In the latter part of the 1990's, “Girl Power” was the name of the game and the strength of the female will was never stronger.
Formed in London in 1994, Scary Spice, Sporty Spice, Posh Spice, Baby Spice and Ginger Spice were the wannabe icons of young girls and young women everywhere.
In 1996, the group’s first single, “Wannabe” became one of the best-selling singles of all time, topping the charts in 37 countries. As well, the catchy pop single sold over 6 million copies around the globe.
After the success of the single, the group released their album Spiceworld, and followed with a movie, tour and even more success. By the end of the 1990’s the group had become the fastest selling British act since the Beatles.
In today’s pop music landscape, the Spice Girls have been credited with leading the charge that began in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s that saw the popularity of both “girl groups” and female pop acts such as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, the Pussycat Dolls and more. The 15-time Grammy Award winning singer Adele unabashedly credits the Spice Girls as being one of her major musical influences, saying “they made me what I am today.”
Sadly, like any phenomenon, the whirlwind had to come to an end, and by the end of the decade The Spice Girls announced that they’d be on an indefinite hiatus while they each pursued their individual careers. And while the women regrouped for a reunion tour in 2007 and 2008, things were never the same as the group’s heyday of the late ‘90’s.