Top Five British Boy Bands in the World in 2013

2012 was the year of the boy bands, and 2013 has seen them get stronger and stronger. Here at Ultimate Lists, we wanted to see which boy band was really the biggest in Britain and end that long-running fight.

5. Lawson

Lawson are the new boys on the block, with their breakout debut album, Chapman Square, being released in October 2012. Their original breakthrough came after being support act for the Wanted and have become famous in their own right with the singles ‘When She Was Mine’.  These boys are one to watch in the future and we can’t wait to see if their catchy tunes can rival the big boys.

Best Song: Learn to Love Again

4. JLS

They may be splitting up later this year but JLS still command a huge fanbase who revere their dance floor, R&B tunes. Their journey began with an X Factor audition and after five hugely successful years where they have sold over 10 million records worldwide and earned millions each, it’s coming to an end. We’ve loved their reign and their dedication to charities has inspired us.

Best Song: Beat Again

3. McFly

Not quite a boy band, but we reckon they still deserve to be in this section. They have also sold over 10 million records worldwide, and no one can deny their talent.  From stealing some of The Beatles’ records to going double platinum with their first album, they’re still going over ten years later after they first formed, rolling out great tunes like ‘Love is Easy’. However, we reckon they just don’t have the same numbers of crazily dedicated fans to rival The Wanted and One Direction.

Best Song: All About You

2. The Wanted

From the Twitter fights to the chart battles, The Wanted, the more edgy version of One Direction,  are close, but just not quite there. They are arguably more interactive with their fans and have an equally dedicated fanbase of admiring girls, and the similarities between the two are almost scary. However, The Wanted just can’t boast the same success as One Direction and although some of their songs are massive tunes, we think the album doesn’t quite match One Direction’s.

Best Song: Glad You Came

1. One Direction

Five good-looking boys from Britain, teamed with adorable personalities and decent voices, and success was inevitable. One Direction have stormed to the front of the boy band market, selling 14 million singles and over 8 million albums whilst cracking the US and undertaking a world tour, as well as releasing a feature film later this year. The statistics don’t lie and One Direction are undoubtedly the biggest boy band in the world right now. One Direction need to stay aware though, because The Wanted are not too far behind…

Best Song: What Makes You Beautiful

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  1. Ayonna
    Ayonna June 17, 2013 at 8:11 pm . Reply

    I Love 1 Direction So Much

    1. directioner101
      directioner101 June 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm . Reply

      ikr! me 2.

    2. sittie ainah abdullah
      sittie ainah abdullah December 17, 2013 at 1:34 am . Reply

      i really love one direction because the 5 boy band members have a good looking appearance & they are also the #1 in the billboard in there album take me home in 2012 & best song ever in this year 2013..

  2. rosee Lloyd
    rosee Lloyd June 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm . Reply

    1DIRECTION inspires me to enjoy music wish we can meet one day im 16 years old

  3. Tharu
    Tharu June 28, 2013 at 1:29 pm . Reply

    One Direction All the way!!!!! xxx <3

  4. Unclasified
    Unclasified July 17, 2013 at 1:18 pm . Reply

    Why One Direction?
    Westlife Is Way Better Than Them With 14 Uk No.1 And 50 Mil Records Sold…

    1. unclassified
      unclassified July 31, 2013 at 11:32 pm . Reply

      hell yes, take that, coldplay,westlife,boyzone,backstreet boys are way better than 1 direction

      1. TeddyBears
        TeddyBears August 5, 2013 at 10:54 am . Reply

        Maybe because they were longer in the business…. Yes they are better… But its because they have been longer in the music industry than One Direction… I love 1D and TW :)

  5. KSH
    KSH July 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm . Reply

    I think JLS were a great boy band- they can honestly sing well and could from the start. Lawson are also currently great too but with popularity it’s obviously One Direction though I personally don’t like them as much

  6. Andy21
    Andy21 July 25, 2013 at 10:18 am . Reply

    The Wanted’s the best from my pov ! I’m also a fan of McFly but they’re not really a boy band, but still LOVE EM! :D

  7. miket omicos
    miket omicos July 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm . Reply

    westlife is the best boyband,,,,in the uk

  8. miket omicos
    miket omicos July 31, 2013 at 12:17 pm . Reply

    even westlife split….but one of them will good career…than other band..

  9. anna
    anna July 31, 2013 at 5:35 pm . Reply

    I love one direction

  10. mariam styles
    mariam styles August 2, 2013 at 4:30 am . Reply

    One Direction all the way

  11. Mariam
    Mariam August 2, 2013 at 4:32 am . Reply

    One Direction ….. I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

  12. someone
    someone August 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm . Reply

    union j are the best

  13. jadieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    jadieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee August 24, 2013 at 10:48 pm . Reply

    One direction <3 I have liam on facebook & his real account cos my friend was in hhis dance class and she gave me his fb account.. xx

  14. andy
    andy August 31, 2013 at 8:08 am . Reply

    One Direction is the best band in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <333333

  15. andy
    andy August 31, 2013 at 8:09 am . Reply

    I Love You 1D!!!!!! <33333

  16. tristan
    tristan September 1, 2013 at 9:26 am . Reply

    Why westlife, is not included in this list.. they are the most beautiful formed group ever!! they sold millions of albums all over the world, they are more geat and amazing than boyband here.. westlife is the best… this list is unbelievable!!

  17. Polly
    Polly September 1, 2013 at 8:33 pm . Reply


    1D R DA BOMB

  18. Ellie
    Ellie September 2, 2013 at 12:47 am . Reply

    Omg JLS all the way there the best thing that has happened to me since 2008 when they came of the X factor I’m all about jls it’s jls everything

  19. Jenna Tomlinson
    Jenna Tomlinson September 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm . Reply

    One direction are the Best and Biggest. I hope they come to South Africa . They have millions of fans here. Go ONE DIRECTION_*YAY

  20. Alanna Sylvia
    Alanna Sylvia September 27, 2013 at 4:22 am . Reply

    Really?Where Big Time Rush???

  21. Marliny
    Marliny December 14, 2013 at 3:34 am . Reply

    1D is the best British boy band ever.

  22. Jiselle
    Jiselle December 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm . Reply

    1d is the best boy band ever. and the wanted looks like shit besides 1D.

  23. Marliny Malik
    Marliny Malik December 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm . Reply

    1D all fan 4 Ev’s. ILY <33333333333333333333333333333333333333333

  24. sittie ainah abdullah
    sittie ainah abdullah December 17, 2013 at 1:36 am . Reply

    i wish that i meet 1D boys someday..

  25. sittie ainah abdullah
    sittie ainah abdullah December 17, 2013 at 1:52 am . Reply


  26. Jenna styles
    Jenna styles March 7, 2014 at 9:08 am . Reply

    One direction is the best boy band of all time

  27. jasminek5184
    jasminek5184 April 19, 2014 at 11:03 am . Reply

    Mcfly is the best ………… wait <3 MCBUSTED <3 is the BEST, my two favorite bands Busted and Mcfly.

    1. jasminek5184
      jasminek5184 April 19, 2014 at 11:09 am . Reply

      even tho they are not a boy band haha but still the best

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