Music History for February 22 – The Spice Girls
On this day in 1997, The Spice Girls had the #1 single in the country with "Wannabe," which knocked Toni Braxton's "Un-Break My Heart" out of the top spot. The debut single from the five-member girl group out of the UK, "Wannabe" topped the charts here for four weeks and is the group's only #1 song in the US. "Wannabe" shot to #1 in 22 countries and went on to become the most successful single ever by a female group, making the Spice Girls the most successful girl group of all time.
The Spice Girls were each given a nickname by a British music magazine in 1996 and they stuck: Baby Spice (Melanie Bunton), Scary Spice (Melanie Brown), Sporty Spice (Melanie Chisolm,) Posh Spice (Victoria Adams Beckham) and Ginger Spice (Geri Halliwell).
The video for "Wannabe" featured the Spice Girls running wild through a London hotel. It won Best Dance Video at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. In 2007, online voters ranked "Wannabe" #33 on VH1's list of "The 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s".
The Spice Girls burst onto the scene on this day in 1997 when the group's debut single hit #1 here and in 22 other countries. Can you name the song?