Where do JLS sit in the pantheon of boy bands?
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From the moment they finished runner-up to Alexandra Burke on The X Factor in 2008 to today’s shock news at their split (along with strategically planned greatest hits album, single and tour), JLS made an indelible mark on popular culture.

JLS

Who could forget hits like ‘Love Your More’ with its immortal opening lines:

“First day that I saw you, thought you were beautiful
“But I couldn’t talk to you, I watched you walk away”

Or ‘The Club is Alive’, with its inspired couplet:

“Standing by the bar just enjoying the view
“Shorties all around but I’m focused on you”

Then there was the 3D tour documentary, the Diamond Jubilee concert, the Sport Relief single, the fragrance and the range of branded condoms.

Oritsé, Marvin, J.B. and Aston (the backflip specialist) now enter the post-boyband twilight world of doomed solo careers, soap opera cameos, children’s TV presenting, student nightclub tours and, eventually, ITV reunion shows.

But they can look back on a five-year career that produced five number one singles, three platinum albums and more than 10 million record sales.

Where do JLS stand in the pantheon of British boybands? WOW247 crunches the numbers…

One Direction

One Direction

Formed: 2010
Split: TBA
Reformed: TBA

Number ones: 3
Platinum albums: 2
Record sales: More than 22 million

Take That

Take That

Formed: 1989
Split: 1996
Reformed: 2005

Number ones: 11
Platinum albums: 9
Record sales: 45 million

East 17

East 17

Formed: 1991
Split: 1999
Reformed: 2006

Number ones: 1
Platinum albums: 4
Record sales: 20 million

Westlife

Westlife

Formed: 1998
Split: 2012
Reformed: TBA

Number ones: 12
Platinum albums: 12
Record sales: More than 50 million

Blue

Blue

Formed: 2000
Split: 2005
Reformed: 2009

Number ones: 3
Platinum albums: 5
Record sales: More than 13 million

Five

Five

Formed: 1997
Split: 2001
Reformed: 2006
Split again: 2007
Reformed again: 2012

Number ones: 3
Platinum albums: 3
Record sales: 20 million

Busted

Busted

Formed: 2002
Split: 2005

Number ones: 4
Platinum albums: 3
Record sales: 20 million

911

911

Formed: 1995
Split: 2000
Reformed: 2013

Number ones: 1
Platinum albums: 0
Record sales: 10 million

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