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Originally created by the TalentShow ''Popstars: The Rivals'' which debuted in November 2002 in the sense that members were actually voted for by the viewing public, Music/GirlsAloud long outlasted the male group also created and have 20 UK Top 10 singles to their name, including four UK Number Ones. They also appeared as the school band at the end of the 2008 ''StTrinians'' movie.

Formerly on hiatus (for what was intended to be one year but ultimately became three-and-a-half), it was announced in May 2012 that the girls were recording new material with their longtime collaborators Xenomania. After months of speculation, it was finally confirmed that the fivesome would reunite to release a new single for Series/ChildrenInNeed 2012, as well as embark on the Ten: The Hits Tour, their first in almost four years.

On March 20 2013, the band officially announced their disbandment, following the final date of their Ten: The Hits Tour.

The pop group consists of five members:
* Kimberley Walsh
* Music/CherylCole (nee Tweedy)
* Sarah Harding
* Nicola Roberts
* Nadine Coyle

Discography:
* ''Sound of the Underground'' (2003)
* ''[[HotterAndSexier What Will the Neighbors Say?]]'' (2004)
* ''Chemistry'' (2005)
* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum The Sound of Girls Aloud]]'' (2006)
* ''[[NewSoundAlbum Tangled Up]]'' (2007)
* ''Out of Control'' (2008)
* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum Ten]]'' (2012)

!!This pop group contains examples of:
* AlbumTitleDrop:
** ''It's the '''sound of the underground''', the beat of the drum goes round and around ... ''
** ''Give me a squeeze a day, get off this negligee, '''what will the neighbours say''' this time?''
** ''Man get up! We're gonna start this fire, '''tangled up!''' Because I know I should ...''
* AutoTune: Used for robotic effect in "Sexy! No No No...".
* BackForTheFinale: After much speculation (going on for ''years''), the girls confirmed their disbandment immediately following the final date of their Ten: The Hits Tour.
* BetweenMyLegs: Used in the "Kimberley" ending of their video for "I Think We're Alone Now". Kimberley buys time for the girls to escape with the loot by flashing the security guys, causing them to faint as she gives a knowing look to the camera.
* BikerBabe: The "Wake Me Up" video. Sarah and Cheryl have commented that they found parts of it more [[{{Narm}} hilariously cheesy than sexy.]]
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Sarah (blonde), Cheryl (brunette), and Nicola (redhead). Nadine and Kimberley tend to stay in the blonde-brunette middle range. Nicola's hair has been all three colors as well as varying shades of red.
* BreakupBreakout: Cheryl's solo career has obviously been more successful than the rest of them, thanks to her ''X Factor'' gig.
** Nadine's solo album was released to mixed reviews and for some reason, available only through Tesco. She's gotten more positive acclaim as Erin the Goddess in the 2014 staging of ''The Lord of the Dance'' and she does own a successful pub in Los Angeles.
** Nicola's solo career gained more critical praise than both Cheryl ''and'' Nadine, but her album was only a modest seller. However, she has found much more success as TheFashionista and a successful makeup range tailored for pale women like herself.
** Kimberley released a CoverAlbum of showtunes to mixed reviews, but has garnered slightly more praise for her turn as Fiona in ''Shrek: The Musical'' and as a guest singer and television personality.
** Only time will tell if Sarah's solo career will be as successful.
* {{Britpop}}: Though the group are not strictly a textbook Britpop group, their debut album ''Sound of the Underground'' was very much influenced by Music/{{Oasis}}, and Brian Higgins later said that he was intending to marry the Xenomania's pop sound with the burgeoning "indie" scene with that album.
* ButNotTooWhite[=/=]RedheadedStepchild: Nicola was mocked and picked on by the press for being "ugly" due to her bright red hair and extremely pale [[http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44933000/jpg/_44933710_pa_girlsaloud466.jpg complexion]]. She's since struck back with a fairly successful makeup range for pale women and championing legislation to ban the use of sunbeds for minors under 18 as well as putting out a critically successful solo album.
* CallBack: The lyrics to "Something New" include the lines "we girls gonna run this ''show''" and "feel the beat deep ''underground''".
* TheCameo: The signature "do do do" refrain on Music/FranzFerdinand's cover of "Sound and Vision" are sung by the girls because both bands happened to run into each other at the same recording studio.
* CanonDiscontinuity: "Long Hot Summer" has been basically ignored since 2006. It's the only single of theirs that wasn't a cover that's been left out of ''Ten'' and on tour.
** Their covers of "See the Day" and "I Think We're Alone Now" are also ignored.
* TheCaper: PlayedForLaughs in the video for their cover of "I Think We're Alone Now". The video even came with three separate endings.
* CatholicSchoolgirlsRule: As the FakeBand at the end of ''Film/StTrinians'' and for a 2007 promotional [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmTCIa3Sb3s campaign]] for Comic Relief.
* CoverVersion: Several appear on their albums and many times on tour or radio appearances.
** "Sacred Trust" (originally by Music/TheBeeGees)
** "Stay Another Day" (East 17)
** "Jump" (The Pointer Sisters)
** "I Think We're Alone Now" (Tommy and The Shondells/Tiffany)
** [[TheCoverChangesTheGender "Girls on Film"]] (Duran Duran)
** "I'll Stand By You" (The Pretenders)
** "Here We Go", "Deadlines & Diets" (both by Moonbaby)
** "See The Day" (Dee C. Lee).
** "I Predict a Riot" (Music/KaiserChiefs)
** "Rehab" (Music/AmyWinehouse)
** "Beneath Your Beautiful" (Labyrinth and Music/EmeliSande)
** "Walk This Way" (Music/{{Aerosmith}}, collaboration with Music/{{Sugababes}})
** "With Every Heartbeat" (Music/{{Robyn}})
** "Womanizer" (Music/BritneySpears)
** "Call Me Maybe" (Music/CarlyRaeJepsen).
** "We Wanna Party" (Lene Nystrom)
* CutenessProximity: PlayedForLaughs on a sketch for their Christmas special, where the only reason they invited [[Series/ThePaulOGradyShow Paul O'Grady]] over for Christmas was that they wanted to play with his dog, Buster.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The "Sexy! No No No..." video. The portion of their tours that feature the song are generally stylized to look darker than the other segments.
** During the ''Popstars'' days, "Sound of the Underground" was this to One True Voice's cover of "Sacred Trust".
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: "Something New" and "Sexy! No No No..." falls under Limited Palette.
** "Something New" has the individual girls filmed entirely in black and white and then the group shots in color. The set is simply a black and white wall and their orange dresses are more brightly saturated.
** "Sexy! No No No..." also falls under the Limited Palette style, emphasizing black, red, and gray with everything else looking very washed out and flat.
* DoubleStandard: Watch the video for "The Show". Now imagine the public's reaction if the situation were reversed with five men doing those sorts of things to a group of girls.
* DownerEnding: The video for [[spoiler:"Untouchable". The girls traipse across space in individual bubble ships and presumably trigger a cataclysm when their ships fail and they crash into the Earth.]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Although "Sound of the Underground" was rather refreshing in comparison to girl groups before them, early b-sides and demos such as "Stay Another Day", "Lights, Music, Camera, Action!" and their version of "Sacred Trust", made it clear that their record label wanted the group to be another moody girl group. It wasn't until they covered "Jump" that they realized they were better suited for a more energetic sound.
-->'''Nicola''': We had something that was fresh, rather than us just doing an Music/AtomicKitten track.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: "Je Ne Parle Pas Francais", which ironically was a translated version of "Can't Speak French".
* {{Fanservice}}[=/=]ThreeMinutesOfWrithing: Their videos for "Long Hot Summer", "Wake Me Up", "Can't Speak French" and "Sexy! No No No..." are prime examples.
* TheFashionista: All of them are involved with fashion in one way or another. They've all walked runways for charity fashion shows, modeled for beauty and fashion campaigns, and released a DVD about their personal styles.
* GenkiGirl: Sarah, although all five of them tend to get excitable once you get them going and chattering at the same time. The other four have admitted that they thought Sarah was a madwoman when they all first met at the auditions. Sarah even dubbed herself "Big Mouth" as she's admitted that she's the loudest of the girls and she'd talk to the audience in between songs while on tour.
** The DVD commentary of their music videos up until "Sexy! No No No..." is basically Sarah and Cheryl cackling in both glee and horror while getting distracted by other things.
-->'''Sarah''': Getting shots of us all together to look serious is physically impossible.
* GenreRoulette: While firmly standing in {{Pop}} territory, they've experimented with all kinds of genres. ''Out of Control'' is probably the best example of their variation in style; that one album alone sees them playing with {{Soul}}, Drum & Bass, ElectronicMusic, {{Funk}}, Dancehall, AlternativeRock, PowerPop ''and'' CountryMusic.
** "Biology" hops from blues to cabaret to electronica, while "Sexy! No No No..." is literally three different songs sewn together to bridge synthpop, punk rock, and samba rhythms.
* GenreThrowback: "The Promise" and its music video is a nod to the girl groups, fashion, and music of the 1960s.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Where ''did'' Kimberley put that hair dryer in the "Wake Me Up" video?
** Cheryl got in a rude arm gesture during the catwalk segment of the "Walk This Way" video.
** The opening verse of "Long Hot Summer" is a reference to cross-dressing. One live version alters the lyrics and makes the cross-dressing reference crystal clear.
* GirlGroup
* GirlinessUpgrade: Compare "Sound of the Underground" to "The Promise", and they've come a long way. At the start of their career, they were quite tomboyish with lots of combat fatigues and street-style clothing, and slowly evolved into the glamorous style that they're known for today.
* GoKartingWithBowser: The dodgy cover of "Walk This Way" with their chart rivals Music/{{Sugababes}} done for charity.
* GoldDigger: The b-sides "Money" and "Blow Your Cover". In an interesting twist, the ending verse of "Money" seems to imply that this is just a facade.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: The entire band's fondness for clubs, alcohol, and parties have been well documented in the tabloids, but Sarah Harding is the stand out case. She not only has a home on the infamous party island of Ibiza, she was also engaged to a DJ. The band's lyrics also contain frequent references to drinking and partying the night away.
** Sarah's HardDrinkingPartyGirl ways have now caught up with her as she's entered rehab and her engagement was called off.
*** Their 2013 GreatestHits tour will be a "dry" tour in support of Sarah's new-found sobriety and "On The Metro" references drinking soda instead of alcohol.
** Nadine owns a bar in Los Angeles with her family.
** One particular segment on their behind-the-scenes television special was Cheryl being horribly hungover after she and Nadine had spent the night drinking from their hotel bar. Cheryl has said that Nadine has and will drink her under the table.
** One interview with the Arctic Monkeys mentioned that one time at an industry party, the girls out drank them.
* HeterosexualLifePartners[=/=]LesYay: Kimberley and Cheryl are very close, to the point that the band's fanbase enjoy reading into this, nicknaming them "Chim".
** In fact, the first time Cheryl and Kimberley met, Cheryl blurted out that she thought Kimberley had beautiful skin.
** Cheryl caused a minor meltdown in the fanbase by jokingly [[https://twitter.com/KimberleyJWalsh/status/298898681279700995 proposing to Kimberley on Twitter.]] And called Kimberley [[http://i.imgur.com/tmHHKv1.png her]] wife.
-->'''Kimberley:''' @[=CherylCole=]: @kimberleyjwalsh !!! Marry me??? Lmjao...what have you started
* HiddenDepths:
** Nicola actually has written several songs that were on their albums: "I Say A Prayer For You", "It's Magic", and "On The Metro". She also wrote and produced her own solo album to strong critical praise.
** Several songs on ''What Will The Neighbors Say?'', ''Tangled Up'', and ''Out Of Control'' were co-written by the girls themselves with Xenomania.
** Kimberley managed the group's finances and activities during a period where they did not have any management after leaving Louis Walsh's management in the early stages of their career. (Louis still claims that he's the one who made them famous, but the girls have been adamant that Louis never talked to them after the surprising success of "Sound of the Underground".)
* HollywoodThin: Nadine. It's also speculated that Cheryl was fired from the American version of ''Series/TheXFactor'' for not being this.
* HotterAndSexier: The ''What Will The Neighbors Say?'' period after the ''Sound of the Underground'' period.
* IdolSinger: In that each girl auditioned for ''Popstars: The Rivals'' and were voted into the group by the viewers.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Watch Me Go", "Fling", "Love Machine", "Wake Me Up", "Graffiti My Soul".
* IronicFear: The girls, especially Nicola and Nadine, all have some fear of heights. Their last four tours involved large heights and platforms flying over the audience.
* LastNoteHilarity: "Live in the Country" ends with a gaggle of pigs squealing and other assorted animal noises, including a ''lion roar''.
-->'''Sarah''': I didn't realize that was on there until Kimberley texted me and said "Has anyone else heard the pigs squealing at the end of 'Live in the Country'?" I was like "what?!"\\
'''Kimberley''': I could just imagine Brian [Higgins, Xenomania's head producer] laughing away to himself and thinking it was hilarious.
* LighterAndSofter: Their cover of "Jump" reinvigorated their image as a group of sassy {{Genki Girl}}s, as all their singles from ''Sound of the Underground'' portrayed them as rather moody and scowling.
* LongRunnerLineUp: Type 3 (All original members with a hiatus/breakup). If it weren't for their hiatus, they would have been a Type 1 by the time they broke up.
* LyricalColdOpen: "Sexy! No No No..."
* MoodWhiplash: "Something New" is a fierce, unapologetic girl power anthem. Its follow-up single "Beautiful Cause You Love Me" is the exact opposite of that, and almost undoes the point they're trying to make in the former!
* MoralityBallad: The B-side "Why Do It?" warns of not succumbing to peer pressure and dropping out of school. The chorus even says, "Why do it? Don't do it, fool." In a twist, the song isn't a ballad, but a crunchy electropop song.
* MotorMouth: Cheryl. The girls just tend to let her do most of their speaking when it came to group interviews and she's described herself as that girl who just never shuts up.
** When the music calls for it, she and Nadine can sing as rapidly as possible, as evidenced on songs like "Money", "Watch Me Go", and "Something Kinda Ooooh".
* MsFanservice: Let's face it, the whole lot of them.
* MultipleEndings: The "I Think We're Alone Now" video had three:
** The "Good" ending, in which the girls get away with the money and celebrate by throwing it around on the bed.
** The "Bad" ending, in which the girls get caught by the bad guys and end up tied up in the vault.
** The "Kimberley" ending, which Kimberley buys time for the girls to escape with the loot by flashing the bad guys as they approach the vault. She then gives the camera a knowing look when the men faint.
* NewSoundAlbum: While Girls Aloud's first 3 studio albums were experimental and dynamic in terms of genre-straddling, ''Tangled Up'' was essentially a 50-minute rave party. This wasn't a bad thing, however, as Xenomania were still creative with their song structures and lyrical themes.
* NoodleIncident: Whatever it is in Yorkshire concerning Kimberley and Nadine that gets the local papers overexcited in that area.
** The circumstances surrounding Cheryl's dubious exit from the US version of ''Series/TheXFactor'' still remain murky to this day.
* UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland: Nadine hails from Derry and identifies as Irish.
* ObligatoryBondageSong: "Watch Me Go".
-->''Quarter past two''\\
''I was dressed in red''\\
''Tied up to your bed''\\
''Begged you on my knees''
* OddFriendship: With some well-known bands such as Music/KaiserChiefs, Music/ArcticMonkeys, and Music/{{Coldplay}}.
* OneWomanSong: "Racy Lacey".
* OopNorth: Kimberley is from Bradford, Cheryl is from Newcastle, and Nicola is from Runcorn.
** Although she was born and had her very early childhood in Ascot, Sarah spent much of her life in Stockport and identifies herself as a Northerner.
* OppositesAttract: The theme of "Love Is The Key".
* ThePreciousPreciousCar: When the girls appeared on an episode of ''Fifth Gear'', Sarah got so enthusiastic at the opportunity to drive a Ferrari around the test track that she didn't see other cars in the parking lot and rammed it into their manager's van. Footage from ''Off The Record'' showed that after Sarah took the car on a drive anyway and only realized the extent of the damage after she came back. Everyone else had been stunned into silence.
* PunnyName: The salon in the video for "The Show" is called ''Curls Allowed''.
** Their name itself is arguably one to play up the "boys vs. girls" theme on ''Popstars'' and a track on their debut album was titled "Girls Allowed."
* RealityShow / TalentShow: This is one of the few success stories to come from those types of programs. In fact, they're listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the "World's Most Successful Reality TV Group", although Music/OneDirection have probably surpassed them in terms of global popularity. (It does remains to be seen if One Direction's career longevity, sales, and chart performances will surpass them as well.)
** The girls themselves, with the exception of Nadine, regularly make guest appearances on other reality shows as well. Kimberley competed and came in second place on ''StrictlyComeDancing'', Cheryl kicked off her solo career with ''Series/TheXFactor'', Nicola is a mentor[=/=]judge on ''Styled To Rock'', and Sarah hosted the dating program ''Dating In The Dark'' as well as competing on the gymnastics show ''Tumble''. Nadine's reality show appearances so far have been limited to the band's behind the scenes specials and as a guest judge on ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel''.
* {{Sampling}}:
** "Graffiti My Soul" samples the Peplab song "It's Not the Drug"
** "Biology" interpolates the main riff of The Animals' "Club-a-Gogo"
** "Sexy! No No No..." samples the guitar riff of Nazareth's "Hair Of The Dog".
* ShesGotLegs: All of them, but Nadine is the standout case as she favors miniskirts and short dresses that show off her legs. The girls have flat out said that when it came to styling them, Nadine was always the one in the mini-skirt.
* ShoutOut:
** The live choreography for "Love Is The Key" references in some of the strutting from "[[Music/{{Beyonce}} Single Ladies]]".
** The ''Out of Control'' tour version of "Sexy! No No No..." throws in the riff from "[[Music/{{Rihanna}} Disturbia]]".
** The ''Chemistry'' tour version of "Love Machine" adds the riff from Amerie's "1 Thing" to the dance break
* SillyLoveSongs: Even a girl group with biting wit has to belt out a few silly love songs once in a while. Examples include "I Say a Prayer For You", "Forever and a Night", "Whole Lotta History" and "Beautiful 'Cos You Love Me".
* SingingVoiceDissonance: While they have lovely singing voices, Cheryl's Geordie and Nadine's Northern Irish accents can be rough on unfamiliar ears. TMZ TV tried to watch a clip of Cheryl on ''The X Factor'' and were unable to understand her, and Nadine's accent was thick enough to warrant subtitles when she appeared on ''America's Next Top Model.''
* SkunkStripe: Nadine sports one in the video for "The Show" and during all the girls' promotional appearances for that single.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Considered this to the Music/SpiceGirls as Geri Halliwell had a hand in selecting them since she was a judge on the show that formed them. They've since outgrown that label.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Occasionally. The ''What Will The Neighbors Say'' era tended to feature their most scantily-clad outfits, especially the [[http://i.imgur.com/mv7mvhZ.jpg tour costumes]].
* SynthPop: A good deal of their output is composed of this.
* TakeThat: The b-side "Hoxton Heroes" mocked the hipsters in the British indie scene who were more obsessed with flaunting their "indie credibility" and fame connections, than instead of being legitimate musicians the Girls could enjoy.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Nadine is undeniably the strongest singer in the group, but she lacks the charisma and live performance skills that makes Cheryl more popular.
* TemptingFate: The girls were invited onto a ghost hunting special and the first half of the special, nothing happened. Cheryl, exhausted and wanting to go home already, calls for a ghost to just make a noise already. A loud tap then sends all the girls screaming out of the room, prompting Sarah to yell at her.
-->'''Sarah''': CHERYL! [[AtomicFBomb YOU FUCKER!]] What the fuck did do you that for?!
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: At the beginning, Nadine and Kimberley were the Girly Girls to Cheryl, Sarah, and Nicola's Tomboys. Nadine and Kimberley were always more primly dressed and favored skirts while Sarah and Cheryl had favored pants and the "tough girl" aesthetic. Nicola has said that she was more tomboyish as a child and her (and Sarah's) favorite part of making the video for "The Loving Kind" was destroying things.
* TruckDriversGearChange: In "The Promise" and "I'll Stand By You".
* AVeryBritishChristmas: "Sound of the Underground" debuted at #1 on the Christmas charts as part of the goal of ''Popstars'', and the Christmas special "The Girls Aloud Party."
* VideoFullOfFilmClips: Their cover of the Pointer Sisters' "Jump (For My Love)". The video is intercut with clips from ''LoveActually'' to create the illusion of the girls sneaking into Downing Street and wandering around trying not to get caught.
** Their version of the ''Film/StTrinians'' theme is basically an edited version of the movie's DancePartyEnding with the girls as the school band.
* WakeUpMakeup: In the intro to their "Ten Years At The Top" TV special, Nadine wakes up with a full face of makeup.
* WordSaladLyrics: Their entire catalog, with the most infamous examples being "Love Machine", "Biology", "Sexy! No No No...", and "Miss You Bow Wow". The reason for this is Xenomania's production method of making words up to sync with the melodies and shaping the lyrics from there.
-->'''Nicola''': [introducing "Love Machine"] When we first recorded this next song, none of us were quite sure about it because it was a little bit quirky and the lyrics are a little bit daft, so we weren't really convinced on how it was going to go down.
* WrenchWench: The concept of their video for "Long Hot Summer." Bonus points for actually being filmed in an actual auto shop.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: In 2001 Nadine had won a similar show in Ireland, but had been removed from the resulting band because she'd lied about her age. Louis Walsh (who was also a judge on the Irish show) guided her into this band instead.
** Made even more hilarious by the fact that the other band in question, ''Six'' flopped badly and haven't been heard from since.
** The TV show that set out to create Girls Aloud also featured a girl who claimed she was 16 to make it into the competition. She made it fairly far...and was then revealed to be 13.
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