British PopPunk boy band that formed in 2001 and split up in 2005. Despite being mainly supplanted by McFly in the public consciousness, they were influential at the time in bringing back guitar-driven pop bands and had a great many copy-cat acts at the time. They were also the number one selling band in the UK for two years, outselling Music/{{Coldplay}}.

They were best known for their songs "What I Go To School For" and "Year 3000" (both were later covered by Music/TheJonasBrothers), for providing the theme song for the live-action ''Film/{{Thunderbirds}}'' movie, and in America for their reality show ''America or Busted''. They released 3 albums, two studio albums and one live album.

They re-formed in 2013 and became a new supergroup with [=McFly=] called '''[=McBusted=]'''.

In 2015 they reformed in their classic line-up, with new album in preparation.

!! The group consists of:
* James Bourne
* Charlie Simpson
* Matt Willis

!! Discography
* Busted (2002)
* A Present for Everyone (2003)
* A Ticket For Everyone: Busted Live (2004)
!! Tropes:

* BigOlEyebrows: [[http://www.freewebs.com/busted-biatchuz/charlie%202.jpg Charlie]], Charlie, Charlie.
* BreakupSong: "Over Now".
* CrossDresser: Matt appears as the bride in "Crashed The Wedding", seemingly channeling Sam Fox.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "Meet You There" slowly fades into "Why" on the album "A Present for Everyone".
* [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Hard Drinking Party Guy]]: Matt was nicknamed in British tabloids as "Beer Matt" for his many drunken incidents.
* HotForStudent: The ending of "What I Go To School For", and its bookend-song "Loser Kid".
* HotForTeacher: The entire ''point'' of "What I Go To School For".
* MulticoloredHair: One of Matt's defining characteristics was to never have the same hair colour for any singles campaign.
* PerformanceVideo: Their last two singles, "3am" and "She Wants To Be Me", were both montage videos from their live DVD.
* RealityShow: "America or Busted", following the
** Post-Busted, Matt appeared on ''I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here'', and won after eating a kangaroo's anus. Considered by Matt to be his personal OldShame.
* ScrewYourself: Matt makes out with himself during the video for "Crashed The Wedding", much to James and Charlie's suggested chagrin. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* ShoutOut: "Year 3000" contained references to Film/BackToTheFuture, as shown in the page quote.
** "Year 3000" also referenced Michael Jackson, "Fake" contained shout-outs to ''Film/WhenHarryMetSally'', and "Britney" contained shout-outs to both [[Music/BritneySpears the titular Ms Spears]] and Music/{{NSYNC}}. James Bourne liked this trope.
* SlashFic: They were a boyband, of course there was slash-fic. (When questioned on it, Matt and James decided to ShipTease by declaring mutual love on their arms.)
* SpiritualSuccessor: {{McFly}} are considered to be Busted's successors (and were even nicknamed in the British Press as "Baby Busted" when they first hit the big time).
** Also, Son Of Dork, a short-lived band founded by Bourne, whose music was very similar to Busted.
* StalkerWithACrush: "She Wants to be Me" was about this.
* VideoFullOfFilmClips: "Thunderbirds are Go".