Did you know that the 1990s was the decade of female empowerment in the music industry, popular girl bands of 90s and 2000s were breaking records all over?
If you’re a child of the ’90s or early 2000’s you will agree that a lot of us saved every single penny of our pocket money to buy their singles.
Their signature looks like the popular low-rise jeans, their crop tops and big loop earrings were all anyone ever talked about.
If you ask anyone that grew up in the 90s about today’s music, they would definitely say music back in the day, was better.
Music is not just lyrics and melody, music is an emotion, part of the culture, part of trends, part of a generation!
Author Hanna Harrington once said:
…he took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that’s what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you.
The spice girl was the biggest band ever in history with over 85 million records sold.
Everyone in this hectic lifestyle and busy routine wants a bit of spice in their life, which has been given by the efforts of one of the biggest bands in the history “THE SPICE GIRL”.
They not only earned money but some record-breaking titles as well including a best-selling female group of all time, one of the best-selling pop groups of all time, and the biggest British pop phenomenon since Beatlemania.
Girl Bands of the 90s – Ranked from Good to Brilliant
The year 90s brought to us the great music as well as a fabulous fashion sense.
At that time the flavor of the decade was definitely the girl bands and they are ranked below from ridiculous to superb.
Alisha’s Attic was an English pop combo of two of the 1990s and early 2000s.
They were sisters named Shelly McErlane and Karen Poole. Born in Barking and Chadwell Heath.
Their album Alisha rules the world was released on 4 November 1996. This album went platinum in the following year, with the sale of 400,000 copies in the UK.
This band was formed in 1999 by Louis Walsh. Their impressive vocals are what made them one of our best pics. It was an Irish girl group which was also known as chit chat firstly.
Their active years were from 1999 to 2004. After their first performance, one of their group members named Paula O’Neill left the group.
Their first single named “perfect bliss” went two platinum that year in their own country.
They were best known for their cover “All I Want Is You” in 2002, this made them raise their heels and received a title Top of the pops.
Unfortunately their record company VIRGIN unexpectedly dropped them, and due to this disappointment, another member Tara of their group left to pursue a career in fashion.
Here comes their downfall. Sources revealed that many of their later songs were also not released
This band was made by three sisters from the UK named Cleo, Yonah, and Terri Higgins. Cover of Jackson 5 and also the brilliant song “Comin” were included in their singles.
Their debut single was “Cleopatra’s Theme” that made it to the UK singles chart ranking #3, moreover, it gave them their first Top 5 hit single.
Their second album was “Step pin’ Out” that gave them the chance of working with the top record producers, including Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
They also sang a theme tune for a television advertisement ‘Triple Lipstick’. Their active years were 1998-2001, 2008-2009,2013,2017- present.
Atomic Kitten is a British pop girl group that began in 1998, but their first personification will always rock in our hearts.
Their current members are Natasha Hamilton and Liz McCarron. Their debut album ‘right now’ was ranked at #39 in the UK and was released in October 2000.
Between 2002 to 2004 their greatest hits were ‘FEELS SO GOOD’ and ‘LADIES NIGHT’.
They started live concerts in 2013 and the girls continue to rock the stage to date.
Eternal was again a British girl group formed in 1992 consisting of members named Easther Bennett and her elder sister named Vernia Bennett also with Kelle Bryan along with her friend and classmate Louise Redknapp.
This group got success at the international level with the sale of 10 million records worldwide which earns it the 8th position in our list.
Unfortunately, the famous Louise and Kelle left the group, and eternal was disbanded in 2000.
Nevertheless, they made their come-back in 2013 with the return of Kelle, only to disband again in 2014. Their active years were from 1992-2000 and from 2013-2014.
Their debut album named ‘Always and Forever’ that peaked on number 2 on UK album charts in 1993 also went four times platinum in the UK.
They are again a British girls group consisting of Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena, and Siobhan Donaghy.
The popular group was formed in the year 1998. They released their first debut album named One Touch in 2000 through London records which earned them a good breakthrough.
They were at their best when in 2001 Donaghy left the lot and was soon replaced by Heidi Range.
After which they released three multi-platinum selling albums. They were also named as Mutya Keisha Siobhan. Their active years were from 1998-2014 and recently resurfaced in 2019.
They were the finest Irish girl bands of the 90s and 2000s. If you don’t know about these denim-loving ladies, then you probably need to re-evaluate your taste in music.
Their active years were from 1997 to 2002.
The twin sisters achieved success in both Europe and North America.
They released two albums and eight singles which were ranked among the UK top 20.
All four members of this group were from musical families.
They faced defeat in 2002 when their bandmate Sinead left and Edelen left to continue writing songs for other bands.
These were one of the most successful female groups of all time making them part of our top 5. They were an American girl group that currently consists of members of Cindy Herron-Braggs, Terry Ellis, and Rhona Bennett.
Originally from California, these girls continued to make a rumble all across America. Their recent single is Rocket which is gaining popularity by the day. They achieved top charts success by the release of their “Electric Café” album on entertainment one music.
Their signature show-stopping performance and amazing vocals always ensured that these girls were constantly in demand. Their active years were from 1998 to date. Although one of their group members, Robinson parted ways back in 2012, the girls still continue to find success.
No one made it through the ’90s and 2000s without hearing about these girls. The members included popular artists like Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams.
They began their musical career as a girl’s thyme that was formed in 1990 in Texas. Their best-selling albums included The Writing’s on The Wall. This album consisted of record- break singles like Bills, Bills, Bills, and Say My Name.
Their active years were from 1997 to 2006. They won three Grammy awards and fourteen nominations. They also achieved 5 American music awards.
If you’re a die-hard fan, here are a few things you should probably know about:
- Their album’s biggest hits were written by Kandi Buras.
- Group’s second-biggest selling album was THE WRITING’S ON THE WALL.
- Initially, their member Beyoncé didn’t like the beat for ‘say my name’
- Beyoncé’s mother was the biggest driving force behind their success as she was the one who was the hairstylist and the costume designer of the group.
The top three from our list is a sensation among the girl bands of the 90s and 2000s. TLC is a group of American girls Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Rosenda “Chili” Thomas, it was formed in Georgia in the year 1991.
Nine of the top-ten hits were scored by them on the Billboard Hot 100. Their four successful singles were ‘Creep’, ‘Waterfalls’, ‘No Scrubs’ and ‘Unpretty’.
The Recording Industry Association of America gave them the diamond certification on their multi-platinum album ‘CrazySexyCool’. It was known as the best-selling American’s girl group having sold over 85 million records worldwide. At the 17th MOBO awards, they were honored with outstanding contribution to music, twenty years after their debut.
Unfortunately, their group member Lopes died in 2002, after her death they decided that instead of replacing her, they would work as duo, and in 2017 they released their fifth self-titled album TLC.
This group came into being in 1993 but was well known by their debut album in 1997, including Never Ever, Under the Bridge, Bootie Call and I Know Where It’s At. The All Saints made a name for themselves, especially in Europe.
They were an English-Canadian girl group formed in London, including members Melanie Blatt, Shantay Lewis, and Simone Rainford. After Rainford left the group, they dropped their label. Later two sisters named Nicole and Natalie joined the group and they signed the London records.
Their active years were from 1993 to 2001, 2006 to 2008, 2013 till this day. The won two Brit Awards namely best British Single and Best British Video, moreover, this group was also nominated for Best British Breakthrough Act.
Their third album STUDIO 1 was released in the year 2006, however, this album hardly made it to number 40 in the UK which made them drop their label and disband.
They are the most popular girl band of the 90s and 2000s which makes them top of our list.
The popular spice girls were not just celebrated for their groundbreaking vocals but also as a popular symbol of female empowerment, their debut album “spice” was a major hit and earned them a whopping 31 million.
The talented girls stayed on the top of the charts for their amazing vocals and inspiring persona.
Their album spice was also declared the bestselling album by a girl group in all times.
They were the biggest British pop groups to break records after the ‘Beatles’.
The Times magazine called them:
Arguably the most recognizable face…
Here are a few things you should probably know about them as a die-hard fan:
- The fifth member of the band was Michelle Stevenson initially.
- This band was previously called TOUCH.
- Emma Bunton who was in the group because Victoria left, had attended stage school since the age of 11.
- At the time when they contracted with Simon Fuller, all five women were living in the same house in Maidenhead.
- Their debut single ‘Wannabe’ was written within 20 minutes.
- Tony Blair refused to be in their video for ‘Wannabe’.
- During the filming of this video, Emma had to stand 40 minutes on the hood of the car, and alas! She passed out due to heatstroke.
Hip Hop was probably the most popular music of the 1990s that people usually enjoyed. Besides this many other types were heard like alternative rock, Brit-pop, Eurodance, pop-punk, R&B, urban pop, soft rock, teen pop, adult contemporary, neo-soul, new jack swing.
R&B was the type of music that was liked by each and every individual and was probably the all-time favorite one.
Where are these bands now?
- Talking about TLC, their career faced a big defeat when their group member named Lopes died in a car accident at the age of 30, their music, however, is still enjoyed across the globe
- EN Vogue according to Billboard Magazine, were the eighteenth most successful musical act of the 1990s, but they all battled each other in court due to grudges, their singles like “Lies” is still enjoyed today
- SUGABABES original members were split after 13 years of fantastic success, now some of them have rejoined under the group MKS while others have permanently quit the sugar bears.
- Dixie chicks who gave hits after hits got death threats and were eventually blacklisted by country radio, and then they never fully compensated for the unfortunate situation