Boy band

A boy band or boy group is loosely defined as a vocal group consisting of young male singers, usually in their teenage years or in their twenties at the time of formation,[1] singing love songs marketed towards girls. Many boy bands dance as well as sing, usually giving highly choreographed performances.

Some such bands form on their own, often evolving out of church choral or gospel music groups. In contrast, many are created by talent managers or record producers who hold auditions. Due to this and their general commercial orientation towards a female audience of preteens, teenyboppers, or teens, the term can be pejorative in music journalism. Boy bands are similar in concept to their counterparts, girl groups. The popularity of boy bands has peaked three times: in the 1960s (e.g., with the Jackson 5 and the Osmonds); in the 1990s and early 2000s, when acts such as the Take That, Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, Boyzone, F4, and Westlife dominated global pop charts; in the 2010s and early 2020s with the emergence of groups such as One Direction and K-pop acts such as BTS.

  1. ^ Hickey, Walt (June 4, 2014). "Boy Bands: More Like Man Bands". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved June 7, 2014.

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