Spice Girls

In 1996, Spice Girls, consisting of Victoria Adams, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell, became world-famous with the one-shot video of wannabe, a song initially considered too weird and anarchic.

The girls gave their auditions in 1994, seeing an ad for a girl band in a newspaper. Around 400 prospects were there in the first audition, but the second round only had 10 girls after a month.


The Spice Girls at 25: Here's the story from A to Z


The soon-to-be famous five started getting dance and voice training, and slowly realized that they might be taken for a ride. 

They decided to rescue themselves and their recordings, and build a new team with a new manager, eventually signing up with Virgin Records.


  • The Spice Girls became an instant hit, with their colourful, cartoonish looks and catchy lyrics.
  • Their first single, wannabe, debuted at No. 3, and soon went up to the No.1 spot. 
  • The original demo has been released this year on its 25th Anniversary.


  • Their first concert was in Istanbul, Turkey in 1997, sponsored by Pepsi.
  • The lyrics of the song Two Become One was changed to be more inclusive, given the bands loyal LGBTQ following.
  • Their subsequent albums and singles were criticised by people who couldn’t relate to concepts like girl power. That didn’t deter the band, who enjoyed global number one hits.
  • The Spice Girls sold their name in more than a hundred products including chocolate, body sprays and cameras. 
  • Spice-branded pyjamas, beach towels and dolls flooded the market at the height of their popularity.


  • The Spice Girls fan-following consisted of pre-teens, kids, girls , boys and even Prince William.
  • They had their own nick names: Scary, Sporty, Baby, Posh and Ginger, due to their characters being dramatically diverse.
  • Their Spiceworld Tour of 1998 was the highest earning tour ever by a female group.
  • They performed at the London Olympic Games in 2012, their last concert when all five girls sang together.
  • Ginger Spice quit in 1998 only to be back after many years, straining her relationship with the others.


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