Given the undeniable popularity of British bands One Direction and the Wanted, it’s safe to say that boy bands are back, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! In celebration of their triumphant return, MTV News decided to pose the question: Who’s the greatest boy band of all time?
Sounds impossible, right? Well, you, the fans, are going to help us answer that question as we officially kick off our Battle of the Boy Bands! Beginning on Monday, April 23, 32 groups — they span several decades and have all released music Stateside — will battle it out in our interactive bracket to determine the big winner.
The first round of voting kicks off on Monday and ends on Thursday, April 26, when 32 bands will be narrowed down to 16. You can help your favorite band advance to the second round by voting as many times as you wish and by spreading the message on Twitter using the hashtag #BBB.
But you won’t be the only ones fighting for your favorite band. The groups will be soliciting your votes with their own campaign videos urging fans to grant them the title of Greatest Boy Band of All Time.
Will newcomers the Wanted and One Direction make it to the finals? Or will veteran acts like the Backstreet Boys, ‘NSYNC and New Kids on the Block stake their claim as the ultimate boy band? Do they even stand a chance against the first-ever U.K. boy-band sensations, the Beatles?
It’s up to you to decide.
Find out if your favorite band made the bracket on Monday and to cast your votes early and often. The winner of the Battle of the Boy Bands will be announced Monday, May 7, so be sure to check back with MTV News for daily updates as we narrow the pool of 32 to a final champion.
Voting in round one of MTV’s Battle of the Boy Bands begins Monday, April 23, at 7 a.m. ET and runs until noon ET on Thursday, April 26. Winners are determined by fan votes, so if your favorite band made the cut, make sure you keep voting. Spread the word on Twitter using the hashtag #BBB and like us on Facebook for updates!