"Spice" topped TLC's "CrazySexyCool" just two years later and became the world's best-selling album by a girl group. The Spice Girls built their debut album and group's persona upon the philosophy of girl power. Their debut single "Wannabe" said it best: "If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends." The group's "Girl Power" motif fueled the biggest worldwide phenomenon since Beatlemania in the '60s.
The Spice Girls made pop music fun again with their debut hit, "Say You'll Be There." The bubblegum pop hit launched a new wave of teen pop idols led by the Spice Girls in 1996. The success of the Spice Girls was a precursor to the likes of Hanson, NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
The Spice Girls became the non-stop commercial engine that could. "Girl Power" wasn't just a slogan, it was used to market tons of Spice Girls-themed products.
At the height of this pandemonium, Spice Girls released "Spiceworld," their sophomore album and title of their semi-biographical film. "Stop" and "Spiceworld" danced their way into our hearts as signature Spice Girls smashes. Though Ginger Spice left the group in spring 1998, the group continued on. Their third and final studio album, "Forever," was finally released in 2000—but wasn't the same without former member Geri Halliwell.
Ginger (Geri Halliwell), Baby (Emma Bunton) and Scary (Mel B) recently reunited as GEM. They had plans to replace Posh and Sporty with two honorary members using a reality TV show competition, but the former members both shut that down.
Melanie C told the Irish Times:
"I'm not saying that I would never perform with the girls again because you really don't know what the future holds – but at this point, I think it really only could be five."
The Spice Girls are reportedly returning with a new album and TV special, but allegedly without Posh Spice. Aww! But this reunion still feels up in the air or constantly changing. Fans have been let down by the collapse of a legit Spice Girls reunion for a long time, but many still regard them as the most significant girl group ever. But the combined success of their first two albums and massive commercialization garnered them the title of best-selling girl group of all time. And that's hard for any other group to beat.