This week in 1996

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1 Wannabe Spice Girls

2 Killing Me Softly Fugees

3 Mys­te­ri­ous Girl Peter An­dre ft Bub­bler Ranx

4 Macarena Los Del Rio

5 Ev­ery­thing Must Go Manic Street Preach­ers

6 Born Slippy Un­der­world

7 Head Over Feet Ala­nis Moris­sette

8 Higher State of Con­scious­ness 96 Remixes Wink

9 Woman Neneh Cherry

10 For­ever Love Gary Bar­low

The Spice Girls: driven by girl power.

It’s now over 20 years since the Spice Girls phe­nom­e­non first gripped the pop world. Their de­but sin­gle ‘Wannabe’ (fa­mously recorded in less than an hour) had a luke­warm re­cep­tion from the crit­ics, but the song which now de­fines an era of girl power won best sin­gle at the Brits, and an Ivor Novello Award for best Bri­tish-writ­ten sin­gle, and topped the charts in no fewer than 37 coun­tries. The Spice Girls’ only num­ber one in the US, where it has sold around three mil­lion copies to date, it is one of the best sell­ing sin­gles world­wide, with over seven mil­lion sold. The song’s suc­cess was helped in no small way by an iconic video which fea­tured Scary, Sporty, Baby, Gin­ger and Posh singing and danc­ing while run­ning through a set. It was filmed in just one shot after the five had re­hearsed their moves through the night.

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