Valentine's Day is a garbage holiday, and so boy bands, ever the font of garbage love songs, seem like a convenient topic to bring up, don't they?
There are sooo many boy bands out there, like so many. I thought it would be a really good idea to "get back into them" for a while, but it wasn't and I regret every second of it! Now that I've ranked the 21 best modern boy band albums, I have too many songs stuck in my head and crushes on pictures of people from 1988! Who needs that!!
I wrote the rest of this before my brain turned to mush from listening to (almost) only boy bands for a week.
Everyone has their own definition of "boy band," so this is mine, made to govern this list: It must consist of three or more male-identifying persons in a personality-focused singing group. They're allowed to "play their own instruments," if that's part of the marketing schtick. Boy bands that came before New Edition -- The Jackson 5, The Beatles, The Temptations -- do not count here simply because the modern idea of a "boy band" wasn't a cultural framework yet. To have a record qualify for this list, it must have charted on the Billboard 200, for what is a boy band if not a machine designed to sell millions of albums? This arbitrary but necessary measure means lamentable omissions (ie. Boyzone, Menudo, A1, Take That, SHINee, Super Junior, etc.), but this is my list. Get your own.