If you were a young person in the late 1990s and early 2000s, you probably remember the rise of pop stars like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, N*SYNC, Backstreet Boys, Destiny’s Child, and others that remained relevant throughout the years… but what about those who didn’t stay relevant?
A big part of my childhood consisted of watching Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. Back in the day, these channels played music videos in between programming or during commercial breaks and this is where I heard most of the pop music that I listened to back in the day seeing as my small Missouri town only had a country radio station.
In addition to the pop stars that still make headlines in 2015, there were a lot of minor pop stars that just never made it to the same level of fame. Do you ever ask yourself what happened to those one and two hit wonder pop acts? Well, ask no further.
Who remembers these girls? M2M was a duo comprised of Norwegian singers Marion Raven (the brunette) and Marit Larsen (the blonde who now is brunette). Probably their most famous song was “Mirror, Mirror” which was released way back in in 2000.
M2M broke up after the financial failure of their second album, 2002’s The Big Room. The two girls have since gone their separate ways and pursued solo careers. Marit Larsen has released four solo studio albums and Marion Raven has released two, with plans of a third to be released soon. Raven has also co-written songs for acts such as Tammin Sursok and Lindsey Lohan.
Another band with a name comprising of two letters on either side of the number 2, B2K is probably best known for their album Pandemonium! or the movie You Got Served back in 2004.
Unfortunately for all of us, the band ended up splitting around the time that You Got Served came out. But it wasn’t all over. Lead singer Omarion has since released four solo albums of his own. Granted, I don’t know if any of them were listened to by anyone.
Omarion is also currently appearing alongside fellow B2K member Lil Fizz on VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood.” So, you know, there’s that.
I don’t know about ya’ll, but B*Witched was one of my favorite groups of the late ’90s. Between “C’est La Vie” and “Blame it on the Weatherman,” I was jamming to them all the time. One of their music videos also played on the wall in the Disney Channel original movie “Smart House” and I wanted to be that girl jumping around on her bed in the smart house.
B*Witched is an Irish girl group featuring twin sisters Keavy and Edele Lynch, Lindsay Armaou, and Sinead O’Carroll. Their self-titled album came out in 1998 and they followed it up with their second album, Awake and Breathe, one year later.
After that, B*Witched disappeared. Apparently their management declined to finance a third album, so the group fell apart. However, there is good news. They reunited in 2013 for the reality-documentary series “The Big Reunion,” which also featured groups like Atomic Kitten, Five, and others. Since then, they released a new EP called Champagne or Guinness and it is awesome.
4. Nobody’s Angel
I honestly kind of forgot about this group until I started doing research for this post. But this song is definitely one that I remember from my childhood. Nobody’s Angel consisted of girls who liked singing, dancing, and acting. The group appeared on such television classics like the show “Boy Meets World” and the movie Model Behavior… you know, the one with Justin Timberlake.
They disbanded not long after a couple of members left to pursue their acting careers. None of them ever won any Oscars, but I don’t think Nobody’s Angel would have ever won any Grammys so I guess it’s no big loss either way.
I remember this being my cousin’s favorite band back in the day. I don’t remember consciously listening to them, but I remember this song and think it was one of the catchier boy band ballads from the time period.
The band broke up in 2003 but has since reformed with its original members, sans member Ashley Parker-Angel. Parker-Angel has been pursuing a solo career during these years but never really made it to stardom, despite having a short-lived MTV reality show called “There and Back.” He did work on Broadway, appearing in Hairspray in 2007, and in 2014 he joined the touring version of the musical Wicked.
The group’s third studio album — Lines & Circles — was released in 2014.
6. Savage Garden
I have a very distinct memory of the first time I heard the song “Truly Madly Deeply.” My brother, who will probably never admit to it now, told my mom about the song because he was a fan. I listened to it with them and liked it, though my mom didn’t like me listening to it due to the line that says, “I want to bathe with you in the sea.”
Anyway, Savage Garden had a few songs. “I Knew I Loved You” and “I Want You” were also staples of late ’90s radio. They were an Australian duo consisting of members Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones.
The duo disbanded in 2001. Reportedly, Jones did not know the actual date of the split until he read Hayes’ announcement. Burn.
Anyway, Hayes ended up going solo and released several albums but, as of 2013, he has taken an interest in sketch comedy and improv. He now hosts a comedy podcast called “The He Said He Said Show” and says he has retired from music. Go figure.
“Back Here” is one of my favorite songs of my childhood. I’d forgotten about it until probably 9 months ago when I encountered it on YouTube after going down the rabbit hole. I felt like I was transported back to 1999.
BBMak hailed from England and consisted of Mark Barry (B), Christian Burns (B), and Stephen McNally (Mak). They appeared on the show “Even Stevens” in 2001 and had songs play in The Princess Diaries, Treasure Planet, and “Lizzie McGuire.”
The band split in 2003 after two albums together. Each member currently plays with different bands. Burns plays with The Bleach Works and also released his own album in 2013. Barry works with a band called Fresno and McNally with Liverpool band 10 Reasons to Live.
What other bands you remember from this time period?