The '90s and early aughts were an absolute treasure trove for a particular kind of musical group: a gaggle of gorgeous young people, typically in coordinating outfits, often brought together via corporate strategy rather than likeminded musical happenstance. They often had one absolute bop of a pop jam before fading into obscurity. Turns out, there's nothing more fun than revisiting these songs that you didn't even realize you still knew the words to from the pop groups that you'll be sorry you may have forgotten.
Get ready to create a new Spotify playlist because these gems are going to take you back. Ahead, 50 of the best pop groups you forgot existed, but you'll be glad to remember now. The WB singing competition Popstars formed this girl group, which had some moderate success with the song "Get Over Yourself. At the height of their popularity inColor Me Badd was featured on an episode of the original, not even the reboot.
That was kind of a huge deal back then. The movie was a hit and spawned multiple sequels, they produced three successful albums, and also had a YA book series and a clothing line. There were even dolls.
The definition of guilty pleasure, this frothy girl group was created in from contestants on the iTV show Popstars: The Rivals. You might recognize the members of Blaque from their role as cheerleaders in Bring It On— an iconic set of roles. The band, which lasted from tohad a few hits like "Bring It All to Me" and " Adrienne Bailon is a brand unto herself—the host of The Realshe was also a recurring face on early seasons of Keeping Up With the Kardashiansthanks to her relationship with Rob—but her fame all started in with a girl group called 3LW.
Nick Lachey and, to some extent, his brother and fellow bandmate Drew, achieved fame outside of music, but 98 Degrees was from whence the world first met them. Fortunately, we'll always have the MTV reality show Newlywedsfor which Nick and ex-wife Jessica Simpson will always be inextricably linked. From tothey were big in Europe and to this day represent a very specific eary aughts teen girlhood that's so specific yet universal that the band even gets a shout-out in the Hulu series Pen S Club 7 was a manufactured pop group in the vein of many others circa tobut each member was so compelling—especially on the fictionalized show about the group, in which they all played themselves—that they're better remembered than the others.
S Club 7 had a hit with "Bring It All Back," and went on a reunion tour that was fittingly named after the track. Though singers and groups launched by TV shows are old hat now, when Making the Band first launched the career of O-Town init felt like catching lightning in a bottle. By that time, the idea that bunch of gurus would assemble a random collection of pretty-faced young men into a boy band wasn't some trade industry secret, but O-Town's actual success post-series was pretty surprising.
They had one hit, "Liquid Dreams," that charted, though only member Ashley Parker Angel went on to have a semi-successful solo career. Okay, so this one shouldn't count, since 2gether was sort of created as a joke created for a short-lived MTV show that satirized the entire nature of the boy band machine.
The British boy band 5ive came up right as we hit Peak Boy Band in the late s. This Irish boy band had a surprising amount of staying power across the pond, though they were more of a blip in the U. Their first album, 's Westlifeincluding the single "If I Let You Go," put them on the map, where they stayed around untilat which point member Brian McFadden departed for a solo career.
Apparently they're still kicking! Good for Westlife. Sadly, two of the original three members Devin Lima and Rich Cronin passed away in recent years. But their music lives on, and is genuinely still boppy, outlasting even Abercrombie and Fitch's greatness. Oh, t. Though they had a pretty big hit with the goth-y "All the Things You Said," this Russian duo is now most remembered for how they faked a lesbian relationship to gain publicity, and then later admitted to the scam.
They have a look! Dream Street was late to the boy band hype game, but got a boost from kids' channels like Disney and Nickelodeon for songs like "It Happens Every Time. Thanks, Dream Street! Wild Orchid got more of a push for hosting Great Pretendersthe hilarious lip-syncing competition show that, come to think of it, is probably owed royalties by RuPaul's Drag Race. We get the sense that Fergie would like us to forget she was ever in a milquetoast girl group prior to Black Eyed Peas and her illustrious solo career.
But we remember, Fergie Ferg! And we stan Wild Orchid. British group BBMak sold millions of albums—largely on the basis of their big hit "Back Here"—between andbut they were also kind of everywhere at the time?While the s came and went, the best artists and bands of the period still remain.
Well, their music does at the least. Of course, you'll see not all of these musicians got started in the s, but they certainly recorded popular hits throughout this time. Check out the list of the best artists from the 00s below and be sure to vote up your favorites. You can also cast votes down accordingly, and even add your own picks to the list. Linkin Park Alternative rock, Hip hop. Green Day Pop punk, Rock music. Eminem Hip hop. Fall Out Boy Pop punk, Alternative rock.
Maroon 5 Pop, Alternative Rock. Paramore Pop punk, Alternative rock. No Doubt Pop punk, New Wave. Jay-Z Hip hop. Backstreet Boys Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop. Goo Goo Dolls Jangle pop, Classic rock. Avril Lavigne Pop punk, Pop music. Taylor Swift Country, Pop. OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music. Matchbox Twenty Pop music, Rock music. Good Charlotte Pop punk, Rock music. Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music.
U2 Rock, Punk. Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock. Simple Plan Pop punk, Pop music. Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music.Outkast 2. Eminem 3. Coldplay 4. Radiohead 5. Kanye West 6.
Alicia Keys 7. System of a Down 9. The White Stripes Green Day.
50 Pop Groups You Probably Forgot Existed
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While pop music ruled the charts, rock music continued to evolve and develop by merging with other genres. The s were defined by the emergence of various pop rock and post-grunge bands.
100 Best Rock Bands of the 2000s
The new millennium has brought us many fascinating acts that blend a variety of genres together to form new sonic experiences. While the decade is gone, it leaves behind a legacy of sheer bliss and nostalgia.
The lines below showcase a diverse list of rock bands from the mesmerizing s. If you connect with music from this decade, then you'll definitely have something to say. Feel free to voice your views and opinions in the comments section. Angst and anger, which were key elements of the grunge movement, made way for more conventional themes and narratives. Bands associated with this movement flourished in alternative circles, garnering cult followings.
While the post-grunge movement started in the U. The defining musical event of the s was the explosion of pop rock bands. A number of bands associated with the genre kick-started their careers with chart-topping success. Suddenly, major record labels started signing upcoming bands and artists in the pop rock domain. Female musicians gave the genre a unique identity, embellishing rock 'n' roll with bubblegum pop.
Power pop stamped its authority in this decade and influenced many bands in the years that followed. The early s witnessed the rise of a new musical movement known as nu metal. This new wave of metal jumpstarted the careers of many bands. The movement also propelled rap metal in a new direction. The infectious riff-based grooves that formed the core sound of nu metal became popular during this decade.
Certain bands associated with nu metal, rap metal, and rap rock had tremendous mainstream success throughout the s. Although it was not the most memorable decade for indie rock, a number of bands associated with the genre had chart-topping success.
While many indie bands did not get significant coverage on music television channels, many bands associated with this genre found considerable success on the internet. A number of unsigned indie bands promoted their music through social networking sites and streaming services. Internet radio helped album sales significantly.
The genre became the quintessential teen-scene in this decade.BEST BOY BAND SONGS OF THE 2000s \u0026 2010s
A number of bands associated with this genre released successful debut albums. The anthem-like verses and choruses which were often interspersed with power chord riffs in pop punk songs gave the genre a unique identity. The second wave of pop punk, which emerged in the mids, spread its fan base far and wide. While pop punk uses darker lyrical themes, the genre is not without it flair. Certain bands associated with the genre had critically acclaimed albums, which became commercially successful with mainstream audiences.
The metalcore movement came into its own in the s. The typical metalcore sound fused elements of hardcore punk and extreme metal. Many bands associated with the genre also started blending grindcore and crust punk elements into their songs. The characteristic use of breakdowns, followed by slow and intense riffs, created an atmosphere conducive to moshing.
This songwriting technique became emblematic of the metalcore sound.
2000s in music
Metalcore blended standard singing with screaming, growling, heavy guitar riffs, double bass drumming, and percussive pedal tones together to create its own unique identity. While few bands found success commercially, a number of bands in this genre found a huge fan base in the underground metal movement. Due to the popularity of metalcore, a number of other heavy metal subgenres came into prominence.This article includes an overview of the major events and trends in popular music in the s.
As the technology of computers and internet sharing developed, a variety of those genres started to fuse in order to see new styles emerging. Terms like "contemporary", "nu", "revival", "alternative", and "post" are added to various genres titles in order to differentiate them from past styles, nu-disco and post-punk revival as notable examples. In this decade, grime was a genre invented in the UK, while Chillwave became popular in the United States.
The continued development of studio recording software and electronic elements was observed, through this decade.
One such example is the usage of pitch correction software, such as auto-tune that appeared in the late s. Another great impact to this decade was the ongoing development of the internet and user-friendly media playerssuch as iTunesand music and video sharing websites such as Napster and YouTuberespectively. Hip hop music achieved mainstream status after the s and the deaths of many prominent artists such as 2Pac and The Notorious B.
Despite the hip hop dominance, such as Southern hip hop which lasted for most of the decade particularly the middle years rock music was still popular, notably alternative rockand especially genres such as post-grungepost-Britpopnu metalpop punkemopost-hardcoremetalcoreand in some cases indie rock ; the early and mid s saw a resurgence in the mainstream popularity of pop rock and power pop.
Eventhough the popularity amidst the mainstream audience dipped slightly, Country music continued to rise in sales, having a strong niche in the music industry. The genre saw the rise of new front-runners like Taylor SwiftCarrie Underwood and Miley Cyruswho were able to score top hits on all-genre Billboard charts, apart from the country charts, by appealing to a wider audience outside the genre.
Electronic music was also popular throughout the decade; at the beginning of the s, genres such as trancechillouthouseindietronica and Eurodance in Europe were popular. By the end of the decade, a fusion between hip hop and electronic dance similar to the Freestyle music of the late s and early s, known as Hip House and Electrohop also grew successful.
Genres such as J-Pop and K-Pop remained popular throughout the decade, proliferating their cultural influence throughout the East and Southeast of Asia. In other parts of Asia, including India, Indian pop music, closely linked to Bollywood films and filmi music, was popular alongside Western pop music.
Reggaeton became a definitive genre in s Latin music, as well as salsa and merengue. Subgenres fusing Latin music such as merengue and reggaeton with hip hop and rap music became popular from the middle of the decade onwards. The Internet allowed unprecedented access to music and allowed artists to distribute music freely without label backing.
Hip hop dominated popular music in the early s. During the s Eminemwho is perhaps best known for being one of the few successful white rappers in the music industry, enjoyed a massive commercial success and maintained commercial relevance by attempting to be controversial and subversive.
According to Billboardtwo of Eminem's albums are among the top five highest-selling albums of the s. After the release of his album RelapseEminem became the best selling rapper of all time and the top selling artist of the decade across all genres. In latethe Southern hip hop subgenre reached the peak of its popularity, especially its sub-subgenres of crunk and snap music which started the dance craze movement in hip hop from to The number one selling crunk artist as well as paving the way to its popularity was Lil Jon who shot to fame inwith his group The Eastside Boyz.
These artists have all contributed to starting some dance craze accompanied to one of their songs, with the most popular being Soulja's "Crank Dat" move, which gained popularity throughout and By the end of the decade this sound began to decline in popularity as well as the dance-crazes that came along with them, as pioneer hip hop artists and hip hop purists such as Ice-T and Nas denouncing the crunk and snap craze, with Nas's song "Hip Hop Is Dead" brought dislike to the new path hip hop was directing.
Hyphy culture included the use of party drugs like ecstasy, slang terms like "Go dumb" and "yadadamean", Ghost Ridingand Sideshows. By mid the sound began to fade as indie rap and alternative began to come in with artists such as Kid Cudi and The Cool Kidswho fused hip hop with electro and hipster influences. This trend continued on into the early s.
Alternative hip hopalmost unknown in the mainstream, except for a few crossover acts, evolved throughout the decade with the help of artists such as Mos DefLupe FiascoThe RootsMF DoomAesop Rockand Commonwho achieved unheard-of success for their field.
Throughout the s, Alternative Hip hop continued its philosophical, positive, and complex lyrical subject matter, while denouncing materialism, fashion, and money. This subgenre also includes spoken word and a branch of slam poetry. The subgenre could be said to be related to both the old school hip-hop culture of the s and s, and the indie rock and hipster subcultures.
Auto-Tune was popular in the earlier part of the decade as well primarily in andbut then only called "synthesizer" and it was used casually as just an effect. It was first known as the "Cher effect" since it was used in the song " Believe " by Cher in Due to hip-hop's increased moulding with pop music, some, such as rapper Nas have declared the death of the genre.
In the early s, there was an astounding resurgence of interest [ citation needed ] in pop rock and power pop. This was kickstarted in the year with the success of Blink 's song " All the Small Things " and Nine Days ' song " Absolutely Story of a Girl ", both of which peaked at 6 [ citation needed ] on the Billboard Hot This also paved the way for a second wave of pop punk bands such as Good CharlotteNew Found Gloryand Sum 41who made use of humor in their videos and had a radio-friendly tone to their music.
In addition, some of the most successful pop-punk bands of the s, such as Green DayBlinkWeezer and The Offspring continued their success during the early s.The Billboard Hot is a chart that ranks the best-performing songs in the United States, published by Billboard magazine.
In the s, each chart's "week ending" date was the Saturday of the following two weeks. The data were compiled by Nielsen SoundScan based collectively on each single's weekly physical CDvinyl and cassette and digital sales, airplayand streaming.
Only songs released as physical singles were counted prior towhen Billboard magazine allowed airplay-only singles to chart. Throughout the decade, a total of singles claimed the top spot of the Hot While Santana 's " Smooth " featuring Rob Thomas topped the chart in the first two weeks ofit was not counted as a number-one single of the s decade by Billboard because it had topped the chart in Octoberand thus was counted as a number-one single of the s decade only.
During the ten-year period, Usher was the most successful artist, accumulating seven number-one entries and spending 41 weeks on the top spot, more than any other act. Mariah Carey's " We Belong Together " was the best-performing Hot single of the decade, spending 14 non-consecutive weeks at number one in Eminem 's " Lose Yourself ", Usher's " Yeah!
Both of the singles peaked at number two, and thus are not included here. The following artists spent the most weeks at number one on the chart during the s. A number of artists claimed number-one positions as either the lead artist or a featured artist. Rihanna's "Umbrella" featuring Jay-Z, for example, was counted for both artists because they are both credited on the single. This also applies to the subsequent statistics. While some artists appeared at number one as a solo artist and a member of a group, they were only counted as a solo artist.
Justin Timberlake, for example, claimed the top spot with four singles credited as a solo singer and one single as part of 'N Sync, but was only counted separately from 'N Sync. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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