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9 Bands That Survived A Hiatus

Because it's going to be OK, Directioners.

A hiatus is not a breakup.


At least, it doesn't have to be -- because while bands often call it quits permanently after spending time apart, modern music history is littered with many tales of happy reunions, in which band members take time off, start families, embark upon solo projects, and then eventually find their way back to each other.

One Direction just recently said goodbye -- FOR NOW, that is -- and with their hiatus officially begun, fans might not be feeling the most optimistic right now. But fear not, Directioners! Here are nine other bands that took a break, but didn't actually break up.

And don't forget -- it's all going to be OK!

  1. No Doubt
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    No Doubt formed in Anaheim, California in 1986, but are somehow still going strong in 2015. Despite decades of success, the band's future together wasn't always so bright: after surviving traumatic events like the breakup of Gwen Stefani and bassist Tony Kanal -- which inspired much of the material on the 1994 classic Tragic Kingdom -- they've taken not one, but two lengthy hiatuses.

    In 2004, No Doubt took a break so that Stefani could release her electro-pop inspired solo effort, Love. Angel. Music. Baby., reunited in 2008, and then announced a second hiatus in 2013. And yet, nearly 30 years (!!!) since their formation, No Doubt are touring together once again. How's that for longevity?

  2. Backstreet Boys
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    Most late '90s/ early 2000s boy bands are (sadly) things of the past: *NYSYNC, 98 Degrees, O-Town... RIP. Backstreet Boys, however, just keep on keepin' on. The dudes have taken several hiatuses through the years, while band members went on to do solo projects, have families, compete on "Dancing With The Stars," etc, they are currently working on their ninth studio album. Ya heard, 1D??

  3. Blink-182
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    Everyone knows Mark, Tom, and Travis, aka pop-punk heroes Blink-182. And yet, in 2005, guitarist Tom DeLonge decided he was done with the band, and their label Geffen Records issued a statement announcing Blink's "indefinite hiatus." This was the first of two hiatuses, actually -- in 2009, the band came together for a reunion tour, eventually releasing 2011 full-length Neighborhoods.

    But in 2015, Tom DeLonge departed the band once again, which means Blink-182 -- at least, the Blink-182 of our "TRL"-loving youth -- is currently no more. Let's remain hopeful, though -- if Blink managed to survive one hiatus, what's to say they can't survive another? You never know. (Sorry, Matt Skiba.)

  4. Fall Out Boy
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    While we're on the topic of pop-punk, Fall Out Boy were still a major force in the genre when they announced their hiatus in back 2009. In 2013, the band regrouped to release Save Rock And Roll, their fifth studio album, and have achieved massive success since that time, crossing over into the pop realm and working with artists like Demi Lovato and Avril Lavigne.

  5. OutKast
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    Will OutKast ever *really* get back together? Maybe not, since they haven't made new music together in almost a decade, to the chagrin of fans. The duo have performed together, however, ever since reuniting at Coachella 2014 in honor of their 20th anniversary. Still, considering they've shared the stage together so many times in recent memory, we're counting Andre 3000 and Big Boi as official hiatus survivors.

  6. Weezer
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    Rock and roll nerd dads Weezer have remained an iconic band since their '90s heyday, despite multiple lineup changes and a lengthy hiatus after the departure of bassist Matt Sharp in 1998. In 2001, the band reformed and released The Green Album -- and while subsequent releases haven't achieved the same cult status as their predecessors, Rivers Cuomo and Co. are just as important to alternative music as ever.

  7. Sleater-Kinney
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    Sleater-Kinney were much beloved in the '90s and beyond -- in fact, music critic Greil Marcus once dubbed them "the greatest rock band in America." But in 2005, the ladies called it quits, devoting their time to new music projects, motherhood, and in the case of guitarist Carrie Brownstein, sketch comedy fame (on IFC's "Portlandia").

    In 2015, Brownstein reunited with bandmates Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss for Sleater-Kinney's critically acclaimed eighth studio album, No Cities To Love. As 2015 comes to a close, they're still touring the world together, proving their decade-long hiatus was merely a speed bump along the way.

  8. Foo Fighters
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    Dave Grohl might not let a broken leg stop him, but Foo Fighters have definitely had their fair share of breaks throughout the years. In fact, as of now -- just after the band released a free EP, Saint Cecilia, in November -- the Foos are officially on hiatus. We have a feeling they'll be back in action soon enough.

  9. Spice Girls
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    Remember when Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) left the Spice Girls? We sure do. It was a TRAGIC day in the history of pop music, and our poor baby feminist hearts were totally crushed. All we had to do, though, was wait around for a decade, after which the girls -- now women -- returned to us in full power mode. And while they're not performing together right now, a reunion never quite seems entirely off the table. Because girl power never goes out of style.