How to dance like a boy band

You Got The Right Stuff: A Survey Of Boy Band Dance Moves

by Jon Blistein and RJ Cubarrubia

The Wanted and One Direction are killing it. This two-pronged British boy band behemoth has hit the shores of the U.S. hard with myriad magazine covers and morning show appearances — 1D even became the first British group ever to see their debut album hit number one in the United States. They’ve sent Tumblrs and young fans into a tizzy, and set the stage for what could possibly be a veritable boy band revival this summer. But as K-pop expert Jeff Benjamin, and others, have pointed out, something’s off with these two bands: they don’t dance in their videos.

What the hell?! As part of a generation that grew up during the boy band heyday of the late-90s, heralded by Olympians like Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC — groups with fierce style and unforgettable dance moves that permeated living rooms and spring breaks everywhere — we find this curious and straight-up tragic. Unable to bear the thought of a world without flying-V formation dance sequences, we surveyed the relatively recent landscape of boy bands to examine the state of choreography in boy bands today. Our goal wasn’t necessarily to crown a champion, but to see — as you jump from New Kids to *NSYNC to today — to who falls and who gets down.


But first, a bit of history. While not always omnipresent, dancing has arguably remained a staple of excellent boy bands since Berry Gordy decided to hire dancer and vaudeville performer extraordinaire Cholly Atkins to teach his top Motown acts a few moves. Atkins’ contributions — even if they were simple synchronized steps — gave live performances by The Temptations, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles and The Four Tops an extra bit of oomph and made dance a necessary component of the complete package Motown promised. It set a precedent that carried into the 70s where even boy bands that played instruments like The Osmonds and The Five Jacksons would incorporate dancing into their live sets and TV appearances.

The 80s marked a boy band renaissance of sorts, led by arguably the first modern group, New Edition. Their dancing — perhaps more than killer hooks and tight harmonies — epitomized the e pluribus unum cohesion necessary for boy band success. Dancing allows for a flawless, cool and effortless coalescence of stylistically unique individuals into a unit mightier than any one boy bander alone. When it all comes together, the whole reigns supreme, but is clearly the sum of its each distinct, outstanding parts (see). The opposite: danceless videos, or sometimes worse, half-assed attempts, that are forgettable, awkward, or plain dull. At the very least, magic’s lost.

And now into the Octagon!


What follows are videos from both One Direction and The Wanted and ten clips from the past 25 years examined and scored on a fairly subjective, somewhat arbitrary, but wholly authoritative-ish ranking system.
Theme: Costume, setting, context
Approximate Percentage Dancing: Equals seconds dancing / total seconds of video) x 100
Execution: Complexity of moves, technique, how it fits with the music; or since we’re not experts: dopeness, does it make you go “ohhhhh shit”
Band inclusiveness: Everyone knows who’s best in the group, but all members remain important)
Intangibles: The things so great/bizarre things you can’t explain, but make the video all the better.
Overall: We put the Pitchfork-esque hammer down and deliver our final verdict.

Obviously this is far from an exhaustive list (though it’s plenty exhaustive in other ways). With the focus on primarily better-known contemporary groups, we wanted to tip our hats to some forebears, but if we included all of them we might never make it out alive. Notable absences include: 90s British heartthrobs Take That and recent MTV Best Boy Band Champion Westlife (though neither danced that much anyway), Shakespeare scholars LFO, R&B; heroes and pioneers Boyz II MEN, “Making The Band”-ees O-Town, the always hilarious 2ge+her, ostensibly lost exurban scenesters NLT, plus many, many others.

So are One Direction and The Wanted harbingers of a bleak Footloose-ian future boy bands are headed for? As we watched these clips we noticed dancing isn’t totally in peril, but we can’t ignore that the recent resurgence suggests choreography may be on its way out. We sure as hell hope not.

“What Makes You Beautiful” (2011)

Theme: Back to the beach, or back into last spring’s American Eagle promo video.

% Dancing: 1%

Execution: Thirty-five seconds in is arguably the one move 1D is capable of: The Hammer — and Harry Styles throws down his fist first, thunderous, after a Phil Collins drum leads into the massive chorus. Liam and Louis try to follow suit when the chorus returns, but after a disastrous attempt Styles, Supreme, has to school them on basics. Apparently fucking up The Hammer banishes you to an unknown netherworld somewhere below the dudes in LFO who aren’t Rich Cronin (RIP). Kneel before Mjölnir.

Band Cohesion: Everyone gets some time in the spotlight, but with no dance moves the group’s tertiary members gnaw at the strength of their leaders. The outliers are clear: Niall’s relegated to the nebulous purgatory of pathetic slo-mo glamour shots, and in true little-brother-tagging-along fashion, keeps his shirt on while the group frolicks in the waves (“So you don’t get sunburn,” said Mom). Then there’s poor Louis, who throws his arm around Harry like an unwanted hype man grasping for residual swag. Even the band’s female friends score more close-ups than Louis. How dare you let extras outshine you.

Intangibles: Harry Styles’ majestic hair swoop wields the grace of a soaring avian coasting the atmospheric currents far beyond the stratosphere.

Score: 3
The track’s a total hit, but the lack of moves seriously highlights the group’s awkward, “X-Factor” bred disjointedness. This is what happens when one of the dudes you choose cowers at the thought of dancing.

“Glad You Came” (2011)

Theme: Ibiza bender with the boys with decidedly less ecstasy — and even less dancing.

% Dancing: 0.7%

Execution: Despite the song’s dance-friendly Euroclub vibe, these dudes can’t even be bothered to do more than pump fists, lift cups, and grind up on girls — a weakness befitting the song’s embarrassingly suggestive lyrics and uber-limp chorus. At most Max George manages a single dice roll flick of the wrist equal to about one-eighth of a Harry Styles Hammer.

Band Cohesion: Though not spread evenly, everyone gets to lip-sync and creep on some ladies. As far fostering egalitarianism, it’s a weak attempt, ostensibly founded on the viewers’ inability to distinguish between members in a realm other than their clothes. It’s the minimum needed to unite top dog Max George and bottom feeder/bed-head afficianado Jay McGuiness, but both end up as part of the same blob.

Intangibles: McGuiness going full Kewl Dad BBQ Chic in that Hawaiian shirt.

Score: 0.0
This sucks.

“The Hardest Thing” (1999)

Theme: A Vegas showgirl proves her love to her boxer boyfriend by showing up to fight night and overcoming 98°’s grotesque attempts at dancing.

% Dancing: 5%

Execution: 98° keep barely two moves in their arsenal: a display case hand wave, and a point to imaginary tears with an imaginary handgun. Terrible. Head bobbing, fist clutching, and excessive kneeling down to the cameras to score face-time doesn’t cut it.

Band Cohesion: Even without dancing, each Degree manages to stand out some in the group shots. Nick Lachey, Jeff Timmons, and Nick Lachey’s Turtleneck lead; Drew Lachey tags along with a shred of self-respect left after he doffed that backwards cap; and brochacho Justin Jeffre brings up the rear, looking horrifically awkward and a little too much like Creed drummer Scott Phillips for comfort. Leaving each member to their own devices does keep the ship afloat — till it inevitably collides with the iceberg that is Jeffre’s bleached goatee.

Intangibles: Who wore it better?

Score: 1
98°’s slow jam roots may not be totally conducive to choreography, but if you’re going to pull any moves at all, at least try.

“Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” (1998 U.S. release)

Theme: Backstreet’s tryna get back but their bus broke down (for the second time!) in front of a haunted house! During the night, possessed by El Espirito, each are sentenced to a hellish dream world where they’re doomed to live out eternity as specifically un-specific horror movie stock characters.

% Dancing: 43%

Execution: A good chunk of the moves in the solo shots are plain corny, most garish, Nick Carter’s mummified lurches; but Howie Dorough conjures some charismatic, vampiric rocks and twists, and AJ McLean makes the most of the mini-crew he grooves with in his Phantom of the Opera shots. The ballroom sequence offers spirited choreography, but the movements can look jerky and goofy, like the inevitable “Cha Cha Slide” at a wedding.

Band Cohesion: BSB may have been the most even-keel boy band of the 90s. Howie and Kevin were obvious side guys, but alpha dog contenders AJ, Brian, and Nick don’t seem that far away as none had that super star oomph to push them into Timberlake-levels — or even Chasez-tiers. Brian never added serious pop pedigree to his pretty boy image, and while Nick seemed to assume the top spot sometimes, maybe he — plus The Shaq Conqueror and the rest of that wackadoo family — just got the most exposure. Watching the clip now, it looks like we might’ve all done goof’d and failed to hop on the AJ Express To Superstardom, which gives the chorus its quintessential cock-sure sneer and holds down the fort with assured moves.

Intangibles: Shoutout to Nick Carter’s Hardy Nickerson jersey. Go, Bucs.

Score: 7.27
Solid dancers all around, BSB usually threw something into the mix, even a AAA mid-tempo ballad like “As Long As You Love Me.” They were an impressive group responsible for some monster bangers that still hold up, but without a member with that killer instinct, the BSB aura lacks something special.

“Boyfriend” (2011)

Theme: Snoop Dogg is hosting a super sweet 128th and needs the sickest group in civilization to take his unprecedented party to the “next level.” So out of everyone ever in the history of mankind, he gets Big Time Rush, the four chillest bros since the birth of music to headline his bash. The future is TRON-grade CGI (Sponsored by Red Bull).

% Dancing: 32%

Execution: Big Time Rush hails from the hyper-literal school of group dance, the kind taught in kinder-gyms across the country: A heavenward arm swoop to finger point while singing “I see that” or dropping down to the ground at “knock me down.” For flavor they add primitive forearm rolls, rudimentary hand shuffles, and their signature butter churns, all performed with over-exaggerated exertion that’s barely charming in junior high musical theater. Miserable. Hardly funny 15 views later.

Band Cohesion: BTR are so unremarkable they easily blend into each other, even with a pretty clear, but simple hierarchy, like what you’d find on — well, duh — a kid’s sitcom. Save for a few steps, none of these guys dance in their solo shots, just as a group; and as bogus as it is, it keeps your attention and Big Time Rush from falling apart.

Intangibles: Calvin Broadus can apparently travel through computer networks like a hologram or avatar, yet manifest in a physical form instantly without stress or concern. This ability seems to make him ageless, perhaps immortal. Plus, he can journey across the space-time continuum with enough power to effortlessly bring others safely through the event horizon. Snoop Dogg is beyond The Singularity. That 2Pac Coachella shit was only the beginning.

Score: 3.33
The absurd theme alone warrants a look, but BTR lack so much charisma they had to give Snoop two verses and a heavy visual presence to carry the video.

“It Happens Every Time” (2000)

Theme: Inception-level mindfucks in a Windows 98-washed world.

% Dancing: 63%

Execution: Though not throwing out the most inspired moves, Dream Street manage to get funky in that suburbanized hip-hop circa Y2K kinda way. With great attention to detail, the group remains solidly in sync during each messy shoulder shimmy, fierce head snap, or loose hip shakes; it’s all balanced with decent quick steps during the brief solo cuts, like Chris Trousdale’s Hulkish spin ‘n STOMP a minute in. Too bad their signature cross-armed jump punches look like something that starts a playground gangfight.

Band Cohesion: But damn do those big group dance sequences give the video a shot of luster. Sure it’s mostly variations on the same jelly-legged pop n glide, but all five nail it with competent coolness. Young Jesse McCartney and Greg Raposo (the tank-topped wonder) are front and center, but those passable dancing chops allow future frosted-tips aficionado Chris, rapscallion Matt Ballinger, and auxiliary bro and back-up muscle Frankie Galasso to shine.

Intangibles: The gross failure to depict innocent puppy love, offering instead creepy shots of tweens trolling for ass on the streets or in a field filled with pigeons and shit.

Score: 6.75491
They may lack the raw steez to take home any sort of crown, but Dream Street’s output is still commendable and keeps the group from crumbling. It can be goofy as hell, but at least there’s heart.

“She Makes Me Wanna” (2011)

Theme: It’s The Wanted video on an immensely smaller budget, but with at least slightly more dancing.

% Dancing: 33%

Execution: JLS really only dance as a group, and those sequences are chopped up mercilessly — just one or two quick moves per shot before jumping to a different angle and side-step. This fractured style reveals a pretty pathetic attempt to manufacture choreographic continuity; and the cuts move so fast between one another it makes it impossible for anything to resonate. Looks like someone’s covering their asses for not knowing how to link successive steps.

Band Cohesion: Top billing is split between Country Club Vice-Treasurer Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, and unfortunately for everyone, guest whisperer Dev. But as unimpressive as those dance sequences are, they allot back-up members Oritsé Williams and JB Gill some crucial facetime while doing something at least slightly productive — even if it is just Free-Willying atop some rocks. Not even swaths of neon clothes can save JLS from their incredible blandness; at least they’re bland together.

Intangibles: What a dick move.

Score: 4.4
The sub-sub par moves give JLS some life, but Mr. Fusion ain’t around to turn their monotonous garbage into plutonium to get the flux capacitor… fluxing.

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“When The Lights Go Out” (1998)

Theme: Bowling alleys are horrific cesspools overrun by disease: 14-pound balls of fingered plague, fungus-filled clown shoes, unsupervised teenagers, depressing quarter beer nights, and family fun.

% Dancing: 25%

Execution: Five’s idea of dancing is non-stop flexing and staredowns with a few crossover steps into twirls thrown in for good measure. The aggressive and excessively forward posturing to the camera combined with some startlingly rape-y lyrics (“Babe, I swear you will succumb to me”) is beyond head-slappingly tiresome.

Band Cohesion: The modicum of elementary level twists and turns does unite Five and reveal a rudimentary boy-band power structure, but choosing to mean mug instead of throw down means the group’s strength hinges on the creepy, unsteady foundation of mall-grade headshots. Some members, like frontman Abs Breen (who now goes by the unforgivable Abz Love) and sensitive, turtle-necked Marine Corp. Private Sean Conlon manage half-decently with their overexposure, but you’re also left with the meandering of Jason “J” Brown and Richie Neville’s over-committed pleading. Thrusting a bunch of bozos into the shit without proper artillery has never ended well.

Intangibles: Ritchie Neville’s center hair part with Grand Canyon-levels of fivehead surface area and grandeur. (Though he can’t touch the GOAT, Sir Nickolas Gene Carter.)

Score: 4
Five lack dance skill and good taste, but they manage to scrounge up something resembling choreography. It’s barely better than nothing.

“My Girl” (2010)

Theme: “We are cool.”

% Dancing: 65%

Execution: Slick shuffles, tight pop n locks, deep choo-choo train pelvic thrusts, flawless synchronization, and a bonafide dance breakdown: That sweet-tooth synth beat from Boi-1da — the chorus topped off with sublime bleepy bloops like freakin maraschino cherries — demands dope moves and everyone in MB delivers. Official head dancer Ray Ray shines brightest, fronting most of the group sequences and ripping up the dance tunnel with electric charm — those vicious braids whipping around like clackers — but his cohorts follow with talent and poise.

Band Cohesion: Mindless Behavior define explicit roles for its members — instead of relying on an implicit pecking order — to maintain balance. They don’t pretend everyone can belt or that they’re all superb dancers, but with lots of group sequences and plenty of individual screen time, they coalesce into, well, a band. Prodigy: vocals and rhythm guitar; Ray Ray: lead guitar; Princeton: bass; Roc Royal: drums.

Intangibles: What God-forsaken Interscope intern had to deal with the fan text fallout from the video solicitation?

Score: 8.8
“My Girl” is two years old, but little has changed since. With tons of ill moves Mindless Behavior easily stand as one of the most cohesive and enjoyable boy bands these days. Twenty views later and Princeton’s transcendent, I-believe-I-can-fly point to the sky at the line “I hit you with the question maaarrrkk” still sends us into loving hysterics.

“I Want You Back” (1998 U.S. release)

Theme: JustiN & The *Syncs are stranded at Fort Space Cadet Pinball; their only hopes for survival: the camaraderie of each other (at least until things turn Donner) and the eternal hope that their girlfriend might take (all of?) them back.

% Dancing: 74%

Execution: *NSYNC did not come to fuck around. Big, aggressive moves begin 17 seconds in and they never look back, for better (the simple, yet effective group pulsing) or for worse (Monkeys-in-a-Barrel arm wobbles). The choreography isn’t timeless (unlike these ones, obviously, but the whole group exudes talent: Justin fronts the outfit, but everyone carries their weight — Joey Fatone especially making his presence known with a slightly gawky, but no less brass-balled, jump to the cornerstone of the dance pyramid. Despite 2 many lulz at timez, *NSYNC dance with a boiling over fervor that can’t be ignored. It’s a quality that served them well as their chops improved.

Band Cohesion: “I Want You Back” was *NSYNC’s first video, and instantly the demigod Justin Timberlake establishes himself as the band’s leader. Retrospect tells us duh, but JT’s unstoppable, evergreen presence up front doesn’t mean the others aren’t included. Justin sets an elite standard within the group, and the rest are forced to up their game to meet that high grade, making *NSYNC a truly formidable force.

Intangibles: Well, this just got morbid…

Score: 9.0
The paradigm of 90s U.S. boy bands, *NSYNC fused impressive group choreography with pantheonic pop to form a strong, impressive, and undeniably unique dynamic. Though their structure did somewhat resemble Backstreet Boys’, Timberlake’s Timberlake-ness elevated them to legendary levels.

“Candy Girl” (1983)

Theme: Hey girls, come boogie at the malt shop with Ralph, Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, and Mike!

% Dancing: 68%

Execution: Nothing awes, but New Edition’s non-stop grooving keep things funky alongside that canonic, flatulent synth groove. The group’s beginner status reveals itself a glass-eyed, open mouthed Ricky Bell here and a gasping-trout shuffle from Ronnie DeVoe there; but for the most part, Ralph Tresvant commodores with elastic ease a group bursting with young talent.

Band Cohesion: For much of the video, Ralph plays point in most of its group shots, but all of New Edition find ways to make themselves known. The epic and definitive rundown of the boys while they flaunt their sweethearts over milkshakes says it all: We bros.

Intangibles: Bobby’s fly few chainz and Cosby sweater combo.

Score: 7.4
New Edition were a crucial step in the evolution of the modern boy band with their primary focus on vocals and dancing. A few flubs aside, the spot-on moves keep this video timeless.

“You Got It (The Right Stuff” (1988)

Theme: Rollin’ with the homies and the girlfriends.

% Dancing: 50%

Execution: Donnie Wahlberg’s initial broke-ass shuffle promises cornball choreography, and indeed the New Kids deliver heaps of unimpressive footwork that bottoms out with the hyuck-hyuck hoedown sideways kicks, recycled an idiotic three times. Despite the thick layer of cheese, New Kids show a modicum of chops, particularly excelling at stop-on-a-dime freezes that add a smidge of spice. But these moves are proto-everything.

Band Cohesion: This video is, basically, a solo vehicle for Jordan Knight, with everyone else more or less offering generic back up moves and moral support. It’s like the “Hangin’ Tough” video, but instead of Jordan, Donnie Wahlberg hogs the spotlight and hoards nearly all the vocals. Placing one member above the rest of the crew — even if that top dog does change — makes unification nearly impossible.

Intangibles: Playing hide-and-seek in a cemetery with your girlfriend is the type of shit that scores you a lifetime haunting.

Score: 2.75
We don’t want to disrespect pioneers, but this just hasn’t aged well. Some moves still look slick but most are anachronistic and downright silly.

“Lucifer” (2010)

Theme: A bitter, vulnerable love song with an English-translated chorus of “Your spell is The Lucifer,” the theme is unclear other than let’s throw together crazy glam rock/goth punk/Euroclub fashion, cutting edge haircuts, some expensive cars, and fucking awesome choreography.

% Dancing: 75%

Execution: SHINee’s embrace of K-Pop maximalism extends beyond their wall of synth beats to the dancefloor with a style that’s part hip-hop robotics, graced with heaps of cut rug fluidity that drips confidence. In the solo swag swag swag shots all five members stake sizeable claims, throwing down some one-off feats of fancy footwork and mugging so cool it may as well be dancing. Head dancer and red-pants enthusiast Taemin rightly takes lead when the group convenes, but Onew, Key, Jong Hyu, and Minhu are all so talented you can’t even call them back-up. Check out their Tutting or hand chops (complete with kitana sound effects!) or absolutely killer assemblage into a line that sprouts arms like Vishnu. Amidst quick scenery cuts, the dancing never fractures (like the inversion of their ducks-fly-together formation) cause these guys can absolutely do the same routine twice sans a single loose strand of hair. Does it make you say, “Ohhh shitt”? Yeah.

Band Cohesion: Everyone in SHINee has a defined role creating an ostensible hierarchy of sorts: Onew (the guy doing the anguished lunges in the room of mirrors) is purported to be the group’s leader, but this video makes it seem that any member could front a boy band or take on a solo career. Combined with a monster track, the excellent dancing creates a wholly unified boy band, integrating five individuals, each bursting with charisma, to spawn something even more powerful and astounding. When their choreography hits its enrapturing apex, the group is individually idiosyncratic yet synced like a Swiss watch.

Intangibles: See: 0:00–3:58

Score: 10.0
This good.

Well, there you have it: Twelve boy bands enter, all are over-analyzed. Thankfully, there seems to be some evidence of current choreographically, and it’s pretty good. We’re not holding our breath for 1D- or Wanted-led dance dance revolution — that’s what SHINee is for, and hopefully a group or two in the next crop of boy bands too.

And since we’re as irrelevant as the Grammy’s, how about some awards?

Most Awkward Boy Bander: Justin Jeffre, 98°
Worst Dance Move:The New Kids Ho-Down
Best Dance Move: SHINee’s Vishnu (presented here in its rawest form for maximum “ohhh shit”’s)
Best Overall Performance: SHINee, “Lucifer”
Critics’ Choice: Mindless Behavior, “My Girl”

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4 middle schoolers dance to boy band song totally unaware sister’s going to post it online

We’ve all been there: it’s a rainy Sunday afternoon, and you and your friends are bored silly. So when someone suggests making up a dance routine, you think to yourself: what’s the worst that could happen?

Of course, when that video lands on YouTube and ends up going viral, an achievement which you were once proud of can turn into a huge source of embarrassment in your adult life- as well as being something which will almost certainly get played at your wedding.

But embarrassing or not, there’s something unexplainably sweet about childhood dance routines, and we think we’ve found our favorite one.



Titled, “Middleschoolers Dancing to One Direction,” this dance routine was posted onto YouTube by sister Annie Arvidson, and it soon received over 29.8 thousand views from people all over the world.

The dance group consists of three brothers and one cousin, and features choreography courtesy of Just Dance 4 Wii. (remember those days?) The boys pick the oh-so-popular “That’s What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction to bust their moves to, and we think they’re off to a strong start.



As the music begins, each boy takes his place in a line with one hand placed sassily on his hips. They then drop their heads into the infamous dab, before the beat drops and they really get their groove on.

We’re only 13 seconds in, and we’re already feeling the joy!

Middle school is a tough age, and although the boys appear to be a little shy, we love the fact that they had the courage to step up and perform their dance in front of a camera.



The boys take the song’s lyrics and work their dance moves around them- even putting their hands over their hearts at the appropriate time! There are lots of heads banging, arms flailing and hands pointing, and these boys really make sure that they’re bringing the ‘show’ to ‘showbiz.’

Our absolute favorite performer has to be the little boy with the glasses. He has a truly infectious smile on his face throughout the whole performance, and you can tell just how much he’s enjoying himself.



At the end of the day, that’s all it comes down to, really.

You don’t have to be an awesome dancer to be entertaining. As long as the audience can see that you’re enjoying yourself, then the performance becomes a truly joyful one.

The stamina of four pre-teen boys gets them through right to the end of the song, and they don’t even seem to be out of breath in the slightest.



They end the dance with some super-cool poses and four cheesy grins, and we feel truly uplifted after watching their impromptu performance.

The boys are probably all around 18-20 years old now, and although they might regret sharing their dance onto YouTube, there’s no denying that they gave over 29,000 people a good bit of entertainment.



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10 most popular boy bands -


1. One Direction

Many people associate the beginning of a new wave of growth in the popularity of boy bands with this Anglo-Irish band. The guys first met on The X Factor, where each of them came with a desire to start a solo career. However, the judges decided to unite the guys in one group under the uncomplicated name One Direction and, I must say, did not fail. Although the band won only third place in the TV competition, a record number of people left a record number of people to pre-order their debut single What Makes You Beautiful. Now we are looking forward to 1D with a concert in Russia.

One Direction


2. 5 Seconds of Summer

This was the first step towards the resounding success that the group enjoys today among young people around the world. In 2013, One Direction chose them to support their world tour: together, the boy bands toured the UK, North America, Australia and New Zealand. The group's self-titled debut album 5 Seconds of Summer topped the prestigious Billboard 200 chart in its first week of release.0003

5 Seconds of Summer


3. Jonas Brothers (disbanded)

Siblings Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas changed the idea of ​​what a classic boy band could be. They started their career not as a production project, but as a group performing Christian music. As a result, their long creative search was crowned with a resounding success - shooting in TV shows and films on the Disney channel and constant sold-out in American stadiums. Unfortunately, in 2013 the guys decided to put an end to the history of the group. In their own words, they were unable to resolve the long overdue contradictions. By the way, on weekdays at 18:55 on E! they play the reality show Married to Jonas.

Jonas Brothers


4. Backstreet Boys

An American pop group that simply cannot be missed in this rating. The Backstreet Boys have been around for over 20 years, and each of their albums still ranks high on the world charts. The guys went through a lot together, traveled almost the whole world with concerts and even received their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2014, the group performed in Moscow and St. Petersburg in full force. Of course, the group can no longer achieve such fame as before. To today's teenagers, they are more like dinosaurs than objects of desire.

Backstreet Boys


songs. The team was popular in the mid-90s, but after one of the members, Robbie Williams, began a solo career, the group announced the breakup. Exactly 10 years later, in 2006, Take That released a new single, which became the most successful hit in the history of the group. Today, the band is preparing to release their seventh album, despite the fact that two of the five members, including Robbie Williams, were unable to take part in the recording.

Take That


6. Big Time Rush

and gave the first concerts. The guys met each other right at the casting, after which they continuously participated in the filming for 18 months. According to the assurances of the guys, this brought them closer together and made them a truly close-knit team. If the Jonas Brothers had not broken up, then Big Time Rush would have become their main competitors.

Big Time Rush


7. Midnight Red

The promising young band is still in the process of recording their debut album, but the whole world knows about them. The fact is that they were the opening act during the joint concert tour of the Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block in 2011. One of the members, Joey Diggs, came up with the idea for the band's name in a dream: midnight is the time everyone is waiting for to go to a party, and red is the color most suited to their music.

Midnight Red


learn the language in which idols sing in order to better understand the lyrics of their songs. However, subsequently Tokio Hotel began to record English-language albums. Interestingly, Russia was one of the first foreign countries where the group performed a solo concert. Now they have forgotten about the guys, but what was the excitement at the time!

Tokio Hotel


9. SHINee

The South Korean quintet is wildly popular in their homeland and neighboring Japan. The recipe for success, as always, is simple and almost does not change depending on regional characteristics: five handsome guys sing heartfelt love songs. In addition to three full-length albums and a dozen singles, they have participated in many television projects and reality shows, including judging at the K-pop Cover Dance Festival in Moscow.



10. The Wanted

It consists of five members: a football player, a model, a failed geographer, a Guinness World Record holder for the most powerful voice in the world, and the title of the most attractive male vegetarian in the human rights organization PETA. If you have loved them for a long time, or vice versa, you still don’t know anything about them, don’t miss the issue of “E! Exclusive: Ryan Seacrest with The Wanted”, dedicated to the band, November 17 at 17:40 on E!

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  • Dside Band ambitiously calls itself the first teen boy band in Ukraine. The guys achieve success with a bright and dynamic show, mixed with a combination of singing and energetic dancing. The guys are heating up the popularity with the help of the YouTube channel, where they broadcast serials with their own participation called “Dreams into Reality”.

    The history of the creation and composition of

    The history of the creation of the Dside Band began in January 2016. Future participants then still sat at the school desk, and devoted their free time to dancing. They attended a choreographic school in the center of Kyiv, where they worked on different areas of modern dance. When developing the concept of the group, the guys focused on the One Direction team, which has achieved worldwide recognition.

    Members of Dside Band: Sergey Misevra, Artur Zhivchenko, Oleg Gladun, Daniil Dronik, Vlad Fenichko

    Dside Band set out to create high quality music, and they decided to make perfect choreography an additional feature. Other inspiring examples include Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson and the American boy band PRETTYMUCH. The determining factor in recruiting into the group was the dance skills of the participants. First, we decided on the first three, and then two more were added to the line-up.

    As a result, Daniil Dronik, Sergey Misevra, Vlad Fenichko, Oleg Gladun, Artur Zhivchenko ended up in the Dside Band. The oldest in the team is Artur, who was born on August 3, 2000, and the youngest is Daniil, whose birthday fell on May 14, 2004. Vlad and Sergey are of the same age (2002), and Oleg was born on November 7, 2001. Previously, the members included Anton Kaplun, Dima Osipenko and Kirill Liss.


    As befits a boy band, Dside Band has been singing love songs since its inception. Their appreciative audience is girls of middle and high school age. "Space Girl", "Tornado", "I Like You", "Telephone" quickly became hits in Ukraine and abroad. The guys decided to take energy and charisma, tried to improve the choreography and stage skills. Alena and Yaroslav Dronik and Ruslan Makhov became the producers of the collective.

    Dside Band - "Space Girl"

    The first album of Dside Band was released in 2018 and was called "Dancing Until You Drop". The title hit for the group was written by MONATIK, who worked with Vlad Fenichko in the 3rd season of the Voice. Child. Dima not only gave the guys a track, but also helped in recording, shared his experience and supported, for which the participants expressed their deep gratitude to him. The video in the genre of dance improvisation was released in April 2018 and in a couple of years gained over 5 million views on YouTube.

    The guys were not afraid to appear on the video as freaks dancing popping, flexing and other modern trends. On June 2 of the same year, Dside Band gave their first solo concert at the ATLAS club. To stir up interest in their work, the group launched a reality show on YouTube, where they began to upload the process of preparing for the show, videos from rehearsals and fragments from everyday life. In support of the record in October, the boy band went on a tour of Ukraine.

    Efforts paid off: trendy sound and viral lyrics hooked the audience, who fell in love with dancing to the tracks of energetic Kyiv guys. They began to collaborate with other artists. Artem Pivovarov wrote the track "Bandits" for them. Maria Yaremchuk sang the song "Give Love" with the boy band. Children's blogger Miss Nicole invited the Dside Band to visit and had a dance battle with them. Max Barskikh and Anastasia Kozhevnikova supported the guys by starring in their video "Why".

    Dside Band and Maria Yaremchuk - "Give love"

    Dside Band notes that this song raised a new theme in their work.

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