While the Backstreet Boys’ recent announcement of a new reunion album – their first collaborative effort since 2005 – got us thinking about the good ole’ days of matching outfits, perfectly synchronized dance moves, and the liberal use of hair gel that typified late ’90’s Boy Band mania, the truth is, the Boy Band hasn’t ever gone away.

It’s just evolved.

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In some cases (to fit our modern times?) it simply downsized: Our No. 1 slot Justin Bieber, for example, is only one boy, and while there must be a band responsible for the beats and melodies of “Boyfriend” and “As Long as You Love Me” somewhere, chances are even the most diehard of Beliebers would have a tough time naming J Bieb’s drummer, let alone wanting to pin a poster of him over his or her bed.

Justin Bieber: “Boyfriend”

No. 4 Drake is also a solo artist, and less Justin Timberlake/Usher/David Cassidy-esque than Biebs. However, he’s got serious boy-band cred to his name: Aubrey Drake Graham originally made his debut as a child actor on the popular Canadian night-time soap “Degrassi,” just as noted boy-banders of the past (the aforementioned David Cassidy, ’60s bb pioneers The Monkees, and remember-them? supergroup O-Town) have also starred in successful primetime slots.

But in other ways, the boy band scene hasn’t changed at all. Literally. Three of our 10 groups are throwback acts of bygone eras: ’80’s rockers Duran Duran (though some would Former boy-band kings, N'Syncvehemently argue they are not, in fact, boy banders – we say, as always, check the hair), ’80s hip-hop group New Edition, and ’90s R&B crooners Boyz II Men fall at nos. 3, 5 and 6, respectively.

We’ve based this particular list on those acts who commanded the highest ticket prices of 2012. They’re the most in-demand boy bands of the year, and for those still touring, we’ve got ticket links to their upcoming shows below!

Best, Most In-Demand Boy Bands of 2012

RankingArtist

1 Justin Bieber
2 One Direction
3 Duran Duran
4 Drake
5 New Edition
6 Boyz II Men
7 Mindless Behavior
8 Hedley
9 Gavin Degraw
10 Ed Sheeran

1). Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber is our most in-demand boy band of 2012

Avg. Ticket Price (with Carly Rae Jepsen): $237

2). One Direction

One Direction is our second most in-demand boy band of 2012.

Avg. Ticket Price: $202

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Cardiff, UK
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Cardiff, UK
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Vienna, Austria
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Brussels, Belgium
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Horsens, Denmark
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Oslo, Norway
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Goteborg, Sweden
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Helsinki, Finland
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Helsinki, Finland
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San Diego, CA
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Santa Clara, CA
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Seattle, WA
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Vancouver, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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Minneapolis, MN
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Kansas City, MO
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Indianapolis, IN
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Pittsburgh, PA
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East Rutherford, NJ
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Baltimore, MD
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Columbus, OH
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Toronto, Canada
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Chicago, IL
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Milwaukee, WI
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Cleveland, OH
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Detroit, MI
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Philadelphia, PA
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Orchard Park, NY
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Montreal, Canada
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Kanata, Canada
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Kanata, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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Foxborough, MA
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London, UK
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Manchester, UK
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Glasgow, UK
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Birmingham, UK
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Dublin, Ireland
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3).Duran Duran

Duran Duran is our third most in-demand boy band of 2012.

Avg. Ticket Price: $167

4).Drake

Drake is our fourth most in-demand boy band of 2012.

Avg. Ticket Price: $141

5). New Edition

New Edition is our fifth most in-demand boy band of 2012.

Avg. Ticket Price: $127

6).Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men are our sixth most in-demand boy band of 2012.

Avg. Ticket Price: $109

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Portland, OR
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Airway Heights, WA
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Las Vegas, NV
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Glasgow, UK
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Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
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Hull, UK
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Manchester, UK
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Bristol, UK
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Birmingham, UK
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London, UK
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Las Vegas, NV
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Rama, Canada
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Raleigh, NC
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Charles Town, WV
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Atlantic City, NJ
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Atlanta, GA
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7). Mindless Behavior

Avg. Ticket Price: $104

8). Hedley

Hedley are our eighth most in-demand boy band of 2012.

Avg. Ticket Price: $90

9). Gavin DeGraw

Gavin Degraw is our ninth most in-demand boy band for 2012.

Avg. Ticket Price (with Colbie Caillat):$87

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Seattle, WA
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New York, NY
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Uniondale, NY
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Uncasville, CT
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Newark, NJ
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Boston, MA
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Indianapolis, IN
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Jacksonville, FL
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Miami, FL
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Greenville, SC
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Charlotte, NC
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Washington, DC
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Philadelphia, PA
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Auburn Hills, MI
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Moline, IL
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Minneapolis, MN
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Rosemont, IL
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Nashville, TN
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Atlanta, GA
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Louisville, KY
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Saint Louis, MO
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Des Moines, IA
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Kansas City, MO
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Austin, TX
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Dallas, TX
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Oklahoma City, OK
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Denver, CO
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Salt Lake City, UT
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San Jose, CA
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Anaheim, CA
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Los Angeles, CA
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San Diego, CA
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Fresno, CA
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Huntington, NY

10). Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is our tenth most popular boy band of 2012.

Avg. Ticket Price (with Snow Patrol): $68

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Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Bogota, Colombia
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Lima, Peru
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Santiago, Chile
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Barra Funda, Brazil
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New Orleans, LA
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Memphis, TN
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Memphis, TN
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New Orleans, LA
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Austin, TX
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Grand Prairie, TX
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Tulsa, OK
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Pittsburgh, PA
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Albany, NY
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Las Vegas, NV
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Salt Lake City, UT
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Uncasville, CT
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Bangor, ME
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Philadelphia, PA
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Forest Hills, NY
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Forest Hills, NY
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Newark, NJ
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Brooklyn, NY
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Montreal, Canada
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Kanata, Canada
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London, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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Canandaigua, NY
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Des Moines, IA
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Sioux Falls, SD
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Regina, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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Saskatoon, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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Portland, OR
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San Diego, CA
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Los Angeles, CA

Justin Bieber: “Somebody to Love”

One Direction: “What Makes You Beautiful”

Duran Duran: “Girl Panic”

Drake:”Marvin’s Room”

New Edition: “If It Isn’t Love”

Boyz II Men: “One Up For Love”

Mindless Behavior: “My Girl”

Hedley: “For the Nights I Can’t Remember”

Gavin Degraw: “Cheated On Me”

Ed Sheeran: “Lego House”