The 5 Biggest Band Break-Ups in Music History

One Direction

The news that the biggest ever boy-band in the world has been broken has shocked crazed fans across the world. One Direction are down a band member, in the form of Zayn Malik, and don’t we know about it. It has been breaking news for the last 24 hours. One Direction are not the first band to cause a frenzy. We have taken the time to give you a lowdown on the biggest band break-ups in music history…

5. Take That

The most loved boy band to come out of Britain (before One Direction graced our screens), Take That never really split up for the long term and have gone through more line-up changes and dramas than most. Loved mostly by women all ages, the band were renowned and successful for their cheesy, love songs. Originally, the band had 5 members including Robbie Williams. Williams left the group in 1995, causing heartache among the women of Britain. After numerous rejoinings and departings, the band are actually still creating music as a trio. Take That will never be the same without the cheeky Robbie Williams in our opinion, and much to our disappointment we doubt this will ever happen 🙁

4. Spice Girls

The announcement that the biggest girl band in the world had come to an end broke the hearts of millions of teenage girls across the world. Who else were they going to make dance routines to and sing into their hairbrushes to? The Spice Girls, formed in 1996, were hugely successful across the globe for many reasons. Their trademark nicknames, merchandising and their motto of ‘Girl Power’ fuelled their popularity and status. With hits such as Wannabee and 2 become 1, you can’t dispute them becoming one of the biggest cultural icons of the 1990’s and becoming the best-selling female group of all time. The year 2000 signified the end of the Spice Girls as we know them, when the announced they were taking a hiatus. Reunions have occurred since, such as the very surprising reunion for London 2012 Olympics.

3. Oasis

Oasis, the British rock band from Manchester, remain the face of the brit-pop era when a lot of the music was influenced by British culture. The 1990’s was when brit-pop came alive in Britain, with other bands such as Blur and Suede doing particularly well at the time. However, Oasis have earned their place as the biggest brit-pop group in history, despite them often being headline news in the tabloid newspapers due the ongoing sibling rivalry between Noel and Liam Gallagher and their equally raucous lifestyles. However, this does not take anything away from the success of the band (in fact, it may have fuelled it), they have recorded some of the best music tracks to come out of Britain such as Wonderwall and a record selling album, ‘Definitely Maybe’. Sadly, the band came to an end in August 2009, stemming from a fight that Noel and Liam had before a gig. Noel later released a statement on the bands website explaining his reasoning – ‘I simply could not go working with Liam a day longer’. Fair Enough!

2. One Direction

The 5 piece boy-band from Britain have certainly had a whirlwind 5 years since they rose to fame through British talent show The X Factor in 2010. Managed by Simon Cowell, the handsome five-some went on to become hugely successful, being compared to the likes of the Beatles and reportedly being worth a massive $1 billion! No surprise then that the news of the band now becoming a 4 man group has shocked and upset fans. So much so, that besotted / insane fans have taken to the internet to upload videos of them shedding tears over the news and even using the trending hash-tag #AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik. One Direction have been extremely successful, let’s just hope that this news isn’t the beginning of the end for the group.

1. The Beatles

The most famous and one of the most influential bands in rock ‘n’ roll history shocked and broke the hearts of millions of people when they announced their split on April 10th 1970. The split came as a result of many factors such as the death of their manager Brian Epstein, Lennon’s relationship with Yoko Ono and the bands differences with another. Despite there being many rumours and talk about the band splitting years before it happened, the split signified an end of era for the Beatles’ generation. Paul McCartney was the first to publicly announce the split, stating that it was only temporary. Sadly, Lennon’s death in 1980 made a reunion impossible. The band are still regarded as one of the best in the world, which is no surprise really when they are the best-selling band in history; with an estimated 600 million record sales worldwide.

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Daniel Horgan

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