Flashback: 11 Love Songs From Our Fave Old-School Boy Bands

A lot of people wonder what it is about boy bands that make young girls get absolutely obsessed… and maybe even go a little crazy. Um, probably because it’s a group of cute dudes who can sing and dance, all while making cheesy song lyrics sound insanely cool. Boy bands are having a major moment right now, thanks to super popular bands like One Direction and The Wanted. But all we can think about is the boy bands of our past that we all know and loved…

You guys know who I’m talking about. Old-school boy bands like NSYNC and The Backstreet Boys, who specialized in wearing ridiculous matching outfits and singing some of the catchiest tunes of our childhood. With new artists like Justin Bieber, it’s easy to forget about these amazing bands, but we’re here to remind you of your old obsession with some of our favorite old-school love songs. Check ’em out and let us know which of these bands was your favorite – although it’s pretty much impossible to not sing along with all of these.

O-Town – All Or Nothing

Remember how O-Town came from MTV’s Making The Band, and how the ‘O’ stood for Orlando even though none of them were from Florida? So ’90s.


98 Degrees – Because Of You

Let’s not even pretend that we recognize anyone except for Nick Lachey from this band. I mean, where did the other guys go?! Look at them on that bridge – so edgy! Plus, this video has a very important boy band aspect: singing love songs on the beach. No one does it better than a boy band.


Dream Street – It Happens Everytime

You guys probably forgot all about this prepubescent band, right? It was totally creepy to crush on them unless you were, like, eleven-years-old. And now that you’re not as innocent as you once were, you’ll always wonder: what really happens every time?


New Kids On The Block – I’ll Be Loving You Forever

NKOTB set the gold standard for all boy bands to come. Okay, so their lyrics weren’t always grammatically correct, “The things you do, is forever” . . . hm. Maybe they are forever? Whatever. Watch the video and just tell me that Jordan Knight isn’t so freaking cute in his Batman shirt. Or that you don’t want to play pool (and maybe make out) with Joey McIntyre. I dare you.


NSYNC – This I Promise You

This is the serious side of NYSYNC. I love the song, but I can’t help but miss their insane outfits and dance moves from their more upbeat songs. And can we just take a second to examine Justin Timberlake?


5ive – When The Lights Go Out

At first, you’re probably like, “What is 5ive?”… but once you hear the opening lines of this song, you are definitely going to remember them. What happened to this band after this song?! It’s so catchy! And substituting a number for a letter? So clever!


LFO – Summer Girls

This is the ultimate summer song. LFO – a band that totally appreciated Abercrombie & Fitch and hated Chinese food. These lyrics are hysterical, but back then, they were just so cool.


BBMAK – Back Here

BBMAK is a British band that came out with this super catchy song that we all loved. It’s another one of those bands that might not be instantly recognizable until you hear the song and the nostalgia hits you.


Hanson – If Only

Remember the days when you had huge Hanson posters all over your walls? Sigh. Those were the days.


Backstreet Boys – I’ll Never Break Your Heart

Back in the ’90s, it was nearly impossible to love both BSB and NSYNC – you had to pick one! Anyway, this is one of BSB’s most romantic love ballads. How sweet were they?!


Which of these songs did you always have on repeat? Which of these bands was your favorite? What did we miss? Tell us in the comments!


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  • Hana Rui

    “Back in the ’90s, it was nearly impossible to love both BSB and NSYNC – you had to pick one!”

    I remember the often ‘fierce’ boyband wars! Ah, nostalgia… I’m still keeping the pride alive to this day, but now with a little bit of maturity and a lot less aggression. LOL! 🙂

  • Emily

    i loved DREAM STREET. I listen to them to this day LOL

  • Rocee

    NSYNC all the way. I like the other groups too, but NSYNC has my heart. If they ever came just for one show…your might see me on the new going crazy…I love you NSYNC 4 ever n ever…Amen.

  • A Fan

    The Backstreet Boys are still around!!

  • Jane

    “HAD” Hanson posters all over my wall? Am I not supposed to anymore?

  • Loretta

    BSB, Nsync, 98 Degrees, New Kids, LFO, Hanson, etc… I’ve loved all these bands back in the 90s as a kid and i’m still loving most of them today! I was beyond excited when I went to my first concert, it was BSB and they will always be #1.

  • Aimy

    Was the naked brother band in the 90s ? If so then ya them

  • Chantelle

    Holy crap, I totally forgot about about that LFO song until now. I still remember all the lyrics too.

  • Dawn Reigelsperger

    I loved N.K.O.T.B,back in the day.I thought they were hot,and still are.NEW KIDS 4 ever.