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

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

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.)



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