No matter the decade, boy bands have always popped up, climbed the charts and put out a ton of hits. Having been a high school student in the late 80s, New Kids On The Block mayhem was in full force on middle and high school campuses across America. Love them or hate them, all of us (including myself) may look at boy bands as a guilty pleasure, but they are popping up more and more on Charleston wedding playlists in recent years. Perhaps they are being added for nostalgia purposes or maybe some of them are just plain catchy and nice pop songs. I'm certainly not afraid to admit it, but while I was in high school in the late 80s and early 90s, I did not mind hearing New Kids On The Block blaring out of the crackling speakers in my old hatchback car or old Chevy pickup. As one of the top wedding DJs in Charleston, I think putting a few of these on your wedding playlist is sure to liven it up and mix things up, and add some fun to your wedding reception. These songs are the perfect add to your playlist whether your reception is being held over at the Seabrook Island Club, downtown at the Historic Rice Mill, or over in Mt Pleasant at Harborside East.
Enjoy this post full of some of the biggest hits from some of the most popular boy bands ever. Don't be shy about adding in some of these songs to your wedding playlist because you never know how your guests will respond. That is actually half the battle in creating a fun playlist that all your guests will enjoy all night long.
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"You Got It" (The Right Stuff) | New Kids On The Block
This song dropped in November 1988 (while I was a freshman in high school), and during that time it was mass hysteria with all the girls and these guys. Wow. All the girls I knew had big time crushes on all the members of the band and they all wore all sorts of schwag, mainly these pins with each member of the bands face on it. New Kids On The Block sure made for a potent mix of hormones and great pop tunes at my high school for sure.
"MMMBop" | Hanson
This is a track that is definitely seeing more and more wedding playlist rotations as we are in a period of nostalgia currently with 90s music. Another one of these catchy great songs where if you lived int when it was released, you might want to add into your wedding playlist for a little more fun.
"Everybody" (Backstreet's Back) | Backstreet Boys
Absolutely a song that shows up on many of my wedding playlists designed to get the dance floor packed. It is VERY hard to believe that we are approaching the 20th anniversary of it's release coming up later this year. Still, 20 years later, it still has legs and has the potential to liven up any Charleston wedding. Go ahead, jot it down right now for your preliminary wedding playlist. Don't forget ;)
"Bye Bye Bye" | NSync
This track goes back to the very early days of January 2000 when it was first released and played on the radio. Definitely a very fun song you can add into your wedding playlist and has been used at weddings in recent years as a final "last" song of the evening. It was the first single to break off the album "No Strings Attached" and reached all the way up to Number 4 on the Billboard charts.
"ABC" | Jackson 5
You might say that the Jackson 5 could have bene one of the "first" boy bands going back to 1970. Young Michael was showing just how great he was at an early age. This track actually knocked the Beatles song "Let It Be" off the top of the chart and would remain up top for 4 straight weeks.
"Glad You Came" | The Wanted
One of the more recent boy bands, this track debuted in the hot summer of 2011 and has been added to wedding playlists all around Charleston since then. It's legs lasted into 2012 makiing it one of the biggest and best of that year by Rolling Stone magazine.
"Poison" | Bell Biv Devoe
90s New Jack swing at it's finest and is always a crowd pleaser at weddings all around the Lowcountry. Bell Biv Devoe was a spin off from 80s boy band New Edition. Released in February 1990, "Poison" is a song that still gets the floor full and peaked at Number 3 on the Billboard charts in June 1990. Please, go ahead and put this on your playlist. You won't be disappointed.
"Cool It Now" | New Edition
Speaking of New Edition from our previous mention of the band in #7 (Poison) by Bell Div Devoe, they were all over the charts in the early - mid 80s with sugary, yet danceable tracks. Songs like Mr. Telephone Man and Candy Girl, as well as "Cool It Now" were being cranked up in boom boxes in 1984.
"Motown Philly" | Boys II Men
If you were anywhere near a club in the early 90s, you were dancing to this track. They seemed to have mellowed a bit later in their careers with songs like "End Of The Roads", as well as "One Sweet Day" when they teamed up with Mariah Carey. Add this song in your playlist for a little more 90s nostalgia.
"I Swear" | All 4 One
A lighter track from a boy band in the early 90s. Perfect for a slow dance at the end of the night. Originally written by country singer John Michael Montgomery, it's a great cover released in 1994.
"I Want It That Way" | Backstreet Boys
Another Backstreet Boys song on this list of boy band songs for your wedding? Why not? This track is equally as strong as "Everybody" is but perhaps it can be thrown in the mix as an "end of night" sing-a-long song? I've seen that done before and it's fun. I'll have to find the video of a past wedding of mine where the groom and his best men serenaded the bride with this song. It was a very sweet moment. Come on! Write it down on your playlist. You know you want to!
"Never Gonna Give You Up" | Rick Astley
Rick Astley wasn't a band per-se, but I threw him on the list cause he was a young 21 at the time of the release of this track. To be honest, this might be an excellent end of the night song as you are leaving the reception. I can't get a handle on whether or not couples hate him more or love him, but guests still respond to this track.
"Hangin Tough" | New Kids On Block
"Hangin Tough" was the title track to their second album released in early September 1988. New Kids On The Block hysteria was well underway at my high school as I was just beginning my freshman year in high school in the fall of 1988. I've had couples select this song for their bridal party introduction song too. The song would make it all the way to Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart.
"This I Promise You" | NSync
This slower ballad by NSync has been a popular favorite over the years for slow dance songs or a dinner time selection.You can also find it on another one of my popular blog post about Most Requested Soft Rock Songs From The 2000s. The song topped the adult contemporary charts, and peaked at #5 on the Hot 100 chart.
"Iesha" | Another Bad Creation
Based out of Atlanta, Georgia, Another Bad Creation released their first album Coolin' At The Playground, Ya Know in the fall of 1990. "Iesha" was the first single, which broke into the Top 10 on the Hot 100, and #6 on the R&B chart.
"Summer Girls" | LFO
During the last summer of the 90s, you couldn't turn the radio on without hearing "Summer Girls". By the end of the summer, the song would peak at #3 and would eventually be certified platinum.
"Hold Me" | Menudo
Ever wondered what Ricky Martin was doing long before he was "Livin La Vida Loca" in 1999? Check out the video by clicking the link in the song title from Puerto Rican boy band Menudo and see if you can find him.
"What Makes You Beautiful" | One Direction
Released in the fall of 2011, "What Makes You Beautiful" became one of the biggest songs of the year and went 4x platinum in America. The song would also reach Number 1 in several other countries, including Mexico and England.
"Only Human" | Jonas Brothers
One of the biggest songs of 2019. It was released in July and would peak at #3 on the Adult Top 40 charts. It's got a very chill vibe to it that might be thrown on during a cocktail hour, but also toward the end of the night.
"I'm A Believer" | The Monkees
The Monkees were one of the most popular boy bands behind the Beatles back in the 60s. "I'm A Believer" would be released in the fall of 1966 and would peak at Number 1 on the Hot 100 for 7 weeks. The song would also be covered by Smashmouth for the Shrek soundtrack.
"Please Don't Go Girl" | New Kids On The Block
See my previous entry up above from New Kids On The Block. I had just started 9th grade when New Kids On The Block hysteria was getting warmed up. This was the first single from their album "Hangin Tough" and it would peak at #10 on the Hot 100 chart.
"Quit Playing Games With My Heart" | Backstreet Boys
Originally released in October 1996 as part of the release of their international album, the song would peak at #2 on the Hot 100. The song would then be re-released in the summer of 1997 when their debut album would be released in America.
"It's Gonna Be Me" | NSync
"It's Gonna Be Me" would be the third track to be released to radio from their album "No Strings Attached". The song would climb all the way to Number 1 on the mainstream Top 40 chart.
I"ll Be There" | The Jackson 5
Later covered in 1992 by the super talented Mariah Carey, The Jackson 5 released this song in August 1970. It was the first single from their Third Album and the song would hit #1 on the R&B and Hot 100 charts.
"I Want You Back" | Jackson 5
One of the most requested songs by the Jackson 5 by a lot of my clients. It was the first song ever released by the Jackson 5 and would become their very first Number 1 song in January 1970.
"I'll Make Love To You" | Boys II Men
Released back in the summer of 1994, this was first song to be released from their album II. This slow and sexy song would make it all the way to Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult contemporary charts.
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