5 Pop Bands From The 90s That Broke Up And Broke Our Hearts

Oh, the sorrow!
The grief over a stolen future, the endless rewinding of cassettes and the desperate carving of names into desks, hoping they’d stay together for eternity.

Breakups can be painful – and band breakups, even more so.

The 90s pop bands on this list, especially, made music we grew up listening to and loving – until the day they unplugged their amps and called it quits, leaving us fans quite heartbroken.

1. Spice Girls

Formed in 1994, the English girl group comprised of Melanie Brown (“Scary Spice”), Melanie Chisholm (“Sporty Spice”), Emma Bunton (“Baby Spice”), Geri Halliwell (“Ginger Spice”), and Victoria Beckham (“Posh Spice”).

They were a phenomenal success, giving us hits like “Wannabe” to groove to, until 31st May 1998, Geri Halliwell left, saying, “Sadly I would like to confirm that I have left the Spice Girls. This is because of differences between us. I’m sure the group will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best.”

She then went on to launch an initially successful solo career, but the band never quite recovered.

2. Take That

Before teenage girls were crying over the departure of Zayn Malik from 1D, they were crying over heartthrob Robbie Williams, whose decision to quit Take That in 1995 necessitated the setting up of suicide hotlines.

The evening he told his bandmates that this would be his last tour, he says he “went back to the hotel and got drunk again, got up the next day, went into rehearsals and wasn’t in a very good way.”

To get out of his contract, Robbie alleged paid £1.5 million, more than he had earned after five years in the group.

Take That eventually completed their world tour without Robbie and officially split in 1996.

3. Backstreet Boys

Ah, the pain, still fresh as if it was only yesterday. But I suppose I have to talk about it at some point.

In 2006, after 13 years of making beautiful music and putting a smile on my face and of course, the crazy success, Kevin Richardson departed amicably from the best boy-band ever to pursue “other interests”.

“It was a very tough decision for me but one that was necessary in order to move on with the next chapter of my life”, said Kevin in his statement.

To be fair, he was 33 and more man than boy by then, but I WASN’T READY, OKAY?

P.S. In 2012, the Backstreet Boys regrouped. Yay!

4. ‘N Sync

Growing up, ‘N Sync single-handedly provided the background score for many of our first “romantic” moments, from slow dances to dedications on the radio.

But we should have known when Justin sang ‘Bye, Bye, Bye” with that noodle-top hairdo that this was coming.

His decision to pursue a solo career was solely to blame for the split, at least according to his bandmates anyway.

In Lance Bass’ memoir ‘Out of Sync’, he wrote of Justin’s decision, saying, “I felt completely betrayed. I mean, at one point we were the biggest band in the world. We could’ve definitely kept that going.”

5. Destiny’s Child

I think if “Independent Women” and “Survivor” were to come on the radio today, I’d still be singing them out as loud as I did as a kid.

Destiny’s Child was formed in 1997 in Houston; its final and best-known line-up comprising of Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams.

On June 11th, 2005, while on tour to promote their fourth and final studio album, Destiny Fulfilled, the group announced their official breakup.

The album’s name was no coincidence either, because the girls knew right from its inception that it was time for them to part ways after fourteen successful years to pursue their individual aspirations.

Beyoncé stated that their destinies were already fulfilled, and sent a letter to MTV about the decision:

“After a lot of discussion and some deep soul searching, we realized that our current tour has given us the opportunity to leave Destiny’s Child on a high note, united in our friendship and filled with an overwhelming gratitude for our music, our fans, and each other. After all these wonderful years working together, we realized that now is the time to pursue our personal goals and solo efforts in the earnest.

No matter what happens, we will always love each other as friends and sisters and will always support each other as artists. We want to thank all of our fans for their incredible love and support and hope to see you all again as we continue fulfilling our destinies.”

*Chokes back tears*

At least we still have Beyoncé.


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