Spice Up Your Life With These Iconic Moments From Your Fave '90s Girl Band
Did you make up choreography to "Wannabe" when you were a preteen? Did you throw around a lot of peace signs and scream about girl power? Did you wish you were British because your favorite band was from the UK? If you can answer yes to any of those, you might have just been a Spice Girls fan, and if you're me, you might still be a Spice Girls fan. The ultrasuccessful girl group from England, consisting of Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice), and Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice), exploded onto the music scene in the late '90s and gave us some of the songs we remember most fondly from our childhoods.
What you may not remember is that the height of their career was very short-lived: their first single came out in 1996 and they had split shortly after the new millennium. But they keep coming back to remind us just how relevant they'll always be, most recently at the 2012 London Olympics. They'll always be special to us millennials, and we'll always remember these 14 highlights — or lowlights — in Spice World.
The Spice Girls started in 1994 when an ad was placed in the paper looking for "'streetwise' girls to audition for a pop band," according to Geri. After going through several auditions — and some drama with management after being put together — the group became the Spice Girls in 1996.
"Wannabe" was released in the UK in July 1996 and quickly became a smash hit. It went to No. 1 in 37 countries and solidified the Spice Girls as a global phenomenon.
After officially becoming the Spice Girls, the group became a staple on MTV with early hits like "Wannabe" and "Say You'll Be There."
The Spice Girls' debut album, Spice, officially landed. It went to No. 1 on the US album charts, making the Spice Girls the first British group to top the US charts with a debut album.
The girls appeared as the musical guests on Saturday Night Live and performed "Wannabe" and "Say You'll Be There."
The Spice Girls performed for the royals and broke several rules when they planted kisses on Prince Charles's cheeks. Oops?
The Spice Girls start filming Spiceworld, which ended up being released just after Christmas. The movie let the fans in on what their lives were like as superstars — with a little bit of exaggeration thrown in, of course. The star of the movie was that double-decker bus, though.
Second album Spiceworld was released and shot up the charts, just like Spice did. Both albums charted at the same time in the US, making the girls only the second British group to ever do so, after The Beatles.
Victoria got engaged to David Beckham, whom she'd eventually marry and have four kids with.
The girls set off on the Spiceworld Tour, spanning 97 shows.
Geri officially left the group, citing differences between the girls, but assured everyone she'd eventually be back.
The remaining four Spice Girls continued their tour without Geri. The foursome kept making music for another year and a half before fizzling out and focusing on family and other ventures.
All five girls came back together in 2007 and announced they'd be having a mini Spice Girls reunion. They did appearances and performed together again as the original group, making everyone's dreams come true.
And then for the 2012 London Olympics, the girls came together again to perform during the closing ceremony, proving to us that they're all still friends and they're all still full of girl power.