How well do you know 'New Kids on the Block'?

By: Olivia Cantor
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
How well do you know 'New Kids on the Block'?
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About This Quiz

"Listen up everybody if you wanna take a chance. Just get on the floor and do the new kids' dance!" Are you ready to break out into a bit of harmony and maybe bust a few moves? If you are, let's take this quiz Step by Step! 

The '80s was a time filled with Rock & Roll. Michael Jackson was singing about "Billie Jean" while Bon Jovi was "Livin' on a Prayer." Def Leppard was begging you to "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and Prince was focused on "When Doves Cry." It was during this time and decade that the coined term "boy band" came to life with the immersion of New Kids on the Block onto the music scene. 

Formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1984, this new boy band was ready to take the world by storm. With five members, they were ready to introduce the world to their harmonies. Releasing their debut self-titled album in 1986, it wasn't until their 1989 album Hangin' Tough that they shot to stardom. Before their disbandment in 1994, the group would release three more albums. 

Since then, the members of New Kids would reunite and even tour the world with fellow boy band, Backstreet Boys. With a career that spans 20 years and multiple singles, how big a fan were you of New Kids on the Block? Do you remember their smallest singles like "Stop It Girl" to their biggest hits like "Step by Step?"

Can you bust a few moves and prove you're an ultimate fan? The kids are watching!

How many members are in New Kids on the Block?
3
4
5
6
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The five guys are all icons now.

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In what decade did New Kids on the Block first gained popularity?
1970s
1980s
1990s
2000s
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The group started during the early ‘80s but only gained popularity during the late ‘80s.

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What is the shortened acronym of the group?
NKTB
NKOTBSB
NKOTB
NBSB
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The group sometimes goes by this nickname instead of the full name.

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What kind of group is NKOTB?
boy band
quartet
quintet
choir
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Boy bands were already popular since the 1950s but the term gained more currency during the 1980s and 1990s.

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This star-maker was the one who created NKOTB.
Maurice Starr
Maurice Farr
Maurice Ward
Maurice Hard
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Maurice Starr is a record producer who also managed boy bands to stardom.

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Maurice Starr discovered this group, which was the precursor for his creation of NKOTB.
First Edition
Last Edition
New Edition
No Edition
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Wrong Answer

New Edition is the all-African-American boy band that became famous in the early 1980s.

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In creating NKOTB, Maurice Starr auditioned singing talents from this city.
Berlin
Boston
Bosnia
Bali
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Boston is the capital of Massachusetts.

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The first member of NKOTB to join the group was this guy.
Danny Walhberg
Donnie Walhberg
Dick Walhberg
Dwayne Walhberg
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Donnie was 15 years old when he impressed Maurice Starr and joined the new boy band.

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Donnie Wahlberg pulled in his best friend to audition for NKOTB, too. Who was this member?
Donny Wood
Dolly Wood
Danny Wood
Denny Wood
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To this day, Danny and Donnie remain good buddies.

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Another original member of NKOTB was because of Donnie’s connection. Who was this member who later dropped out?
Mark Wahlberg
Mack Wahlberg
Mick Wahlberg
Marko Wahlberg
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Mark went on to become a rapper and later, a movie star.

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Donnie also pulled in his Boston schoolmate into the group. Who was this third member?
Jordie Knight
Joey Knight
Jordan Knight
Jorell Knight
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Jordan also enjoyed a solo career when the group disbanded in the mid-‘90s.

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Since Jordan was already in, he pulled in another member which will make up the fourth member of the group. Who was he?
Jocky Knight
Jonathan Knight
Jorell Knight
Jonnyboy Knight
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Jonathan is perhaps the only member who didn’t really want to have a solo career after they earlier disbanded.

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Since Mark Wahlberg dropped out of the original line-up, Maurice Starr auditioned this fifth member. Who was he?
Joey McIntyre
Jolie McIntyre
Jocky McIntyre
Jody McIntyre
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Joey had a solo career, too, prior to reuniting with his boy bandmates again in 2000s.

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New Kids on the Block wasn’t the original name of this group. What was it?
Snuffleuffagus
Nynuk
Redheads
The Archies
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It’s a good thing that they dropped this original name and took on the name of their debut album.

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The group’s 1986 debut album featured songs of this kind of musical genre.
soda pop
sugar pop
bubblegum pop
honeybunch pop
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Bubblegum pop is a kind of genre associated with boy bands, and it started during the 1960s.

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Their second album was a huge departure from the bubblegum pop sound the first did. What was the title of this album?
Hangin’ by a Moment
Hangin’ Tough
Hangin’ Low
Hangin’
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Hangin’ Tough was released in 1988.

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A ballad from Hangin’ Tough was the group’s first legitimate hit. What was its title?
“Please Don’t Love Me Girl"
“Please Don’t Stay Girl"
“Please Don’t Go Girl"
“Please Don’t Quit On Me Girl"
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The song was the group’s first Billboard hit.

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One of their earliest gigs was as the opening act for this teen singing sensation of the '80s.
Cher
Madonna
Tiffany
Shanice
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Tiffany became good friends with the NKOTB gang.

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One of their earliest and most memorable professional performances of the group was done in this famed theater in Harlem.
Majestic Theater
Harlem Theater
Showtime Theater
Apollo Theater
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The Apollo audience is known for being scathing but also very supportive if an act is good, amateur or professional alike. NKOTB got a standing ovation.

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One of their earliest dance hits was “You Got It” from the Hangin’ Tough album. What was its parenthetical subtitle?
(The Sweet Stuff)
(The Smart Stuff)
(The Right Stuff)
(The Cool Stuff)
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Jordan is the lead singer - and dancer - in this dance hit.

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Since the members were also dance performers, one of them took the lead in choreographing their routines. Who was this member?
Danny
Donnie
Jordan
Jonathan
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Danny’s breakdancing background proved helpful in creating cool moves for the boys.

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The groups’ third album was a Christmas-themed album. What was its title?
Happy, Happy New Year
Merry, Merry Christmas
Season, Season's Greetings
Auld, Auld Lang Syne
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Recording artists usually put out Christmas albums like these, which combine their rendition of Christmas classics as well as original compositions.

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What was the biggest hit out of the Merry, Merry Christmas album?
“This One’s For The Parents"
“This One’s For The Santas"
“This One’s For The Ladies"
“This One’s For The Children"
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This song went double platinum.

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When 1990 came about, the group released a new album. What was its title?
Pound By Pound
Inch By Inch
Step By Step
Six By Six
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The release of this album solidified the group’s stellar status by that time.

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Their early ‘90s worldwide concert tour was sponsored by this beverage company.
Dr. Pepper
A&W
Coca-Cola
Fanta
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The Magic Summer tour was for the promotion of their Step By Step album.

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Because of the group’s popularity, this kind of TV show was created as part of their “merchandise."
documentary show
Saturday morning cartoon
reality TV show
variety show
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Its title, is, of course, none other than New Kids on the Block.

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The group came out with an album full of remixed danceable version of their biggest hits. What was its title?
No More Games
No More Lies
No More Kids
No More Blocks
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A remix album is usually a record company’s way of capitalizing on a bunch of songs' popularity further.

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The early ‘90s saw allegations thrown at music artists, like NKOTB, for doing this.
illegal sampling
plagiarism
lip syncing
mimicking dance moves
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A singer can merely move their mouth when they’re lip syncing to pre-recorded tracks. This is usually done when performing live.

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The group's last ‘90s effort was this album.
Own The Music
Do The Music
Face The Music
Claim The Music
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The album had a few hits, but they weren’t as huge as their earlier efforts, prompting the group to disband.

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When the group disbanded in the mid-‘90s, Donnie pursued this kind of career.
acting
hosting
drag racing
mountain climbing
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Donnie acted in TV shows and appeared in films.

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It’s but apt that Donnie ended up getting married (again) to a TV celebrity during the 2000s. Who is his wife?
Whoopi Goldberg
Barbara Walters
Jenny McCarthy
Rosie O'Donnell
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Jenny is a comedian and actress, and a former Playboy model, too.

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Due to their early popularity, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts declared this day in April 1989 as “New Kids on the Block day."
30th
29th
24th
20th
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This kind of declaration is done by places that honor their residents.

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Jordan, though, has his own special day, thanks to his continued success when he went solo. When is his?
February 29th
February 17th
February 7th
February 10th
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The Boston City Council was the one which declared this day in 2015 as "Jordan Knight Day."

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One of their members was accidentally outed as gay by former co-worker Tiffany in a 2011 interview. Which of the boys was it?
Donnie
Danny
Jordan
Jonathan
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Jonathan acknowledged that he has been living as an openly out gay man for a long time; he just didn’t announce this fact in the media.

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After reuniting for another go at it and staging comeback tours, NKOTB finally got their star in 2014 in this famed Hollywood landmark.
Grauman's Chinese Theater
Disneyland
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Universal Studios
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The boys’ star is located at 7072 Hollywood Boulevard, if you want to find it easily.

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