The Evolution of Boy Bands, From The Osmonds to Zayn Malik: A Timeline
Boy bands and their effect on society are nothing new: dating back to the early 1960's, when the TV performances of the Osmond Brothers slightly predated the explosion of Beatlemania, all-male music groups have been gathering fans and making teenage girls scream with surprising regularity. And while the Beatles influenced multiple generations of rock artists, they also helped birth the concept of the good-looking boy group performing catchy pop songs to rabid crowds. From Menudo to New Kids on the Block to Boyz II Men to One Direction, the history of boy bands has included different periods of groups properly funneling that energy and dominating pop culture in unique, unforgettable ways.
As part of Billboard.com's Boy Band Week, Check out this timeline of boy band evolution that includes the most memorable moments in the history of the genre.