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From East To West: Band Reunions We Wish Would Happen This Year

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Music plays a huge role in our lives and so are the artists that bring them to us. That's why it's always devastating to music fans when members of their favourite musical acts go their separate ways. Whether it be one member leaving or a total disbandment, there's just something about the way they make music together that brings a never-ending demand for an 'encore'.


Take Victoria Beckham's recent Instagram post for example. It set the global following of Spice Girls to spark rumours of a reunion. All five members of the British girl group posted on their social media just a couple of days ago, mostly echoing "friendship never ends" and "spice power" — which are some of the most popular phrases associated with their former group — in their captions and hashtags, prompting fans to ask for UK and US reunion tour. 



No comments have been made so far about the rumours, but it got us thinking about other groups we'd also like to see reunite and perform together once more. Below are just some of them.


*NSYNC



Before they said "bye bye bye" in 2002, *NSYNC was one of the biggest boy bands of their time. Amassing fans from across the globe with their boyish charms and easy-to-listen-to pop albums, it's no surprise that even after almost two decades, when Justin Timberlake was announced to perform at this year's Super Bowl Halftime Show, people expected a reunion. Sadly, it was a no-go that probably got their fans singing "I Want You Back" in disappointment. Still, we're crossing our fingers for the reunion to happen.


Oasis



There's rain outside your window and "Wonderwall" suddenly plays on your Spotify playlist, making you feel melancholic — that's Oasis for you. The English band formed in 1991 in Manchester held two Guinness World Records, one in 2010 for having the "Longest Top 10 UK Chart Run by a Group" and another for being the most successful act in the UK between the years 1995 and 2005.  After all the drama and disagreements during their heyday, the group eventually called it quits in 2009. Still, we're hoping they "don't look back in anger" and get together even for just one tour. 


One Direction



Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan started as solo acts on X-Factor UK in 2010 but was later grouped together to form One Direction. They didn't win the competition, but the boy band frenzy surrounding the British-Irish ensemble spread like wildfire across the world as soon as their journey on the show ended. Fans went wild at every concert and public appearance. The group became so famous, they even got compared to the Beatles. However, Zayn's departure in 2015 sparked the start of the group's eventual "hiatus" in 2017. While fans are still 50/50 on whether the split is temporary or final, we're sure they're clamouring for a reunion.

My Chemical Romance



You've got your checkered Vans, black eyeliner and selfies fit for MySpace ready when you hear My Chemical Romance on the radio only to realise you're only having flashbacks of the early 2000s. The group may have split in 2013, but their fanbase continues to live and breathe their poetic and distinct sound and aesthetic. When a teaser showcasing the tune of "Welcome To The Black Parade" — their fanbase's unofficial anthem — came out on their YouTube channel in 2016, many showed an overwhelming display of excitement at the thought of a reunion only to find out that it was just a nod to the song's 10th anniversary. Fast forward to the present, fans are still refreshing the 'Upcoming Tours' page on their website in the hopes of an epic comeback.


The Jonas Brothers



Nick Jonas once joked that a JBros reunion is basically just any other family affair since he and his former bandmates are, well, brothers IRL. But there's no stopping us from hoping that they hit the stage once more to sing their hits such as "When You Look Me In The Eyes" and "Love Bug" just like the good ol' Disney days. And with their group's Instagram getting reactivated after four years, who's to say we're far from seeing a band reunion?

Destiny's Child



Queen Bey may have been smashing records here and there with her solo music career for years now, but a sense of nostalgia still hits every time we remember that she was once a member of Destiny's Child. Along with Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland, the power trio was formed after many lineup changes and auditions until they debuted in 1998. They soon opened for various big acts, including Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. From hits like "Say My Name", "Survivor" and "Bootylicious", the girl power — and musical legacy — is still strong even after their split in 2006.


2NE1



This list won't be complete without one of our K-pop faves! Before the K-fever spread internationally, true blue fans were already singing along and dancing to the girl group's hits "Fire" and "I Don't Care". Steering away from the traditional 10 to 15-membered structure of K-pop groups, 2NE1's CL, Dara, Minzy and Bom skyrocketed to fame after appearing alongside Big Bang for an LG promotional video and have been well-known for their multi-faceted music that combines pop, rap, and even a bit of rock. 

F4



Last but not the least, who would ever forget the group that took Asian fans by storm way before K-fever was a thing? Taiwan's F4 not only set us into a spiral of emotions with their charm and acting skills on the hit drama Meteor Garden but they also had us swooning with the songs that were used in the show's OST. And when we say swooning, we mean still bursting into song and heartily chiming in "Oh Baby Baby Baby, My Baby Baby" when "Jue Bu Neng Shi Qu Ni" plays out of nowhere. 


(Cover photo from: @spicegirlsnet)