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One Direction is burning up the airwaves worldwide much like our favorite boy bands of the '00s. But can these five Brits, once contestants on the UK's X-Factor, hold a candle to the good looks of boy bands past? Tweens of today scream for Zayn and Harry, but those of us raised decades ago remember yelling for Jordan and Justin. Here are our top 10 perfectly-preserved boy band members who still have the right stuff.

Do you remember the oversized buttons? The T-shirts with the Backstreet Boys or Justin Timberlake's faces plastered all over them? The contests to see who was the biggest fan? Boy bands like One Direction may be taking today's stages by storm, but these are the guys who were doing it first.

1

Justin Timberlake
*NSYNC

Justin Timberlake

After leaving *NSYNC, Timberlake went on to enjoy major success as a solo artist and actor — as well as success with the ladies. Timberlake brought sexy back — but then again, it never really left him.

2

Drew Lachey
98 Degrees

Drew Lachey

Drew's brother, Nick, might get all the attention, but we think Drew is looking better than ever. The Season 2 champ of Dancing with the Stars is also irresistible as a doting father and husband.

3

Donnie Wahlberg
New Kids on the Block

Donnie Wahlberg

Oh, Donnie. Where do we begin? Ripped abs, bulging biceps, countless sexy selfies on his Twitter page. You get the picture.

4

Taylor Hanson
Hanson

Taylor Hanson

Taylor was only 9 when Hanson formed, but today, his blond hair (albeit shorter) and blue eyes are still just as adorable.

5

Jordan Knight
New Kids on the Block

Jordan Knight

Knight was always one of the quieter members of New Kids on the Block, but his quiet leadership propelled him into having a big impact on the band — and in the hearts of all his adoring fans. Add that to his twinkling eyes, and he was a born star.

6

Brian Littrell
Backstreet Boys

Backstreet Boys

Littrell might always be remembered as the Backstreet Boy with the heart condition, but he is still stealing our hearts. After Backstreet Boys, Littrell found a place in Christian music — or what he called "pop positive" music. We love his positive attitude, especially after everything he's overcome in his life.

7

Nick Carter
Backstreet Boys

Nick Carter

Raise your hand if you wanted your boyfriend's hair to look just like Nick's? Good news — his hair is still rockin'. He's also said in interviews that his dream date is a walk on the beach under a full moon. Cue the thousands of women volunteering.

8

JC Chasez
*NSYNC

JC Chasez

Chasez often stood in Justin Timberlake's shadow in the media during their days as *NSYNC members, but Chasez held his own with fans. Today, he's working on an acting career where his beautiful blue eyes are on the big screen.

9

Joey McIntyre
New Kids on the Block

Joey McIntyre

Young girls swooned over Joey McIntyre, and today, much hasn't changed. Though his hair is a little shorter and not as curly, his cuteness factor is still going strong.

10

Joe Jonas
Jonas Brothers

Joe Jonas

Have you seen him without a shirt? 'Nuff said.

More on boy bands

Man Candy Mondays: New Kids on the Block
98 Degrees has advice for One Direction
Could One Direction be the first billion-dollar boy band?

Photo credits: Joe Alvarez, Judy Eddy/WENN.com, Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com, Daniel Tanner/WENN.com, WENN
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