It’s Not Just a Phase: You Can Still Add These Gen Z Boybands to Your Playlist
by Sherry Tadeja, July 18, 2019 12:00pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
If you were born in the late 80s or early 90s, it prolly meant you grew up to when male pop groups ruled the music industry. Our childhood and teenage years have been defined by the songs of NSYNC, Westlife, Backstreet Boys, and may we add in One Direction or Jonas Brothers rise in the mix.
Remembering the bands that were may make you feel old now, but if you think being a boyband fan wasn’t just a phase, you may want to add these next-generation boy bands to your go-to playlist:
An American-Canadian pop boy band, PrettyMuch was formed after founder Simon Cowell merged the members while each of them was pursuing solo careers (sounds familiar?). The five-piece band is known for their rendition of popular songs and dancing videos with choreography similar to Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars.
Last 2018, they debut the PrettyMuch an EP. The EP is made up of four songs that easily say how urban music is the music of modern boy bands.
BROCKHAMPTON redefines the composition of the American boy band. To begin with, they’re a rap group that started with 15 members back in 2015 (now they’re composed of 13 members). They consist of rappers, directors, photographers, DJs, graphic designers—the group is basically a self-sufficient creative enterprise. Within two years since their inception, they are able to create a multi-genre All-American Trash mixtape followed by a debut album Saturation with creative pursuits in between.
The band is stripped to 13 members now but hasn't faltered in their unique takes of redefining the boy band notion. In January 2019 Brockhampton received their first nomination for the "Best International Group" at the BRIT Awards. And they’re just beginning.
New Hope Club
A multi-talented pop-genre trio, New Hope Club is more of a band than a boy band; Blake Richardson on vocals, George Smith on guitar, and Reece Bibby on drums. Their debut EP “Welcome to the Club”.
Their recent "Love Again Tour" in Manila proves the band is the next big thing for the Gen Z and a must-hear for boy-band loving millennials.
From the phrase “Tomorrow X Together”, TXT is a recently debuted five-member South Korean boy band. Innocence, youth, and being nostalgic of the past is the band’s overall "theme." Along with their debut on March 2018 is their EP “The Dream Chapter: Star." TXT songs or any K-Pop songs, in general, is the music you want to listen to get a general feel of Gen Zs’ music—K-Pop being one of the biggest influential genres today.
TXT is already on its way to worldwide fame; their debut single "Crown" broke records as the most viewed K-Pop debut music video within 24 hours.
Short for Absolute Six, AB6ix is another five-member South Korean group debuted last April 2019. They're made up of members who pursued solo careers before emerging music company, Brand New Music, merged them together. AB6ix members starred first in reality show “BrandNewBoys” following their preparation before their debut and their debut EP “B: Complete."
Known as the "Tawag ng Tanghalan Boys" or TNT Boys, the all-Filipino trio was formed at ABS CBN’s noontime show, It’s Showtime. The group reprises the Tawag ng Tanghalan name as there were all contenders of the singing competition segment. The group is known to sing covers of songs by powerhouse vocalists like Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and Ariana Grande. Even though in their pre-teens, TNT boys can belt out impressively both in higher parts of a song and in harmonizing. Due to this unique talent, the boys have been featured in shows like Ellen, Little Big Shots US, and has sung with Ariana Grande herself.
Today the TNT Boys are regulars to the afternoon variety show ASAP and has been under the management of ABS CBN.
1:43 (read as one forty-three) is an all-male Filipino pop boy band known for their “Sa Isang Sulyap Mo”. The song paved the way for their "Most Promising Recording/Performing Group" recognition at the Box Office Entertainment Awards in 2014. 1:43’s songs are inspired by romantic love, and have elements of the classic Filipino pop we are familiar with.
This year, the band released its second comeback single Pasensya Na. Last June, their latest OPM single Do You Love Me was also released.
Got more boybands to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!