Only 1 in 19 People Can Name All of These Boy Bands from an Image. Can You?

By: Kennita Leon
Image: Universal Island Records/AFO LTD/Hollywood

About This Quiz

A boy band is defined as a singing group that consists of male singers. In the past, boy bands were known to be made up of only young men, but older male singers have done it, and have been successful too. The one thing that differentiates a boy band from a rock band is that members of boy bands do NOT usually play instruments. And while there are some who break the rules, for the most part, this one is adhered to. 

The origin of boy bands isn't that clear, but in the 19th century, a cappella barbershop quartets were a thing. Fast forward to the '60s, where the Jackson 5 and the Osmonds ruled the music world; they weren't called boy bands (the term had not been coined yet), but the two groups did help make the mold for the groups who came after them. 

Today a  boy band can be the result of anything from church groups, childhood or high school friends, to singing competitions that add solo singers together (see One Direction). And while they may seem like a dying breed, they are still very much appreciated, especially by young women across the world. Do you think you know enough about music to name these boy bands from just a picture? 

Formed in Orlando, Florida, in 1993, this vocal group is one of the best-selling boy bands, having sold more than 130 million records worldwide.

After an organic 28-year career, this iconic Japanese boy group disbanded in 2016, having produced 55 singles and 27 albums.

This R&B pop group made its debut in 1995 with the hit single, "I've Got a Little Something for You," which peaked at #2 on the U.K. Singles Chart.

This contemporary R&B group reunited in 2010 as a trio, 12 years after their disbandment in 1998.

Shortly after placing third in the seventh season of the "X Factor," this English-Irish pop band went on to produce five albums all of which achieved success.

Canadian pop/rock band The Moffatts first appeared on-stage in 1987 and is comprised of four brothers: Scott, Dave Clint, and Bob Moffatt.

As the group's name suggests, the band originally consisted of five members; three of them reunited in 2012.

N'SYNC was a popular American pop band known for their singles "Bye Bye Bye," "This I Promise You," and "It's Gonna Be Me."

During the first four years of their career, English boy band Blue released three studio albums which all peaked at #1 in the U.K.

Formed in 2005, US5 is a multinational pop band with current and old members originating from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany.

This short-lived boy band was formed in 1999 and disbanded in 2002 following a string of lawsuits by the boys' parents against the band's managers.

The Jackson 5, comprised of brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael; they were the first group to debut with four #1 hits on the Hot 100.

Dubbed as the "Kings of K-Pop," this South Korean hip-hop band is credited for their influence in the K-Pop music industry.

Latin boy band CNCO was formed on December 13th, 2015, shortly after winning the first season of the televised singing competition, "La Banda."

Also known as BBD, this American music group was formed in 1989 with former New Edition members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe.

During the first four years of their career, this British-Norwegian pop group achieved success in the U.K., Southeast Asia, and other parts of the world.

Originally comprised of five members in 1985, this American R&B vocal group continues to perform worldwide as a trio.

BBMak was an English pop group who, before their split in 2003, released two studio albums, seven singles, and three live DVDs.

During their seven-year career, this English pop/R&B group finished second place in the "X-Factor" and produced five studio albums.

Plus One is an American Christian group who formed in 1999 and then again in 2014, ten years after the group disbanded in 2004.

This name is shared by two groups; an American R&B group formed in 1995, and the other, a British rock band whose members later on formed the band, "Skin."

Since their formation in 1984, this American boy band enjoyed a successful ten-year career before the group disbanded 1994 and later reunited in 2007.

Menudo is regarded as one of the biggest Latin boy bands in the world, having achieved much success since their debut album in 1977.

Originally starting with twelve members, this South Korean/Chinese group are now down by three members, who left to pursue solo interests.

Having sold five million records worldwide, this English pop rock band was formed in 2000, and again in 2015, ten years after the group disbanded.

Arashi, a Japanese idol group, was formed on September 15, 1999, and gained popularity in 2007 with the release of their 18th single, "Love So Sweet."

Known for their early surf songs, this American rock band is considered to be one of the best-selling bands ever, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

Formed in 2008, this American boy band made their debut in 2011; their song peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200.

The members of this fictional boy band were the main characters in the 1999/2000 MTV movie and TV series of the same name.

This South Korean boy band quickly rose to fame shortly after the release of their debut album, "2 Cool 4 Skool," on June 12, 2013.

This American rock/pop band was initially active from 1965 – 1971, and later on from 1981, during which they participated in reunion albums and tours.

Comprised of three brothers, Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas, this American pop rock band gained popularity from their appearances on the Disney Channel.

Founded by Teddy Riley in 1991, this American R&B group did not make its debut until in 1993 with the release of their first single, "Baby Be Mine."

Since their debut in 1982, Norwegian band A-ha has produced ten studio albums, four live albums, and several compilations.

At the height of their fame, this American R&B band produced several hits such as "Candy Girl," "Mr. Telephone Man," and "Cool It Down."

LFO, an initialism of Lyte Funkie Ones, was an American pop trio who returned as a duo seven years after the death of fellow member Rich Cronin in 2010.

Throughout its 14-year career, Irish boy band, Westlife, has sold more than 50 million records worldwide.

Before their hiatus in 2014, the band produced three studio albums and several hit singles, such as "Glad You Came" and "Chasing the Sun."

This American R&B/pop group is best known for their cover of "I Swear," which is featured on their 1994 self-titled debut album.

O-Town is an American boy band who, initially formed in 2000, disbanded in 2003, and later reunited in 2013 without former member Ashley Parker Angel.

During their career, English pop band Take That produced seven #1 albums and 12 #1 singles.

B2K is an American R&B group who produced four studio albums between 1998 and 2004.

This American band was formed in Orlando, Florida, in 1997 and broke up in 2001, one year after the release of their debut album.

After a successful six-year career, this American pop/contemporary/R&B group took a 10-year long hiatus, reuniting in 2012.

The Temptations, one of the most iconic and successful groups in music history, are well-known for their distinct harmonies, choreography, and flashy outfits.

This name is shared by two bands; the first a British-based rock band formed in 1973, and the other an American pop rock band formed by three blonde brothers, in 1992.

Tokio Hotel, a German rock band, has produced five studio albums and won numerous awards since their debut in 2001.

Having sold more than 200 million records worldwide, the Bee Gees are regarded as one of the world's best-selling musical artists of all time.

This Australian pop duo achieved international success having sold more than 23 million copies of their two albums before parting ways in 2001.

During their career from 2009 – 2014, this American band released three studio albums and also starred on the Nickelodeon TV show of the same name.

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