K-pop is popular and famous and all, especially among girls, but let’s not forget our roots, such as Michael Jackson, the king of pop. There were boy bands shaking everyone’s hearts even before k-pop became so popular, and here they are:
An English rock band formed in Liverpool, they were extremely influential in the rock era, helping to shape many of the old songs that we love. They specialise in skiffle, beat, and rock and roll from the 1950s. Entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they revolutionised much of the world’s popular music with uniqueness and originality.
The Jackson 5
Specialising in rock and roll, these brothers, with Michael included, inspired many future boy bands like One Direction and Backstreet Boys. With the death of Michael, however, it is now The Jacksons. The group had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and each of them has also been individually added in.
Originally a TV show about ‘an imaginary band aspiring and failing to be the Beatles’, the actor-musicians later became a real band. They had been picked specifically as American television’s response to the popularity of the Beatles. The Monkees specialise in rock and pop, and did manage to outsell the Beatles in 1967. They eventually fought hard for the rights to collectively supervise all musical output under their band’s name, which was accepted.
The Beach Boys
A band specialising in rock, they have since become the most iconic and influential American band. Several of their members have gotten into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they have shaped much of the popular music today, cementing them as a central figure in the history of rock.
The Rolling Stones
An English rock band formed in London, they managed to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the UK Music Hall of Fame. They remain firmly grounded in their traditional rhythm-and-blues music even as the music styles constantly change. They are well-known for assimilating several music genres to produce their music.