Along with boy bands topping the charts, girl bands also did well since 1990. During the first half of 1990s, R&B girl bands dominated the music scene until more pop girl groups existed in the second half. Here’s my list of 15 girl band hits during 1990s.
After their huge comeback in 1999 via “Fanmail” album, TLC managed two number 1 hits including this song which is about real beauty is within.
B*Witched- C’est la Vie
Their pop novelty sound made it big initially in UK, the time when Spice Girls’ Geri Halliwell departed from her group. This song was the group’s first of 4 consecutive UK number one hit and did big in the top ten in US.
Spice Girls- Spice Up Your Life
After their success from the second half of 1996 until 1997, they immediately released this song during 1997’s last quarter to prep up for the release of second album. The song was their fifth consecutive number one hit in UK and top 5 in majority of countries but a modest top 20 hit in US.
Destiny’s Child- Bills, Bills, Bills
This song can be compared to TLC’s “No Scrubs” which was released prior to this Destiny’s Child song due to its structure musically and lyrically. The same writers and producers may be the reason. Still, this song became the group’s first US chart-topping song and top 10 in UK.
This R&B ballad is one of the most performed song in singing competitions. No doubt because the song is beautiful. It was a big hit then and was revived by JoJo on her first album.
As one of the biggest hits from “Crazy Sexy Cool” album, the song is not just a number one hit, rather had an iconic video. In Keri Hilson’s “Pretty Girl Rock”, she paid homage to TLC through “Creep” music video, as well as other singers.
Spice Girls- Say You’ll Be There
After the huge success of “Wannabe”, Spice Girls released this pop/R&B tune and topped UK charts and top 5 in many countries including US.
Wilson Phillips- Hold On
With a beautiful harmony of this group, it can never be denied that this song was a huge hit and of the biggest singles the year it topped the charts in Billboard.
Salt ‘n Pepa & En Vogue- Whatta Man
The hip-hop girl group and R&B girl group came together for this huge smash and became an iconic song.
All Saints- Never Ever
They wew considered as the rival for Spice Girls, they may not have achieved the Spices’ success but they scored a big hit single through this R&B/pop ballad which topped the UK and top 5 in several countries including US.
TLC- No Scrubs
They had been successful during early 1990s, but their comeback was huge through fan requested album “Fanmail” and this song helped the album’s success and ended up as one of the biggest singles of 1999.
En Vogue- Don’t Let Go (Love)
The song was the last biggest hit of the group. The ballad was part of the film “Set It Off” and was one of the longest number two hit in the US.
Spice Girls- 2 Become 1
This romance ballad became a million seller in UK, the group’s third consecutive number 1, and their first of three consecutive number one singles in the UK during holiday season. In the US, it was a top 5 hit and number 1 hit in many countries.
The song and video’s message is very relevant during that time and made a huge impact in music charts. It is TLC’s signature song as it topped the US for a long time.
Spice Girls- Wannabe
This song started the group’s first of 5 consecutive, 9 number one hits in UK. It also changed the pop landscape and eventually became not just the group’s biggest selling single but also among girl groups. It withstood the time and still one of the most memorable singles from 1990s.