The ten most influential mainstream girl groups
There have been countless girl groups throughout history, but only a select few have had as undeniable an impact on mainstream rock and pop as these ladies. Breaking gender barriers, they influenced countless other groups that followed and inspired a legion of young women across the globe. Keep reading for the ten most influential girl groups of all time.
10. The Go-Go's
The Go-Go's came from the punk/new-wave explosion of the early '80s and quickly took the music scene by storm with their bright, energetic new-wave pop sound. Not only were they one of the most commercially successful girl groups of the '80s, but they played their own instruments and wrote their own songs. A complete package, they continued to show the world that girls could rock just as hard as boys.
9. The Donnas
These ladies were hard, fast and loud, and were often called the female version of the Ramones. Much like that band, the Donnas wrote songs that relied on three chords and pretty much all sounded the same. Emerging in the early to mid-'90s, the Donnas had a throwback sound rooted in the '70s and '80s.
While Heart was not an all-female group, this sister act made it abundantly clear that women could rock and inspired countless members of the fairer sex. Ann and Nancy Wilson took over the '70s with their hits "Crazy on You," "Magic Man," "Barracuda" and "Straight On." Not only did the Wilson sisters lead the band, but they also wrote the songs and played the hell out of their instruments.
7. The Bangles
The Bangles could be considered one of the first all-female garage bands. Playing their own instruments, these ladies took on the '80s and taught everyone how to walk like an Egyptian. Their unique style of vocal arrangements is what set the Bangles apart from other girl groups of the time, such as the Go-Go's and Bananarama.