Members: Keith Duffy, Stephen Gately, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating, and Shane Lynch
Put together by Louis Walsh who then went on to manage Westlife, the Irish boy band landed on teen radars everywhere in 1994, finding commercial success in the six years that ensued with 19 top 40 charting singles in the UK and Ireland. Ronan Keating then launched a successful solo career, but following in the tried-and-true path of boybands everywhere, after their 'hiatus' in 2000, the boys, or more accurately now, men, reformed in 2008 and toured to sold out arenas.
Photo by Getty Images Apr 24, 2012
Boy bands are back in a big way. With new pop groups One Direction and The Wanted topping the charts, the cycle continues as a new generation of girls swoon, shriek and, nowadays, tweet. From the Beatles to the Backstreet Boys, we take a look at some of music's most swoon-worthy, scream-inducing, poster-pin-up boy groups.