YMMV / Spice Girls

  • Angst? What Angst?: They all vehemently denied any tension within the group, of which there was so very, very much. Eventually, most of them fessed up and discussed it, but Emma remained all smiles.
  • Broken Base: The single "Holler" from the much maligned third album. Some call Fanon Discontinuity on it, as it's more R&B than their other albums, and others found the blatant sexuality of it amusing rather than sexy - while also finding it to be too generic sounding. Others however find it nice and catchy, and consider it the best song off Forever. Others also like it as one of the few songs where Victoria gets to sing more.
  • Ear Worm: Too many to count.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Part of the reason for the band's success is that their songs were enjoyed by people who would normally hate the idea of listening to manufactured pop groups. This is because of their extremely high production values, the varied harmonies and the general attempt to make each single stand out. The fact the band wrote all their own songs and didn't release any covers as singles helped as well.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The album Forever. Many fans would rather that "Goodbye" had been their last single, given the title and the fact that Geri had left the band, "Goodbye" being a tribute to her. The band's lack of success with Forever, the fact Geri is not on the album, and its generic style means it is an easy album to ignore. Melanie C would later say that even though the Spice Girls went on to do this album after Geri left the band, the Spice Girls were never truly the Spice Girls without her, and the day she left was what really marked the end of the group.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This advert for Walkers Crisps has the girls unsuccessfully hitting on footballer Gary Linekar. Victoria would have much better luck in that department when she met David Beckham.
  • LGBT Fanbase: The girls have a huge gay male following.
  • Les Yay: The girls did a lot of hugging and kissing of each other when they were in front of the cameras. Behind them, probably not so much. Also, they admit to catfighting on occasion. Even the music video to their hit, "Wannabe" featured Geri squeezing Emma's butt.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Stop".
  • Narm Charm: Their Girl Power schtick veered into cheesy/gimmicky territory at times, but really, that's what a lot of people still love about them. You know, that and the impossibly catchy songs.
  • Signature Song: "Wannabe" is clearly this, as it was one of the biggest hits of The '90s, and by far their biggest hit as a group. As for additional signature songs, "Say You'll Be There", "2 Become 1", "Who Do You Think You Are", "Spice Up Your Life", and "Stop" could all be argued as this. All of their singles, bar "Stop" (which peaked at #2) and their 2007 reunion single "Headlines" (#11), reached #1 on the UK charts, though "Stop" is probably more remembered than a few of their #1s.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Last Time Lover" sounds similar to The Mary Jane Girls' "All Night Long."
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Seriously, they were marketed to (and incredibly popular with) preteen girls, but most of their songs were very thinly veiled metaphors for sex. The line "I really, really, really wanna zig-a-zig-ahh" in "Wannabe" is often thought to be a reference to some form of a sexual activity. They take it further in songs like "2 Become 1" ("Be a little bit wiser, baby. Put it on." - "It" being a condom, and ya know, the title of the song has enough sexual implication in and of itself.), "Naked", which is about a girl choosing to lose her virginity, and "Holler".