Cover Story | Annnnnnnnnddddddd We’re Back! I’m coming with you with part two of some of my favorite girl groups. These ladies have broken records, crossover into mainstream media, and have had some legendary guest features. I’m excited for you to dive into this list and tell me what are some of your favorite girl groups? Let’s get started!
Zhane’ pronounced (Jah-Nay) broke onto the scene in 1993 with their hit single “Hey Mr. DJ”. Reaching #6 on the Billboard charts, Hey Mr. DJ, went on to become one of the top party anthems of the 90’s. Composed of members Renée Neufville and JeanNorris, the duo went on to record “Groove Thang” and “Sending My Love” from their debut album Pronounced Jah-Nay. While the album only gold that year, it eventually reached platinum status a few years later. In 1994, the group was featured in on the soundtrack A Low Down Dirty Shame, providing the songs title track and becoming a top 40 hit.
Coko, Taj, and Leelee the members of SWV formed their group in 1988. Their first two singles “Right Here” and “So Into You” were hits reaching #13 and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts respectively. It wasn’t until their third single “Weak”, a ballad written and produced by Brian Alexander Morgan, that things really began to take off for the group. “Weak” reached #1 on the Billboard charts, sold over a million copies, and was certified platinum by the RIAA. The ladies’ next single would take them even further. Sampling Michael Jackson’s Human Nature, SWV decided to do a remix version of their first single “Right Here” featuring Pharrell. The 1993 track would go on to spend 7 weeks at the top of the Billboard R&B 100 charts, selling over 500,000 copies, and become one of the longest-running R&B singles of 1993. SWV continued to release songs such as “Downtown” and “Anything” that was featured on the Above the Rim Soundtrack.
The best-selling girl group of all time needs no introduction. Grammy award-winning trio, T-Boz, Left Eye (R.I.P), and Chilli better known as TLC, have blessed us with hit after hit after hit. From their first single, “Ain’t to Proud to Beg” from Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip to “No Scrubs” from FanMail, this group has consistently delivered. On their debut album, they came with something completely different that we hadn’t seen from a girl group prior. They were tomboyish, fun, and 100% upfront about their sexuality, which they’ve mentioned quite a few times. Their sound was unique and had this distinction, from the raspiness of T-Boz’s voice to the sultriness of Chilli’s vocals to the playfulness of Left-Eye’s Raps, TLC was that group that everybody loved. Do we even need to pull up the stats? Debut album 4x platinum, Crazy, Sexy, Cool 12x platinum, FanMail 6x platinum, singles galore to include “Creep, Waterfalls, Baby, Baby, Baby, Red Light Special, Unpretty, What About Your Friends”, it goes on and on. There has not been a girl group that’s hasn’t been influenced by TLC. They are timeless and their legacy will live on forever.Leave a comment