On Thursday, the Spice Girls were back in the headlines when a man from the U.K. was evicted from his flat for incessantly playing their hits, NME reported. Even though the group hasn't released any studio albums since their heyday in '90s, the guy, who is now looking for a new residence, played “Viva Forever” to the highest volume daily, proving that the “Girl Power” they strongly advocated for still thrives today. In honor of the awkward occasion, here is a list of the ladies' ten most memorable singles.
No. 10 - “Let Love Lead the Way” (2000)
With the coming of a new millennium, the Spice Girls were finding their popularity difficult to uphold as a foursome. Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell departed the group in '98. The remaining members decided to move forward and collaborated with producer Darkchild on their final studio album, “Forever,” marking a R&B direction. Before hanging up the microphones, the girls released another inspirational ballad in the form of “Let Love Lead the Way.” Over snaps and a sweeping production, the women sing, “One day, you're here / Next you are gone / No matter what we must go on.” It was a mature effort by the Spice Girls to put on one more show before that final curtain call.
No. 9 - “Stop” (1998)
In their brief time as the planet's biggest music stars, the Spice Girls managed to toy around with many different sounds in their pop music. With “Stop,” the ladies payed homage to girl groups from the 1950's with the dance track's Motown swing. On top of the song's funky production, the girls serve up a heap of sass on the “Spiceworld” single. They let a chap know that he needs to hold up with his advances toward them. “You need to slow down things, baby / Just get out of my face,” the Spice Girls collectively sing in a very forward fashion. “Stop” would be the final single released before Halliwell's departure from the group.
No. 8 - “Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)” (2007)
To honor the Spice Girls' tenth anniversary since their debut, the five members reunited in 2007 to release a greatest hits. Among their signature songs on the compilation, the ladies recorded two new songs, “Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)” and “Voodoo.” The former would serve as the album's only single with the matured women looking incredible its elegant video. “Headlines” would be their first foray into an electronic sound with light synths dotted over the song's sweeping production. Its lyrics about having a love worthy enough for the front page of the papers was a little on the cheesy side, but seeing the Spice Girls back together was certainly a sight to see.
No. 7 - “Viva Forever” (1998)
“Viva Forever” was one of the song's that led to that U.K. man's eviction from his flat. Even though I can't imagine having the ballad on repeat to max volume, it's another one of the Spice Girls' memorable ballads. Tackling another sound, “Viva Forever” features a Spanish guitar over a deeply haunting production as the ladies sing about love thriving following a breakup. “Live forever / For the moment / Ever searching for the one,” they lament on the song. It was the Spice Girls' form of “carpe diem,” but with a twist on friendship prevailing. The single was released as the final single from “Spiceworld,” following Halliwell's departure from the group.
No. 6 - “2 Become 1” (1997)
While much of the Spice Girls' songs deal with friendships and girl power, the group proved they could deliver a love jam too. The delicate “2 Become 1” was issued as the third single from their debut album, “Spice.” On top of dealing with an intimate moment, the ballad also found the girls advocating for safe sex for when the time comes: “Be a little bit wiser, baby / Put it on, put it on,” Emma “Baby Spice” Button lightly sings. All the girls make the romantic song that much more special with the warmth in their vocal delivery. It was a classy way to approach such a touchy subject that the Spice Girls effortlessly pulled off.
No. 5 - “Wannabe” (1997)
With the sound of platform heels clacking and Mel “Scary Spice” B.'s infectious laugh, the Spice Girls introduced themselves to the world on their zany first single, “Wannabe.” Before it became a karaoke bar staple, the little pop track that could established the group as force in the music industry. Over dance beats, the ladies storm the song with their message of girl power and never ending friendship with unabashed spunk. “If you wannabe my lover, you gotta get with my friends,” they announce together. The Spice Girls told us what they really, really wanted and we all listened carefully.
No. 4 - “Too Much” (1998)
In another throwback sound, the Spice Girls channeled '50s doo-wop on the sensual “Too Much.” The pop ballad served as the second single from “Spiceworld” and promoted their “Spice World” film. Backed by cinematic strings and a full band, the ladies lay it on thick with seductive vocals to let a guy know that they need time to figure out what they want. “There's no complication / There's no explanation / It's just a groove in me,” Mel “Sporty Spice” C. sings on the dramatic track. The Spice Girls are at their sliest and sexiest on this sweeping standout.
No. 3 - “Say You'll Be There” (1997)
The Spice Girls' followed up “Wannabe” with “Say You'll Be There,” the second single from “Spice.” While the former was playful, the ladies come off meaning business on the latter. Over the song's funky dance sound, the ladies air out their grievances with a guy, explaining that love is a two-way street. “But any fool can see their falling, I gotta make you understand,” Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham sings on the track. They harmonize beautifully during the infectious chorus and serve up a cool confidence in their solo verses. “Say You'll Be There” would become even more amazing with its futuristic music video featuring the Spice Girls as fearless warriors.
No. 2 - “Goodbye” (1998)
When Halliwell left the Spice Girls group in '98, the remaining members of the group released reaction single “Goodbye” shortly after. The emotional ballad features arguably the group's best lyrics to date as they reflect on being a member down, “Goodbye, my friend / I know you said you're gone, but I can still feel you here,” Bunton sings. In true Spice Girls fashion, the foursome turn the negative into positive when Mel C. adds with an unbroken spirit: “So glad we made it / Time will never change it.” The somber swan song could have been vengeful, but the ladies still champion friendship, offering their departed member a shoulder to lean on. What a class act.
No. 1 - “Spice Up Your Life” (1997)
The Spice Girls unleashed their second album, “Spiceworld,” with the freak-of-nature dance track, “Spice Up Your Life.” The busy song is a melding of pop with many different Latin music overtones, which perfectly captured the madness behind Spice Girl Mania. Instead of being swallowed up in the production, the ladies ride out the the track, making it into an anthem that addressed their global audience: “When you're feeling down and low, we take you where you got to go,” they sing in unison. Earmarking their peak, “Spice Up Your Life” basked in the ladies' omnipotent position, encouraging everyone to “slam it to the left” and “shake it to the right” until that final “hi ci ya, hold tight!”
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