After failing to make it past the live heats of ‘Pop Idol’, Simon Fuller stepped in to ensure Sarah Whatmore got her shot at stardom.
Gareth Gates kept the spirit of Cheiron Studios alive with his brilliant second single, ‘Anyone Of Us (Stupid Mistake)’.
We didn’t know it at the time, but ‘Do You Know (What It Takes)’ was a landmark moment for pop music in the ’90s and far beyond.
‘I Turn To You’ saw Christina Aguilera resurrect a towering behemoth of glossy mid-‘90s balladry from the ‘Space Jam’ soundtrack(!)
‘Last One Standing’ marked the arrival of the next big pop phenomenon…if you could hear it over the sound of Simon Cowell’s ego.
‘Swear It Again’ was the start of a new era for pop music and there was no stopping Westlife as they showcased a tried-and-tested formula.
‘Fool Again’ brought Westlife’s debut album campaign to a fittingly triumphant – if ever so slightly predictable – finale.
International success felt like a case of when, not if, for Five. And it came remarkably quickly with the release of ‘When The Lights Go Out’.
It was never released in the UK, but the tortuous ‘Thinking Of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)’ is up there as one *NSYNC’s very best efforts.
It took two attempts, but ‘Tearin’ Up My Heart’ (eventually) became one of *NSYNC’s earliest hits in the UK
With ‘Help! I’m A Fish (I’m A Little Yellow Fish)’, Little Trees released the most important aquatic-themed hit since ‘Under The Sea’
‘Bop Bop Baby’ broke with stool-perching tradition and showcased Westlife being as experimental as they ever were or would be again.