Ranking the Top 10 best girl groups: The Spice Girls to the Ronettes


As lead singer of the Ronettes in the ’60s, Ronnie Spector — who died Jan. 12 at 78 — was a girl-group legend.

And some traditional girl-group drama additionally went down in January: The Pussycat Dolls fought over their reunion tour cancellation, with founder Robin Antin suing frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger for breach of contract. Meow.

As opposed to all-female bands similar to the Go-Go’s and the Bangles, girl teams are all about vocals, fashion and showwomanship. Here, we rank the Top 10 girl teams of all time, from the ’60s heyday to at the moment.

10. The Pussycat Dolls

Beginning as a burlesque dance troupe, the Pussycat Dolls turned the largest girl group born in the twenty first century on the stripper-jam energy of their debut album, 2005’s “PCD,” and its smash single “Don’t Cha.” At their button-loosening best, they have been the good mixture of the Mary Jane Girls and the Spice Girls. Too dangerous they solely made two albums earlier than splitting up, after Scherzinger left to pursue a solo profession that by no means actually took off. 

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The Pussycat Dolls (led by Nicole Scherzinger, fourth from left) in 2005.
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9. The Ronettes

If one single track may land the Ronettes a spot on this checklist, then “Be My Baby” — their largest and best hit — is it. In reality, at least Brian Wilson has declared it the best pop document ever made. But whereas the Phil Spector-produced trio had a fairly quick discography — solely making one album, 1964’s “Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes featuring Veronica” — Ronnie Spector had a long-lasting influence on everybody from Madonna to Amy Winehouse.

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The Ronettes (led by Ronnie Spector, middle) in 1964.
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8. Labelle

Starting out in the ’60s as a extra standard girl group — first the Bluebelles after which Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles — this trio launched the format into some futuristic funkiness in the ’70s. Anyone who’s heard “What Can I Do for You?” or “Isn’t It a Shame” is aware of there was extra to them than their 1974 traditional “Lady Marmalade.” And whereas Patti LaBelle is a drive of nature who went on to solo stardom, Nona Hendryx and the late Sarah Dash have been way more than feather-wearing equipment.

Nona Hendryx, Patti LaBelle and Sarah Dash introduced the funk as Labelle.

7. The Pointer Sisters

Yes, there have been the Andrews Sisters in the ’30s and ’40s. But the Pointers have been a next-level sister act who may do every part from R&B and pop to jazz and even nation. In reality, they gained a Best Country Vocal Performance Grammy for 1974’s “Fairytale.” And who may ever neglect their string of ’80s hits similar to “Automatic,” “Jump (For My Love)” and, in fact, “I’m So Excited”?

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The Pointer Sisters scored hits similar to “Automatic” and “Jump (For My Love).”
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6. En Vogue

Oh, Dawn Richard, why did you will have to break such factor? Because earlier than she left En Vogue in 1997, these funky divas have been on an unstoppable roll with hits similar to “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It),” “Free Your Mind” and their debut single “Hold On.” The latter’s a cappella intro of the Motown traditional “Who’s Lovin’ You” is one in every of the all-time girl-group moments. Despite by no means being the similar after Richard’s abrupt departure, En Vogue nonetheless has us lovin’ them.

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En Vogue in 1991.
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5. The Shirelles

Before all these nice Motown acts got here round in the ’60s, the Shirelles have been the blueprint for the girl group as we all know it. Taking doo-wop from the ’50s into the ’60s with classics similar to “Tonight’s the Night,” “Mama Said” and “Soldier Boy,” they conquered the pop world fully once they hit No. 1 with 1960’s “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.” The reply was clearly sure when the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted them in 1996.

The Shirelles.
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4. Spice Girls

Ginger Spice, Posh Spice, Baby Spice, Sporty Spice and Scary Spice have been such a world phenomenon past the music that they even made a film — 1997’s “Spice World” — that was their reply to The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night.” It was a complete pop-culture takeover. And whereas they impressed a string of wannabes of their native UK — from Girls Aloud to Little Mix — none of them possessed practically as a lot girl energy.

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Spice Girls in 1995.
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3. TLC

If there have been any decade that would rival the ’60s for girl teams, it was the ’90s — particularly when it got here to R&B. But for each SWV, Xscape and Total, no person however no person was as loopy, attractive and funky as TLC. Going from the Temptations-twisting new jack swing of “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” to the socially acutely aware soul of “Waterfalls” to the busta-hating hip-pop of “No Scrubs,” T-Boz, Chilli and the late Left Eye have been as versatile as they have been visionary.

TLC’s Chilli, Left Eye and T-Boz in 1996.
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2. Destiny’s Child

If “all” DC did was give us Beyoncé, they might deserve a spot on this checklist. No doubt, the group’s legacy has been strengthened by the solo superstardom of its lead singer. But whether or not they have been a quartet (keep in mind LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett?) or a trio (rounded out by Michelle Williams and O.G. member Kelly Rowland), Destiny’s Child fiercely empowered unbiased ladies in all places with hits similar to “Bills, Bills, Bills,” “Survivor” and, best of all, “Say My Name” — which has the distinction of successful Bey the first of her record 28 Grammys.

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Destiny’s Child in 2001.
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1. The Supremes

Despite some worthy competitors from Martha & the Vandellas and the Marvelettes, Diana Ross’ squad gained the battle of the girl teams at Motown. Then once more, residing up to their identify, they reigned supreme in opposition to all challengers in the ’60s and past. With a staggering 12 No. 1 hits — from 1964’s “Where Did Our Love Go” to 1969’s Ross farewell “Someday We’ll Be Together” — their silky-smooth soul-pop transcended race, class and tradition. In reality, it has transcended time itself. And simply as Destiny’s Child gave us Beyoncé, the Supremes bestowed the diva of all divas in Miss Ross.

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The Supremes (led by Diana Ross, middle) in 1964.
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