YouTube Rabbit Holes can be dangerous. You think of one thing, it triggers another, and at the end of the night, who knows what you might be looking at. This happened to me recently with boy band clips. Which, I know, sounds a little weird. But if you grew up in 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 days of NKOTB, BSB, BBD, etc.
After watching a few videos that brought me back to those NMT days i realized something :whi most boy band videos are a little cheesy and romantic, some are pretty…unbelievable. Monsters and Spaceships and scary puppets. These groups were so popular that sometimes they could afford to get really weird and kind with their videos.
The result of this rabbit hole I fell down is this list. I wanted to put as many sci-fi, fantasy and horror videos from boy bands set and see which ones stood out. Here is what I found.
8. BTS’s “Fake Love”
Of the videos on this list, here’s the only one I don’t really like (sorry!). In fact, it is admittedly only on the border of science fiction and the genre. However, I know that the K-pop group BTS is most popular boy group today, and because I thought to myself, “I’m sure they did something like boy bands before them”, I found myself watching a band looking for a hint of horror or fancy. It was the only one that stood out. The members are in a house that looks like Saw, the ground is falling, and while it’s a bit like that, it’s definitely more genre than their other videos. Nevertheless, it is not a very good one.
7. “Liquid Dreams” by O-Town
Yes. “Liquid Dreams” means what you think it does. I didn’t say those songs were appropriate. In fact, it’s almost a parody of the songs of the boy bands of the time. Something that could have fit better Josie and the Pussycats than to be legitimately real. It’s a quintessentially bad, but pretty good song for a boy band. And yet, the liquid metal tuning seems much more influenced by Terminator 2 than anyone’s nocturnal emissions. So we’d call it light science fiction.
6. “Drag Me Down” by One Direction
First things first: this song rules. It’s so catchy, and now, I’m sorry, it’s gonna be on your mind all day. Although the video isn’t technically “sci-fi” since the 1D boys don’t actually go to space, they do. dress up as an astronaut and sing alongside space shuttles. If they had gone to space, it would have torn the maps. Well, this table, specifically. But they don’t, so there you go.
5. “Bye Bye Bye” by N’Sync
What does the idea of N’Sync as puppets sent to different realities have to do with the content of the song? Nobody knows and nobody cares. It’s fun to watch though, the song never goes out of fashion, more the Creation-ish sets with band members walking on walls and ceilings is also a bonus.
4. “It’s Gonna Be Me” by N’Sync
These days, this song is best known for Justin Timberlake’s questionable pronunciation of “me” like “May,but the song’s catchy tempo and catchy hook are unmistakable. The idea of the members as doll versions of themselves (and using strings again) is creepy, but the makeup is good and the almost Pinocchio the nature of the story is quite funny. In a way, it’s an upgrade from what they did in “Bye Bye Bye” a few 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 the song is much more than that. He has time travel. It has futuristic costume changes. And it’s actually on traveling through time while being extremely eye-catching. The Jonas Brothers have flirted with fantasy in many of their videos but this one is the best.
2. “Larger Than Life” by the Backstreet Boys
They may call themselves “boys” but Backstreet are the kings of the sci-fi music video. It starts with this excellent one, which is filled with all sorts of spaceships, mechanical suits, heads-up displays, and other cool sci-fi stuff. The video even opens with a tribute to the opening of star wars. If only “Larger Than Life” had a fuller storyline, like the number one song on this list, it could have taken that spot.
1. “Everybody” by Backstreet Boys
“Everyone” is everything. It’s the Backstreet Boys who engage in a bit the same way Michael Jackson did it with “Thriller“-the extended opening gave us a bit of history, plus there was amazing makeup effects and the huge and magnificent sets. Really, it’s just an amazing music video and snapshot of a time and space in the early 2000s when boy bands ruled. It also doesn’t hurt that the video and song were so happily referenced in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg It is the end. It all adds up to our favorite sci-fi group video.
Did we miss any? Are we totally ignorant? Tell us below.[[[[Editor’s Note: My Choice? “I love you 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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