In celebration of Jordan Knight turning 50 on May 17, we're spotlighting the best of NKOTB.
When New Kids on the Block debuted in 1986, few people took notice, and those who did didn't seem to think the adolescent quintet would last for another album -- much less another 30-plus-years.
After all, this was a group of teens propped up by a behind-the-scenes mastermind, Maurice Starr, who wrote the bulk of their music and controlled their direction. Plus, their self-titled album featured a self-titled song where these clean-cut New England kids criticized "cuss" words and less-than-accurately boasted "we're the funky MCs of the hip-hop craze."
But with 1988's Hangin' Tough, a certified boy band classic, everything changed. Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood matured lyrically and certainly vocally, demonstrating that they were just as capable selling silky-smooth harmonies as they were getting the party started; they weren't exactly bad boys, but they had more of an edge than their squeaky-clean debut suggested.