Ten years ago, Take That released their big comeback album Beautiful World. Ever since then there have been a flurry of 90s pop band reunions as well as a renewed interest in music from that era.
ITV2’s The Big Reunion popularised the concept of the big pop group getting back together in 2013 and 2014, and in doing so reunited the likes of Five, Atomic Kitten, Liberty X and B*Witched.
However there are a few groups from the same era that have been quietly carrying on without much fanfare. Here we take a look at six pop groups you might not know were still going…
The Backstreet Boys
Even though the Backstreet Boys have never officially broken up, they have more or less slipped out of the public consciousness since the late 90’s/early 00’s when they were at the height of their popularity. Original member Kevin Richardson left the group in 2006 to work on other projects and they group performed as a four-piece until Richardson returned in 2012.
Despite having released albums in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2013, the Backstreet Boys have struggled to keep themselves in the public eye, though they did release a documentary movie in 2015 entitled Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of. The group are planning to release a new album next year before embarking on a Las Vegas residency.
Hanson are most remembered for the song MMMBop, which was a number one hit all across the world back in 1997. They continued to have moderate chart success until 2001 when they left their record label.
Since then, they have formed their own independent label through which they have continued to release music, although they have had very limited success outside of the US. They have not charted in the UK since 2005.
Remember Zac Hanson, the youngest Hanson brother who played the drums? He’s now a father of four. Feel old yet?
Danish pop group Aqua had overnight success with bubblegum pop classic Barbie Girl back in 1997. A few more hits followed until the group disbanded in 2001.
In 2007, Aqua reformed for a series of eight concerts in their native Denmark. Since then, they have continued to make infrequent concert appearances and they also brought out a new album in 2011 called Megalomania. The album showcased a very different sound to what Aqua fans were expecting and the album was critically panned.
The group announced just last month that original member Claus had left the group, however they insisted that the band would continue in spite of this.
The Vengaboys were a lot more successful than you probably remember. They had seven top 6 hits in the UK from 1998 to 2000 including two number ones. The group split up in 2002 not long after original member Pors left the group to pursue a solo career.
The Vengaboys reformed in 2006 mostly playing clubs and university student unions across the UK and Ireland, eventually expanding to include shows in Europe and Australia.
The group brought out a Christmas album in 2014; it was their first release since 2000. Most recently, the group have been touring Australia and New Zealand and have also hosted the pop-up TV channel MTV Pride, channel dedicated to the LGBT community.
East 17 were one of the UK’s most popular boy bands during the mid-nineties. They are most remembered for their Christmas number 1 single Stay Another Day back in 1994. The group had a total of 11 top 10 singles in the UK until their highly publicised split in 1997. The original members minus Tony Mortimer attempted a reunion just a year later but they struggled to rediscover the success they had with Mortimer (who was the band’s chief primary songwriter) and they split again in 1999.
In 2006, the group reformed with all four original members for a one-off gig. However a fall-out between Brian Harvey and Mortimer led to Mortimer swiftly departing the group once again. The other three members continued to perform together, mostly at clubs and Butlins Holiday Resorts.
Mortimer returned to the group in 2010, Harvey quit soon afterwards.
Eventually Mortimer departed the group for the third time in 2013 and the remaining members John Hendy and Terry Coldwell have been performing with new member Robbie Craig since 2014 as the new East 17. The group have plans to release a new album at some point in the near future.
Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchannan and Siobhan Donaghy formed the original line-up of the Sugababes. The trio only released one album together back in 2000 called One Touch before Siobhan was replaced in the group by Heidi Range. Mutya left the group in 2005 and eventually Keisha departed in 2009, thus ensuring the Sugababes line-up contained none of the original members.
In 2011, the trio decided to reunite under the name MKS (a name comprising of each of their first initials) and they released their first single since reforming in 2013.
The group have been mostly quiet over the last couple of years though they insist a new album is on the way in the not too distant future and there’s speculation they have legally obtained the right to once again be called the Sugababes.
Loaded digital reporter Oli Palmer has been writing about film/TV since 2013. Follow Oli on Twitter at @olipalmer