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1%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread:²%% Please do not replace or remove without starting a new thread.²%%²[[quoteright:350:[[ComicBook/JosieAndThePussycats]]]]²[[caption-width-right:350:And you thought the Archies were the only real rock band in Riverdale...]]²%%²%% Caption selected per above IP thread. Please do not replace or remove without discussion here:²%%²%%²²%%Examples have been alphabetized by title. Please place your example in the correct order.²²Girl groups are the DistaffCounterpart of {{Boy Band}}s. Naturally they'll be a group of attractive young girls who sing and dance in {{Stripperiffic}} outfits - usually with songs about sex. Videos will be full of {{Fanservice}} and expect at least one member to make it into a lads' mag.²²Unlike Boy Bands, there are no set roles for each member of the Girl Group. If there are three members, they'll usually correspond to BeautyBrainsAndBrawn or TheThreeFacesOfEve. If it's four, then likely the FourGirlEnsemble. And if it's five, of course the FiveManBand.²²The quintessential Girl Group was The Andrews Sisters way back in the 40s (see below) but the concept of one really exploded in the late 90s. The cause? The Music/SpiceGirls.²²This British quintet turned into an overnight sensation, achieving worldwide fame and cementing their status in pop culture. Any groups formed in the 90s and 2000s were following their lead. While the boy band craze died down in the early 2000s, girl groups remained around for the rest of the decade. While not as prominent as before, there are still a few.²²South Korea has taken this trope UpToEleven. There are loads of girl bands active, with some of them being insanely popular. This has been going on for a while, with [[Music/GirlsGeneration Girls' Generation]] being most famous in the early 2010's. Now, it's Music/{{Blackpink}} and [[{{Music/Twice}} TWICE]] that are most popular, with Music/RedVelvet, [[{{Music/GFriend}} GFRIEND]], MUSIC/{{Mamamoo}} and Music/APink also being quite renowned. Even unknown bands usually have loyal fans, including bands that haven't even debuted yet.²²Some ex-girlgroup singers have eclipsed their bands, such as Diana Ross, Beyoncé, Cheryl and Camilla Cabello.²²Compare IdolSinger.²²----²!!Real examples:²²[[index]]²* 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.²* Music/TwoNEOne²* 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.²* Music/{{AKB48}} (with a whopping 140 total members)²* 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.²* Music/TheAndrewsSisters, back in TheForties. The American Bombshells are their SpiritualSuccessor - a trio of singers that perform for American soldiers.²* The Angels, who are best known for their 1963 hit "My Boyfriend's Back".²* 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 SugarWiki/SweetDreamsFuel. A pre-scandal Kerry Katona was a member briefly.²* 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.²* 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.²* Music/{{Blackpink}} are popular all over the world, but in South East Asia especially.²* 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=].²* The Chantelles, the most famous female doo-wop group ("Maybe").²* Film/TheCheetahGirls, the Creator/DisneyChannel's girl group.²** Which got two of its members from the original group Music/ThreeLW.²** Adrienne Bailon, one of the members of the original group, 3LW, also appeared in ''Film/ElleAModernCinderellaTale'', 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.²* Cherish, a group consisting of four sisters (two of which are twins).²* Music/{{Cimorelli}}, which started on Website/YouTube. They do covers mostly, but recently they have been branching in doing original songs. They recently released their first album in May 2016, called "Up At Night", with a little help in some parts of the album as well as a second one a year after, "Alive", making it also their first GospelMusic album. Not bad for a girl group that went indie in 2015.²* Music/{{Cleopatra}} (Comin' Atcha!)²* The Chiffons ("He's So Fine," "One Fine Day")²* Danity Kane, formed by the Creator/{{MTV}} show ''Series/MakingTheBand 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 and would later be eclipsed by {{Boy Band}}s Music/OneDirection and Music/FiveSecondsOfSummer. No girl group would even enter the top 5 in the states with its debut album for seven years.²* Music/DestinysChild, best known for being [[FaceOfTheBand Beyonce's old band]].²* 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.²* Music/{{Dixie Chicks}}, the most successful girl group in Country music history and one of the most successful girl groups of all time.²* 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.²* 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, and, like with 1D, lost a member abruptly[[note]]Music/CamilaCabello for 5H, [[Music/{{Zayn}} Zayn Malik]] for 1D[[/note]], released an album as a quartet with less success[[note]]Although 1D’s quartet album was nevertheless far more successful than 5H’s[[/note]], and then went on hiatus.²* [[{{Music/GFriend}} GFRIEND]]²* 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.²* Music/GirlsGeneration was the popular Korean band in the early 2010's.²* Music/HelloProject's various groups like Morning Musume.²* Music/{{Kara}}²* Music/LittleMix, winners of the 8th series of ''Series/TheXFactor'' (not to mention the first 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. They have continued to release million selling albums without looking like splitting in over 7 years together.²* Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, another great Motown group.²* The Marvelettes, who scored Motown's first number one hit.²* 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.²* Music/MisTeeq, 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''.²* Music/MomoiroCloverZ²* Music/MutyaKeishaSiobhan²* 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, though that didn't go well.²* 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.²* Music/{{Perfume}}²* Music/ThePipettes, formed in 2006, went for a {{Retraux}} 1960s girl group style.²* Music/{{Play}}, a Swedish girl group best known for song "Us Against the World" and being attached the everGirl line.²* Music/ThePuppiniSisters are big (but not slavish) fans of the Andrews.²* 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.²* Music/RedVelvet²* Music/SaltNPepa, a Grammy-award winning rap group that gave the world "Push It" and the controversial pop song "Let's Talk about Sex".²* 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".²* 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.²* Many vocal groups produced by Phil Spector, including The Ronettes and The Crystals.²* Music/SpiceGirls. Their shocking popularity led to several other girl groups being manufactured. Most examples from the late 90s and early 2000s were created to cash in on the craze. Each girl was given her own distinct nickname and identity - Scary Spice (Mel B), Posh Spice (Victoria), Baby Spice (Emma), Sporty Spice (Mel C) and Ginger Spice (Geri)[[note]]Sometimes nicknamed 'Sexy Spice' due to her MsFanservice nature and changing her hair to blonde[[/note]]. Also got a movie - ''Film/SpiceWorld''.²* 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".²* Music/{{Sugababes}}²* Music/TheSupremes. They were ''the'' [[TropeCodifier breakthrough R&B act]], and helped put [[Creator/{{Motown}} Motown Records]] on the map in TheSixties. Their most famous singer, [[FaceOfTheBand Diana Ross]], went on to have a lengthy and successful solo career.²* Music/SweetCalifornia from Spain.²* Music/{{Tara}}²* Music/{{TaTu}}, a Russian girl duo that were sold as being lesbian lovers ([[BaitAndSwitchLesbians they weren't]]).²* 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.²* Toto Coelho, of "I Eat Cannibals" fame.²* [[{{Music/Twice}} TWICE]] is not just popular in Korea, but also in Japan. ²* Music/TheVeronicas, twin sisters from Australia who took their name from [[Franchise/ArchieComics the Archie character]].²* Wild Orchid, best known for being the former band of Stacy Ferguson before she joined the Music/BlackEyedPeas.²* Music/WonderGirls²[[/index]]²²----²!!Fictional ones:²[[AC: Anime and Manga]]²* Girls Dead Monster ([=GirlDeMo=] for short) from ''Anime/AngelBeats''.²* Lilpri from ''Anime/HimeChenOtogiChikkuIdolLilpri''. It helps that they're voiced by three of the four members of real GirlGroup S/mileage.²* ''Anime/MacrossDelta'' has Walküre. This being ''Anime/{{Macross}}'', their singing is central to the plot; specifically, it's able to cure people of "[[HatePlague Var Syndrome]]". Now [[{{Defictionalization}} Defictionalized]], with Minori Suzuki and JUNNA (Freyja and the singing voice of Mikumo respectively) as its lead singers, with Kiyono Yasuno, Nozomi Nishida and Nao Touyama (Kaname, Makina and Reina respectively) also part of the group.²²²[[AC: Comic Books]]²* ComicBook/JosieAndThePussycats, who were later {{defictionalized}}.²²[[AC: Film]]²* Film/TheCheetahGirls, who were also defictionalized.²* An early example: the Viennese Swallows in ''Film/TheSmilingLieutenant'' (1931).²* ''Film/TheSapphires'', about an Australian Aboriginal girl group who embark on a tour of Vietnam to entertain the armed forces in 1968. VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory²* The all-girl orchestra in which the main characters hide out in ''Film/SomeLikeItHot.''²²[[AC: Live-Action TV]]²* ''Series/{{Burnistoun}}'': Kelly and the Sloppy Seconds, an all-female band who sing somewhat sexually-charged songs and wear risque rocker outfits.²* As Empreguetes ("The Maidettes") from the Brazilian SoapOpera ''Cheias de Charme''.²* In probably the strangest example, [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike and the Bots]] play a girl group for the song [[ "Where Oh Werewolf"]].²* G3 Princess from ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''.²* Star, Simone, and Alexandra from ''[[Series/LeeDanielsStar STAR]]''. The girls changed their group name from Big Trouble to Take 3.²* 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.²** 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.²²[[AC: Theater]]²* ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'', a musical about a girl group [[BasedOnATrueStory based on The Supremes]]. [[TheMovie Released as a film in 2006]].²* The GreekChorus of Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors is one of these. They are named Crystal, Chiffon and Ronette, after three genuine girl groups of the sixties.²* Donna and the Dynamos, Donna Sheridan's old girl group from ''Theatre/MammaMia''.²²[[AC: Video Games]]²* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' introduced [[IdolSinger KPop]] inspired K/DA (Kill/Death/Assist) featuring [[CharmPerson Ahri]], [[{{Ninja}} Akali]], [[HornyDevils Evelynn]] and [[CuteMonsterGirl Kai'Sa]]. It was defictionalized when they released their first single [[ POP/STARS]].²* The girls from the video game ''Rockin' Pretty''.²²[[AC: WesternAnimation]]²* [[Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks The Chipettes]], as a DistaffCounterpart to the Chipmunks 'Boy Band'²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' (is truly, truly outrageous) and rival band the Misfits (their songs are better)²* The title band in ''WesternAnimation/LoliRock'' is one of these.²* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has The Bettys, a ShoutOut of sorts to the Veronicas.²* 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.²* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'':²** [[EvilDiva The Dazzlings]] are the sexy {{IdolSinger}}s version.²** The Rainbooms count as the Rock band variant.²²----²The 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 rarely being called the even more detested label of {{boy band}} (and then only as an explicit insult).²----²!!Examples:²* Afterschool Tea Time, the light rock band formed by the main character of ''Manga/KOn''.²* Music/TheBangles²* 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.²* Music/ConquerDivide is an all-female {{Metalcore}} band²* Music/DollSkin, an all-female punk rock band from Arizona.²* The Donnas²* Music/ExistTrace²* The Faders, a pop-punk trio of girls that played their own instruments but blurred the lines between rock band and girl group.²* Music/{{Girlschool}}, one of the few [[NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal NWOBHM]] examples.²* 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.²* 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.²* Music/HeyViolet used to be this before Julia was replaced with Casey.²* The Finnish band Indica²* The Like²* 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]].²* 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.²** Babes in Toyland plays with the girl group characterization in the [[ music video for "Sweet '69"]]²* 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.GenreBusting indie noise-pop,]] not unlike Music/TheRamones if you take away the Y chromosome.²* Music/{{Scandal}}²* Music/{{S Club 7}} only had 4 girls whose names are Hannah (Spearritt), Jo (O'Meara), Rachel (Stevens) and Tina (Barrett).²* Music/TheStunners²* 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).²* Tiktak, another Finnish band²* Vivian Girls, [[GenreBusting indie noise-pop,]] not unlike Music/TheRamones if you take away the Y chromosome.²* Vixen, a HairMetal band.²----


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