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Girl groups are the DistaffCounterpart of {{boy band}}s. These ladies will generally be attractive and may sing in suitably {{Stripperiffic}} outfits. While girl groups have a predominantly female fan base, they do have a sizable number of male fans, a sharp contrast to a boy band's almost all-female fan base. In other words, girls want to be them, boys want to sleep with them.

Although girls groups typically aren't as massive as {{boy band}}s, they have stayed relatively popular over the years outside of the US. However, boy bands have made a comeback and, although One Direction are far ahead of any girl group, the rest of the market is mostly on an equal level to the girls.

Compare IdolSinger.
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!!Real examples (in rough chronological order):
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* Music/TheAndrewsSisters, back in TheForties
** The American Bombshells are their SpiritualSuccessor - a trio of singers that perform for American soldiers.
* The Chantelles, the most famous female doo-wop group ("Maybe").
* Many vocal groups produced by Phil Spector, including The Ronettes and The Crystals.
* The Chiffons ("He's So Fine," "One Fine Day")
* Music/TheSupremes. They were ''the'' [[TropeCodifier breakthrough R&B act]], and helped put Motown Records on the map in TheSixties. Their most famous singer, [[FaceOfTheBand Diana Ross]], went on to have a lengthy and successful solo career.
* The Marvelettes, who scored Motown's first number one hit.
* Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, another great Motown group.
* The Angels, who are best known for their 1963 hit "My Boyfriend's Back".
* The Shangri-Las, best known for their "tough girl" image in comparison to the more wholesome images of their contemporaries. Their best known single "Leader of the Pack" was an song about AllGirlsWantBadBoys.
* Music/{{Bananarama}} - a British trio who got a listing in ''The Guinness Book of World Records'' as the GirlGroup with the most chart entries in the world.
* Toto Coelho, of "I Eat Cannibals" fame.
* Wild Orchid, best known for being the former band of Stacy Ferguson before she joined the Music/BlackEyedPeas.
* Music/{{TLC}}, the biggest-selling girl group in America (over forty million albums -- keeping in mind that they released only six albums, including two greatest hits collections). Their second album, 1994's ''[=CrazySexyCool=]'', was the first album by a girl group to go diamond (ten million sold -- the album ultimately reached 11 million). They released their last album of original material in 2002 after one of their members, Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes, died in a car crash in Honduras.
* En Vogue, best known for their songs "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" and "Free Your Mind". They were contemporaries of TLC and Salt-N-Pepa, and were the major standouts of the R&B girl groups in the 1990s, especially for their harmonies.
* All Saints, who had a more R&B tinge to their sound. When the group broke up, sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton created their own short-lived project Appleton, before reforming All Saints in sporadic bursts.
* Music/SpiceGirls. Today, they are best known for having given the world Victoria Beckham, ''Film/SpiceWorld'' and the EarWorm "Wannabe".
* B*Witched, an Irish group of four (consisting of twins Edele and Keavy Lynch, Sinead O'Carrol, and half Greek Lindsay Armau), famous for setting a world record of 4 #1 singles in a row by an Irish group (a record later broken by Westlife), and the fact that the twins were sisters of Boyzone's Shane Lynch. Some time after the group broke up, the twins launched a new career as [=MsLynch=].
* Salt-N-Pepa, a Grammy-award winning rap group that gave the world "Push It" and the controversial pop song "Let's Talk about Sex".
* Music/DestinysChild, best known for being [[FaceOfTheBand Beyonce's old band]].
* Dream, who preceded Danity Kane's signing to Bad Boy Records by four years. They were popular at the beginning of the millennium thanks to TRL, but only managed become a TwoHitWonder on MTV before fading into obscurity.
* No Secrets - an American tandem of five who mainly got known for recording covers of classic Disney songs. After one member left, none other than a pre-stardom Music/LadyGaga was slated to replace her - but her manager backed out of the deal.
* No Angels, a German girl group formed in 2000 on the country's version of ''Popstars'', preceding many of the reality show acts by a few years. They did pretty well for themselves across Europe, even representing Germany in the 2008 Eurovision contest.
* Music/{{Cleopatra}} (Comin' Atcha!)
* Music/{{Sugababes}}, and their spinoff group Music/MutyaKeishaSiobhan
* Music/AtomicKitten. A British trio who weren't exactly stars but were reasonably successful - with three number one singles in the UK. Sort of a TokenWholesome amongst the various {{Stripperiffic}} girl groups of the day, their music leaning more towards SweetDreamsFuel. A pre-scandal Kerry Katona was a member briefly.
* Music/TaTu, a Russian girl duo that were sold as being lesbian lovers ([[BaitAndSwitchLesbians they weren't]]).
* Music/GirlsAloud, created by a British TalentShow. They're one of the most successful groups to spring from a reality show (in terms of UK chart performance), having earned 20 top 10 hits in the UK alone. (They did had a few international singles, but remained solely in the U.K.)
* Mis-Teeq, a British R&B group. They started out with four but one of the girls left after the first single. Their best known song "Scandalous" was used in the ''{{Film/Catwoman}}'' movie. Member Alesha Dixon later found success as a winner and eventual judge on ''Series/StrictlyComeDancing'', and then ''Series/BritainsGotTalent''.
* The Music/PussycatDolls, a former burlesque troupe that takes {{Stripperiffic}} to the next level. Also their reality-TV-born offshoot, Girlicious.
** Pussycat Dolls' lead singer, Nicole Scherzinger was originally part of another girl group, a pop group created for the show ''Popstars'' called Eden's Crush. After their disbandment, Nicole Scherzinger went solo for unknown reasons, but has yet to ever achieve any success she had with PCD.
* Music/TheCheetahGirls, the DisneyChannel's girl group.
** Which got two of its members from the original group 3LW.
** Adrienne Bailon, one of the members of the original group, 3LW, also appeared in ''Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale'', assisting Elle Daniels to uncover her secrets of her rival band's evil plot of ruining her songs, in which they will be broken up once and for all, according to the IMDB, Seventeen, Teen and Screen Media Films websites.
* Cherish, a group consisting of four sisters (two of which are twins).
* Danity Kane, formed by the Creator/{{MTV}} show ''Making the Band 3''. Both their albums went straight to US no 1, a feat that at the time had only been accomplished by Eminem's rap group D12. No girl group would even enter the top 5 in the states with its debut album for seven years.
* Music/TheVeronicas, twin sisters from Australia who took their name from [[Franchise/ArchieComics the Archie character]].
* Music/{{Millionaires}}, in that while they had some success, they were largely despised for their grating voices and sound. They claim they're actually a StealthParody of "scene queens", but who knows for sure.
* Music/TheSaturdays, who had 10 top 10 hits without a number 1, before, with the help of a reality TV series in the US, got their first UK no 1 with "What About Us".
* Girl groups make up a third of Korean Pop Music, besides Boy Bands and solo artists. Some well-known examples:
** Music/GirlsGeneration (better known as SNSD)
** Music/{{Tara}}
** Music/{{Kara}}
** Music/WonderGirls
** Music/TwoNEOne
* Same thing with Japanese Pop Music. Popular examples:
** Music/{{AKB48}} (with a whopping 140 total members)
** Music/{{Perfume}}
** Music/MomoiroCloverZ
** Music/HelloProject's various groups like Morning Musume.
* Music/LittleMix, winners of the 8th series of TheXFactor (not to mention the first, and still only, group to ''ever'' win the show). They later became the first UK Girl-group "ever" to debut in the top 5 in the US with its debut album (even higher than the Spice Girls' first week!) and second only to One Direction among all UK groups. They were the first girl group ''ever'' to be in the top 5 with its debut album since 2006.
* Probably the most straightforward example in CountryMusic was 3 of Hearts, composed of 3 young-adult women who sang with a heavy pop influence. They went absolutely nowhere. The next closest would probably be [=SHeDAISY=], who had more mainstream success in the early 2000s but was still less sexually-driven than most examples.
* Music/{{Dixie Chicks}}, the most successful girl group in Country music history and one of the most successful girl groups of all time.
* The late 80s featured a new breed of girl groups who specialized in freestyle dance music. Such groups included Expose, the Cover Girls, Pajama Party, Seduction, Sweet Sensation, and Company B.
* Music/{{Cimorelli}}, which started on Website/YouTube. They do covers mostly, but recently they have been branching in doing original songs.
* Music/{{Stooshe}}, who had 3 UK top 20 hits in 2012-13. Originally intended to be risque, they instead went for a radio-friendly, Diana Ross-like sound for "Love Me", "Black Heart" and "Slip".
* Music/FifthHarmony, akin to Little Mix, but on the American version of X Factor. Like the British 4-piece, this 5 member girl group was formed by producers, encountered name changes (originally [=LYLAS=] and 1432), and also love doing acoustic covers like Cimorelli above. Unlike LM, however, 5H faced the bottom 2 twice on their way to the final, and finished 3rd. Their debut album (the EP titled ''Better Together'') debuted at #6 on the Billboard charts, becoming the highest charting debut by an act from the X Factor US. Much like their TransAtlanticEquivalent SpearCounterpart, Music/OneDirection are in the UK, they're easily the most successful act produced by the US version of that show.
* Music/{{Play}}, a Swedish girl group best known for song "Us Against the World" and being attached the everGirl line.
* Music/BabyMetal is a weird example. They're a ''HeavyMetal idol group'' from Japan. Yeah, WidgetSeries indeed. They're the source of much MemeticMutation among metalheads.
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!!Fictional ones:

* JosieAndThePussycats, who were later {{defictionalized}}.
* ''{{Jem}}'' (is truly, truly outrageous) and rival band the Misfits (their songs are better)
* The girls from the video game ''Rockin' Pretty''.
* Film/TheCheetahGirls, who were also defictionalized.
* In probably the strangest example, [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike and the Bots]] play a girl group for the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xvhn122ygc "Where Oh Werewolf"]].
* An early example: the Viennese Swallows in ''Film/TheSmilingLieutenant'' (1931).
* The all-girl orchestra in which the main characters hide out in ''Film/SomeLikeItHot.''
* [[Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks The Chipettes]], as a DistaffCounterpart to the Chipmunks 'Boy Band'
* Donna and the Dynamos, Donna Sheridan's old girl group from ''Theatre/MammaMia''.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has The Bettys, a ShoutOut of sorts to the Veronicas.
* The GreekChorus of Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors is one of these. They are named Crystal, Chiffon and Ronette, after three genuine girl groups of the sixties.
* Lilpri from ''Anime/HimeChenOtogiChikkuIdolLilpri''. It helps that they're voiced by three of the four members of real GirlGroup S/mileage.
* G3 Princess from ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''.
* Girls Dead Monster ([=GirlDeMo=] for short) from ''Anime/AngelBeats''.
* As Empreguetes ("The Maidettes") from the Brazilian SoapOpera ''Cheias de Charme''.
* ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'', a musical about a girl group [[BasedOnATrueStory based on The Supremes]]. [[TheMovie Released as a film in 2006]].
* ''Film/TheSapphires'', about an Australian Aboriginal girl group who embark on a tour of Vietnam to entertain the armed forces in 1968. VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory
* Sabrina, Chloe, Hilda and Zelda formed one called The Flavour Babes in ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' with Chloe playing French Horn, Zelda on keyboard, Hilda as drummer and Sabrina as guitarist and lead vocals. None of them knew how to play instruments so they used magic to become a famous group.
* In the [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch live action]], Sabrina did this as well. She, Roxie and Morgan enter a talent show in the seventh season as 'Gal Palz' - with help from some magic lozenges. It's quite obviously not them singing when they perform.
** Libby formed one back in season 2 - of which the above mentioned episode is a RecycledScript - with the rest of the cheerleading squad. She named them The Libby Chessler Generation.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'':
** [[EvilDiva The Dazzlings]] are the sexy {{IdolSinger}}s version.
** The Rainbooms count as the Rock band variant.
* The title band in ''WesternAnimation/LoliRock'' is one of these.
* ''Anime/MacrossDelta'' has Walküre. This being ''Anime/Macross'', they're singing is central to the plot, specifically, it's able to cure people of "[[HatePlague Var Syndrome]]".

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The term "girl group" has also been used to describe rock bands that are composed entirely or mostly of women. Most of these "girl groups" resent this name, due to its connections with pop music and the inherent DoubleStandard involving rock bands composed of men being called the even more detested label of {{boy band}}.
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!!Examples:
* Music/TheRunaways. While there were female rock singers before them (Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, Suzi Quatro), they are one of the most well known all-female rock bands.
* Girlschool
* The Go-Gos. Originally a punk band, they switched to a PowerPop sound once they put together their main lineup. In 1981, they became the first all-female rock band to top the Billboard album charts.
* Music/TheBangles
* Vixen, a HairMetal band.
* The RiotGrrrl movement in TheNineties was an offshoot of PunkRock that was defined by its staunch feminist messages and lyrics. Bands included Music/BikiniKill, Sleater-Kinney, Heavens to Betsy, Huggy Bear (a British group who actually had a mixed-gender line-up) and Bratmobile. Only Sleater-Kinney survived the scene, and they did so by drastically changing their sound around the 1997 release of ''Dig Me Out'' and arguably [[GrowTheBeard got better because of it]].
* Many [[TheNineties '90s]] rock bands were mistakenly associated with riot grrrl just because they had female lead singers: Hole, Music/{{L7}}, Babes in Toyland, Music/SonicYouth, etc. In L7 and Babes in Toyland's cases, they ''were'' all-girl bands.
** Babes in Toyland plays with the girl group characterization in the [[http://www.mtvmusic.com/artist/babes_in_toyland/videos/361006/sweet_ music video for "Sweet '69"]]
* The Donnas
* The Like
* Music/TheStunners
* The Finnish band Indica
* Jack Off Jill
* Vivian Girls, [[GenreBusting indie noise-pop,]] not unlike Music/TheRamones if you take away the Y chromosome.
* Music/ExistTrace
* Afterschool Tea Time, the light rock band formed by the main character of ''Manga/KOn''.
* The Faders, a pop-punk trio of girls that played their own instruments but blurred the lines between rock band and girl group.
* There's also plenty of examples of tribute bands whose members are all girls, like [[Music/LedZeppelin Lez Zeppelin]], [[Music/IronMaiden The Iron Maidens]] or [[Music/{{ACDC}} ThundHerStruck]] (whose singer does alternate between Bon Scott and Brian Johnson modes, to boot).
* Music/{{Scandal}}
* Music/{{S Club 7}} only had 4 girls whose names are Hannah (Spearritt), Jo (O'Meara), Rachel (Stevens) and Tina (Barrett).
* Music/{{Haim}}, Three Californian sisters, whose music is somewhere between country, rock, folk and R&B, were named as sound of 2013 by the BBC, an accolade won by 50 Cent, Adele, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J in the past and by Sam Smith in the future. Not a full example however, as the band features [[TheOneGuy an unrelated male member]] on drums.
* Music/ConquerDivide is an all-female {{Metalcore}} band
* Music/BandMaid, a heavy metal/hard rock band from Japan where the member dress as [[{{Meido}} maids]]. Their music is a very accessible kind of metal, but it's still not exactly what you'd expect upon seeing them at first glance.
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