U2 may be one of the most famous bands to come out of Ireland, but ask anyone while in the U.K. about Westlife, and they'll talk at length about this enormously popular boy band.
Since launching in Dublin in 1998, Westlife has sold more than 12 million albums. Winning the Brit Award for Pop Act in 2001 and 2002, MTV recognized the band as one of the world's best-selling groups in 2004.
Westlife has, to be fair, found some success in the U.S. as well; the tune “Swear It Again” peaked at number two on the U.S. Billboard sales chart, and the band partnered with Mariah Carey on the modestly successful song “Against All Odds.” Mostly, though, Americans have yet to jump on the Westlife bandwagon, embracing the boy-band British export One Direction (before their breakup) with far more fervor.
But Westlife may be poised for its big stateside splash yet. Taking a break from 2012 to 2018, the band is back and bigger than ever. Their new song "Hello My Love" peaked on the U.K. Billboard singles chart at No. 13 in January, and has charted in the U.S. as well.
Listen: "Hello My Love"