YouTube rabbit holes might be harmful. You concentrate on one factor, it sparks one other, and by the tip of the night time who is aware of what you might be watching. That occurred to me not too long ago with boy band music movies. Which, I do know, sounds a bit bizarre. However should you grew up within the 1980s or ‘90s and listened to pop music, boy bands were the Thing, and so my wife and I carry a lot of nostalgia for the times of NKOTB, BSB, BBD, and the like.
After watching a few videos that brought me right back to those TRL days I realized something: while most boy band videos are kind of cheesy and romantic, some are…kind of amazing. Monsters and space ships and creepy puppets. These bands were so popular, they could afford to go really weird and genre with their videos sometimes.
The result of that rabbit hole I fell down is this list. I wanted to put as many sci-fi, fantasy, and horror videos from boy bands together and see which ones stood out. Here’s what I discovered.
8. “Fake Love” by BTS
Of the movies on this listing, right here’s the one one which I don’t really like (sorry!). In actual fact, it’s admittedly solely on the border of sci-fi and style. Nonetheless, I do know that the Okay-pop group BTS is the preferred boy band on the market at present, and since I assumed, “I’m sure they’ve done something like the boy bands before them,” I discovered myself watching a bunch in search of a touch of horror or fantasy. This was the one one which type of stood out. The members are in a home that appears like Noticed, the ground falls away, and whereas that’s type of it, it’s actually extra style than their different movies. Nonetheless, it’s not an excellent one.
7. “Liquid Dreams” by O-City
Sure. “Liquid Dreams” means what you suppose it does. I didn’t say these songs have been acceptable. In actual fact, it’s nearly a parody of boy band songs of the period. One thing that might’ve match higher in Josie and the Pussycats than be legitimately actual. It’s a quintessential, dangerous, however kinda good, boy band track. And nonetheless, the liquid steel setting feels rather more influenced by Terminator 2 than anybody’s nocturnal emissions. So we’ll say it’s sci-fi lite.
6. “Drag Me Down” by One Course
Very first things first: this track guidelines. It’s so catchy, and now, I’m sorry, it’s going to be in your head all day. Whereas the video isn’t technically “sci-fi” because the 1D boys don’t really go to area, they do costume up as astronauts and sing subsequent to area shuttles. In the event that they went to area, this one would’ve torn up the charts. Effectively, this chart, particularly. However they don’t, so right here it sits.
5. “Bye Bye Bye” by N’Sync
What does the thought of N’Sync as puppets being despatched to completely different realities should do with the content material of the track? No one is aware of and nobody cares. It’s enjoyable to look at however, the track is an all-timer, plus the Inception-esque units with the band members strolling on the partitions and ceilings is a bonus too.
4. “It’s Gonna Be Me” by N’Sync
Lately, this track is finest recognized for Justin Timberlake’s questionable pronunciation of “me” as “May,” however the track’s upbeat tempo and catchy hook are plain. The thought of the members as doll variations of themselves (and using strings once more) is creepy, however the make-up is nice and the just about Pinocchio nature of the story is type of humorous. In a method, it’s an improve to what they did in “Bye Bye Bye” a number of months earlier.
3. “Year 3000″ by Jonas Brothers
Any song that talks about Star Wars and Flux Capacitors is OK in my book, but this old school Jonas Brothers song is much, much more than that. It has time travel. It has futuristic costume changes. And it’s actually about time travel while also being wildly catchy. The Jonas Brothers flirted with fantasy in lots of their videos but this one is the best.
2. “Larger than Life” by Backstreet Boys
They might name themselves “boys” however Backstreet are the kings of the sci-fi music video. It begins with this wonderful one, which is crammed with all method of spaceships, mech fits, heads up shows, and different cool sci-fi stuff. The video even opens with an homage to the opening of Star Wars. If solely “Larger Than Life” had a extra full throughline, just like the primary track on this listing, it may have taken that spot.
1. “Everybody” by Backstreet Boys
“Everybody” is all the things. It’s the Backstreet Boys totally committing to a bit in the identical method Michael Jackson did with “Thriller”—the prolonged opening gave us a little bit of story, plus there have been the unbelievable make-up results and the large, stunning units. Actually it’s simply an unbelievable music video and snapshot of a time and area within the early 2000s when boy bands dominated. It additionally doesn’t damage that the video and track have been so gleefully referenced in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s This Is the Finish. All of which provides as much as our favourite sci-fi boy band video ever.
Did we miss any? Are we completely clueless? Inform us under. [Editor’s Note: My pick? “I Love U So Much (It’s Scary)” by Boys 4 Now, which may or may not be a parody of one of the videos on this list… – Jill P.]
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