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.
  • 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. Mel 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Supposedly Rebellious Series: Hyped in a semi-feminist way as women expressing themselves, but widely criticised for being a bunch of stereotypically-hot, scantily-clad young women whose songs and image were almost entirely created by backroom men. However, the backroom men part can be disputed, as they did have male managers, but they created a lot of their image and sound on their own, often refusing help from outsiders as being worried the men would try to change their look and sound too much. They took this even further when they fired Simon Fuller as their manager during their peak of success, and went on to manage themselves. Then again, that may have been been the final straw in adding more pressure amongst the girls, causing Geri to leave. When the girls reunited for a reunion tour in 2007-08, they hired Simon Fuller back as their manager, and three of the girls (Geri, Victoria, and Emma) are managed by him in their solo careers.
  • 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".