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A little over two decades ago, the iconic Spice Girls arrived on the scene and changed both pop culture and the music industry forever.
The five British singers dropped major hit makers like “Wannabe,” “2 Become 1” and “Say You’ll Be There.” But it was their second album that debuted on November 3, 1997 from planet Spiceworld—solidifying the quintet as more than just a pop group, but rather, everlasting symbols of girl power.
In 1997, the world was in peak Spice mania and Spiceworld became an instant commercial success as it debuted at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and climbed to the top three in 18 other countries. While their first album Spice was just as popular, Spiceworld’s songs were catchier and honed in on Ginger, Sporty, Posh, Scary and Baby’s vocal talents while also boasting more personal lyrics.
During the time of Spiceworld’s release, the Spice Girls were involved in a lot of controversies from firing then manager Simon Fuller, misbehaving in front of the British Royal family and reports of constant arguing within the group. With that, each track on Spiceworld brings about a different emotion the girl’s were feeling at the time that resonated with listeners.
Whether you’re feeling sad, happy, angry or all of the above, Spiceworld has got you covered. In honor of it’s 20th anniversary, we recommend listening to the pop masterpiece again—no matter what you’re feeling.
We all have those days where everyone seems to get on our last nerve. The cure to such aggravation is listening to an edgy tune, and Spiceworld’s “Denying” is that track.
Although it wasn’t every critic’s favourite Spice Girls track, “Denying” has a bold first verse that immediately captures fans. Whether it was relationship troubles or arguing with your bestie, “Denying” resonated with listeners going through similar feelings.
In just a little over five minutes, “Viva Forever” gives a full representation of the legacy the Spice Girls have left behind.
“Viva Forever” was released as a single after Geri ‘Ginger Spice’ Halliwell’s sudden departure from the group, giving the song an even deeper emotional connection for both the group and its fans.
The single teaches listeners to let go of the past, but never forget it. So the next time you find yourself missing someone—an ex, a friend, a family member—“Viva Forever” can be that shoulder to lean on.
Everyone gets hurt—it’s part of life—but good music has always been one of the best remedy. Spiceworld’s sultry ballad “Too Much” appeared in the Spice World film, shining the spotlight on the some of the more subdued group members’ full vocal range via hearty solos.
The Spice Girls loved their disco and “Never Give Up On The Good Times” is no exception. The optimistic bop still serves as the perfect pick-me-up for when life gets you down.
There are certain songs that exude confidence, and when you’re feeling on top of the world, your playlist calls for one of those anthems. “Spice Up Your Life,” the first single from Spiceworld, is just that—a Latin-inspired anthem that fit the bill as the perfect lead singer for the girls’ sophomore release.
Shifting gears from the bold “Spice Up Your Life” and taking a turn into Motown, “Stop” was the final hit from Spiceworld and still stands out on party playlists to this day. That timeless choreo, anyone? We know you know it.
At the end of it all, “Stop” embodied Spice Girls’ everlasting mantra—sticking together with your girls will always serve you right.