Top Ten Boy Bands and Girl Groups From The Decades Era - DC Clubbing

Top Ten Boy Bands and Girl Groups From The Decades Era

At our Decades nightclub, one of the things we wanted to celebrate the most was the great pop music of the 1980s-2000s, when boy bands and girl groups seemed to be everywhere and ruled the pop charts. In order to highlight the best of these groups, we decided to research the 10 best-selling boy bands and girl groups of the Decades eras. As well, we’ve provided more than a few reasons why they’re deserving of praise.

10. New Edition

Overall career highlights:
5 #1 singles
2 #1 albums


After breaking out from inner city Boston, Ronnie, Bobbie, Ricky, Mike, and Ralph went on to become arguably the first major-league African-American “boy band” since the Jackson 5. From 1983-1987, they released nine top 10 R & B hits, including “Mr. Telephone Man,” “Cool It Now,” and “Candy Girl.” However, after the departure of Bobby Brown and him being replaced with Johnny Gill, the group went on to record hits “If It Isn’t Love” and “N.E. Heartbreak.” Not a fan of New Edition? Well, you might remember a “Poison”ous era between 1989-1993 when New Edition’s Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell, and Ronnie DeVoe formed Bell Biv DeVoe!

9. The Bangles

Overall career highlights:
2 #1 singles
10 million-plus albums sold


Dance-ready pop/rock got a girl group face in the mid-to-late 1980s via The Bangles, an LA-based foursome. Best known for their hit “Walk Like An Egyptian,” in a maybe little-known fact, none other than Prince wrote “Manic Monday,” one of the group’s three major singles including 1987 film Less Than Zero soundtrack included song “Hazy Shade of Winter.” Though the original group broke up in 1990, their influence is still felt to the present day.

8. 98 Degrees

Overall career highlights:
11 million overall albums sold


From 1996-2003, brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Nick Timmons partnered as 2000s era boy band 98 Degrees. Though Nick later achieved a high level of fame while married to fellow pop sensation Jessica Simpson from 2002-2005, 98 Degrees released four albums from 1998-2000, with their biggest solo hit being “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche),” which hit #2 on the US Billboard charts in 2000.

7. Boyz II Men

Overall career highlights:
32 million albums sold
7 #1 singles
4 Grammy Awards


“Motownphilly’s” favorite quartet have now impressively been together for over 25 years. Though their ballad “End of the Road” broke Elvis Presley’s record for consecutive weeks on top of the Billboard charts, it’s the already-mentioned “Motownphilly” that still packs dance floors — even at Decades today. Four-part harmonies that remind people of Motown era acts like the Temptations mixed with Michael Bivins’ “New Jack Swing”-style production have created a legacy that will last forever.

6. *NSync

Overall career highlights:
3 #1 albums
4 #1 singles


Before Justin Timberlake was wearing a “Suit and Tie” with Jay Z, he was one-fifth of *NSync, a boy band that from 2000’s “Bye Bye Bye” to 2002’s Nelly-featuring “Girlfriend” had six consecutive top-ten Billboard Pop chart singles. As well, the group has sold 35 million-plus albums overall, as well as likely having some of the most instantaneously iconic music videos and choreography of the Decades eras.

5. New Kids On The Block

Overall career highlights:
50 million-plus albums sold


From cartoon shows and bedspreads to action figures, t-shirts and more, New Kids on the Block were to the 1980s what teenage rock bands were to the 1960s. September 1988-released album Hanging Tough sold 25 million albums on the strength of the eponymous single, which has a dance that those who were pre-teens and teenagers in 1988 probably know all-too-well. In 2016, you’re more likely to find NKOTB’s Donnie Wahlberg behind a hamburger grill as you can on a stage, but the group did briefly reunite for 10, an album they released in 2013.

4. Spice Girls

Overall career highlights:
Billions in sponsorship earnings
9 #1 singles


Five women nicknamed “Scary,” “Sporty,” “Ginger,” and “Posh” invaded America (and world’s) shores in 1996 and caused a British Invasion the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the Beatles three decades prior. Their first single “Wannabe” hit #1 in 20 countries, but what may be more impressive is that the group earned $1 billion in sponsorship dollars between 1996-1999, while also selling 50 million albums and 40 million singles in the same span of time. Zigga zig uh, indeed.

3. Destiny’s Child

Overall career highlights:
6 #1 singles
2 Grammy Awards


Here’s an amazing fact: Destiny’s Child actually existed as a group for 16 years, from 1990-2006. Though the group’s membership changed on three separate occasions, Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland remained constant. From hitting Billboard’s top five with “No, No, No” on their 1998 mainstream debut album to having four top 10 singles on their appropriately titled “final” album Destiny Fulfilled, the group has sold 60 million albums (and rising) overall to-date. Impressively, tracks like “Independent Women,” “Survivor,” and “Bootylicious” still excite fans like few other songs released in that era.

2. TLC

Overall career highlights:
Greatest selling girl group of all time
8 #1 singles
7 Grammy Awards


T-Boz, Left Eye and Chili are literally the best-selling girl group of all time. Though Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez tragically passed away in 2002, their brand of soul, rap, and female empowerment has set an unequaled standard. “No Scrubs,” “Waterfalls,” and “Creep” may be their biggest-selling singles, but go back to 1992’s “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” and even then you hear the sound and style that would eventually become a record-setter.

1. Backstreet Boys

Overall career highlights:
87 million albums sold
6 #1 albums
6 #1 singles


There’s a ton of reasons why 25 years after debuting, the Backstreet Boys are headed to Vegas for a live performance residency in 2017. Key among them is the fact that for a generation of teenagers, the five-boy band represented the perfect space between MTV, radio airplay and massive pop music sales. Songs like “Quit Playing Games With My Heart,” “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” and “I Want It That Way” are the types of songs that defined an era, and when they’re played take listeners back instantaneously to some of the happiest moments of their lives.