The top 10 best girl groups and bands, ranked


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

And a couple of main girl-group drama furthermore went down in January: The Pussycat Dolls fought over their reunion tour cancellation, with (*10*) frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger for breach of contract. Meow.

As in direction of all-female bands such on account of the Go-Go’s and the Bangles, girl groups are all about vocals, kind and showwomanship. Right right here, we rank the Top 10 girl groups of all time, from the ’60s heyday to presently.

10. The Pussycat Dolls

Starting as a burlesque dance troupe, the Pussycat Dolls grew to alter into the most important girl group born contained in the twenty first century on the stripper-jam vitality of their debut album, 2005’s “PCD,” and its smash single “Don’t Cha.” At their button-loosening best, they’d been the suitable mixture of the Mary Jane Ladies and the Spice Ladies. Too unhealthy they solely made two albums earlier than splitting up, after Scherzinger left to pursue a solo occupation that definitely not really took off. 

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

If one single observe could land the Ronettes a spot on this report, then “Be My Child” — their largest and best hit — is it. In actuality, not lower than Brian Wilson has declared it the best pop doc ever made. However whereas the Phil Spector-produced trio had a reasonably transient discography — solely making one album, 1964’s “Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes that includes Veronica” — Ronnie Spector had a long-lasting have an effect on on everybody from Madonna to Amy Winehouse.

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

Beginning out contained in 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 contained in the ’70s. Anybody who’s heard “What Can I Do for You?” or “Isn’t It a Disgrace” is aware of there was extra to them than their 1974 main “Woman Marmalade.” And whereas Patti LaBelle is a pressure of nature who went on to solo stardom, Nona Hendryx and the late Sarah Sprint had been pretty better than feather-wearing instruments.

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Nona Hendryx, Patti LaBelle and Sarah Sprint launched the funk as Labelle.

7. The Pointer Sisters

Sure, there have been the Andrews Sisters contained in the ’30s and ’40s. However the Pointers had been a next-level sister act who could do all the objects from R&B and pop to jazz and even nation. In actuality, they gained a Best Nation Vocal Efficiency Grammy for 1974’s “Fairytale.” And who could ever overlook their string of ’80s hits akin to “Computerized,” “Leap (For My Love)” and, in precise reality, “I’m So Excited”?

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

Oh, Daybreak Richard, why did it is best to break such an outstanding concern? As a results of 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 By no means Gonna Get It),” “Free Your Thoughts” and their debut single “Maintain On.” The latter’s a cappella intro of the Motown main “Who’s Lovin’ You” might be going certainly one of many all-time girl-group moments. Regardless of definitely not being the an equivalent after Richard’s abrupt departure, En Vogue nonetheless has us lovin’ them.

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En Vogue in 1991.
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5. The Shirelles

Earlier than all these good Motown acts purchased proper right here spherical contained in the ’60s, the Shirelles had been the blueprint for the girl group as everybody is aware of it. Taking doo-wop from the ’50s into the ’60s with classics akin to “Tonight’s the Evening,” “Mama Stated” and “Soldier Boy,” they conquered the pop world completely after they hit No. 1 with 1960’s “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.” The reply was clearly sure when the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted them in 1996.

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The Shirelles.
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4. Spice Ladies

Ginger Spice, Posh Spice, Child Spice, Sporty Spice and Scary Spice had been such a worldwide phenomenon earlier the music that they even made a film — 1997’s “Spice World” — that was their reply to The Beatles’ “A Onerous Day’s Evening.” It was a whole pop-culture takeover. And whereas they impressed a string of wannabes of their native UK — from Ladies Aloud to Little Combine — none of them possessed practically as fairly a bit girl energy.

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Spice Ladies in 1995.
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3. TLC

If there have been any decade which may rival the ’60s for girl groups, it was the ’90s — considerably when it purchased proper right here to R&B. However for each SWV, Xscape and Complete, no person nonetheless no person 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’d been visionary.

TLC’s Chilli, Left Eye and T-Boz in 1996.
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2. Future’s Little one

If “all” DC did was give us Beyoncé, they may deserve a spot on this report. Little query, the group’s legacy has been strengthened by the solo superstardom of its lead singer. However whether or not or not or not they’d been a quartet (remember LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett?) or a trio (rounded out by Michelle Williams and O.G. member Kelly Rowland), Future’s Little one fiercely empowered unbiased girls all over the place with hits akin to “Payments, Payments, Payments,” “Survivor” and, best of all, “Say My Title” — which has the excellence of worthwhile Bey the primary of her record 28 Grammys.

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Future’s Little one in 2001.
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1. The Supremes

Regardless of some worthy rivals from Martha & the Vandellas and the Marvelettes, Diana Ross’ squad gained the battle of the girl groups at Motown. Then as quickly as additional, dwelling as loads as their decide, they reigned supreme in opposition to all challengers contained in the ’60s and earlier. With a staggering 12 No. 1 hits — from 1964’s “Where Did Our Love Go” to 1969’s Ross farewell “Sometime We’ll Be Collectively” — their silky-smooth soul-pop transcended race, class and customized. In actuality, it has transcended time itself. And simply as Future’s Little one gave us Beyoncé, the Supremes bestowed the diva of all divas in Miss Ross.

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