YMMV: Girls Aloud

  • Accidental Innuendo: When Cheryl made an appearance on Styled to Rock as the challenge of the week, she and Nicola met up with one of the contestants. When Nicola commented that she liked how the word "lane" was printed on the pants (unwittingly pointing out that it was directed towards the crotch), Cheryl immediately started giggling and smacks Nicola on the arm.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Despite being another Spice Girls-sized phenomenon in the U.K., they're basically unknown to the rest of the world, largely because they never really wanted to try and because they had no time. They made an attempt to gain some recognition in Australia, Europe, and China as evidenced on their special Off The Record, but the extensive travel involved and the lukewarm reception ultimately lead them to prefer to stay home in the UK.
  • Ear Worm: There is a reason they had 20 Top 10 singles.
  • Face of the Band: Cheryl. 90% of the band's tabloid and media attention have been around her.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Most fans like to pretend that "Beautiful 'Cause You Love Me" isn't their final single, especially since it was not written by Xenomania.
  • Growing the Beard: When the group was first formed, they were still considered a novelty, due to being formed on Popstars: The Rivals and there was no real successful act to spring from reality television. It wasn't until they released "Love Machine" and then Chemistry that critics started to take notice of their output.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This 2006 sketch featuring Kimberley, Sarah, and Cheryl spoofing The X Factor. Two years later, Cheryl replaced Sharon Osbourne as a judge on the show.
    • On one of the band's behind the scenes specials in 2005, Cheryl makes a crack about she and the rest of the girls don't really want to be singing "Love Machine" by the time they're 30. In 2013, all five of them are already at that age and they'll be touring on their greatest hits, which include "Love Machine."
    • During a commentary about the "Biology" video, Sarah joked that her updo made her look like Bet Lynch. A few years later, Julie Goodyear herself played the part of Sarah's mother as part of a sketch on the Girls Aloud Party. And then in 2015, Sarah landed a 4-episode guest spot on the show itself.
    • This 2005 review of Chemistry. The next several years did in fact see them release their first greatest hits collection, Cheryl's marriage and divorce, The X Factor and subsequent solo career, and the other girls following suit with other reality show appearances and solo albums.
    • Girls Aloud were named the "Most Successful Reality TV Group" by Guinness World Records in 2011...one year before being eclipsed by One Direction.
  • Magnum Opus: Chemistry, Tangled Up, and Out of Control regularly alternate for top spots on fans and critics' lists for best album.
    • Singles wise, most music critics tend to agree that "Biology" is their greatest single, although "The Promise" and "Call The Shots" are close behind.
  • Narm: How Sarah and Cheryl view the "Wake Me Up" video and several others upon rewatching them several years later for a DVD commentary.
  • One True Threesome: Part of the fanbase regards Nicola, Cheryl, and Kimberley as this, dubbing them "Chimola" as the three of them border on True Companions and were most often seen hanging out together during the group's hiatus and showing up for support on each other's solo endeavors.
  • Signature Song: "Love Machine", "Biology", "Call The Shots", or "The Promise", depending on who you ask.
  • Special Effects Failure: The video for "Something Kinda Ooooh". They've admitted that they ran out of time to properly film the music video, hence the dodgy green screen effects behind them and the fact that the cars they were in were obviously parked in stationary positions.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Life Got Cold" bears quite a resemblance to Oasis' "Wonderwall". So much that Noel Gallagher received a writing credit to tamper down the criticism.
    • "Love Machine"'s guitar riff was inspired by The Smiths' "Rusholme Ruffians", but is removed enough to not be a direct ripoff or sample.
  • The Woobie: Nicola Roberts, who was abused and branded by the media for being pale and "ugly" at age 17 when she joined the group.