What would the 90’s have been without the musical stylings of girl groups? They brought us songs that became the soundtrack to our lives and had us grooving while secretly pretending we were in a girl band ourselves. Ah, memories. TLC, Envogue, SWV, and Salt-n-Peppa are probably the most immediately recalled girl groups of the 90’s but what about the others?
We reminisced about the good old days with our list of Forgotten Boy Bands of the 90’s, now relive simpler times with our list of 90’s Girl Groups you forgot you used to love.
Blaque seemed modeled after the hit 90’s girl group TLC – no coincidence considering that Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes worked in managing the young group. The trio, whose name stands for Believing, Life, Achieving, Quest, Unity, Everything, rose to prominence in 1999 with their singles “808” and “I Do,” but their biggest hit was “Bring It All To Me” which featured Nsync’s JC Chasez –who most people assumed was Black when they heard the track. The song placed #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart while their debut self-titled album went platinum. Their next three albums went unreleased. The group announced a comeback in July 2012 but in the midst of creating their new album rapper Natina Reed was hit by a car and killed on October 26, 2012. It was announced the next month that remaining two girls would do a tribute album in her honor.
Nobody’s Angel was mildly successful with their two singles “If You Wanna Dance” and “I Can’t Help Myself,” both of which the group performed in the Disney Channel original movie Model Behavior (2000) starring Justin Timberlake . They also appeared on an episode of Boy Meets World that same year. With their sparkly tops, pleather pants, chokers, and tacky makeup, Nobody’s Angel had the 90’s bad style down pat.
They weren’t quite Spice Girls status but All Saints was one of the most successful girl groups of the 90’s with 9 top ten singles in US and international releases. Their most popular songs were “Never Ever ” and “I Know Where It’s At“. Like their girl group counterparts The Spice Girls, All Saints also hailed from the UK (and Canada) but they were adamant on not being modeled after the much more successful group, choosing instead to be gimmick-free and don a more serious mood. They must have made the right decision because they managed to sell two platinum albums and one gold album in their heyday. The group split in 2001 but reunited in 2006, selling a new album that went gold. The group eventually split up again.
The early to mid 90’s saw the success of the ponytail braids wearing Jade. Tonya Kelly, Joi Marshall, and Di Reed were each great vocalists on their own but together they formed a dynamic trio. They had a brief but blazing career that lasted only 2 years. In that time they released their debut album, Jade to the Max which birthed hits like “I Wanna Love You” and “Don’t Walk Away,.” They followed that up with their BET’s Listening Party album and later their sophomore release Mind, Body, and Song. The latter album had their hit “Every Day of the Week.”
This Irish girl group had one hit in the US, their debut single “C’est la Vie” which hit number 1 in the UK and number 9 in the US. The song was popular enough to be featured on an episode of Dawson’s Creek and in What Women Want, and Disney Channel’s original films Smart House and Life-Size. Along with Britney Spears, B*Witched opened for Nsync on their tour back in 1999.
Named after their area code in Las Vegas, 702 was a platinum selling R&B group. With hit singles like “Steelo,” “Get it Together,” and “Where my Girls At” about starting, keeping, and defending a relationship, the group struck a chord with listeners who could easily relate. Many fans may not remember that 702 was once a quartet. The 4th member Orish, who was twin sister to fellow member Irish (photo right) and sister to other member LeMisha (photo center), left the group before their first single was released. Sadly, Orish died from kidney failure at the age of 27 in 2008.
Notorious B.I.G. and P.Diddy put these ladies on the map when they feautred the girls on Big’s debut sinlge “Juicy” and his follow-up “One More Chance.” The trio would step into the studio for their own album Total in 1996. The album spawned R&B hits “No One Else”, “Kissin’ You,” Can’t You See” and “Do You Think About Us.” Though the girls have a list of over 20 features/guest vocals they only released one other album called Kima, Keisha, and Pam from which they released their hit “Trippin,” produced by and featuring Missy Elliot. Total was also featured on the soundtrack to Soul Food with “What About Us” which was also produced by and featured Missy Elliot.
Mokenstef was active as a group from 1995 to 1999 but oddly only released one album titled Azz Izz. The album spawned their one hit “He’s Mine” which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
She Moves was a pop trio consisting of three former New York Knicks City Dancers. The group signed with Geffen Records and released their debut single “Breaking All the Rules” which became a Top 40 hit, receiving heavy airplay. Unfortunately for them, it was their only hit as their follow-up singles and their debut album flopped despite the exposure they received on MTV and BET.
Born and raised in Georgia, Xscape gained massive popularity in the 90’s, launching three platinum-selling albums and a string of hits: “Just Kickin’ It” “Understanding” “Who Can I Run To” “The Arms of the One Who Loves You” and “My Little Secret“. Part of the So-So Def family, the group often had rapper/producer Jermaine Dupri in their music videos. Their songs were also featured on the soundtracks to Sunset Park, Love Jones, and Soul Food. After a long hiatus the group reunited in 2012.
Fun Fact: TI’s wife Tiny and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Buruss got their start as members of Xscape. Kandi has opted not to join the group for their reunion.
Changing Faces experienced the height of their popularity in the mid to late 90’s, starting with their hit single “Stroke You Up” produced by and featuring R. Kelly. The song peaked at #3 and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and R& B charts, respectively. The duo followed it up with their song “Foolin’ Around” which also charted in the top 10 for R&B . Changing Faces gained their greatest success with the song “G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T.” from their sophomore album All Day, All Night.
Fun fact: Their song “All of my Days,” which made it onto the Space Jam soundtrack, features a then up-and-coming Jay-Z.
Seduction was a freestyle trio with loads of sex appeal. Their debut album Nothing Matters Without Love went Gold and spawned their hits “(You’re My One and Only) True Love,” “Two to Make It Right,” and “Heartbeat.” After four years together the group called it quits in 1991.
The trio signed to Michael Jackson’s MJJ label in 1995. Their biggest hit was “If You Love Me” which broke the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Their other singles “Grapevyne,””I Can’t Tell You Why,” and “5 Miles to Empty” were each successful as well. Brownstone scored big time when their debut album From the Bottom Up was certified platinum in the US and silver in the UK.
KP & Envyi
Another one hit wonder duo, KP and Envyi are best known for their 1998 single “Swing My Way” which made it to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Based out of New York, Allure was the first act to be signed to Mariah Carey’s Crave Records back in 1996. The quartet released its self-titled debut album the following year and launched their singles “Head Over Heels ” feat. Nas, “No Question” feat. LL COOL J, and the epic ballad “All Cried Out” feat. R&B group 112. The latter song was their biggest hit, receiving heavy rotation on the radio. The group proceeded to release three more albums between 2001 and 2010 (no longer under Crave Records) but they failed to gain much recognition.
Fun Fact: After Allure was released from Mariah Carey’s record label the group eventually signed with Tru Warier Records, owned by none other than NBA oddball Ron Artest.
This R&B duo is best known for the their 1994 hit “Hey Mr. DJ” which was followed up by their second hit single “Groove Thang” and third single “Sending My Love“. The duo also recorded the song “Shame,” famously recognized as the theme to the 1994 film Low Down Dirty Shame starring Jada Pinkett-Smith and Kenan Ivory Wayans. Zhané also featured on Naughty By Nature’s 1999 Top 10 hit “Jamboree.”