Sources: Billboard – By Jason Lipshultz | All Things Michael
It’s Boy Band Week on Billboard.com! Let’s kick things off with the 20 boy band songs you need to know and love.
If you love the warm embrace of pop music, it’s easy to understand the appeal of boy bands — collections of (mostly) young males crooning about love and heartache, all while smoldering and winking in ways that drive audiences wild. Boy bands aren’t all about image, though, and have been responsible for some of the most enduring singles in the history of the genre. From the Motown of the 60’s to the teenybopper 90’s to the U.K. invasion of the 2010’s, boy bands continuously impact our culture — and these 20 songs are a big reason why we keep giving them opportunities to shine.
In celebration of boy bands as part of 2015 Boy Band Week, Billboard is presenting an editorial countdown of the 20 essential boy band songs! (NOTE: this list defines ‘boy band’ as a vocal group in which the majority of members are not playing other instruments, which is why you won’t see artists like the Beatles, the Monkees, Hanson or the Jonas Brothers on this list.)
1. The Jackson 5, “I Want You Back”
The boy band formula was perfected early on by the Jackson 5, who combined smooth moves, soaring harmonies and grinning bubblegum in ways that have been replicated for 45 years. “I Want You Back” is a love song aimed at young females, but it is also universal, including all listeners by hiding the heartache in a lip-smacking funk riff and seamless chord progression. “I Want You Back” is a towering pop treasure, and one that boy bands will always view as a blueprint to success.
See the full list at Billboard