings Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb.

Bee Gees had plenty of hit songs, and “Jive Talkin'” (from their 1975 album “Main Course”) is one of their most well-known, groovy tracks. Listen to the song here.


1976: “December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)” — Four Seasons

Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesThe members of the group have changed over the years.

In an interview, Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio revealed that the song was originally about the repeal of Prohibition, which took place in December 1963. When the song was rewritten, it became focused on the relationship between Gaudio and his wife, Judy Parker.

Listen to the hit song here.


1977: “Hotel California” — Eagles

Rick Diamond/Getty ImagesThe group released their debut album in 1972.

At the 20th Grammys, “Hotel California” won the award for record of the year. Listen to the track here.


1978: “Night Fever” — Bee Gees

Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesBee Gees released more than 10 studio albums.

“Night Fever” appears on the soundtrack for the 1971 film “Saturday Night Fever,” which John Travolta starred in. Listen to the disco song here.


1979: The Jacksons — “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)”

“Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” is from The Jacksons’ 1978 album “Destiny.” Although the hit song was recorded by the whole group, it’s Michael Jackson’s vocals that stand out. Listen to the catchy song here.


1980: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” — Queen

Keystone/Getty ImagesQueen was comprised of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon.

According to guitarist Brian May, Freddie Mercury wrote “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” as a tribute to Elvis Presley. Watch the music video for the chart-topping song here.


1981: “Keep on Loving You” — REO Speedwagon

Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for T.J. MartellThe group was formed in the ’60s and is still touring.

“Keep on Loving You” is a hit song from rock group REO Speedwagon. It was released on their 1980 album “Hi Infidelity,” which reached diamond status after selling 10 million copies in the U.S. Watch the music video for “Keep on Loving You” here.


1982: “Eye of the Tiger” — Survivor

Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesSurvivor’s Jimi Jamison song ‘Eye of the Tiger’ as boxer Manny Pacquiao walked out for a match in 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Eye of the Tiger” is best known for being the theme song for “Rocky II.” The song was also nominated for an Oscar for best music/best original song. Listen to the track here.


1983: “Every Breath You Take” — The Police

Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesThe group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

This track from The Police received Grammys in 1984 for song of the year and best pop performance by a duo or group with vocal. The music video also won an MTV Video Music Award in 1983 for best cinematography. Watch the music video for “Every Breath You Take” here.


1984: “Jump” — Van Halen

Ethan Miller/Getty Images‘Jump’ is from the rock group’s album ‘1984.’

In 1984, “Jump” won an MTV Video Music Award for best stage performance. The hit song was also nominated for a Grammy for best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal the following year. Listen to the song here.


1985: “Careless Whisper” — Wham!

Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesThe duo was comprised of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. Michael wrote the song when he was 17 years old.

“Careless Whisper” topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1985. And although it was a hit, George Michael said that he didn’t understand why the song became so popular.

“I’m still a bit puzzled about why it’s made such an impression on people,” Michael said in 2009.

Listen to the song here.


1986: “Broken Wings” — Mr. Mister

MrMisterVEVO/YouTubeThe group released four studio albums.

“Broken Wings” was released as part of the group’s second album and the track was nominated for a Grammy for best pop performance by a duo or group. Watch the music video for the song here.


1987: “Livin’ on A Prayer” — Bon Jovi

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe group was formed in Sayreville, New Jersey in 1983.

“Livin’ on A Prayer” appears on the band’s third album, “Slippery When Wet.” The track also won the MTV Video Music Award for best stage performance in a video in 1987. Watch the music video for “Livin’ on A Prayer”here.


1988: “Sweet Child O’ Mine” — Guns N’ Roses

In 1989, the all-male rock group won the American Music Award for favourite pop/rock single for “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” Watch the music video here.


1989: “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” — New Kids on the Block

“I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” is from NKOTB’s second album, “Hangin’ Tough,” which was released in September 1989. Watch the music video here.


1990: “Step by Step” — New Kids on the Block

Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesThe group was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014.

NKOTB proved to be a favourite boy band in the ’80s and ’90s with “Step by Step.” Watch their synchronised moves in the music video here.


1991: “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)” — Hi-Five

HiFiveVEVO/YouTubeThe quintet was originally comprised of Tony Thompson, Roderick Clark, Toriano Easley, Russell Neal, and Marcus Sanders.

Hi-Five’s “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)” is one of the group’s most popular tracks and it appears on their debut 1990 album. Listen to the smooth song here.


1992: “End of the Road” — Boyz II Men

Chris Weeks/Liaison/Getty ImagesWhen their debut album was released in 1991, the group was comprised of Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman.

Boyz II Men hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “End of the Road.” They also received a Grammy for best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocal in 1993. Watch the music video for “End of the Road” here.


1993: “In the Still of the Night” — Boyz II Men

Andy Lyons/GettyThe song is featured on the debut album, ‘Cooleyhighharmony.’

“In the Still of the Night” is an a capella cover of a 1975 song originally recorded by The Five Satins. It has also been covered by The Beach Boys. Listen to Boyz II Men’s hit version here.


1994: “I Swear” — All-4-One

Thos Robinson/Getty Images for The Resolution ProjectAll-4-One members Delious Kennedy, Tony Borowiak, Alfred Nevarez, and Jamie Jones performing in 2016.

“I Swear” can be heard on the R&B group’s self-titled debut album, which was released in 1994. Listen to the hit song here.


1995: “On Bended Knee” — Boyz II Men

BoyzIIMenVEVO/YouTubeBoyz II Men received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.

“On Bended Knee” is from Boyz II Men’s second studio album, “II.” The album won a Grammy for best R&B album in 1995. Watch the official music video here.


1996: “Anything” — 3T

3TVEVO/YouTubeThe members of 3T — Toriano Adaryll Jackson, Jr., Taryll Adren Jackson, and Tito Joe Jackson — are the nephews of Michael and Janet Jackson.

“Anything” is from R&B trio 3T’s debut album, “Brotherhood.” The album was released in November 1995. Listen to the song here.


1997: “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” — Backstreet Boys

George De Sota/Getty ImagesThe group’s members are AJ McLean, Nick Carter, Howie D, Brian Littrell, and Kevin Richardson.

Backstreet Boys are one of music’s most successful and popular boy bands, with eight studio albums and millions of copies sold worldwide – and they’re still together. Listen to their hit track, “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” here.


1998: “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” — Backstreet Boys

Frank Micelotta/Getty ImagesThe song is from their debut American album.

In 1998, the music video for “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” won an MTV Video Music Award for best group video. At the 1999 Kids’ Choice Awards, this BSB track also took home the award for favourite song. Watch the official music video here.


1999: “I Want It That Way” — Backstreet Boys

Brenda Chase/GettyThe group was formed in Florida.

“I Want It That Way” is from Backstreet Boys’ “Millennium” album. The popular track earned them two Grammy nominations in 1999. Watch the official music video here.


2000: “Bye Bye Bye” — NSYNC

Scott Gries/Getty ImagesLong before Justin Timberlake became a solo artist, he was part of this hit boy band.

In 2000, “Bye Bye Bye” won an MTV Video Music Awards for best pop video, viewer’s choice, and best choreography in a video. The track also received four Teen Choice Awards that year. Watch the iconic music video for “Bye Bye Bye” here.


2001: “Hanging by a Moment” — Lifehouse

Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesThe group was formed in Los Angeles, California.

“Hanging by a Moment” is from Lifehouse’s debut album, and the song was written in less than 20 minutes.

“This melody just kind of popped into my head, so it was conflicting melodies with what I was singing and what I was hearing,” lead singer Jason Wade told Billboard. “It was a really surreal, strange thing.”

Listen to the song here.


2002: “Gone” — NSYNC

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesNSYNC performed at the Super Bowl in 2001.

“Gone” is part of NSYNC’s third studio album, “Celebrity.”In an interview, Timberlake revealed that he originally wrote the song for Michael Jackson.

According to Timberlake, Jackson wanted the song to be a duet for the two of them. Unfortunately, by the time Jackson came to that decision, NSYNC had already released the track as one of their own.

Watch the music video for “Gone” here.


2003: “When I’m Gone” — 3 Doors Down

Nick Laham/Getty ImagesThe group was formed in Mississippi.

“Kryptonite” led to 3 Doors Down’s initial mainstream success, but “When I’m Gone” (from their second studio album) was also a hit. The track even peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Listen to “When I’m Gone”here.


2004: “This Love” — Maroon 5

Frank Micelotta/Getty ImagesThe group started out with five members, but now includes seven: Jesse Carmichael, Matt Flynn, Adam Levine, Mickey Madden, PJ Morton, and James Valentine.

Maroon 5 won a Grammy for best new artist in 2005. In 2006, “This Love” earned them a Grammy for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocal. Listen to the hit song here.


2005: “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” — Green Day

Theo Wargo/Getty ImagesThe group is comprised of Mike Dirnt, Billie Joe Armstrong and Tré Cool.

The punk rock group has been around since the ’80s, and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” earned them a Grammy for record of the year in 2006. Watch the official music video for the song here.


2006: “Over My Head (Cable Car)” — The Fray

Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesThe band was formed in Denver, Colorado.

The Fray’s “Over My Head (Cable Car)” was released as part of their debut album, “How to Save a Life.” The track was also nominated for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocal at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. Listen to the song here.


2007: “Makes Me Wonder” — Maroon 5

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe group has released six studio albums.

This chart-topping track earned Maroon 5 a Grammy for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocal. Watch the official music video here.


2008: “Burnin’ Up” — Jonas Brothers

Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesThe group was comprised of Nick, Joe, and Kevin Jonas.

For years, the Jonas Brothers were associated with Disney Channel, starring in the “Camp Rock” movies and having a short-lived sitcom of their own. They also released four studio albums, and “Burnin’ Up” appears on their third one.

The track peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and received a Teen Choice Award for choice summer song. Watch the official music video (which includes a cameo from Selena Gomez) here.


2009: “Gives You Hell” — The All-American Rejects

Theo Wargo/Getty ImagesThe group was formed in Oklahoma.

“Gives You Hell” appears on the group’s third studio album, “When the World Comes Down.” The album was certified gold and the track peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Listen to it here.


2010: “Hey, Soul Sister” — Train

In 2011, “Hey, Soul Sister” won a Grammy for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals and a Billboard Music Award for top rock song. Watch the official music video for the popular song here.


2011: “Pumped Up Kids” — Foster the People

Kevin Winter/Getty Images for KROQThe band was formed in Los Angeles, California.

“Pumped Up Kicks” helped Foster the People achieve radio success, and the song peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2011. At the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, “Pumped Up Kicks” also won the award for rock song of the year. Listen to the track here.


2012: “Glad You Came” — The Wanted

Carlos Alvarez/Getty ImagesThe group was comprised of Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker, Max George, Nathan Sykes, and Jay McGuiness.

“Glad You Came” is arguably The Wanted’s most popular song, and propelled them to success in America. In 2013, the UK group won the People’s Choice Award for favourite breakout artist. Watch the official music video for “Glad You Came” here.


2013: “Story of My Life” — One Direction

Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMediaThe group originally had five members: Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik.

After the worldwide success of One Direction’s debut single, “What Makes You Beautiful,” they continued to be one of the music industry’s top-selling boy bands. “Story of My Life” is from their third album and peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 2013. Listen to “Story of My Life” here.


2014: “Counting Stars” — OneRepublic

Mark Davis/ Getty ImagesThe group was formed in Colorado in the early 2000s.

OneRepublic’s lead singer, Ryan Tedder, is the writer of many of the group’s hits, including “Counting Stars.” The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2014. Watch the music video here.


2015: “Sugar” — Maroon 5

Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for iHeartMediaThe track was also nominated for an MTV Video Music Award.

“Sugar” appears on Maroon 5’s fifth album, “V,” and received a Grammy nomination at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Watch the band crash weddings in the music video here.


2016: “Perfect” — One Direction

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe track is from their most recent album.

“Perfect” is from One Direction’s fifth studio album, “Made in the A.M.” It’s also the first album the group released following the departure of Malik. In 2016, the track won a Teen Choice Award for choice love song and a Radio Disney Music Award for best crush song.

Watch the official music video for “Perfect” here.


2017: “Believer” — Imagine Dragons

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesThe group was formed in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Radioactive” is the song that led to Imagine Dragons’ mainstream success, and the tracks released since then have proven to be hits.

“Believer” hit No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the bold track was featured on TV shows like “Riverdale,” trailers for films like “Murder on the Orient Express,” and commercials for brands like Nintendo.

Watch the music video here.


2018: “Thunder” — Imagine Dragons

“Thunder,” from their third studio album, was nominated for a Grammy for best pop duo/group performance at the 60th Grammy Awards. Watch the official music video here.

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