“If you want to be my lover, you gotta get with my friends. Make it last forever… Friendship never ends. If you want to be my lover, you have got to give. Taking is to easy but that’s the way it is.”
Who could ever forget the lyrics to a song that piloted a spirited five-piece girl group from England into complete world domination?
On July 8th, 1996, the Spice Girls released their debut single “Wannabe”. The song became a massive success, and was among the group’s nine number one singles. The music video for “Wannabe” found Sporty, Baby, Ginger, Posh, and Scary doing what they do best — singing, dancing, causing chaos, and having a laugh about it. The song has had a lasting impact in pop culture, often played and referenced in feel-good movies and TV shows to this day.
In 2014, a study at the University of Amsterdam with the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester even found that “Wannabe” was the catchiest and most recognizable pop song of the last six decades. Woah.
Today “Wannabe” celebrates 20 years and some of the Spice Girls are having a party in order to commemorate the single that helped them become the biggest female group in history. Geri Horner (formerly Haliwell), Emma Bunton, and Melanie Brown have posted a short video telling us that they will be giving us what we want — what we really, really want, and soon. They are now referring to themselves as GEM (Get it? Geri, Emma, and Melanie) and by the sounds of it, a potential tour is on its way!
Oh, and one more little surprise. According to a statement made by Spice Girls producer Elliot Kennedy, three of the girls have recorded a new single. “We wrote a brilliant song and the energy was exactly like it was 20 years ago, just as enthusiastic, just as much to say, just as much to celebrate,” Kennedy stated in an interview with Good Morning Britain earlier today.
Best. News. Ever. Now all we need is Victoria Beckham and Melanie Chisholm to join in on the festivities.
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