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Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight and Jonathan Knight of the musical group New Kids On The Block perform at Bridgestone Arena on May 09, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

New Kids On The Block first got together in 1984 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. NKTOB found their initial success in the late 1980s and early 1990s and have sold more than 80 million records worldwide. They are considered the first “modern boy band” and are often credited for paving the way for acts such as Take That, Backstreet Boys, and NSYNC.

The group consists of brother Jonathan and Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood. Originally, Mark Wahlberg and Jamie Kelly were also in NKOTB but both left early on. All of the members went their separate ways in 1994, only to reunite in 2007. They have been recording and touring ever since, even though they’re not kids anymore.

New Kids On The Block’s videos were mostly performance based and showed off their choreography. Three of their biggest singles between 1988 and 1990, when they really were kids, were “You Got It (The Right Stuff),” “Hangin’ Tough,” and “Step By Step.”

  • You Got It (The Right Stuff) (1988)

    The second single from the group’s second studio album, Hangin’ Tough, “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

  • Hangin' Tough (1989)

    The title track from their second album, “Hangin’ Tough” was also their second #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 after “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever).”

  • Step By Step (1990)

    “Step By Step” was the first single from the album of the same name. It was also their third and final #1 hit. Donnie Wahlberg’s brother, Mark Wahlberg, appears in the video.