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"Will you be there in the thunder,
Through the storm?
Will you run or will you be there when the rain comes?
When it's pouring
In the cold
Will you go? Will you be there when the rain comes?"
"When the Rain Comes"

Sugababes are a British three-piece Girl Group, based in London. Just as famous for their constant lineup changes (see the main picture) as their music, the group has managed to achieve multi-platinum accreditation for their albums and singles (courtesy of the British Phonographic Industry) despite (or perhaps because of) their ... chequered history.

Originally formed by Ron Tom in 1998 when the original trio of Siobhán Donaghy, Keisha Buchanan and Mutya Buena were just 13-14 years old, they were known as The Sugababies before a name tweak upon signing to London Records. Despite hitting the UK Top 10 with their preternaturally assured debut single "Overload" in late 2000, debut album One Touch did not sell well (although it collected good reviews) and the group were dropped by their label the next year. Around the same time Donaghy, by this point a grizzled, road-weary veteran of 17, quit the group under a cloud of (long unclarified) rumours of bad blood, and unwittingly initiated what would become one of the most infamous Revolving Door Bands in pop.

With former Atomic Kitten member Heidi Range replacing Siobhán, a 2002 reboot saw the group sign to Island Records and return with single "Freak Like Me", sampling Tubeway Army's 1979 electro-pop classic "Are 'Friends' Electric?" to devastating effect. It unexpectedly launched them to Number One, and ushered in a slick, cool sound that produced a string of big hits over the coming years. Together with Girls Aloud, Sugababes held the banner aloft for Girl Group music in Britain in the first decade of the 21st century, pulling off the unusual combination of thoroughly commercial pop and rapturous critical acclaim. They went on to achieve success in the UK and abroad, performing the Theme Song to The Powerpuff Girls Movie and Girls In Love as well as contributing to the soundtracks of The Guru, Love Actually, Wimbledon, Wild Child and St Trinians. They would sell eight million records in the UK alone, with eighteen Top Ten singles including six Number Ones, two Number One albums (with five making the top 10) and their international hit single "Push the Button" featuring on the soundtrack to the 2012 London Olympic Games.

All this though came alongside a continual, slow, but increasingly hilarious morphing of the band's membership. The halcyon run under the '2.0' lineup of Mutya, Keisha and Heidi ended when the former contentiously quit in turn at the end of 2005. She duly received a Suspiciously Similar Substitute in Amelle Berrabah, and although with only one-third of the original members remaining something of the shine had come off the group's image, they initially appeared undimmed commercially with a clutch of new hits culminating in their biggest ever seller "About You Now" in late 2007. The 'revolving door' label in public consciousness had become a continuing source of jokes, though, and it was to the surprise of surely very few when sole remaining founder member Keisha inevitably exited in turn in September 2009, amid the usual round of rumours and counter-rumours. Still, somehow, the Sugababes would not die, with yet another like-for-like substitute seeing Jade Ewen parachuted into the ranks just months after representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest alongside Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber — and a week after her solo career was meant to kickstart in earnest, killing it off at birth.

Despite the group's apparently cockroach-like resistance to annihilation, this clearout of the last remnant of the original 'Babes finally proved a bridge too far in the public's perception. A couple more hits could not prevent their subsequent seventh album charting lower than any since their debut a decade earlier, and in March 2010 former member Buena applied to the European Trademarks Authority for ownership of the group's name – still amid the controversy of Buchanan's departure, in which Buena insisted that "the Sugababes have ended" without a founding member still in the group. Initially undaunted, the 4.0 lineup reconvened to record an eighth album, but the next handful of years saw few concrete results and the usual fog of conflicting hints, reports but little real news. Eventually, Ewen confirmed that the group had effectively fizzled out in 2011.

Meanwhile, after years of rumour and hope, it was announced in 2012 that the original lineup – now all equally at a loose end, as it were, and with their differences put behind them – was reforming under the name Mutya Keisha Siobhan, and there was much rejoicing. Naturally, though, things couldn't be that straightforward, and once again little of substance emerged from the new project. In 2018, however, the group at last regained the rights to the Sugababes name and became a formidable touring act in the 2020s. In December 2022, they finally released an album of material they'd recorded as MKS a decade earlier, aptly titled The Lost Tapes, under the Sugababes name, their first full-length release since 2010.


The Babes:

  • Action Mom: As of the 2020s, both Mutya and Siobhán have children and are actively touring with the Sugababes (though Mutya's daughter is close to adulthood by now). Meanwhile, Heidi has no regrets about quitting the Sugababes back in the day, because she is now quite content having "bigger fish to fry" as a stay-at-home mum.
  • "Angry Black Man" Stereotype: Keisha has discussed in a a very touching video how tabloids foisted on her the stereotype of the over-emotional, overly aggressive, perpetually angry, bullying, difficult Black woman, in a way none of the other Babes had to face.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With all the rumours of infighting and feuding, it's always heartwarming to see the girls share genuinely nice moments on stage. Keisha and Siobhán, in particular, have admitted to not getting along as teenagers, and watching them just randomly hug each other or hold hands while performing is very sweet.
  • The Band Minus the Face: While no individual Babe has ever been the "face", the ousting of Keisha, the last remaining original member, effectively led to this situation. Amelle, Jade and even Heidi begun being seen as just replacements (despite Heidi having been there when the Sugababes made their international break), while Mutya, Keisha and Siobhán started being collectively regarded as the now missing Face of the Band.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Interestingly, never with both Siobhán and Heidi (the resident natural redhead and blonde, who were never in the band at the same time) but always thanks to Mutya's Kaleidoscope Hair. When Mutya went redhead in 2005, she had this dynamic with Keisha (brunette) and Heidi (blonde); when she went blonde in 2022 and again in 2023, she had it with Keisha (brunette) and Siobhán (redhead).
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: In late 2011/early 2012, Mutya and Siobhán began exchanging tweets about missing a bus. Keisha then said something along the lines of "Aren't we supposed to be keeping this [reunion] a secret?"
  • Controversy-Proof Image: How Amelle managed to dodge role ending misdemeanors despite her numerous brushes with the law in the late 2000s and early 2010s is anybody's guess.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: When Amelle's fans point out that she's the only Babe to have achieved a #1 hit outside the group, her haters are quick to compliment Tinchy Stryder for the hit, and Amelle for happening to be the featured vocalist.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Jade joined the group literally just before their seventh studio album was due to be released. She came so late that the entire album had to be re-recorded with her vocals replacing Keisha's.
  • Era-Specific Personality:
    • From 2000-04, the group was marketed as a cool, unsmiling alternative to the loud, brash nature of groups such as Spice Girls (this was downplayed after Heidi replaced Siobhán, seeing as she was the group's resident Perpetual Smiler).
    • From 2005-08, they were marketed as a more traditional pop group in keeping with the poppier direction of their sound.
    • From 2008-09, they became "soul divas", influenced by the sound of Amy Winehouse, Adele and many other burgeoning acts.
    • From 2009-11, they ramped up the "dance" in both sound and image, as well as being more overtly "clubbable" and stripperiffic.
    • Since 2011 on, with the reunion of the original lineup, they've been presenting temselves as grown up childhood friends who are in it for the music, the vocal harmonies, and to have that good time together which was denied to them as teenagers.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: In the lineup spanning 2002-09, it was Heidi who received most of the press' attention. Though according to Siobhán's own experience, the reason might have been entirely different (see I Am the Band below).
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Amelle; her nights out were quite infamous in the late 2000s.
  • I Am the Band:
    • Despite all the drama the Sugababes have been through, this one was surprisingly averted – at least as far as the actual music and internal dynamics were concerned. While certain individual songs might be driven by one specific Babe, the spotlight has always been overall shared equally by all three members of any given line up, avoiding Spotlight-Stealing Squad situations à la Destiny's Child or, worse, Pussycat Dolls.
    • The press' approach to the group was much shakier. Siobhán has discussed how in the early days questions would often be directed at her, especially by the foreign press, mostly for racial reasons. While this was often the case with Heidi too, when Mutya left a big deal was made about the band losing the most distinctive trait of its sound, i.e. her voice. Finally, the ousting of Keisha, the last original member, was seen as the Sugababes effectively becoming The Band Minus the Face, and not even Heidi's long tenure could save her from everybody suddenly remembering she was The Other Darrin to Siobhán. When MKS reunited, they were generally hailed as the missing Face of the Band finally returning.
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: Mutya can't seem to keep one hair colour (or lenght and style) for more than a few weeks at a time.
  • Long-Runner Cast Turnover: To memetic levels.
  • Middle Name Basis: Rosa Isabel Mutya Buena.
  • Noodle Incident: The group very nearly split for good in 2004. All the fans know about this incident was that it involved an argument over Britney Spears' hit song "Toxic"...
  • Open Secret: Though some people were genuinely surprised at the news of the originnal line up reforming in 2011, for almost an entire year rumours persisted that the "Origibabes" would reunite. This was supported with arguably strong evidence such as Mutya and Keisha tweeting that they were with "two other ladies" at the time of recording and information leaking about their management and record deals, as well as Mutya's court case against the current Sugababes over use of the name.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Heidi, big time. Jade too, once she joined.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Siobhán and Keisha have attributed their rocky relationship as teenagers to this, with the adults around them deliberately invoking and exploiting it.
  • Power Trio: their whole gimmick.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: The original lineup released one album, One Touch, in 2000 (it featured the singles "Overload" and "Run For Cover"). However, due to tensions within the group Siobhán left in 2001. Mutya and Keisha stayed in the group after their management secretly recruited former Atomic Kitten member Heidi Range to take Siobhán's place under the guise of "open auditions", but in late 2005 Mutya left after more disagreements within the group (as well as depression resulting from her newfound motherhood). After Keisha was fired from Sugababes in 2009, a reunion was considered but soon shelved. However, in 2011 the three members decided to come together to record some songs, and MKS was born before resetting as the Sugababes officially in 2019.
  • Revolving Door Band: Which, at this point, would probably be a better band name for them. Jade has gone on record that this was the reason that the 4.0 lineup "kind of fillzed out" in 2011.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: In 2023, all six Babes, past and present, were reportedly approached with a "lucrative" deal for a Warts and All docu-series that would retrace their turbulent history. They have turned down the offer in order to leave the past alone – all of them... except bigger-fish-frying, happy to be a stay-at-home mum Heidi.
  • Self-Parody: This skit the 4.0 lineup did with English comedian Katy Brand, poking fun at their ever-changing lineup and rumours of internal catfights.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Heidi's speaking voice (a thick Liverpudlian accent) is a direct and rather surprising contrast to her smooth style of singing.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Every member replacement in the group has been very familiar in vibe to the girl they replaced. Heidi replaced Siobhán, the soulful white one. Amelle replaced Mutya, the soulful "ethnic" one. And finally, Jade replaced Keisha, the… soulful black one.
  • Tabloid Melodrama: Where do we begin…
  • Take That!: There was a fair amount of ridiculing from the press when in 2010 Mutya applied for ownership of the Sugababes name but all she was granted was the right to use it on wrapping paper and ribbons. Fast forward to 2022 when the original lineup, with the rights to the name now secured, did release a limited edition wrapping paper pack through their official store!
  • Theseus' Ship Paradox: An involuntary pop culture version, what with each member being gradually replaced. In their case, the solution is that the collected and reassembled original pieces are indeed the true ship: when Mutya Keisha Siobhan reunited in parallel to Heidi, Amelle and Jade, they were basically hailed as the real Sugababes returned. Since 2019, when they regained the rights to the name, they've made it official.
  • Token Trio: Every lineup has been an all-female version of this, with the third member being a non-black minority.
  • The Unreveal: In early 2012, both Mutya and Keisha tweeted about "being in the studio" with two females and Professor Green.
    • Mutya tweeted:
    "@ studio wit professor green in tha building and two beautiful ladies"
    • While Keisha wrote:
    "Hanging out in the studio with @professorgreen and two lovely ladies with bags of talent :-p lol".
    • However Mutya later denied this, saying in response to a fan:
    "No track [with] keisha or professor G he was around tha studio. im jus workin on my stuff @ tha moment".
  • Urban Legends: The group has had many of these during their 25-year-and-counting tenure, the most infamous being Siobhán's alleged method of leaving the group. The story goes that while the girls were on a promo tour in Japan in August 2001, Siobhán excused herself to go to the ladies, climbed out through the bathroom window and caught a plane back to Heathrow all by herself. Siobhán has denied this, saying she she waited for the band to return to England as a unit before throwing in the towel. However, that doesn't stop long-term fans expressing their desire for Mutya Keisha Siobhán to allude to it in a possible music video...
  • Vocal Tag Team: A staple of their music across all incarnations.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: The reality tv stints some of the girls had after their heydays in the group sadly reek of this. Mutya was first with Celebrity Big Brother in 2009, and the girls from the 4.0 line up all followed suit after they kind of fizzled out: Heidi with Dancing On Ice (2013) and Celebrity MasterChef (2014), Jade with Splash! (2013), and Amelle with Tumble (2014) and Celebrity MasterChef (2016). Heidi and Amelle's short-lived musical theatre ventures also have shades of this. Thankfully, Mutya and Jade have snapped out of it, the former with the reunion of MKS and the latter embarking in a successful musical theatre and television acting career; Heidi has retired from the spotligt altogether. Meanwhile, as of The New '20s, Amelle is *check notes* hosting a late night show on some local radio station.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Mutya Keisha Siobhan couldn't use the name "Sugababes" until 2019 because the management of the group that consisted of Heidi, Amelle and Jade held the legal rights to the name, despite all three going AWOL.
  • Younger Than They Look: This has been said about Heidi during her time in the group.

The Suga:

  • A Day In The Lime Light: Three has three solos for each of the group members.
  • Album Title Drop: Most of their albums have one.
    • "One touch of love, that was all it took my dear…"
    • "You don't know where we go, you don't know that we're angels with dirty faces in the morning…"
    • "People made me feel that life was unfair. and I did things that made me ashamed, coz I didn't know my body would change, I grew taller than them in more ways"
    • "…and ain't it crazy how you think you got your whole life planned, just to find out it was never ever in your hands… change "
  • Alliterative Title: "Soul Sound", "Lush Life" and "Little Lady Love", all from the One Touch era.
  • Animal Motifs: The costume the girls wear at the masquerade in the "Shape" videoclip is made of butterflies. One of their suitors wears a peacock costume.
  • Animated Music Video: The Powerpuff Girls Movie tie-in "Angels With Dirty Faces".
  • Anti-Christmas Song: "New Year", about someone leaving (exactly who or why is left ambiguous) at Christmas last year.
  • Anti-Love Song: "Hole in the Head", "Boys".
  • Beach Episode: The video for "Flatline" takes place on Venice Beach in LA.
  • Bowdlerization:
    • Due to Heidi's lack of N-Word Privileges, the word was changed to "brotha" in their cover of Adina Howard's "Freak Like Me" (since it's her who sings the line in question).
    • A "clean" radio mix was produced for "Hole In The Head", in which Keisha can be heard singing "this crazy tish". Twice. Ironically, in the video she can be seen mouthing the correct word, and both times it's a narrow close up of her face which makes it super obvious!
  • Break-Up Song: "Now You're Gone", "Little Miss Perfect", "No More You", "Thank You For The Heartbreak", "Unbreakable Heart", "Beat Is Gone", "I'm Alright".
  • B-Side: There's a compilation album called The Complete Bs, released in 2011, that contains every single b-side and remix that ever existed. It was apparently done to fulfill an album contract, but it does save a lot of Archive Panic for old and new fans of the group.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Keisha's response to whether they'll ever perform songs from Sweet 7 is an immediate Blunt "No". As early as 2012, when asked about performing "Get Sexy", Keisha downright ignored the question "over sound of Mutya guffawing".
    • With the exception of "About You Now"note , no material from Change and Catfights and Spotlights has been played live since the 1.0 lineup reunited. It would appear that the girls aren't fond of anything after Mutya's departure.
    • Before the 1.0 reunion, it was One Touch that had been dropped entirely from the live setlists of the 4.0 lineup, including the classic "Overload".
  • Careful with That Axe: Oh, Jade.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience:
    • In the video for "In The Middle", the rooms in which each girl dances alone are a different colour: Mutya's is green, Keisha's is light blue, Heidi's is hot pink.
    • In the "Push The Button" video, the girls dance in front of differently coloured backgrounds, matching the numbers and hallways on the floors in which they meet their love interests: Heidi has orange, Keisha purple and Mutya green. Heidi's top and Mutya's love interest's shirt also match those colours.
    • The lyric video of "Flatline" has each girl's part written in a different colour: Mutya's is cyan, Keisha's yellow and Siobhán's magenta. When they sing together, the colours overlap and turn black.
  • Costume Porn: The video for "Denial" literally runs on this trope. In general, coordinated and increasingly elaborate outfits became a staple of the 3.0 and 4.0 lineups, both in promotional material and live performances; Keisha has gone on record that the costumes were her favourite thing about her tenure in the 3.0 lineup.
  • Covers Always Lie: The iTunes EP Live From London uses a shot of Heidi, Keisha and Mutya on the cover, but the record is actually just Keisha and Heidi performing (it was recorded during the transitional period between Mutya leaving and Amelle arriving).
  • Cover Version:
    • "Freak Like Me" (originally by Adina Howard), mashed up with the riff from "Are 'Friends' Electric?" (originally by Tubeway Army)
    • Their Translated Cover Version of Patricia Kaas' song "Quand J'ai Peur de Tout" as "Too Lost in You" was an international chart hit.
    • "Killer" (originally by Seal)
    • "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" (originally by The Arctic Monkeys)
    • "Obsession" (originally by Animotion), "Come Together" (originally by The Beatles)
    • "Walk This Way" (originally by Aerosmith, collaboration with Girls Aloud).
    • "Flowers" by Sweet Female Attitude, in collaboration with DJ Spoony.
    • "Breathe Me" by Sia, released as a bonus track on The Lost Tapes deluxe edition.
    • They've also covered many songs during live sessions, and a rendition of "Santa Baby" was released to iTunes 2009.
    • Inversely, Miranda Cosgrove covered their smash hit "About You Now".
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The video for "Caught In a Moment".
  • Dramatic Wind: In the video for "Round Round".
  • Eating the Eye Candy: "3 Spoons of Suga".
  • Endearingly Dorky: One of the three male Love Interests in "Push the Button". He's a dork with one of those Norwegian ski sweaters and black nerdy glasses and weird facial hair. Yet the hot blond woman with a bare midriff in a tight red top and a tight skirt is very much into him.
  • Exhort the Disc Jockey Song: Inverted in "Never Gonna Dance Again":
    I get into the groove but it's giving me pain
    There's nothing you can do for me Mr DJ...
  • Fanservice: The Sweet 7 era ran on this trope, although subtler versions existed in their image previously (the video for "In the Middle", anyone?).
  • Genre Mashup: Their music was definitely this back in their early days. Their sound melded pop, R&B, Jazz, Soul, UK garage, trip hop, electroclash and nu-disco. The reformed 1.0 lineup seems to be back to that with The Lost Tapes.
  • Glamour Failure: No one at the masquerade ball in the "Shape" videoclip seems to be aware that the girl in the butterfly outfit is actually three girls, taking turns as the outward appearance throughout the video. However, not only do reflections reveal that, but some of the guests seem to catch on somehow.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Heidi's nerdy love interest's glasses surprisingly last for the majority of the "Push The Button" video. In the end, though, he has her try them on before she throws them away as he gains more confidence and starts dancing too.
  • Grief Song: Three has "Maya", about Mutya's deceased sister. Change also has the title track, which heavily implies this trope.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: They released a cover of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" in collaboration with Girls Aloud - who were their biggest chart rivals at the time - for charity.
  • Guilty Pleasure: In an interview, Siobhán is quite hesitant to admit she enjoys performing "About You Now" live.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Mutya's twisted pigtails in the "Round Round" video; undoubtedly cool, but they were achieved by duct-taping her hair to the point it hurt! Also, Jade's gravity-defying braid in "Wear My Kiss", which was sculpted with a wire hanger; she had to be careful not to poke the other girls' eyes while dancing!
  • In Da Club: "Coz I'm too sexy in this club, too sexy in this club, so sexy it hurrrrrts…"
    • "Freak Like Me", Heidi's introductory video, also shows the group dancing in a club atmosphere. "Freedom" is also set in a club.
    • They've also done many songs about clubs, but one notable subversion occurs in "In The Middle", which is about the dark and seedy nature of parties.
  • Intercourse with You: "Virgin Sexy", "Low", "Freak Like Me", "Wear My Kiss", "Someone In My Bed", "Push the Button", "Caught In a Moment", "Easy" and more.
  • Lady in Red: "Red Dress" (in both the subject of the song and the video).
  • Melismatic Vocals: Though Siobhán and Heidi don't utilize them as much as the other members do.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: In the "Shape" video. Mirrors and other reflecting surfaces (such as a pond outside) show that the girl in the butterfly outfit is actually three girls.
  • Murder Ballad: "Every Heart Broken", in what is probably the only girlband version of this trope.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Heidi's love interest in the "Push The Button" video".
  • New Sound Album: Taller In More Ways broke from their usual R&B/Soul/UK Garage sound, in favor of something Lighter and Softer as well as being more 'poppy'. Many Sugafans though it sounded too similar to a Girls Aloud album, which is somewhat justified since the album does feature a few productions by Xenomania, the brains behind their music. The pop/dance sound stuck around for their next studio album Change, but the urban flavor returned with Catfights & Spotlights when they adopted a sound befitting the Soul Revival. Sweet 7 was basically a combination of Hip-Hop and Eurodance music (with some hefty doses of Auto-Tune and lashings of trend-chasing crunk-n-B), but overall reaction wasn't very positive.
  • Non-Appearing Title: The titles for Three, Catfights & Spotlights, Sweet 7 and The Lost Tapes don't appear in the lyrics to any of their songs.
    • "Ace Reject" and "Joy Division" are song titles which don't appear in the lyrics for their respective songs.
  • Obsession Song: Their cover of "Obsession", naturally.
  • Ode to Youth: “Back in the Day” discusses the time when the group were just starting out at the age of 14, recording songs in their school uniforms and navigating teenage dramas at the same time.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Mutya's outfit in the "In The Middle" video, as well as a few public appearances around that time.
  • Old Shame: Keisha considers Sweet 7 "terrible" and feels embarrassed by it. She outright says that her face not ending up on the cover was its only saving grace, and she's ashamed that demos with her voice in it were leaked onto the internet.
  • The Oner: The video for "Overload".
  • One-Woman Song: "Maya", which is about Mutya's deceased little sister.
  • Overcrank: Used in many of their videos, most notably in "Too Lost In You".
  • Rearrange the Song: Their uptempo pop-rock hit "About You Now" (originally from Change) was redone on the album Catfights and Spotlights as an acoustic ballad, in response to the rise of slower and softer renditions of their songs on YouTube.
  • Sampling: Quite a bit.
    • "Get Sexy" naturally sampled "I'm Too Sexy".
    • "Shape" interpolates the chorus of "Shape of My Heart" by Sting (who, at one point, was slated to feature in the group's music video).
    • "Girls" interpolates the chorus of "Here Come The Girls" by Ernie K-Doe
    • "Freak Like Me" sampled "Are 'Friends' Electric?" by Tubeway Army (a.k.a Gary Numan's old group).
    • "Overload" samples "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane.
    • "Lay Down In Swimming Pools" interpolates the melody and the chorus from the Kendrick Lamar track "Swimming Pools (Drank)".
  • Singer Namedrop: The band name is dropped in "Sugababes On the Run", "Groove is Going On" and "About a Girl". Individual names are dropped in "Real Thing", "Angels With Dirty Faces", "Gotta Be You" and "You On a Good Day".
  • Soprano and Gravel: Mutya provided the Gravel to Keisha, Siobhán (lineup 1.0) and Heidi's Sopranos (lineup 2.0). This spot was taken by Amelle in contrast to Heidi, Keisha (3.0) and Jade (4.0).
  • Three Minutes of Writhing: As a girl group, many of their videos naturally fall under this.
  • Updated Re-release:
    • Taller in More Ways got one in 2006 after Mutya's departure and Amelle's arrival. It featured an updated cover with the new line up, three songs re-recorded to feature Amelle ("Gotta Be You", "Follow Me Home" and "Red Dress"), as well as a brand new track ("Now You're Gone").
    • One Touch was re-released in 2021 for its (belated) 20th anniversary. It features a plethora of bonus material, including all the single b-sides and bonus track from its singles and previous special editions, a few previously unreleased demos, and a second disc with remixes and alternate versions of album tracks. The Amazon version has yet another disc with bonus material.
    • The Lost Tapes got a "deluxe edition" a week after release, featuring three bonus tracks.
  • True Beauty Is on the Inside: "Ugly" is basically about this.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Mutya and her stuck-up love interest have this dynamic in the "Push The Button" video.
  • Vocal Evolution: Obviously, since the ladies aren't 15 - 17 years old anymore. Siobhán's tone is now fuller and richer, while Mutya's is darker and more expressive. However, it was arguably Keisha whose voice changed the most out of the three: In the group's early years she was a higher-register soprano, now her voice has deepened enough for her to become a mezzo-soprano (though she can still easily hit high notes).
  • A Wild Rapper Appears!: In their earlier songs "Sugababes On the Run" and "Don't Wanna Wait" as well as the 2005 b-side "Future Shokk!"