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Throwback Thursday is your weekly concentrated dose of nostalgia, where we round up the bests and worsts of all things 90s (and the early 2000s.) This week: the top 5 girl bands. 

The 80s brought us bands like the Go-Go’s and the Bangles, setting a new trend for the music industry.  However, in the 90s when boy bands inexplicably became the greatest thing since sliced bread, (seriously though, we all know that boy bands are awesome, but can anybody explain why? What is it that makes them so fantastic?!) us ladies just had to keep up with them.  These are the bands that had us all sweating through our GAP hoodies while we did the Macarena to their awesome jams.  These are the bands that frat guys put on at their parties when they want to get all the girls to dance like they’re at an S-Club party (and there ain’t no party like an S-Club party!)  These are the bands that enabled us to say catchy things on the playground like, “Girls rule and boys drool!”  So, without further ado, I bring you the top 5 girl bands of the 90s.


What inspires kids of the 90s more than a song that essentially says, “Back off, skank!” But seriously though! Upon listening to Dream’s hit single “He Loves U Not” again now, I realized that the song isn’t actually about a boy, it’s about a girl telling another girl to back-up-off her man. I guess this makes them role models more than anything, because they’re just singing it instead of getting into a real-life catfight.  In a way, they were way ahead of their time, because kids didn’t start getting inspired to sing their feelings at each other until Glee came around.


Let’s be honest here, TLC is one of the most successful girl bands ever, and they definitely are “crazysexycool.” So, now that that’s out on the table, I just have one question: What’s up with their stage names?  T-Boz, Left-Eye, and Chilli? At least T-Boz and Left-Eye both have first names that start with T and L, but Chilli’s actual name is Rozonda.  How in the world do you get “Chilli” out of “Rozonda”?  Suffice it to say, they may have weird names, but they are one of the greatest R&B bands in existence (and nobody will ever forget how sad they were when Left-Eye died tragically in 2002.) I do have one question though: what exactly were they talking about in “Waterfalls”?  “So he goes out and makes his money the best way he knows how / Another body laying in the gutter” – what’s that all about, TLC?


B*Witched was the girl band equivalent to the Dropkick Murphys—which is basically to say that they’re from Ireland.  However that didn’t stop them from singing in French (really?) and one of their top hits, C’est La Vie – which is a surprisingly wholesome song free of suspicious and questionable lyrics – still sometimes gets stuck in my head. I can’t watch the weather channel without at least humming Blame It On The Weatherman. B*Witched is tragically underrated.

Destiny’s Child

Before she was a single lady and an independent woman, Beyonce was just one of destiny’s children.  While Beyonce may be getting most of the buzz now, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams (who the public generally refers to as “the other two girls in Destiny’s Child, you know, the ones that aren’t Beyonce”) were also survivors of the band.  Maybe Kelly and Michelle were just too bootylicious for anyone to say their names.  I should seriously thank this band for providing me with some sweet dance moves (and some great puns for this post…)  It’s because of the video for “Say My Name” that I perfected my signature dance: the awkward pose and stare.

Spice Girls

Sporty, Scary, Ginger, Baby, and of course Posh.  We all know them and love them.  They are by far the greatest girl band ever.  Not only that, but they might be one of the most successful British bands since the Beatles (that’s a big statement, I know, but seriously.)  Their most successful song, “Wannabe,” is all about girl power and sticking with your besties forever.  It also had the whole world asking the question: What exactly is “zigazig ah”?  That being said, this band of British babes were at the top of the charts with their catchy 90s jams (and they had their own movie! Spice World, anyone?)

What were your favorite girl bands? Tell us in the comments!
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