The ‘90s saw a shift in the music scene. Grunge, punk, and alternative rock were well-established genres by the end of the decade, but another type of music started creeping into mainstream culture: boy bands. As new technology became more accessible to the general public, pop groups gained popularity at an alarming rate. The boy band movement was spearheaded by The Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC in the late ‘90s; however, it didn’t peak until the early 2000s with bands such as New Kids on the Block and One Direction. There are so many great bands from this era that it is hard to keep track. From One Direction to Blink-182, here is a list of some of the biggest bands in the nineties that you may or may not remember.
Electromagnetic fields are nothing new to music. After all, it’s a major component of sound. However, the EMF in this case is the name of a band that was popular in the ‘90s. They caused a bit of a stir with their controversial name, but the band’s music was fresh and catchy. With a sound that blended techno, pop, and rock, EMF has a unique sound that hasn’t been replicated to this day. Their most popular songs include “Unbelievable,” “I Believe,” and “Getting away with it.”
Take That is one of the bands on this list that didn’t actually exist in the ‘90s. They formed in the early ‘90s, but didn’t start making music until 1994. However, their popularity peaked in the late ‘90s when they released their most famous songs like “Back for Good” and “Never Forget.” They were a bit of a boy band, but more of a pop group. Their music was generally upbeat and catchy, with lyrics that fell into the “love song” category. Their sound was a mixture of R&B, pop, and even a little bit of rock.
New Kids on The Block
New Kids on the Block formed in the ‘80s, but their first album didn’t come out until 1989. Although their sound was mostly inspired by late ‘80s pop and funk, they managed to hold their own against the likes of Boy George and Bananarama in the late ‘90s. Their style was very upbeat and catchy. Their lyrics were often about love and relationships, but there was usually a stronger emphasis on romance. They were a boy band, but they had a much more mature sound than most other bands on this list. A few of their most famous songs include “The Right Stuff,” “You Got it (The Right Stuff),” and “Please don’t go.”
NSYNC was one of the most successful boy bands of the late ‘90s and early 2000s. They formed in the late ‘90s and released their first album in 1997. The first album was all about establishing their unique sound. There were some catchy songs and others that were a bit more experimental. Their sound was a mixture of pop, R&B, and dance. Their second album came out in 1999 and is remembered as the album that launched NSYNC into stardom. Songs like “Bye Bye Bye” and “Tearin’ Up My Heart” made NSYNC one of the biggest bands in the world.
The Backstreet Boys have become a household name in the last decade. However, they didn’t start out as a famous band. In fact, they formed in the early ‘90s. However, they didn’t release their first album until 1996. They were a boy band that was a mixture of pop, R&B, and dance. They had a very mature sound for their younger members, which is probably why they are still around today. The majority of their songs are love songs, but they have explored other topics as well. Their sound is unmistakable and not many bands can match the success of the Backstreet Boys.
Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men was a band that started in the ‘80s, but they didn’t really hit it big until the ‘90s. Their sound was a blend of soul, rhythm and blues, and pop. Their lyrics were mostly about love and relationships, but they also explored other topics. Their songs were often very heartfelt, which is why they were so popular. Their most popular songs include “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” and “On Bended Knee.”
Westlife was one of the biggest boy bands of the late ‘90s and early 2000s. They formed in 1999 and made their debut in 2000. Their sound was a mixture of pop, R&B, and country. They had a very mature sound, so they were a bit of a throwback to the early years of boy bands. Many of their songs were about love and relationships, but they also explored other topics. Their most popular songs include “Flying Without Wings,” “Uptown Girl,” and “What Makes a Man?”
The musical landscape changed drastically in the ‘90s. New genres of music were created and established genres were taken in new directions. Nowadays, the music scene is dominated by hip hop and pop. That doesn’t mean that rock music is dead, but it is less popular than ever. This list of the biggest bands in the ‘90s is a great way to look back at what music was like in the past. Some of these bands are still around and touring, and others are making comebacks.