Every good DJ knows the way to get any party started is by throwing on a record from our favorite boys from Beantown. Since the Jackson 5, no other group has influenced us like Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph and Johnny. This year, New Edition celebrates 25 years in the game. These trailblazers managed to survive solo careers, bankruptcy, drug addiction and…Jherri curls. We asked celeb fans Bow Wow, Omarion, Kirk Franklin and more to tell us about their favorite New Edition memories:

“My first memory of New Edition is all the posters my aunt had on her bedroom wall. I actually remade “Candy Girl” on my second album, Doggy Bag. When a New Edition song comes on the radio [now] people still remember where they were and what they were doing at that time.”
-rapper/actor, Bow Wow

“I fell in love with Ralph’s voice when I first heard “Is This The End” back in the 80s. Then I saw the video and was in awe. Their N.E. Heartbreak album talked about the different stages of love. Their songs are memorable and their subject matter is very relatable.”
-R&B singer, Deborah Cox

 “I was on the fence about liking New Edition initially but then the video for “Popcorn Love” came out and I was in! So much was taking place when their music was being played ­ good memories — and their music brings it all back to life.”
-music producer, Jermaine Dupri

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“New Edition influenced me to put Dax in my hair! “Candy Girl” reminds me of when I was on the playground chasing after all of the girls. New Edition’s music is universal and has inspired many young R&B singers.”
-actor, Mike Epps

“My favorite memory of New Edition was dancing on Soul Train in high school when [they performed as] the featured artists. I loved their chemistry on stage. “My Prerogative” by Bobby Brown and “My, My, My” by Johnny Gill are in my iPod today.”
 -actress, Wendy Raquel Robinson

“My first memory of New Edition was at a concert at Six Flags in Dallas when I was 15 years old. “Can You Stand The Rain” is my favorite N.E. song because of the chord changes and melodies. It sounds like a gospel song. They came from an era where there was true artistry.”
-gospel singer, Kirk Franklin

“New Edition can still tour now because their music and unity has stood the test of time.”
-R&B singer, Omarion