Oh, the ever enigmatic boy band. So cool one minute and so lame the next. The ’90s spawned several boy bands. Some achieved great success, some achieved moderate success, and some simply faded into the background. Many of them we forgot ever existed. They all still have a place in our hearts, though, and call to mind memories of yesteryear.
Reminisce with our list of 15 forgotten boy bands of the ’90s.
This handsome group had only one hit, “Shorty (You Keep Playin’ with My Mind),” in 1998. The group attempted to set itself apart by playing instruments but after the release of their self-titled first album, they broke up in 2000. Imajin later reunited with a slightly different line up.
Fun fact: Olamide Faison (center) is the younger brother of actor Donald Faison.
Here’s what Imajin looked like back in 2006 when they reunited
This British boy band was designed to be the male Spice Girls, and even had Simon Cowell manage their career. They were a little more street than the average boy band, with two rappers in the group. Their debut single “Slam dunk (Da Funk) ” was chosen as the NBA theme song in 1997, though the song didn’t chart. The next year, 5ive would release “When The Lights Go Out,” from their debut album. The song cracked the top 10 on Billboard. Their single “If Ya Gettin’ Down” from their sophomore release also became an international hit, but the members of 5ive butted heads with each other and Simon Cowell, and decided to call it quits. They reunited in 2006 and 2012 albeit with only 4 members. Kinda makes the whole band name a little awkward, doesn’t it?
Check out what the band looks like now!
You probably remember this group most by their single “I’ll Be Your Everything,” featured on the 1999 Disney movie Inspector Gadget. The ending credits had you jamming to Youngstown, and Disney Channel wasted no time in playing the music video in heavy rotation. The group, named after the trio’s hometown in Ohio, released two albums but let’s face it, “I’ll be your everything” was the only thing any of us paid attention to.
While not a boy band in the traditional bubble-gummy-dance-poppy sense, SoulDecision debuted at the height of the ’90s boy band era. The Canadian trio crooned to funky pop/R&B sounds and played their own instruments. Tunes like “Faded” and “Ooh It’s Kinda Crazy” charted success in the U.S. and Canada. The latter song even earned TRL‘s number #1 request spot at one point. They could jam, but lead singer Trevor had some of the most cheesy facial expressions when he sang.
Modern day SoulDecision
Another Bad Creation
Back in the ’90s, “Iesha” was the jam. But with an album called Coolin’ at the Playground Ya Know! and a name that spelled the acronym ABC, it’s really no wonder these little boys had no longevity.
The Irish boy band got signed by Simon Cowell in the ’90s. They never managed to break into the U.S. market but Westlife has recorded 10 albums, sold 50 million CD’s worldwide, and played for the Pope, the Queen, and President Obama. Known mostly for their ballads, the group is still making music. If you’re an American, you’ve probably only heard the song that actually charted here, “Swear It All Over Again.”
Soul For Real
“Candy Rain” is the quintessence of good old ’90s R&B. Soul For Real, made up of 4 brothers, hit number 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 back in the day, and then scored once more with their follow-up “Eveything Little Thing I Do”. Their first and second albums were produced by Heavy D and P. Diddy, respectively. The group was a success circa 1995 but by 1998 Soul For Real had begun to fade into the background.
Apparently, Soul for Real has been making music for the last five years! The Dalyrimple brothers released a single in 2008 that featured Jadakiss
Fun Fact: This is the group that spawned Robbie Williams (bottom right).
Take That sold out the biggest tour in UK history back in 2010
This band made the fatal mistake of debuting at the end of the boy band craze in 2000. They had one semi-hit single “Happens Every Time,” but are most known for being a springboard for Jesse McCartney’s career.
Were we the only ones who thought that 3T stood for the the three Titos? Yes? Well, then, forget we ever brought it up. They are the three sons of Tito Jackson: Toriano Adaryll Jackson II (also known as Taj), Taryll Adren Jackson, and Tito Joe Jackson (TJ). The group debuted in 1995 and performed pretty well, selling 3 million copies of their album. Their most popular songs are “Why” (a duet with uncle Michael Jackson), “Anything” and “I Need You”.
Two of the three members are looking quite different, today...
C-Note, meaning “Nothing Other Than Excellence” was…well anything but excellent. But it was the ’90s and most boy bands were in the same position. The group infused Latin elements into their brand of pop and scored some moderate success with their single “Wait Til I Get Home,” which peaked at 33 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1999.
C-Note made a return to music in 2005 and released music for at least three years following. The new line up consisted of all Latin members, only two of which were from the original group.
Not many would remember these guys. They had no significant hits but did appear on Radio Disney and released their only album Toon Time via Dreamworks.
Fun Fact: The group did, however, give R&B crooner Lloyd (back center) his beginning.
One of the few interracial music groups of the 90’s, Another Level hailed from the UK. They made it to UK’s number one with a cover of Silk’s “Freak Me” and went platinum with their debut album, but by far the most interesting thing about this group is our next fun fact.
Fun Fact: Jay-Z is featured on their song “Be Alone No more.” Yeah…