Girls will always be the most loyal of fans. Throughout the decades, it’s been the fairer sex that has kept a steady stream of support for boy bands and their respective solo artists. However, around two decades ago, there was an avalanche of girl bands hitting the music scene as part of third-wave feminism. Their influence has not waned in the time since and is still going strong today with new groups emerging all the time. The nineties saw some of these bands only have a minor impact on pop culture but there are others that continue to grow in popularity even up to this day. So let’s take a look at our list of the biggest girl bands in the 1990s.
Real Name: Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown, Victoria Beckham, and Mel C We start off the list with what many consider to be the first-ever girl band. The Spice Girls formed in 1994 and became an international pop phenomenon. This band is widely credited for having brought the phenomenon of girl power to the forefront of cultural consciousness. Their debut single, Wannabe, was released in 1996 and became the British Commonwealth's biggest-selling single of the decade. The Spice Girls became the first British musical group since The Beatles to achieve six number-one albums in the United Kingdom, as well as being the first British group to enter the American albums chart at number one.
Real Name: Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Beyoncé Knowles, and LaTavia Roberson Another girl band that formed in the 1990s was Destiny’s Child. The R&B group was formed in 1990 and released their first album in 1998. In the following decade, the group released three more albums and had several platinum-selling singles. Destiny’s Child is one of the most successful R&B girl groups of all time. The group has won six Grammy Awards and 22 Billboard Music Awards, and their albums are among the best-selling albums by girl groups. As of 2017, the group has sold more than 60 million records worldwide.
Real Name: Carmit Bachar, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, Kimberly Wyatt, and Melody Perkins Pussycat Dolls is a girl group formed in 2004 by Robin Antin, who remains the group's manager and creative director. The group's members are Carmit Bachar, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, Kimberly Wyatt and Melody Perkins. Pussycat Dolls performed in various people and events including the 2004 Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show, the 2005 Grammy Awards, and the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. They released their debut album in 2005, which was a triple platinum-selling record and has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.
Real Name: Lindsay Armaou, Edele Lynch, and twin sisters Samantha and Sabrina Bryan Another girl band from the 1990s is B*Witched. The Irish pop music girl group was formed in 1997. The group consists of twin sisters Samantha and Sabrina Bryan and Edele Lynch and Lindsay Armaou. B*Witched are best known for their singles C'est la Vie, Bottom of the Ocean, and Rollercoaster. The group released two studio albums, two compilation albums, two extended plays, and sixteen singles. The band split in 2002 due to creative differences. The group achieved several awards and nominations, including winning the BRIT Award for Best International Newcomer in 1998, and two MTV Europe Music Awards in 2000 for Best New Act and Best Video for C'est la Vie. In 2012, the band reunited for their very first tour.
Real Name: Nina Söderberg, Peter Svensson, and other members Another band from the 1990s that made the list is The Cardigans. The Swedish rock band formed in 1991 and released their first album, Emmerdale, in 1994. They are best known for their singles Lovefool, My Favourite Game, and Erase/Rewind. The band released six studio albums, two compilation albums, and thirty-three singles. In 1996, The Cardigans were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. The group has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide.
Real Name: Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, and Martie Maguire The American country music group formed in 1989. The group consists of Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, and Martie Maguire. The Dixie Chicks are the best-selling female group of all time, and one of the best-selling music artists in the world, having sold more than 40 million records worldwide. The Dixie Chicks are also the top-selling country group of all time and have won 13 Grammy Awards. The group has released nine studio albums, two compilation albums, two extended plays, 41 singles, five special releases, and two box sets.
The 1990s saw a rapid expansion of the hip hop and R&B genres as well as a rise in the popularity of house music. This decade also saw a marked change in the culture of the United States after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. All of this made for an interesting decade in the world of music and one that saw a rise in the popularity of girl bands. The decade saw some of the biggest girl bands in history form and go on to achieve incredible commercial and critical success.