New Kids On The Block were by far the most popular young vocal band on the 80′s. There were of course “boy bands” before, or vocal groups like Jackson 5, The Osmonds, and New Edition – but New Kids On The Block were the biggest of the 80′s and into the early 90′s selling over 80 million albums!
The New Kids On The Block were formed in Boston around 1985 and are comprised of Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood, Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight, and Jonathan Knight.
Their first self-titled album wasn’t too successful, but their second Hangin’ Tough really got them going. Five Top 10 hits were released from the album: “Please Don’t Go Girl”, “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”, “I’ll Be Loving You Forever”, “Hangin Tough”, and “Cover Girl”.
Their next studio album (not counting the Christmas album) was Step By Step which also had some Top 10 hits including the Number 1 monster hit “Step By Step”. I can still picture this video in my head and I haven’t seen it in years and years!
By this time though, New Kids were SO overexposed it was ridiculous. They had their own comic book and Saturday morning cartoon to go along with every item you can image with their picture of names on it. “Step By Step” was a huge international hit and was on the radio every 5 minutes it seemed like. By this time, you just couldn’t take any more of them.
For their next album in 1994, they shortened their name to NKOTB, probably so they wouldn’t seem like “kids”. The album Face The Music, didn’t do well. It wasn’t really their fault musically, but they were just so overexposed by this point only the most die-hard fans wanted anything to do with them. Plus the musical styles were changing with Nirvana and Pearl Jam leading the grunge sound and there was no way NKOTB was going to be taken seriously as a hip hop act.
They may not have always been taken seriously by some people, they did make some good music and were definitely huge selling over 80 million albums worldwide!