You remember all those songs that had you nodding your head in your car? You know, the one’s that included some lyrics like, “You’re a Bugga-Boo,” and “I get so weak in the knees.” We know those were some of your favorites! Now, can your remember all the faces and names of all those girl groups? Well look no further!
Check out some of the girl groups that had our heads rocking and toes tapping in the 20th century!
Changing Faces had us all bumpin’ with their chart toppers, “Stroke You Up,” in 1994 and “G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T” IN 1996.
We still love these girls! From all of their singles that had us ladies ready for men to pay our, “Bills, Bills, Bills,” or looking in the mirror at our, “Bootylicious” curves (or lack their of), everyone loved a little Beyonce and Kelly—later joined by Michelle in the groups latter years.
1994 was Zhane‘s year, and though we don’t hear from these girls nowadays, when the old school mix comes on in the cab or club, you can almost be guaranteed to hear the duo’s “Hey Mr. DJ,” and “Groove Thang.”
Look to the far right, does that petite framed starlet look familiar to you? How about the brown skinned goddess all the way to the left? That’s right, before they were reality television mega stars, Kandi Burris and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle were members of the girl trio Xscape! Xscape’s hit singles, “Just Kickin’ It,” and “Understanding” both made it to the top 10 list after their release.
Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and singer Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, had the skills to pay the bills in the 90’s! Whether they were telling the boys they, “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” or asking “What About Your Friends,” TLC was one of the most popular girl groups to ever hit the stage! After the death of Left Eye in April 2002, the group went through a horrible transition, never really seeming to bounce back. However, both remaining members have tried to make forays into reality television.
Did you know SWV originally started out as a gospel group? Yes, it is true. The New York City trio recorded hits for days, from the all too famous 1992 cuts (and still blasting at your local house parties), “Weak” and “I’m So Into You,” they are bound to have you dancing just a little bit.
Whether you love them or hate them, one thing that can not be denied about the Braxton clan is that they can sang, and in the 90’s the girls did a whole lot of that. It did not get them much commercial success as it helped to launch Toni Braxton‘s solo career. The sisters Toni Braxton, Traci Braxton, Towanda Braxton, Trina Braxton, and Tamar Braxton can now be seen in re-runs of their popular reality show “The Braxton’s Family Values.”
The Spice Girls
Everyone sing it with us, “If you wanna be my lover…!” No matter what your age, race, or musical preference, you could not get away from the tunes of the Spice Girls ringing in your ears. The British pop girl group, formed in 1994, with members Scary Spice, Sporty Spice, Baby Spice, Ginger Spice and Posh Spice, have sold sold over 80 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling female group of all time and one of the best-selling pop groups of all time.
Salt-N-Pepa was one of the first all female rap groups to ever grow to chart topping fame. The Queens, New York bred group, consisting of Cheryl James (“Salt”), Sandra Denton (“Pepa”) and Deidra Roper (“DJ Spinderella”), had a number of singles to hit the top charts. Their debut album Hot, Cool, and Vicious sold 1.3 million copies worldwide.
This Las Vegas based trio didn’t stay home based for very long! Although the group began as a quartet, including sisters, Irish, Orish, and Misha Grinstead along with Kameelah Williams, Orish was later given the boot and used as a substitute vocalist. 702’s debut album, No Doubt (with tremendous help from Missy Elliot, who co-wrote the album and produced 4 songs) shot to no. 1 on US charts. The girls went on later to do big deals with popular pre-teen channel Nickelodeon, making several theme songs and appearances.
Blaque, which stands for Believing, Life, Achieving,Quest, Unity, Everything was a very unique group, known for their distinct style both musically and fashionably. The groups debut album, “Bring It On,” sold 1.5 million copies, including hits like, “808,” “Bring It All To Me,” and “I Do.”
Brownstone, best known for their hit single, “If You Love Me,” had most of their success during the mid 1990’s. The group has had many award mentions, including an array of Grammy and Billboard nominations.
Whether you were blasting their hit, “Hold on,” or “You Don’t Have To Worry,” En Vogue has too many jams to put on one list! The Oakland bred group has won more MTV Video Music Awards than any other female group in MTV history—7 to be exact! Four Soul Train Awards, six American Music Awards, and seven Grammy nominations! We’d like to see the OMG girls top that!
Jade may not have been the most enduring of girl groups, but the women definitely had a good run while it lasted. The groups first hit single, “I Wanna Love You,” reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. It also paved the way for their smash single “Don’t Walk Away,” landing them the #2 spot on the R&B charts and later becoming a gold record.