One Direction

Boy Bands: The Way They Were

Let's go back to a simpler time: when bandannas were bedazzled, tribal tattoos were hot, and boy bands ruled the world


Who? Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Jonathan Knight
Known for: Hangin' tough. (Duh!)
The Boston-bred boy band was created by New Edition impresario Maurice Starr, who sought to create a white version of the group. After stumbling with their first album (remember "Popsicle?" It's O.K., no one does), the group scored a massive hit with "Please Don't Go Girl," from 1988's Hangin' Tough – and then went on to be the first teen act to score five Top 10 hits from one album. Guess you could say they got the Right Stuff. (We know: rim shot.)