Let's be real here, when anyone mentions '90s girl bands, the Spice Girls are not only the first one you think of, but quite possibly the only one you think of. The British pop group was (is) made of five members: Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice), and Victoria Adams (Posh Spice). And they were huge in the '90s. You couldn't escape the group, their catchy songs, their Barbie dolls, mini Barbie dolls, stickers, hit clips, CDs, DVDs, T-Shirts, jewelry, books, lollipops, candy... okay, so, whatever, they were also heavily marketed. But that doesn't take away from the fact that they have sold over 80 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling pop groups of all time. They are the most successful British band since the Beatles — just let that sink in.
TLC — Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, rapper Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and singer Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas — achieved immediate success with their first album. But it was their second album, "CrazySexyCool," that, became the first album by a female group to ever to be certified diamond. Their third album, "FanMail," produced the highest-grossing tour for a female band of all time. Should I name some of their awesome songs? Okay, sure! TLC gave us "No Scrubs," "Waterfall," "Creep," "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg," "Unpretty," and "What About Your Friends" — just to name a few. If you don't get excited whenever one of their songs comes on the radio, then sorry, but you're wrong.
It's not exactly a secret that I like Beyonce/Destiny's Child, but bias aside, the group has undoubtedly been one of the biggest groups of the last few decades. (See their top five songs for proof.) While the Destiny's Child trio we know today wasn't the 1990s Destiny's Child, the group's first few singles were great. Then made up of Beyonce, Kelly, Farrah, and LaTavia, Destiny's Child's debut album (released in '98) went platinum. That album also gave us "No, No, No" while their follow up album gave us "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "Say My Name." (Their first singles were all three letter songs, which is pretty much a sign that their biggest success would be as a trio. Right?) The video for "No, No, No" is suuuch a '90s R&B throwback that it's kind of a relic in time — even Roger, the dude from "Sister, Sister" makes an appearance at 1:15.
Salt-n-Pepa was one of the first rap groups comprised of all women. There was Cheryl James (Salt), Sandra Denton (Pepa) and Deidra Roper (DJ Spinderella). They technically rose to fame in the late '80s with their single, "Push It"... but we care most about their fourth album, released in 1993, and including songs like "Shoop" and "Whatta Man," which featured the next girl band on this list.
You may not know them by name, but you've definitely heard at least one of their songs. En Vogue formed in 1989 and became famous with their single, "Hold On," released in 1990. But 1992 was really their year. They released their album, "Funky Divas," which brought us songs like "Giving Him Something He Can Feel"; "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"; and "Free Your Mind." That album helped solidify their existence in the R&B world. It was later that they released "Don't Let Go" (at left) as the title song for the film "Set It Off," which became the group's biggest single.
I guess I never realized how much I'm Team Girl Bands until now. Did I miss any?