This year marks an UNBELIEVABLE 20 years since the Spice Girls first burst onto the music scene. How old do we feel? VERY OLD. Not as old as they do though, obvs.
To mark this splendid occasion and the news that they may (with or without Old El Posho) be getting back together again, here are 15 reasons we hearted them so much in the 1990s.
True songz always.
Listen to the songs now – Wannabe, 2 Become 1, Who Do You Think You Are? They STILL sound fresh and alive 20 years on. We defy you not to want to bop around when you hear them
Your parents (especially your mum) loved them too
They promoted such a good image for girls it was impossible for mums not to look up to them as well. That’s possibly a first in music!
They made it acceptable and ACE for girls to be feisty, loud and proud – but more than that, to believe they could do whatever they wanted in terms of their lives and careers. Proper Girl Power.
They set new fashion trends
OK, well maybe not here – but Baby Spice Trainers were hip cool and chic – as was lots of lipgloss and bunches in your hair. Plus, y’know – Mel C made it OK to wear trackies out and about.
They got everyone talking
Bad or good, they inspired debate among young girls everywhere – plus there was always the added fun of all those quizzes to find out which Spice Girl you were most like.
They had a song for every stage of your life
Boyfriend dumped you? Want to show how much you loved your mum? Need to tell your mates how much you care – The Spice Girls had a song for you. And they were always positive – making us feel good about ourselves
Speaks for itself – their videos to accompany their songs were events in themselves. Brilliantly shot an imaginative
The represented growing up in the 90s
If you grew up in the 90s, they represented your whole life. Iconic.
5 Girls 5 Moods
Soft and sweet, sassy, bossy, loud, kind, ever so very posh – there was a mood to match every occasion. No matter how you felt, the Spice Girls were always there.
They also taught you other important stuff. Like how to handle break ups…ike when Geri left. And…that it was ok to pinch Prince Charles’ bum…and kiss Nelson Mandela.
Zig a Zig ah
Still no one is the wiser to what this means, but it became a standard comeback for anyone who argued with you over anything. Yeah, whatevs – zig-a-zig-ah.
We still loved them even when Geri left
Even when 5 became 4, they were still super super special to us.
They made Britain GREAT
They gave us a reason to celebrate Cool Britannia once more.
Spice World – The Movie
Not exactly a critical success, but it didn’t matter – they made the transition from recording studio to small screen effortlessly and Spice World is still a favourite of ours all these years on.
They had the songs, the videos and the moves – they encouraged us to get up and dance, have fun and have a good time
Culturally relevant today
You still hear their songs on the radio, still see all of them out and about and every time they’re mentioned on social media there is UPROAR. Proof they’re still relevant and needed. Welcome back, girls. We’ve missed you.