Irish pop bands with the most success in the world

A great musical legacy - Ireland may be more famous for its writers, but it is also an island with a fine set of lungs. 

An island that pops - And there have been notable names in pop music as well. In this list, we will celebrate the pop kings and queens that have become famous all over the world.

The Cranberries - They're a band that have experienced so much - breakout success, breakup, reunion, the tragic death of lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, and finally, disbandment.

Cult status with 'Linger' and other songs - Their hits are endless, and fans are still enjoying 'Zombie', 'Linger', 'Dreams' and so many more iconic songs.

The Cranberries: Outstanding Irish band - In 1998, the band played at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, and in the same year, they were ranked as one of the most outstanding bands to come from Ireland.

Bestsellers - Over the course of 1999 and 2000, they travelled the globe on a world tour that took in over a hundred venues and one million fans.

The Boomtown Rats - This Irish band infused their hits with rock, new wave and pop. Their story is one of leaving unemployment and desperation behind in the search for musical glory.

The Corrs - Jim Corr might have gone off the deep-end in the last few years, but there was a time when he was more famous for playing tunes with his sisters.

Best Pop Act - On the awards front, they were frequently nominated but rarely won. Their luck was in, however, at the Hot Press Irish Music Awards in 2002 as they won Best Pop Act.

Kitchen sink dramas - Their songs are melodic kitchen sink dramas, with earnest lyrics and catchy melodies.

Writing for Britney and TLC - Danny and Mark were originally part of a boyband, and they knocked around LA for a number of years writing songs for the likes of Britney Spears and TLC.

Westlife - Westlife deserves enormous credit for its longevity, with a career spanning from 1998 to the present day, with a brief hiatus in between.

Right behind ABBA and The Beatles - They have the record for the most consecutive chart-topping albums since the Beatles and ABBA.

The most iconic Irish pop group - When the band was founded in 1993, 300 people originally auditioned to be in the band, including a then-unknown Colin Farrell. 

Boyzone: especially big in Europe - They never really broke America, but they reigned supreme in Europe (as shown by numerous MTV Europe Music Award wins), Asia and the antipodean countries.

Pop music for the future - The next generation of talent is already emerging, and it won't take long for us to see which Irish pop bands will go on to take over the world in the future.

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