By Benjamin Kitchen
E!, home to the Kardashians, launched a new show earlier this year, Chasing the Saturdays, following British girl group The Saturdays as they attempt to take on the U.S. music market like their boy band counterparts The Wanted and One Direction.
Somewhat surprisingly, The Saturdays aren’t even that successful in the U.K. – nor are they Britain’s best girl group.
Of course everyone has heard of the Spice Girls, but here are five other British girl groups who you should become acquainted with:
1. Girls Aloud
Girls Aloud has been a staple of Britain’s pop music scene for a good portion of the last ten years, following their formation on the 2002 TV show Popstars: The Rivals. Their quirky style, thanks to the magic of production team Xenomania, has earned them critical acclaim. Coldplay even invited them to perform at Wembley Stadium in 2009, alongside Jay-Z. They took a break after that, and Cheryl Cole was a breakout solo star, even appearing on The X Factor USA. Girls Aloud reunited last year to celebrate their tenth anniversary.
Watch the video for “Something New” here!
Back in 2000, Sugababes gained fame as icy, moody teenagers who sang slick R&B songs. After one band member (Siobhan Donaghy) left, they became a pop tour-de-force, gaining fame with hits like “Round Round,” “Push the Button,” and “About You Now” (which was oddly covered by Miranda Cosgrove???). Unfortunately, the Babes fell apart in later years. Another original member left, to be replaced by another new member. In 2009, the last original member was ousted from the band and the group’s career went up in smoke.
Watch the video for “Push the Button” here!
3. All Saints
While the Spice Girls were a global pop phenomenon in the late 90s, All Saints were their cooler, more credible counterparts – more TLC and SWV than bubblegum pop. Their single “Never Ever” was a Stateside hit, charting at #4 on the U.S. Billboard charts. Like the Spice Girls, their fame was short-lived as interpersonal feuds led to the band’s break-up. They reunited in the mid-2000s to little success.
Watch the video for “Never Ever” here!
4. Little Mix
Little Mix is the latest girl group to burn up the charts after winning the UK’s edition of The X Factor in 2011. They’ve already scored two number one singles and released their debut album late last year, featuring an appearance from TLC’s T-Boz. Like The X Factor alums One Direction before them, Little Mix are hoping to crack the U.S. later this year. In fact, band member Perrie is dating One Direction’s Zayn Malik.
Watch the video for “DNA” here!
The oddly named Stooshe is a trio of girls hailing from London, looking to find new fame with their soulful, Motown-inspired sound. Their debut single “Love Me” featured Travie McCoy.
Watch the video for “Black Heart” here!