backstreet boys Teen music idols: From Ricky Nelson to Justin Bieber and beyondIt’s Friday. Fun fun fun fun.

What better way to celebrate Rebecca Black, the latest in a long tradition of teen music idols, than by looking back at her predecessors on the pop charts? Black’s song “Friday” became an instant viral hit on YouTube and in less than a week she was topping the iTunes singles chart and appearing on “The Tonight Show.”

Sure, they’re cheesy — but every generation had its own bubblegum anthems, complete with adoring fans and harsh critics.

In our gallery, we chart the trajectory of teenage popsters, from the 1950s —  Ricky Nelson and Dion — to the ’90s — the Backstreet Boys (pictured above) and Britney Spears — and beyond.

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson