2000’s Teen Idols
Welcome to my review of the 2000’s Teen Idols. I previously covered teen idols from the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s (my favorite decade), 1980’s, and 1990’s. Click here to check those out.
I think the big 2000’s Teen Idols were a lot of boy bands and a few others. The turn of the century brought us ‘N Sync and The Backstreet Boys. I could never really tell them apart. I liked a couple of their songs. Justin Timberlake was the favorite to come from ‘N Sync while Nick Carter was the hunk from The Backstreet Boys. Other big 2000’s Teen Idols were O-Town, 98 Degrees, Aaron Carter, Britney Spears, The Jonas Brother, Zac Efron, and Jesse McCartney.
I think The Backstreet Boys actually came before “N Sync so I’ll start with them. BSB was comprised of Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell. I don’t know much about any of them but I saw Nick Carter on Dancing with the Stars in the last couple of years. He seems cool. My ex-husband played the musical Chicago which starred Kevin Richardson. I saw Kevin leave the theater one night while I was waiting for my husband. He tried to sneak out the side door but girls (BSB fans) ran over and attacked him. He was very sweet to them. I could not deal with that kind of attention. I would have kicked them and run away.
’N Sync showed up shortly after BSB and was very successful with lead dude Justin Timberlake. He’s kind of talented. The group also featured Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, and JC Chasez. I know Lance Bass because he always kind of stood out to me. He seems like a great guy, especially since I found out he’s a Brady Bunch fan. Read my blog about him here. In other news, Timberlake has been quite successful without his bandmates.
O-Town was another boy band in the early 2000’s but these guys were special because they were the result of the TV show, Making the Band. I actually watched the show and liked the group. The group was made up of Ashley Parker Angel, Eric Michael Estrada, Trevor Penick, Jacob Underwood, and Dan Miller. I loved their song All or Nothing. After the group broke up, Ashley recorded a solo album (Soundtrack to Your Life) which I also like very much. I think some of the band members have tried reuniting, but I don’t think it was successful.
98 Degrees was another boy band around this same time. The group was made up of brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons, and Justin Jeffre. I liked their songs probably the most out of all the boy bands. I wrote a blog about them recently that you can read here if you want.
Backstreet Boys Nick Carter’s little brother Aaron Carter was also a tiny teen idol in the 2000’s. He was a cute little boy who was pushed into the limelight. Now he’s a screwed up adult. I saw him on Dancing with the Stars and felt sadness for him then. He’s been in and out of rehab, charged with a DUI, and other bad things. I am sad for him. I hope he gets the help he needs.
Virgin Britney Spears was also an idol during this decade. She was cute and pretty and skinny and perfect. Britney had some hit songs and got to hook up with Justin Timberlake. She had a rough couple of years, but whatever. I think she turned out okay.
The Jonas Brothers
The Jonas Brothers became very big towards the end of the decade. I think youngest brother Nick Jonas was the favorite of the group. They seem like nice boys who are truly talented. They’re still popular but their idol status has faded.
Zac Efron hit it big in the late 00’s with High School Musical. He continued acting and I think is taken seriously nowadays. I think many thought he was just a pretty boy. He is gorgeous, but he does have some acting chops.
Another boy band that happened at the beginning of the decade was Dream Street. The boys (and I do mean boys) were Jesse McCartney, Greg Raposo, Chris Trousdale, Matt Ballinger, and Frankie Galasso. The band didn’t last very long but Jesse McCartney became a pretty big teen idol. I’m not sure if he was most successful as an actor or a singer. I think his biggest success was being a pretty boy.
Those are the big 2000’s Teen Idols that I can remember. Comment (nicely) and let me know which favorite I forgot. Check back in a few days when I’ll cover the teen idols from the 2010’s. Thanks for reading.