The top 10 best girl groups and bands, ranked


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

And some basic 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 against all-female bands such because the Go-Go’s and the Bangles, girl groups are all about vocals, type and showwomanship. Here, we rank the Top 10 girl groups of all time, from the ’60s heyday to at this time.

10. The Pussycat Dolls

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

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

If one single track might land the Ronettes a spot on this record, 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 reasonably brief 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.

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

Starting out within the ’60s as a extra typical girl group — first the Bluebelles and then Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles — this trio launched the format into some futuristic funkiness within 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 basic “Lady Marmalade.” And whereas Patti LaBelle is a pressure of nature who went on to solo stardom, Nona Hendryx and the late Sarah Dash had been rather 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 within the ’30s and ’40s. But the Pointers had been a next-level sister act who might do all the pieces 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 might ever overlook their string of ’80s hits akin to “Automatic,” “Jump (For My Love)” and, in fact, “I’m So Excited”?

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

Oh, Dawn Richard, why did you must break such an excellent factor? Because earlier than she left En Vogue in 1997, these funky divas had been on an unstoppable roll with hits akin 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 basic “Who’s Lovin’ You” is likely one of the all-time girl-group moments. Despite by no means being the identical after Richard’s abrupt departure, En Vogue nonetheless has us lovin’ them.

En Vogue in 1991.
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5. The Shirelles

Before all these nice Motown acts got here round within the ’60s, the Shirelles had been the blueprint for the girl group as we all know it. Taking doo-wop from the ’50s into the ’60s with classics akin to “Tonight’s the Night,” “Mama Said” and “Soldier Boy,” they conquered the pop world fully after they hit No. 1 with 1960’s “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.” The answer 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 had been such a worldwide phenomenon past the music that they even made a film — 1997’s “Spice World” — that was their answer 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 almost as a lot girl energy.

Spice Girls in 1995.
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3. TLC

If there have been any decade that would rival the ’60s for girl groups, it was the ’90s — particularly when it got here to R&B. But for each SWV, Xscape and Total, no one however no one was as loopy, attractive and cool 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 had been as versatile as they had 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 record. No doubt, the group’s legacy has been strengthened by the solo superstardom of its lead singer. But whether or not they had been a quartet (bear 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 girls in every single place with hits akin to “Bills, Bills, Bills,” “Survivor” and, best of all, “Say My Name” — which has the excellence of successful Bey the primary of her record 28 Grammys.

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 groups at Motown. Then once more, dwelling as much as their identify, they reigned supreme in opposition to all challengers within 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.

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