Boy bands have really odd names when you think about it. Which “back street” are the Backstreet Boys from? Do they even have back streets in Orlando, oh excuse me, I meant O-Town. What’s with that extra apostrophe in ‘N SYNC? And what the hell does BBMak mean anyway? Now that the excitement of the summer tour season has died down, we’ve got plenty of time to obsess over such things. We decided to go past the frosted tips of the story and find out how these boys – Backstreet or otherwise – got their names. Those names that you and your friends screamed over and over all night long at their concerts (and still do when their reunion pulls into town). Certain origins are obvious and make sense while others are guaranteed to have you scratching your head in confusion. Find out the true stories behind the most famous boy bands of all time and impress your friends with levels of fandom usually reserved for stalkers. Don’t judge!
Back story: Hanson is band members Taylor, Isaac and Zac’s family name. Fun fact: There are 7 Hanson siblings in total.