Boy bands are born out of a youthful sound and spirit, plus a certain heartthrob appeal to keep the girls screaming for more. Do you wonder which ones have been the most successful?
The world loves boy bands, and the music industry keeps delivering. They may seem to have been at their peak in the 90s but there is no doubt that they have always been quite successful, and probably always will be.
There has been a long list of boy bands, some more popular than others but always making an impact. These are the three richest boy bands in history:
3. One Direction: $345 Million
For a band that finished third on the U.K.’s “The X Factor” in 2010, One Direction went on to achieve a high level of success. The band recorded and released four well-received albums, ”Up All Night,” “Take Me Home,” “Midnight Memories” and “Four”, as well as a fifth, less popular album prior to the group disbanding in 2015.
The band toured the world, made numerous TV appearances, performed at the 2012 Olympics, and released a worldwide premiere of its concert film, “One Direction: This Is Us,” which all contributed to the band’s monetary success.
2. The Jackson 5: $507.3 Million
The group that would become The Jackson 5 started out in 1962 with the eldest three sons playing together but it later added two younger brothers: Marlon and Michael. In 1969, the five brothers drew industry notice when they opened for Diana Ross. They later launched a debut album, “Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5,” and released their first single, “I Want You Back”, a record that catapulted The Jackson 5 to instant success as pop icons.
From there, the group’s success was fast and furious. Its first four singles hit No. 1 and it went on to release two more albums within the first year of its national debut. The Jackson 5 continued releasing successful albums and hits, although at a less rapid pace, until its final album in 1984.
1. The Beatles: $2.15 Billion
Even though the Beatles broke up 50 years ago, they remain an icon in the music world. The Fab Four went from selling over a million copies of hit singles such as “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in the U.K. to superstardom in the U.S. after appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in February 1964.
Mere months after their appearance on that show, the Beatles held the top five spots on the Billboard 100 for best-selling singles and the top two spots for best-selling albums. In fact, most of the band’s albums and singles reached No. 1 on the charts.