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The 9 Most Influential Boy Bands: Then and Now

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Unlike almost all of their peers, the Backstreet Boys never broke up — though original member Kevin Richardson did quit in 2006.

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New Kids On The Block 1989-1990/2010

The New Kids On The Block reformed in 2008 for a highly successful reunion tour. Next year they're hitting the road with The Backstreet Boys for what's been dubbed the NKOTBSB tour.

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98 Degrees 1999/Today

Bottom from left: Justin Jeffre and Nick Lachey in 2009, Drew Lachey performing on ABC's Dancing with the Stars in 2007, Jeff Timmons with fellow VH1's Mission: Man Band cast member Chris Kirkpatrick in New York City, 2007. They are currently contemplating a reunion tour.


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N’Sync 1998-2000/2005

The last time the five members of N'Sync appeared together in public was at the *NSYNC Challenge For The Children in 2005. After the game Justin Timberlake informed the group he was leaving. They decided to break up rather than carry on without him.

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O-Town 2001/Today

Bottom from left: Ashley Parker Angel with Hairspray castmate Aubrey O'Day in New York City, 2008; Jacob Underwood in Park City Utah, 2004; Dan Miller in 2007; Trevor Pennick in Hollywood, 2006; Erik Michael Estrada in Hollywood, 2009.

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Take That 1995/2010

Robbie Williams rejoined Take That in 2010. Next year they are launching a sold-out stadium tour in the U.K.


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Boyz II Men 1996/2010

The group continues to tour regularly, but in 2003 original member Michael McCary left due to chronic back problems. They opted to not replace him and they now tour as a three-piece.

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Monkees 1967/1997

The Monkees were the best-selling band of 1967, outselling even The Beatles. They reformed periodically in the past three decades, but usually without guitarist Mike Nesmith.

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Color Me Badd 1991/Today

Bottom from left: Bryan Abrams in 2007, Kevin Thornton in 2008, Sam Watters in 2009, Mark Calderon.


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