Westlife was formed in 1998 in Dublin. Today, the lineup consists of Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, and Shane Filan. Between 1998 and 2004, the band had five members. Brian McFadden left the group in 2004. He said that he wanted to spend more time with his family. However, soon, the musician filed for a divorce and began a solo career, which was successful. The formation of the group took place at the time when the boy bands in Ireland were becoming very popular. That was one of the factors why Westlife managed to earn such amazing popularity in their native country and all over the world.
Irish are well known for their strong musical traditions. The most popular Irish groups are U2, The Cranberries, and The Script. It didn’t take Westlife long to make it into this list. At the end of the 1990s and throughout 2010s, the group was conquering charts and radio stations at the speed of light. The popularity and success were so impressive that even when the musicians declared disbanding, the number of fans hasn’t decreased over the next eight years.
When the band finally reunited, it became popular and successful once more. Private event organizers were standing in line to book Westlife. Throughout its career, the group released more than 25 hits. More than a dozen of them topped the UK Singles Chart.