Our 10 favourite girl band songs from the ’90s

In our last feature we brought you our favourite boy band songs from the 90s – but now, it’s all about Girl Power. Who will ever forget the empowering women of that decade, with their anthemic hits of love and independence? Here, we celebrate their ability to mend broken hearts and their dance moves that changed a generation. These grainy videos of the 90’s are still definitely watch-worthy. We bring you the best songs created by the most incredible Girl Bands of this era: a decade of Pop and R&B music worth remembering.

Destiny’s Child – “Say My Name”

“This video chip was the excitement of Saturday mornings in front of the TV watching the music video shows. The colour moving from mono to multi was just amazeBALLS! but in saying that, the song itself is epic. Who can forget Beyoncé’s vocals in Destiny’s Child? Everything about this song is perfect.” – Bree Cohen

“I remember my dad purchased a Destiny’s Child CD when I was a kid and putting this track in the car made me appreciate R&B music just a bit more. Before Beyoncé and Kelly got their breakthrough as solo artists, it probably wouldn’t have been possible without starting this band. I for one have the chorus to this song stuck in my head randomly at times. Who wouldn’t?” – Jana Angeles

TLC – “No Scrubs”

“This was another epic video, but this song was so much more about the music. There’s just something magical about TLC, especially with this song – it makes you feel empowered and just a little bit badass. There was something truly special about these ladies and this song will never be forgotten!” – Bree Cohen

“No really… this track is like the epitome of old school R&B. They actually were in Australia not too long ago and I’m kinda bummed I didn’t go to their show. This track kicks some girl power and one you should listen to when you feel like some guy is toying with your heart.” – Jana Angeles

B*Witched – “C’est la vie”

“I don’t think you can go past B*Witched’s “C’est la vie” – it was catchy as hell. It cashed in on the Riverdance trend, featuring the daggiest love interest male character ever, and the costuming (almost neck-to-toe black denim) was the total opposite of the sexy Spice Girls deal. I still love this song to this day!” – Erin Smith

Spice Girls – “Wannabe”

“My favourite song would have to be “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls. You can guarantee that as soon as it comes on (particularly after a few drinks) girls from far and wide will belt it out word for word. It’s the perfect song to flaunt your sass and shake your booty. Not to mention it celebrated fabulous friendship. Mates before dates!” – Claire Arnold

“Seriously, this hit is a timeless classic. It never get’s old because of its catchiness and makes for a good road trip jam. I’m still waiting on a Spice Girls reunion… someday.” – Jana Angeles

“This is a ridiculous ear worm. It’s on an iPod shared in our family, and every time it comes on a playlist, it’s stuck in your head forever.” – Dylan Marshall

En Vogue – “Don’t Let Go”

“En Vogue could harmonise with the best of them, and you know, they made one of the greatest R&B songs of all time. Used in pretty much every love scene in black american drama in the 90’s.” – Chris Singh

SWV – “I’m So Into You”

“SWV were playful and they had style, highly influential where R&B was concerned and pretty much everyone loved them -in the U.S anyway.”- Chris Singh

Total – “Can’t You See”

“Total were kicking much flavour in the 90’s, dominating the scene and staying right there toe-to-toe with groups like TLC and, later, Destiny’s Child. It’s hard to think of a female R&B artist who wouldn’t cite Total as a big influence.” – Chris Singh


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