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Evolution of the boyband: from The Fab Four to 5ive

Formed in 1960, over one billion records sold worldwide

Essentially, it all began when four mop-topped Liverpudlians touched down in the US on a flight from the UK in 1964. After a performance on the Ed Sullivan Show that year, scenes of hysteria wherever Paul, John, Ringo and George went became a common occurrence.

Bay City Rollers

Formed 1966, sold over 300 million records worldwide

Arguably Scotland's biggest pop export during the 1970s, Les McKeown's chipper pop act was best noted for their 'tartan army' fanbase. The army's dress sense was as much a talking point as the music. Well it would be, given that tartan calf-length trousers were involved.

New Kids On The Block

Formed in 1984, sold 80 million records worldwide

A sensation in the late 80s and early 90s, the group split in 1994. Jordan Knight and Joey McIntyre were first out of the traps with solo careers, while Jonathan Knight went into property. The group reformed in 2008.


Formed in 1986, 17 million records sold worldwide

Come the 80s, it was high time for another boyband sensation and Bros fitted the bill perfectly. Comprising two blond identical twins, Bros sent their young fanbase -- the Brosettes -- into frenzy. So much so that youngsters everywhere began wearing bottle tops on their shoes. Oh dear.

East 17

Formed in 1991, sold 10 million records worldwide

The East London cheeky chappies split in 1997, yet reunited a year later without singer Tony Mortimer. They split again in 1999 and reunited in 2006. The group still gig sporadically -- they're playing Christmas parties at the Regency Hotel this December -- but Brian Harvey has been replaced by Blair Dreelan.


Formed in 1997, sold 20 million records worldwide

Created after open auditions, the band called it a day in 2001, but made a brief, half-hearted comeback in 2006.

Richie Neville is their 'breakout star', with a few reality show credits under his belt.