The 90s were ruled by girl groups. The queens of En Vogue, TLC, Destiny’s Child and the Spice Girls reigned supreme on the charts. But so far, the new millennium has seen a dearth of really kick ass girl groups on the U.S. charts. Now that One Direction has cracked open the market for boy bands, who are the lovely ladies waiting to sneak in, tear up the harmonies and serve some soul? Well, we’ve got five girl bands in particular that are winning us over with their own particular brands of pop. Forget all about “Spice World”…it’s their world now.
Members: Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock & Jade Thirlwall
Song To Get Hooked On: “Wings”
Why We’re Psyched: For more than a decade, pop music fans were waiting with bated breath for the “Next Spice Girls”. The UK has produced many potential successors to the Spice Throne (Sugababes, Girls Aloud, Saturdays), but Little Mix might be the girl group to finally hit it big stateside. They’ve got all the infectious playfulness and “girl power” of the Spice Girls, but they each have incredible soul voices and their harmonies have been compared to En Vogue. Also, they have a built in connection to One Direction, not only because they were also formed on X Factor (which they won), but because member Perrie Edwards dates Zayn Malik.
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Members: Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo
Song To Get Hooked On: “I Love It”, Featuring Charli XCX
Why We’re Psyched: It seems like you can’t turn on the television or go to a cool party anymore without hearing Icona Pop blaring through the stereos. While they’re technically a “Swedish DJ electro house duo”, Hjelt’s and Jawo’s music seems less trance or discotheque and more like a perfectly modern blend of punk rock and classic infectious pop. And yes, we love it. We don’t care. We love it.
Members: Sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim (and dude Dash Hutton)
Song To Get Hooked On: “Don’t Save Me”
Why We’re Psyched: Haim, pronounced like “High-m”, not “Hay-m”, is a different kind of girl group. Sure, they also draw influence from En Vogue, TLC and Destiny’s Child, but since they play musical instruments, their music sounds like a cross between 90s girl groups and 70s rock bands. Now, the sisters are assisted by male drummer, Dash Hutton, but since he’s often in the background and the group’s focus in on the Haim sisters, the band is popularly considered as a girl group. Or rather, a girl band.
First Aid Kit
Members: Siblings Johanna and Klara Soderberg
Song To Get Hooked On: “Emmylou”, Live at Bestival
Why We’re Psyched: First Aid Kit is the only “girl group” that seems to be riding the nu-folk wave pioneered by Fleet Foxes, Joanna Newsom, Laura Marling and Mumford and Sons, and they’re doing it really well! The sisters were discovered when they uploaded their cover of Fleet Foxes “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” on YouTube in 2008 and soon found themselves playing on stage with Fleet Foxes. Since then, they’ve released two albums filled with haunting melodies of their own creation.
Members: Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Camila Cabello and Dinah Jane Hansen
Song To Get Hooked On: Their X Factor cover of “Anything Can Happen”
Why We’re Psyched: Based on their X Factor journey, Fifth Harmony is poised to break into the market this year as the ultimate female-and American-answer to One Direction. Like Little Mix and One Direction, the five ladies who make up the group auditioned as individuals for X Factor but Simon Cowell put them together to form a group. Not only are they all vocal powerhouses, but while they’ve been working on their first album with One Direction’s songwriters, they’ve been steadily releasing amazing a cappella covers of Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey and more. Their debut album is definitely one we can’t wait to listen to.