It was recently announced on Fall Out Boy’s Website that they will team with Paramour for what the two bands are calling the “Monumentour.” Their co-headlining jaunt begins June 16 in Toronto and ends Aug. 17 in Concord, California. Big stops on their route include Chicago on July 11, Houston on Aug. 1, and Red Rocks on Aug. 12.
When it’s all said and done, Fall Out Boy concerts will go down in 37 cites. Paramore will join them just 34 times. FOB is the only headliner on the marquee when the tour visits White Creeks, Tennessee on July 13; St. Augustine, Florida on July 27; and Las Vegas, Nevada on Aug. 15. Opening duties for all stops, even the ones sans Paramore, falls to the pop-punk trio, New Politics.
The upcoming Fall Out Boy tour got everyone at Musicology-101 thinking about “boy” bands. No, not One Direction and Big Time Rush. We’re talking about bands that have the word “boy” in their name. We thought about it for a while and eventually created the following list. Below, are the top seven “boy” bands of all-time. In case you were wondering, one traditional “boy band” did make the cut.
The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys are viewed by many as “America’s Band.” At one point in the 1960s they were The Beatles’ main rivals, or at least their main competition in the U.S. Even though The Beach Boys artistic output declined after 1966’s Pet Sounds, they still released a bunch of successful albums and launched a slew of nostalgic tours. In 2012, the Beach Boys reunited for a 50th anniversary global trek.
The Backstreet Boys are the bestselling boy band of all-time. In fact, they’re one of the bestselling bands of any genre ever. Throughout their career, which began in 1993, A.J., Howie, Nick, Kevin, and Brian, have moved more than 130 million units. Their 1999 release, Millennium, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.
The Beastie Boys
Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D began their musical career as a hardcore punk band. In 1983, they achieve local success with a hip hop single, “Cooky Puss,” and the rest, as they say, is history. If you were raised in the suburbs, and are between 35 and 45 years old, you’re probably a Beastie Boys fan. The group has sold more than 20 million albums and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
The Oak Ridge Boys
The Oak Ridge Boys almost didn’t make our list. They began life as the “Oak Ridge Quartet.” You’ll never guess when they were founded? They were founded in 1947! The lineup that sang their biggest hit, “Elvira,” came together in 1973. When they’re not harmonizing upbeat country tunes they’re singing gospel music. In fact, the Oak Ridge Quartet started as a gospel group.
Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men might be the greatest “singles” band of all-time. They own three of the top four singles that spent the “most weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.” Those singles are, respectively, “One Sweet Day” (with Mariah Carey), “I’ll Make Love to You,” and “End of the Road.” They were just the third artist, after Elvis Presley and The Beatles, to usurp themselves on the Hot 100.
Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys are comprised of singer Neil Tennant and music-hater Chris Lowe. Without a doubt, they are the U.K.’s most successful duo of all-time. They’ve sold more than 50 million records worldwide and are responsible for 22 Top Ten hits in the U.K. Their first dozen albums all peaked inside the top ten in their homeland with nine peaking inside the top five.
Fall Out Boy
According to MTV, Fall Out Boy has two number one albums and three top ten singles to their name. Since forming in 2001, the pop-punk quarter from Chicago has sold nearly 8 million albums. They made a name for themselves in 2005 with their offering From Under the Cork Tree. The band went on hiatus in 2009 and then suddenly returned in 2012. Since coming back they’ve released one album, Save Rock and Roll.