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Why do they include Bell Biv DeVoe, but not New Edition?
posted by 1970s Antihero at 4:57 PM on December 5, 2018 [1 favorite]

They do have New Edition, but later, as the older, Mega-New Edition, in 1996. I have no idea why they don't feature them at their 1984 peak; maybe because Johnny Gill didn't join until later, and they wanted to rep all of them at once?

Their caveat notwithstanding, I think there's an awful lot of adult male singing groups in this listing passed off as boy bands, because Blackstreet, Jodeci, Silk, and Ideal are a reach! Their material seems a little too mature for a "boy band" designation.
posted by droplet at 5:27 PM on December 5, 2018 [2 favorites]

Missing both Wham! and East-17. Therefore this list is both wrong and invalid.
posted by prismatic7 at 6:10 PM on December 5, 2018 [3 favorites]

Perhaps they're going with the highest chart position? It seems like New Edition's 1996 song "Hit Me Off," which I'm positive I've never heard before, reached #3 on the Hot 100, whereas earlier (better) NE songs like "Cool It Now" reached only #5.
posted by goatdog at 7:34 PM on December 5, 2018 [1 favorite]

Oh God, I'd honestly forgotten "Hit Me Off" existed until you said those three little words and now I can hear them inside my actual head.
posted by I'm always feeling, Blue at 7:36 PM on December 5, 2018 [1 favorite]

Hmm... my personal definition, ironically, is that a true "boy band" does not play any instruments. They just sing, dance, and generally look pretty. If they actually play, then they're officially a "band." Therefore Hanson et al do not qualify...
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 2:59 AM on December 6, 2018 [1 favorite]

I see they wisely chose to start their list after 1980 so they wouldn't have to get angry letters about listing the Beatles as a boy band.
posted by tobascodagama at 8:33 AM on December 6, 2018 [2 favorites]

We need more A Boy Band Made Up of Four Joshes.
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 9:21 AM on December 6, 2018

One of the members in every band for me is blinking in and out. For Boys II Men, it's Shawn Stockman. I assume it means their efforts in the band are the most inconsequential, or maybe it represents the worst dancer?
posted by The_Vegetables at 11:09 AM on December 6, 2018 [1 favorite]

No Boyz 4 Now? Tina is gonna be pissed.
posted by stevis23 at 3:32 PM on December 6, 2018 [1 favorite]

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