Ruby's Corner

I Heart Boy Bands

So this week, I saw The Wanted live at the Fuse studios. You know them, right? Their big song right now is ‘Glad You Came’ and they are from England and their names are Jay, Max, Nathan, Siva and Tom. It was pretty cool; it was just me and a million screaming girls. I stood awkwardly against the wall, considering the fact that there were lots of 20-year-old girls bumping into to me. And shoving me. And jumping around me. And I realized something: if you look at boy bands over the years—from Menudo to One Direction—you’ll see that they have a lot in common with each other. Like:  Every fan-girl has her favorite band member; they all are cute; they have great hair.

And it doesn’t stop there:

  1. These bands have boys as members (duh).
  2. They have die-hard fans. (Now, I’m not talking, “Oh I love One Direction.” I mean the girls who push and shove and get in fights over the boys in the actual bands. Like “IF YOU INSULT MA BOY IMMA B.S. YOU AND YOU GONNA DIE” kinda thing.)
  3. They have their somewhat “leaders.” You know, the one that gets the biggest girl-screams. He’s the one everyone can agree is the cutest. He’s also usually the most well-known to morning talk show hosts.
  5. They usually have adorable “bromances.”
  6. Oh, by the way? I am a Directioner.
  7. They all have a band member who goes far after the band ends. (Hi, Justin Timberlake!)
  8. Unless we’re saying that The Beatles are the first boy band, in reality, boy bands rarely play instruments. (Come on, they’re too busy singing into my eyes! Or dancing to me! And only to me!) Unless you are the Beatles.
  9. Speaking of smooth moves, your favorite boy band always has some sort of synchronized dance. They look like they are synchronized swimmers. Seriously.
  10. They will all eventually release Christmas albums.
  11. There are always haters. People who say, “Ew, you like that band?” To that there is only one answer: Yes, yes I do.

Different things between boy bands:

  1. They have different members.

And that’s about it. JK. But, seriously. Not much is different amongst the brotherhood of boy bands. And you know what? I’m good with that. That’s part of the awesomess of tween-dom.

  • Rima Sagala

    Haha I grew up in the 90s in Asia where boybands were like hotcakes (BSB 4evaaaa). I didn’t really get the chance to see many of them performed (tickets were expensive and srsly i don’t feel like bumpin around with other diehard fans) so finally when the Backstreet Boys had their This is It tour, of coursw I got the tickets and went craycray when they opened up with Backstreet’s Back. I literally had tears in my eyes. The 14 y.o diehard fan in my 26 y.o body went nuts. I practically ignored my boyfriend the whole night (he’s actually a fan too. I got lucky!). So it seems each generation/decade will have their own boyband. And yes only diehard fans can relate.

  • Mélodie Melo

    I agree with all of this ! Just one thing : they do play instrument sometimes ! Think Jonas Brothers 😀

  • Gigi Austin

    “That’s part of the awesomeness of tween-dom.” I lovve that! Ruby, you are beautifully brilliant. :)

  • Gea Marín

    I’m totally on for boybands! and if you want to try it sometime, go and look for any Korean boy band… South Korea is like the boyband/girlband paradise!

  • Katie Farina

    Point number 2. Enough said.
    Love it!

  • Rachel Lam

    I agree about boybands! Though many of my friends think the concept belongs to 90s culture and I’m silly and naive to still be crazy about them, I STILL LOVE ME SOME BOYBANDS! I love Westlife, A1, Blue, Five, BSB, BBMak, The Wanted.. The list goes on.

  • Georgina Elsmere

    I have to confess, the boybands around at the moment make me want to pull off my own ears, but I don’t have the vehement hatred towards them that some do. I was a massive boyband fan in the 90s, so I can completely understand the appeal.
    If a1 reformed now (in Britain, with Paul, not this touring Japan thing they’re doing without him at the moment) I would be front of the queue, smacking down anyone who dissed Ben Adams. Ooh, that curtain hair-do.

  • Isabelle Pitre

    In love with 1D. 21 years old and proud haha!

  • Suzie Beaumont

    Boybands are the best things since sliced bread. MCFLY ALL THE WAY!

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