My obsession with boy bands originated when I was 12 years old. Hanson "MMMBop"ed their way into the charts and, simultaneously, into my heart. My very first concert was their "Middle of Nowhere" tour and, although it rained and I was on the muddy lawn, I was in heaven.
Then, it was *NSYNC, and I was all about *NSYNC. To this day, I still have debates about why *NSYNC is better than the Backstreet Boys. But even as much as I adored *NSYNC, I also had 98 Degrees, LFO, O-Town and even a little bit of BSB on heavy rotation on my discman.
Fast forward more than a decade later, and some of the top songs played on my iTunes are from quartets or quintets of young men. Unless you've been living under a rock, you're aware boy bands are everything right now. Even The New York Times ran a feature about their popularity earlier this year. In response to the resurgence, some people may ask: "WHY?" I will give you two reasons
1) Boy bands are fun.
2) Boy bands are cute.
I didn't promise profound reasons.
Whether you genuinely enjoy their music, consider them a guilty pleasure or just have the hots for a member or two, there is a special place in an "It" Girl's heart for boy bands. Thus, I am going to break down three of my personal favorites.