A Definitive Ranking Of Boy Bands, And It AIN'T NO LIE

A Definitive Ranking Of Boy Bands, And It AIN'T NO LIE

Boy bands have been around forever, and it doesn’t seem like they’re leaving anytime soon.

Since the beginning of the music industry, there have been numerous boy bands that have embarked the charts and created household names and contributions through pop culture. Boy bands have been around since our grandparents were kids, and it doesn’t seem like they’re leaving anytime soon.

The common occurrence that happens with boy bands is girls everywhere will pick one boy to be her favorite. Many bands will have one member that stands above the rest who may take the cake on being the frontman of the group. Because we have been given a plethora of bands to relish in, here is a ranking of the top 10 boy bands of all time.

10. 98 Degrees

In the prime of the 90s when boy bands made a comeback to the pop culture scene, 98 Degrees was one of the many bands that had teenage girls swooning over good looks and sweet words sung by attractive men. Consisting of four boys, two of which were the famous Lachey brothers, Drew and Nick, the band topped the charts with their hit song “I Do (Cherish You).”

9. Hanson

In the late 1990’s “MMMBop” was blasting out of every radio station. The three boys that were singing the famous one-hit wonder were the Hanson brothers. The dynamic trio melted hearts everywhere and still continue to perform their famous hit to this day.

8. Boyz II Men

The late 80s/early 90s version of the Jackson 5 was better known as Boyz II Men. From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the group sang slow ballads that are still relevant and played to this day. The group still tour and perform some of their greatest hits that topped the charts during the beginning of their careers.

7. New Kids on the Block

If you were a teenage girl in the late 80s, chances are your bedroom walls were covered in posters of one of five members from New Kids on the Block. Originating from Boston, the five boys grouped together to create hits such as “Step by Step” and “The Right Stuff.”

Since the band officially broke up in 1995, Donnie Wahlberg couldn’t stay out of the spotlight by getting in trouble with the law, and being attached to his more famous brother Marky Mark. In 2013 the boys decided to put their “Members Only” jackets back on and dust off their vocal chords. The group has been touring ever since and make appearances alongside another boy band, the Backstreet Boys.

6. Backstreet Boys

When you think of boy bands, Backstreet Boys are one of the first groups that come to mind. The matching outfits, the synchronized dance moves, and the god-awful hair that screams the 90s. In 1997, the group debuted their freshman album that created an overnight sensation everywhere. The group continues to perform through various tours, and a soon to be permanent show in Vegas.

5. Jackson 5

In the late 60’s, early 70’s, the Ed Sullivan Show had an African American family guest star. At the time, this was unheard of. What America heard for the first time was a young Michael Jackson performing with his brothers. They would continue to go on gracing records through Motown and creating a name for themselves from a low-income family from Indiana, to a successful group in California. The start of the Jackson 5 is what helped launch Michael’s career and eventually lead him to the legend he is today.


Similar to the success of Backstreet Boys, NSYNC was another household name that had girls fainting at the sound of their name. The success of the band has lead various members to solo careers that are still successful. Their hits such as “Bye Bye Bye,” and “It’s Gonna Be Me,” have still been used in various commercials, TV shows, and movies to this day. A couple of decades later and the success of Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, and of course Justin Timberlake, have skyrocketed since their days in the famous boy band.

3. The Jonas Brothers

Similar to other family dynamics, these boys from Jersey brought back boybands when there was a plateau after the 90s. In the late 2000s, these brothers from Wyckoff, New Jersey, were on the cover of every Tiger Beat magazine, every Disney Channel commercial, and playing through every radio station. They proved that boy bands were back and bigger than ever. They guest-starred on all of the famous talk shows, performed their talents on every award show, and broke hearts everywhere when they dated famous fellow stars.

Recently, the brothers have announced their reunion, and they will continue to tour and make music, followed by performing some of their beloved hits. The success of these real-life biological brothers took the pop culture world by a storm, and their comeback will be better than the original.

2. One Direction

In more recent years, the most famous and possibly most successful boy band to date is none other than the British group One Direction. Formed on the X Factor, Simon Cowell randomly placed these 5 boys together to continue competing on the competitive show. Little did anyone know, these boys would become an overnight sensation and take the world by a storm as the modern day Beatles. By selling out stadiums and arenas, breaking records with their chart-topping singles, and even having a record-breaking concert movie, these boys decided to take a hiatus in 2015 and fans are awaiting their return. They’ve each proved to be successful as individual artists as well, and have had a loyal fan following since their days in One Direction.

Even for myself as a 23-year-old woman, I can’t help but feel my inner child with this boy band. But the best part of this group? They are not your typical band. Rather, they are changing the way that people perceive boy bands, ditching the matching outfits, and saying no to choreographed dance routines.

1. The Beatles

And last but not least is none other than the Beatles. Since our grandparents were teenagers, the British Beatle Invasion swooped America off their feet, and they have been a legendary name since. The four men from England started on the Ed Sullivan show, similar to many other artists of that time, and overnight, girls fell in love with the band and individually loved each member. What separates the Beatles from other bands is that they went through so many social changes throughout the history of the world. They fought social movements, and they went through different phases and genres of music. Once they broke up, they too had the success of solo projects, and they are still celebrated to this day.

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Lil Dicky's 'Earth' Is The Most Influential Song Of 2019, Change My Mind

And the music video may be even better.


Lil Dicky is a known musician know for his songs 'Pillow Talking' and 'Freaky Friday' featuring Chris Brown. The songs are fun silly and are very catchy. Last week, Lil Dicky released a new song titled 'Earth' featuring about 30 plus artists including Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Brendon Urie, Zac Brown Band, and many others. This song is just as enjoyable as his other songs; however, this one carries an extremely important message.

In this song, Dicky brings awareness to the condition of the Earth along with the idea of world unity. Through the inclusion of several animal species, he shows how the earth doesn't just belong to us as human, but to the animals as well. Oftentimes, the human race can be extremely selfish and forget that we do share the planet with other species who are just as important as us.

In one of his last verses, Dicky mentions the way we are harming the earth through pollution and fighting wars. This part of the song becomes more serious to emphasize the importance of this topic. In the music video, the colorful visuals turn dark and gray which can bring to attending the dying planet.

In his effort to save the earth, Dicky calls for unity among all countries and continents. Saying how all past issues are in the past and we all need to come together since we live on the same planet. With all the political issues happening on a global scale, the earth and its health are often pushed to the end of the priority list. By adding this part to the song, Dicky brings awareness of that topic back to the top.

'Earth' by Lil Dicky is the most important song of 2019. Through his creative artistry and inclusion of over 30 artists, people will notice the message of this song and hopefully begin to make changes that will impact the earth in positive ways. If you haven't watched the music video or listened to the song please do.

Earth is the only planet we have; thus, we need to show how much we love it by actually taking action to care for it.

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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks


Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History


Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year

sited: https://www.landofbasketball.com/teams/milwaukee_bucks.htm

Gear Up


This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like NBA.com, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

All three of these players are not part of the 2018-2019 roster and #77 and #3 have been reused by current players Ersan Ilyasova (#77) and George Hill (#3)


If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

Fiserv Forum, Home of the Milwaukee Bucks


Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk


Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

Get Involved and Have Fun!

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

Are You a Bucks Fan Now?🦌


I think Giannis would agree!

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