The ten most influential mainstream girl groups
3. Spice Girls
Hate all you want, but these ladies led the second British invasion when they knocked America on its musical ass in 1996. The Spice Girls sold over 80 million records, making them one of the highest-selling groups of all time. Not only were they a force to be reckoned with in the United States, but after their first hit single, "Wannabe" -- which hit number one in thirty countries -- the Spice Girls became a global phenomenon.
Salt-N-Pepa broke the glass ceiling and pulled females into hip-hop, paving the way not just for other hip-hop girl groups, but also for solo artists like Missy Elliott and Queen Latifah. These ladies were as legit as they come, spitting lyrics that not only carried a message, but were also pretty damn witty, to boot. If this group had never happened, there would be a serious hole in music. Salt-N-Pepa's style, spirit and strength made them great.
1. The Supremes
The Supremes laid the groundwork for what it means to be a girl group. The group's tight harmonies and well-choreographed act helped it dominate the charts. After the group's success, numerous female groups began to pop up, all of them following the blueprint drafted by the Supremes.