Battle of the boybands: From *N Sync to One Direction. Who are the top 10 of all time?

We live and breathe boybands. They are the love of our lives and we wouldn’t be here without them (and you guys obvs!) We thought, why not compile a list of THE greatest boybands ever.

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We had to set some guidelines. We’ve stuck with modern ones, from the 90’s to now and they don’t play instruments. That means we missed out 5SOS, The Vamps, Busted etc because technically they’re not boybands yanno.

Have a gander at the list, see if you know who they all are and if number one is worthy of their place! Tweet us @maximumpop if you think we’ve missed anyone who is clearly meant to be in the top 10.

10) Blue


One of the greats. They’ve released some true brill tunes but they’re often forgot about. Well world, we’re reminding you of the Blue boys. (Seriously, we couldn’t find much about these lads online. How shocking!)

Best known for: ‘One Love’, ‘All Rise’ and ‘If You Come Back’

YouTube VEVO views: They’re not on VEVO but there are some official music videos online

Awards: Nominated for 5 and won 3, including Brit Award and MTV Asia Awards

9) JLS


It’s been so long since these lads were together but we miss them every day. They released some serious bangers that we’ll cherish forever.

Best known for: ‘Beat Again’, ‘Everybody in Love’ and ‘She Makes Me Wanna ft Dev’

YouTube VEVO views: 67,288,216

Awards: Nominated for 24 and won 15, including MOBO Awards, Brit Awards and BT Digital

8) The Fooo Conspiracy

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A baby boyband who have already taken over Sweden. Not long until they’ve conquered the UK and the rest of the world.

Best known for: ‘Build A Girl’, ‘Whistle’ and ‘Roller Coaster’

YouTube VEVO views: 3,145,693

Awards: None at the moment – they’re just a baby boyband!

7) Westlife

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The Irish lot who changed the world of covers with ‘Uptown Girl’, it changed our lives. Go listen to it, it’ll change yours.

Best known for: ‘Flying Without Wings’, ‘I Have a Dream’ and ‘Uptown Girl’

YouTube VEVO views: 394,810,913

Awards: Nominated for 35+ awards and won 20+, including MTV Asia Awards, Brit Awards and Meteor Ireland Awards

6) Union J


Another product of ‘The X Factor,’ our boys are ready to dominate the charts even more with their newest member Casey Johnson

Best known for: ‘Carry You’, ‘ Beautiful Life’ and ‘You Got It All’

YouTube VEVO views: 46,790,463

Awards: Nominated for 5 and won 1, including BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and World Music Awards

5) Backstreet Boys

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They’re a true blessing and worthy of our top 5. They are one of these most iconic boybands and thanks to ‘I Want It That Way’, we have the eBay song aka our childhood theme tune.

Best known for: ‘Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)’, ‘I Want It That Way’ and ‘Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)’.

YouTube VEVO views: 768,475,924

Awards: Nominated for 80+ and won 35+, including The Grammys, MTV VMAS and Billboard Music Awards.

4) The Wanted

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We were at an ‘All Time Low’ when we heard the lads had gone on hiatus. Maybe not the biggest worldwide but they have a special place in our hearts and the UK.

Best known for: ‘All Time Low’, ‘Glad You Came’ and ‘Chasing The Sun’

YouTube VEVO views: 420,866,089

Awards: Nominated for 37 and won 6, including the Brit Awards, People’s Choice Awards and BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards

3) Jonas Brothers


The dreamy Disney boyband. We caught their ‘Love Bug’ and we’ve had it ever since. We’ll keep on living the Jo Bro days through DNCE and Nick‘s music.

Best known for: ‘Burnin’ Up’, ‘SOS’ and ‘When You Look Me In the Eyes’

YouTube VEVO views: 61,227,240

Awards: Nominated for 88 and won 52, including American Music Awards, Grammy Awards and Teen Choice Awards

2) *N Sync


The greatest boyband of the 90s/00s are we right? It gave us Justin Timberlake and the meme of a lifetime. Only another 11 months until it’s gonna be MAY.

Best known for: ‘Bye Bye Bye’, ‘It’s Gonna Be Me’ and ‘This I Promise You’

YouTube VEVO views: 265,805,992

Awards: Nominated for 50+ and won 30+, including the Grammy Awards, MTV VMAS and American Music Awards

1) One Direction


This was blatantly obvious really. Who else would be number one?! They’ve taken over our world and our lives, thank you Simon Cowell.

Best known for: ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, ‘Best Song Ever’ and ‘Drag Me Down’

YouTube VEVO views: 6,297,140,666

Awards: Nominated for 281 and won 169, including American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and Brit Awards

Which boyband is your all time fave? Let us know @maximumpop.

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