15 Best Girl Bands From The 90s

Spice Girls members from the left - Mel B, Emma Bunton, Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, and Melanie C
Spice Girls members from the left - Mel B, Emma Bunton, Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, and Melanie C( Source : facebook )

Some of The Girl Bands Of The 90s include 1. Destiny’s Child 2. Spice Girls 3. TLC and more. The 90s were a golden era for girl bands.

Filled with talented and determined female artists who took center stage, these groups captivated audiences worldwide.

From the infectious pop anthems of the Spice Girls to the soulful R&B harmonies of Destiny's Child, these trailblazing ensembles broke through barriers, shattered stereotypes, and paved the way for subsequent generations.

Join us on the nostalgic journey as we explore the captivating harmonies, bold fashion statements, and lasting legacies of the iconic girl bands that shaped an unforgettable decade.

The Girl Bands Of The 90s

Band NameYears Active
Destiny’s Child1990 - 2006
Spice Girls1994 - Present
TLC1989 - Present
The Chicks (The Dixie Chicks)1989 - Present
Salt-N-Pepa1985 - Present
SWV1988 - Present
Hole1989 - 2012
7021993 - Present
All Saints1993 - Present
En Vogue1989 - Present
B*Witched1997- Present
Xscape1991 - 1998
Total1994 - Present
Indigo Girls1985 - Present
L71985 - Present

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1. Destiny’s Child

Spotify Monthly Listeners14, 071,199
Total Sales60 million

One of the best R&B Girl Groups of all time is Destiny's Child, which was an American pop band comprised of Beyonce, Kelly, and Michelle Williams.

Hailing from Houston, Texas, the group was formed in 1990 and was propelled into mainstream recognition with the release of their hit single "No, No, No" from their eponymous debut studio album.

Credits to the widespread success of the musical group, Beyonce Knowles went on to have an outstanding career as a solo artist.

Some of the hit songs from the band include:

  • Say My Name
  • Survivor
  • Jumpin', Jumpin'

2. Spice Girls

Spotify Monthly Listeners11,105,024
Total Sales80 million

Hailing from London, England, Spice Girls led the teen pop resurgence of the 1990s and were a key element of the Cool Britannia era.

Their charismatic "girl power" mantra helped redefine the girl-group concept by targeting the young female audience, eventually becoming the biggest pop-culture icons of the decade.

Originally created to compete against the British boy bands of the era, the five-piece woman group skyrocketed to stardom following the release of their debut album, Wannabe, which topped the charts in 37 countries and sold more than 23 million copies.

Here are some of the iconic songs from this group:

  • Wannabe
  • Stop
  • Say You'll Be There

3. TLC

Spotify Monthly Listeners10,492,809
Total Sales72 million

TLC is one of the best-selling Girl Groups Of The 90s with four multi-Platinum certified albums. They boast over 72 million record sales worldwide.

With R&B music infused with hip-hop elements, the pop trio enjoyed unprecedented success during the 1990s producing nine top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including 4 chart-topping singles.

Furthermore, VH1 dubbed the group as the "greatest female group" placing them at the 12th spot on their 100 Greatest Women in Music list.

Here are some of the iconic trio's memorable songs:

  • No Scrubs
  • Waterfalls
  • Creep

4. The Chicks (The Dixie Chicks)

Spotify Monthly Listeners5,417,086
Total Sales33 million

The Chicks, formerly known as the Dixie Chicks, soared to fame in the 90s. They left an indelible mark on country music with their unapologetic attitude.

After signing with Monument Nashville Records, the band achieved commercial success with the release of their 1998 and 1999 albums Wide Open Spaces and Fly respectively with the latter reaching the No.1 spot on the US Billboard 200 and getting certified 11x Diamond by the RIAA.

Until now, the group has released 8 studio albums, and has sold over 33 million certified albums becoming one of the best-selling woman band and country acts in the US. Furthermore, they have also bagged 13 Grammy Awards during the era.

Some of their notable songs are as follows:

  • Not Ready to Make Nice
  • Cowboy Take Me Away
  • Wide Open Spaces

5. Salt-N-Pepa

Spotify Monthly Listeners4,345,972
Total Sales15 million

A groundbreaking girl band of the 90s, Salt-N-Pepa became the first female rap act to win the prestigious Grammy Award in mid-1990.

The band rose to national mainstream following the release of their 1986 debut studio album Hot, Cool & Vicious, but it was their fourth album Very Necessary which became a worldwide sensation, becoming one the highest-selling album by a female act at the time.

With a career spanning almost four decades, the rap group has accrued 15 million record sales globally, making them of the best-selling rap acts while earning them the honorific title "The First Ladies of Rap"

Some of their notable rap songs include:

  • Shop
  • Push It
  • Whatta Man


Spotify Monthly Listeners3,303,895
Total Sales25 million

Initially formed in 1988 as a gospel group, the vocal trio SWV became one of the most successful R&B acts of the 1990s, producing a series of hits.

The group found early success with their debut studio album It's About Time in 1992, followed by two more studio albums in 1996 and 1997. After this, the band went on a hiatus in 1998 to pursue solo careers and eventually reunited in 2005 to release two albums.

Some of their memorable songs include:

  • Weak
  • Right Here
  • I'm So into You

7. Hole

Years Active1989 - 2012
Total Sales3 million

Throughout Hole's career, lead vocalist and guitarist Courtney Love's notorious image has overshadowed the band's unique musical abilities.

During their early years, the group was one of the noisiest, most abrasive rock bands, but as they released their second album, Live Through This, Hole soothed out their coarse edges, also adding melodies and hooks in their lyrics.

Additionally, the alternative group's discography includes 4 studio albums, 1 compilation album, 3 EPs, and 16 singles which sold a total of three million copies domestically and earned them four Grammy nominations.

Their biggest hits include:

  • Celebrity Sin
  • Violet
  • Mailbu

8. 702

Spotify Monthly Listeners2,065,050
Total Album Sales1.55 million

Comprised of the teenage trio - Kameelah William and the sisters Irish and LeMisha Grinstead, 702 became one of the most prominent 90s female bands.

With the release of their commercially successful 1996 debut studio album, No Doubt, the R&B trio rose to stardom.

It was followed by an eponymous Platinum album, which sold 1 million copies in the US. Once the hype for the album started settling down, the trio took hiatus from the limelight and later emerged with their final album Star in 2003.

Some of their hit singles include:

  • Where My Girls At
  • Get It Together
  • Steelo

9. All Saints

Spotify Monthly Listeners1,822,760
Total Sales12 million

All Saint is a London-based quartet whose soulful pop music helped them become one of the best-selling 90s singing groups in British history.

Despite being a part of the 1990s wave of British girl groups, they couldn't achieve a similar level of commercial success as the Spice Girls. However, they did produce significant hits with their 1997 debut album, All Saints.

Having only signed to London Records and Parlophone Records during their career, the band released five studio albums which earned them several accolades including the Ivor Novello Award, MTV Europe Music Award, and more.

Some of their iconic hits include:

  • Pure Shores
  • Never Ever
  • Black Coffee

10. En Vogue

Spotify Monthly Listeners1,733,253
Total Sales20 million

En Vogue emerged in the early 1990s with a mix of contemporary elements with unparalleled harmonies. They are a 7x Grammy-nominated group.

They immediately attracted lots of attention with their debut studio album Born To Sing, with a hit single "Hold On" that ended up at number 2 on Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Internationally, En Vogue has accrued more than 20 million record sales and has received multiple accolades. In 2015, Billboard magazine named them the ninth most successful girl group of all time.

Their iconic tracks are:

  • Don't Let Go
  • My Lovin'
  • Free Your Mind

11. B*Witched

Spotify Monthly Listeners948,724
Total Album Sales3 million

Comprised of an Irish teen quartet, B*Witched became the youngest girl group to notch a number-one single on the U.K. pop charts.

Primarily active between 1997 and 2002, the band released two studio albums and 12 singles during the period, which enjoyed success in both Europe and North America and sold over 3 million albums internationally.

Some of their notable tracks include:

  • C'est La Vie
  • Mickey
  • Blame It on the Weatherman

12. Xscape

Spotify Monthly Listeners855,935
Total Sales9 million

Atlanta-based girl group Xscape was one of the greatest R&B acts during the '90s. They started out by performing at producer Dupri's birthday party.

Two years later, they became the recipients of a Platinum album, Hummin' Comin' at Cha, which spawned two of the quartet's biggest hits, "Just Kickin It" and "Understanding".

Further releasing two more Platinum-certified albums, the group disbanded in 1998 to pursue solo careers and later reunited in 2017 with a brand-new name XSCAP3, since one of the four members went on a hiatus.

Their hit songs comprise:

  • Just Kickin It
  • Who Can I Run To
  • My Little Secret

13. Indigo Girls

Spotify Monthly Listeners735,359
Total Album Sales7 million

One of the most productive girl groups from the 90s, Indigo Girls is a folk music duo that has released 15 studio albums until now.

Amongst the vast catalog, some of their biggest albums include the eponymous album Indigo Girls, Rites of Passage, and Swamp Ophelia, all of which have been Platinum certified in the US.

Furthermore, the duo has been awarded many prestigious awards including the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk and Pell Awawad for Lifetime Achievements in the Arts amongst many others.

Their critically successful songs include:

  • Closer for Fine
  • Power of Two
  • Galileo

14. L7

Spotify Monthly Listeners575,233
Total Sales----

L7 is a raucous punk rock band that emerged from the streets of L.A. They made a break into the mainstream with their 1992 hit "Pretend We're Dead".

The band's core lineup pretty much stayed consistent through their peak years allowing them to produce six studio albums from 1988 to 1999, after which they went on a hiatus in 2001.

Due to their throat-shredding vocals and ferocious imagery, L7 is often linked to the grunge movement while also being associated with the "riot grrrl" movement. However, they preceded and are outliers of the campaign.

Some of their hit songs include:

  • Pretend We're Dead
  • Fast and Frightening
  • Wargasm

15. Sleater-Kinney

Spotify Monthly Listeners292,203
Total Album Sales611,000

Originating as a part of the "riot grrrl" movement, Sleater-Kinney has become a fundamental element of the American indie/alternative rock scene.

They released seven full-length studio albums throughout the 90s infusing themes of feminism and political liberalism in their songs.

Some of the band's notable hits are:

  • Modern Girl
  • Dig Me Out
  • One More Hour

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