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? Ashley Parker Angel, Jacob Underwood, Erik-Michael Estrada, Dan Miller, Trevor Penick
Known for: being the first boy band to be created on a reality show, Making the Band, in 2000.
It was Y2K, and everyone wanted a piece of the slickly styled pie. And that included ABC, which launched Making the Band, a pre-American Idol reality show that awarded the winning group with a contract with boy band Svengali Lou Perlman's Transcontinental Records. O-Town were the winners, and released a self-titled album in 2001 – and the confusingly titled single, "Liquid Dreams."