1. Five (5ive)
When the lights go out, an English boy band by the name of Five appear. Five was formed in the UK in 1997, and only a short time later, the five guys made a huge splash in the U.S. with their smash single “When The Lights Go Out.” Unfortunately, Five made a few bad decisions, like turning down ‘N Sync’s “Bye Bye Bye” and missing out on the opportunity to record Britney Spears’ “Baby, One More Time.”
Remember Diddy’s girl group Dream? The fabulous foursome made their big debut in 2000 with their hit single “He Loves U Not,” but like most pop groups, they had their fair share of drama. After 9/11 and losing a member, Dream attempted to make a comeback with a hip-hop flavored song titled “Krazy” featuring Bad Boy artist Loon. The success wasn’t the same, and they eventually disbanded by 2003.
Come on Barbie, let’s go party! Danish pop group Aqua is most notably known for their wacky song “Barbie World” in 1997. Surprisingly, it took the group, who formed in 1988, almost 10 years to have an international hit. The group tried to repeat the success with “Lollipop (Candyman),” but U.S. audiences were no longer amused. In 2001, Aqua broke up, but reunited six years later in 2007.
Who likes guys or girls that wear Abercrombie & Fitch? Pop trio LFO reigned the radio airwaves in 1999 with their smash hit “Summer Girls.” The single sold over one million copies and was named the 16th biggest summer single of all time by Billboard. In 2002, LFO disbanded, and sadly the group’s lead singer Rich Cronin died after a long battle with leukemia in 2010.
Irish pop group B*Witched was formed in 1997, but it wasn’t until 1998 when B*Witched crossed over to the U.S. market with their smash single “C’est La Vie.” The foursome’s debut album peaked at #12 on Billboard, which eventually led to a platinum album in the U.S.
6. S Club 7
English pop group S Club 7 was formed by Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller in 1998. It wasn’t until the group received their own television show on ABC Family in 1999 that their popularity grew drastically. Hits like “Bring It All Back” and “S Club Party” forever solidify them in the pop group hall of fame, but their run was brief. S Club 7 added a member, but quickly dwindled to S Club none a few years later.
Cleopatra, coming at ya! In 1998, English R&B/Pop group Cleopatra caught our attention with their smash single “Comin’ Atcha” and their Jackson 5 cover “I Want You Back.” The trio had brief success in the U.S. after the release of their debut album, but fell off in the U.S. market while recording their sophomore album. The girls eventually broke up after their sophomore project was released.
Fictional boy band 2gether was formed by writers Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn, who poked fun at ’90s boy bands. The boys starred on an MTV TV movie, which eventually turned into a television series. Despite their satirical take on pop groups, 2Gether recorded a smash hit titled “U + Me= Us (Calculus).” Like LFO, one of 2gether’s members, Michael Cuccione, died of complications from cancer.
O-Town was the first band formed by MTV’s hit series “Making The Band” in 2000. The group was initially managed by boy band extraordinaire Lou Pearlman, but was later replaced by Michael Morin. Their lead single “Liquid Dreams” peaked at #10 on Billboard, but it wasn’t until they released “All Or Nothing” did O-Town go global. A short two years later, O-Town was over. On March 31, 2014, O-Town announced their reunion
10. Eden’s Crush
In 2000, the WB’s “Popstar” TV series went on a search to find the perfect girl group. After auditioning hundreds of young women, producers found Nicole, Maile, Rosanna, Ivette, and Ana Maria. The group’s debut single was “Get Over Yourself” which peaked at #8 on Billboard Hot 100. Less than two years later, the group disbanded, but thankfully, Eden’s Crush became a stepping stone for singer Nicole Scherzinger.