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A1's Greatest Hits - A Soundtrack to Remember

Updated on July 6, 2013

Three Brits & One Norwegian who called themselves A1, ruled the millennium pop music. With their charming looks and super gorgeous voices, A1 is still surely my number 1. The article covers all their albums and the year it was released, with amazing music videos.

5 stars for A1 Greatest Hits - 4 Albums


a1 (with the small a) is an English-Norwegian pop group. Their songs ruled in the hearts of people especially young girls. Their songs achieved so many successes and hit singles.

Unfortunately, the band ended when Paul Marazzi decided to take a break and split with the group. But the remaining three members reformed a1 in 2009 and even made their album "Waiting for Daylight".

Time Travel: Back in 1998

The gorgeous a1, consisting of Ben Adams, Mark Read, Paul Marazzi and Christian Ingebrigsten dominated the pop millennium world and swept away the hearts of girls all over the world. Along with the rise of fame from Westlife, Blue and Backstreet Boys, a1 released their first hit single "Be the First to Believe" which ranked #6 in the UK chart.

Songs of heartbreaks and love smashed the world with the release of their first debut album, "Here We Come". These pop stars write their own material and were very good musicians.

I really love a1 since they first came into limelight and they never left my heart until now; even those times they were disbanded, I still hope that they would reunite and take the world once more. I love Ben Adams. I love his angelic voice, his very gorgeous face, love his hair.... oh I love all about him.

a1's the first band I've taken seriously and no one else. I mean, I bought every magazine and songhits every time their songs in the cover. Downloaded all their pictures, their profiles and knows their songs by heart. Well, who could blame, I'm only thirteen or fourteen by then and Ben Adams' so strikingly dashing!

Recapping their Milestone:


HERE WE COME: December 2, 1999

This album was certified as Gold in the UK

  • Forever In Love
  • Be the First to Believe
  • Summertime of Our Lives
  • Ready or Not
  • Everytime
  • If Only
  • Hey You
  • Like a Rose
  • Walking in the Rain
  • Still Around
  • I Still Believe
  • Heaven by Your Side

Soul-crushing hits of this album made every young teen heart's break and love. Slow and mellow, this first album somewhat portrays the innocent lives of people being in love, being together and cherishing each moment. If there's love, there are heartbreaks. And a1 did great on their songs too about regret and choices.


THE A-LIST: October 30, 2000

This second album was also certified as Gold in the UK

  • Take On Me
  • Same Old Brand New You
  • No More
  • One More Try
  • The Things We Never Did
  • Too Bad Baby
  • Nothing but Trouble
  • Tomorrow
  • She Doesn’t See Me
  • Scared
  • Celebrate Our Love
  • Living the Dream
  • I Wonder Why
  • I'll Take the Tears
  • One in Love

After the massive success of their first album, this second album also marks their transformation. It was combined with rock ballad and more cheery tone and music. Whilst they maintained some other songs with those teary-toned, the songs were more joyous and upbeat. This album charted higher from the first, maybe because of so many success hit singles.


MAKE IT GOOD: April 8, 2002

The album brings their more adult sounds, laden with instruments and guitars

  • Caught in the Middle
  • Make It Good
  • Here Comes the Rain
  • When I'm Missing You
  • This Ain't What Love Is About
  • Crazy for Leaving You
  • Learn to Fly
  • Isn’t It Cheap
  • If I Can’t Have You
  • Make it Through the Night
  • Cherish This Love
  • Do You Remember
  • One Last Song
  • Let It Out

This is their last album being together before Paul decided to split with the band. I was so sad that a1 would never be a1 again. But their songs became more mature and adult-like but retaining all the dramas that their fans love. It's always love and heartbreaks. This album changed in style, removing electro-pop tracks to soft-track tracks. The "Caught in the Middle" track also reached the French Market, with their recorded French version with singer Eve Angeli.


WAITING FOR DAYLIGHT: October 11, 2010

  • It Happens Everyday
  • Don't Wanna Lose You Again
  • In Love and I Hate It
  • Bad Enough
  • Nothing in Common
  • Take You Home
  • Six Feet Under
  • Good Things, Bad People
  • Perfect Disaster
  • The Life That Could Have Been
  • Out There
  • Waiting for Daylight

A1 is still A1 for me even with just three of them. Their four singles also hit the Norwegian charts and was a comeback for more than eight long years. This album features more of a1's transformation side, the music classier and rockingly good.

© 2012 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.


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    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      HEHEHE! I love it Vespa. yeah, the musics on their last album did actually change to more mature and rock.

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      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      They have a nice sound! I'm embarrassed to say I hadn't heard of them before this. I especially like the sound of their last album (with just 3 band members). Thanks for sharing!

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hehe thanks so much Paula! they're really great

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you sha.. :)

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      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Thank you for the introduction to this fabulous boy band....they are great and appear to have quite a successful career ahead!.....UP+++

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Nice review, Spy. I'm not familiar with the band, but I enjoyed the videos. BTW, only the last two play in America.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hello Rich. Thanks for the time.. i love the 'chosen gods of looks'. suits them well! :)

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hello maria. :) a1 is really good, been a fan since time immemorial :)

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      5 years ago from Kentucky

      Myz - OMG... another boy band! Will the world never get enough of these bands that studios put together to make themselves millions, and then cast them aside when they begin to age? Oh well, there's always young women willing to listen and dream of these chosen gods of good looks! lol Interesting hub, but simply seen to many of these come and go over the years! : )

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      spy, Love this A-1 introduction to a sound I had not yet heard of...will be happy to listen to more. Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      yeah..keeping my fingers crossed on that. they just came here in Phils for a concert :)

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hahaha!! they go for lovesongs, heartbreaks..most teens love to hear. i love them :)

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. My wife's son, Justine, likes this group.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the introduction and background on this new group. It does look like they have the makings to go to the top and beyond. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend M. great hub about this group. I have never heard of this group before. And the reason might be because it is not my type of music.

      Hope you are having a great weekend !


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