Members: Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan, Nicky Byme and Brian McFadden
Across the pond, Irish boys were hoping to give Backstreet Boys a run for their money in 1998, and so Westlife was born. Signed by X Factor judge Simon Cowell, their 1999 single “Swear it Again” peaked at No. 20 on Billboard Hot 100.
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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.