Face it, kids: Boy bands are back. One Direction and The Wanted, two British troupes of crooning dudes, are achieving major stateside success. And they’re even dissing Christina Aguilera! They’ll fit in just fine here, I think.
It’s only right that we commemorate the return of the cherished institution of boy bands with a list of the nine hottest boy band moments since the arrival of the Backstreet Boys. That’s when it really started getting steamy. I’ve compiled sexy instances from photo shoots, magazine spreads, music videos, and even some purposely gay stuff too! I’m leaving One Direction off this list since they’re so damn young, but once they get a couple of years on them, I’ll be pleased to consider them for future lists (until the end of time).
Let’s begin the newcomers, shall we?
9. The Wanted want us to want them!
Yes, it’s just a canny PR move, but facts are facts: The Wanted is on the cover of the UK’s Gay Times. There they are, shirtless and surrounded by buzzwords like “Hot Sex,” “Aussie Hunks and Trunks,” and some band called “Psychoville.” All alluring to me! And hey, their average age is almost 22. Hooray for adults!
8. O-Town rips off the Backstreet Boys, succeeds in playing games with our hearts.
Before you can yelp in astonishment at the clear plastic tanktop pictured before you, remember what’s important: 1) Ashley Parker Angel‘s angsty chest, 2) the fact that MTV concoction O’Town purposely stole the “rain” motif from BSB, and 3) “Liquid Dreams” is immortally stupid.
7. The Backstreet Boys’ pool party is (sigh) not as hot as ‘N Sync’s.
Fear not, BSB will exact their revenge later in the countdown (on more than one occasion), so don’t take their sudden loss to ‘N Sync’s pool party personally. Clearly Nick isn’t bringing his A-game here, and he’s a critical factor in the BSB hawt index. But hey! Kevin’s back in the group! That’s something!