By Georgia Lois, Junior Star Singer Songwriter Junior Judge
As a female performer, it’s really inspiring to look to the success of other female singers and groups to see how they’ve broken down boundaries to build musical success. Recent years have seen some great all-girl acts enjoying global success, who have proved that the sky is the limit when it comes to living your dreams and performing on stage.
In this article, I’m going to cover some of my favourites (in no particular order!) and explain why I think they were so successful. I’d love to know whether you agree with my choice and whether you think there are other female groups that should also be included.
Little Mix are my favourite girl band there has ever been and are, I would say, the biggest girl band in the world at the moment. Brought together during the X Factor competition in 2011, the four girls – Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock – have gone from strength to strength, releasing a string of catchy hits such as ‘Wings‘, ‘Black Magic‘, ‘Move‘ and the brilliant ‘Salute‘.
I’ve been to one of their concerts before and they were brilliant. They can dance just as well as they can sing and their routines are flawless. They also adore their fans, which helps you to feel included and really part of something.
When Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Cheryl Tweedy, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh were brought together on TV talent show ‘Popstars – The Rivals’, I’ll bet they never dreamed that they would go on to become one of the most successful all-girl acts of all time. By the time they announced they were splitting up in 2013, they had set several new world records, including ‘Most successful reality TV group’ and ‘Most number of consecutive Top 10 entries in the Uk by a female group’ and had amassed a fortune of over £30m!
I remember listening to them when I was very young in my parents’ car and I loved their music from the very first time I heard it. ‘Sound of the Underground‘ is a personal favourite of mine, with its sassy attitude and catchy tune. My sister and I would forever dance to it! I think it’s a shame they aren’t together anymore and I hope that one day they will reunite.
The Spice Girls
OK, so they may not have been the first ever all-girl group, but the Spice Girls with their message of ‘Girl Power’ definitely made the world sit up and listen. From their first hit single ‘Wannabe‘, which literally burst into the charts in 1996, the five girls – Geri ‘Ginger Spice’ Halliwell, Emma ‘Baby Spice’ Bunton, Melanie ‘Scary Spice’ Brown, Melanie ‘Sporty Spice’ Chisholm and Victoria ‘Posh Spice’ Beckham – helped young girls everywhere to believe in themselves.
By the time they announced they were taking a break in 2000, they had become the most popular pop act since The Beatles, starred in their own movie ‘Spiceworld’, and even become the face of ‘Cool Britannia’!
After a first reunion and world tour in 2008, there’s now even talk of a second reunion – watch this space!
What do you think?
I know there are plenty of other all group acts I could have mentioned, but these are my three own personal favourites. I’d love to hear your views and which acts you think deserve to make the top three! Please post your comments below.