Would you believe it if I told you I never really listened to the Spice Girls? I can zig-a-zig-ah along with the best of them, but even though I spent a chunk of my childhood in England, my musical tastes found their roots in a variety of other British girl groups from the 2000s that were just as good. But whenever I want to gush over them, not many people back in America know what I’m talking about.
It’s time to end this ignorance once and for all. If you’re a Spice Girls fan, then you also won’t be able to resist the jams from these other 2000s British girl groups like Girls Aloud, Atomic Kitten, and Mis-Teeq. Read on and prepare for your life to forever change.
Although not many people know it, most everyone has heard Girls Aloud. One of their best songs, “Jump (For My Love),” a cover of the song made famous by The Pointer Sisters, plays during the end credits of Love, Actually. Another fun fact: although the band broke up for good in 2013, Cheryl Cole went solo and landed a seat as a judge on the British reality singing competition show, X Factor.
Atomic Kitten (one of the best band names in the whole world) is also best known for their cover of Blondie’s song “The Tide Is High.” The group they have some equally iconic originals, including “It’s OK!” and “Whole Again.” Unfortunately, the group split in 2004, but have had reunions on and off ever since.
The Cheeky Girls
The Cheeky Girls are unforgettable for the sheer ridiculousness of their song, “Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)” featuring lyrics such as, “Touch my bum/ this is life” and “We are the cheeky girls/You are the cheeky boys” ad infinitum.
“Scandalous” is perfect for assembling your #squad and heading to the club. Or, if you were like me and 10-years-old, assembling your stuffed animals and singing into the mirror. Mis-Teeq broke up for good in 2005.
Sugababes’ big hits, like “Round Round” and “Hole In The Head,” are best for angry dancing, or staring off into the distance plotting your revenge against the people who were laughing at your angry dancing. The group went on hiatus in 2012 and unfortunately haven’t produced any new music since.
On the opposite end of the spectrum sits the Irish girl band B*Witched, whose “C’est La Vie” is the best way to shrug off any kind of problem. They split in 2002 after being dropped by their label, but have come back together for occasional reunions.
S Club 7
While most people have assured me that S Club 7, specifically “S Club Party,” was a big hit in the United States, I urge you to check out some of their other classics, like “Don’t Stop Movin'” and “Reach.” S Club 7 broke up in 2003, but every once and while they reunite to the great delight of fans (like me) everywhere.
S Club Juniors
Yes, a tween version of S Club 7 existed and yes, I wanted oh so badly to be in it. Once the group fizzled around 2004, members Frankie Sandford and Rochelle Wiseman went on to form the British girl group The Saturdays.
I’ve yet to go to a party that lives up to the hype of Liberty X’s “Jumpin'” and its companion music video. When I do, I know what song to put on. Liberty X split back in 2007.
While Steps had a long career of one hit after another, nothing will ever beat “5, 6, 7, 8” and the dancy-feelings it gives me every time I put it on. Although the band split all the way back in 2001, they’ve reunited a few times to fill the holes in our hearts.
Are there any other incredible 2000s British girl groups that we missed? Let us know in the comments!