But almost as quickly as they arrived, the manufactured stars faded.
Two decades on from that meteoric rise, this is a look at the sudden fall, somewhat rise again and embarrassing whimpering death of S Club 7.
REACH FOR THE STARS
In the latter part of 1998, seven attractive and talented British youngsters were assembled by famed pop manufacturer Simon Fuller.
Having been sacked by the Spice Girls a year earlier, Fuller was determined to climb back to the top with a full-on assault on the western world.
He had a plan to turn the gaggle into global superstars by tackling the music charts and the small screen simultaneously. It would be that generation’s version of The Monkees.
And so, Bradley McIntosh, Hannah Spearritt, Jo O’Meara, Jon Lee, Paul Cattermole, Rachel Stevens and Tina Barrett became S Club 7 officially in early 1999.
They were thrust into a television studio to film a children’s sitcom called Miami 7, which hit the UK airwaves 20 years ago and sparked the official release of its theme song — Bring It All Back — which hit number one in the UK.
The show aired in the US and eventually went all around the world, broadcast in 100 countries to a collective audience of 90 million viewers.
The group released three more singles that year — S Club Party, Two In A Million and You’re My Number One — which became hits around the globe.
Despite their somewhat best efforts, the few members of S Club 7 determined to cling to the group’s former fame couldn’t make a go of it.
But in our hearts and minds, Tina’s still doing her dance, Jon’s found romance, Paul’s gettin’ down on some floor and Hannah’s happily screaming for more, while Bradley’s swinging and Rachel’s doing her thing.
And in our picture-perfect daydream, Jo definitely still has the flow.