Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Most Popular Girl Bands of All Time till 2017. There are more girl bands in existence than could possibly fit on this list, but those that are featured are those who have gained a level of notoriety that is hard to ignore. Such bands tend to come and go, their flash rarely outlasting the amount of time it takes to form, develop, and market their sound. For a long time though the girl band was designed to rival and even outlast the typical boy band, standing as an answer to the male-dominated industry as to whether or not women could achieve this kind of success. In that vein, the 10 most popular girl bands of all time have set the bar for those yet to come, standing as a shining example of what can happen if one tries to move against the tide rather than with it.
List of Top 10 Most Popular Girl Bands of All Time till 2017
Known best by their acronym, Sisters With Voices started up in 1990 as a gospel group, and ended up becoming one of the most successful R&B groups of the 1990s. Hailing from New York, the trio became well known for several hits and as of 2015 have sold over 25 million records. Their fame tended to rise and fall from their first successful run, hitting low points as the music industry continued to shift and evolve, but they have so far proven that they are in fact here to stay. Despite the fact that few other than their most dedicated fans can recall their run in the 1990s, they still make the list of all time best female groups.
9) Morning Musume
Morning Musume is, for those who likely don’t know a female Japanese group that rose to prominence in 1997. The singer-songwriter responsible for many of their songs, Tsunku, was highly instrumental in leading her group to fame. Their use of pop-oriented music and dance performances have elevated them to stardom with several favorite hits in their home country and throughout the world. The name of their band translates to mean “Morning Girls”, or “Morning Daughters, and it is quite accurate as the band in their infancy were mostly adolescents and in their mid-20’s. This status quo is actually kept as they tend to “graduate” their older members and replace them as the years go by.
8) En Vogue
Most people who were alive and old enough in the 1990s can remember En Vogue, as their music still permeates the current era. One of their hits, “Free Your Mind”, has been used for everything from film to commercials to spoof pieces that use it as a joke. No matter if one has heard all their songs or not, the very mention of one of their hit songs will spark the memory of En Vogue and what they contributed to the R&B scene in their time. From the time En Vogue was formed in 1989 to the present date they have been of the premiere “girl bands” that people tend to remember.
7) The Supremes
One of the golden oldies of music, The Supremes were formed as the Primettes in 1959 in Detroit, Michigan. At their time they were the most successful Motown act and even to date are considered to be America’s most successful vocal group. It’s even noted that at the peak of their popularity they were seen to rival the Beatles when it came to worldwide recognition. Their success is credited for making possible the advancement of African American R&B stars that came after them, as it created a new possibility of success that had not been available in the past.
This is the second female Japanese group to grace this list, and comprised of four core members who made their debut back in 1996. From the first moment their label was created they were a success, and were racing onto the scene without any sign of slowing down. It took little time for them to become the hottest group throughout Asia with over 20 million singles in just under four years. Unfortunately they disbanded in 2000 to pursue solo careers and return to school. Since then however they have reunited for several charitable events, and were even able to reunite for good in 2008.
The third Japanese group made up of women to enter this list, AKB48 is undoubtedly the largest group as well. Gaining their start in Tokyo, Japan, where their theater is located, the band is as of 2015 well over 130 members strong. Every one of the members is ages from their early teens to their mid-20s. They often perform daily so that their fans have the distinct chance to see them live, and they prize themselves on being accessible to the public. As one of the highest-earning musical groups in Japan, AKB48 has easily become a social phenomenon.
Formed in London in 1979, a group of three friends came together to create a sound that would prove to be an immediate success on both pop and dance charts. Their debut single hit the charts in 1981, and their rise to success and stardom lasted until 1992 when the trio became a duo. During the years between their debut and their split, Bananarama experienced their ups and downs, rising on the charts and falling just enough that fans came and went as is normal in the music industry. To date they are still together and still fondly remembered by those who followed their career through the early years and further. This is one of Top 10 Most Popular Girl Bands of All Time till 2017.
TLC is one of the many girl bands that gained notoriety in the 1990s and didn’t fade out until the tragic death of one of their members, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. The group had a reputation for being in trouble with the law, in-fighting, and even their record label and management, but could always be depended on to pull together. Their career spawned a wide variety of hit singles and a following that was nothing short of epic for their time. In fact, it is safe to say that their legacy has been all but assured with songs such as “Waterfalls”, “Creep”, and “No Scrubs”. As a trio they were inseparable, and after Lopes’ death in 2002 they sought briefly to fill her spot, but ultimately decided to become a duo instead. They will eventually produce their last album in 2017 as TLC.
2) Destiny’s Child
Featured initially under the name of Girl’s Tyme, Destiny’s Child came to prominence in 1990 in Houston, Texas. They were not given their present name until 1996 when they were signed to Columbia Records, where they made their first real success. Since that time the group has recorded several hit singles and sold millions of records across the globe. Despite their popularity and success however the group was eventually split due to rumors of favoritism and outright hostility on the part of their manager and several band members. It was decided that too much emphasis was being given to certain members and as a result the band, originally a quartet, became a trio by 2000. To date the band is still well known, but one of its core members, Beyonce Knowles, has taken more to her solo act than ever before.
1) Spice Girls
There were few, if any, who did not know of the Spice Girls when they hit the scene. Signed to Virgin Records and releasing their first sensational hit “Wannabe” in 1996, the Spice Girls were on a fast track to fame and fortune, not slowing as they performed sold out concerts and highlighted venues in front of thousands upon thousands of screaming, excited fans. They were featured in everything from popular magazines to toy aisles that sold dolls bearing their distinct likeness and approval, and were without a doubt the band of the 1990s. In fact the only detriment to their fame came when they decided to branch out into film, which became almost a death knell to their already declining stardom. This is one among the Top 10 Most Popular Girl Bands of All Time till 2017.