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The Best Girl Groups 

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Updated June 14, 2019 5.9k votes 717 voters 18.1k views 60 items

Since pop music emerged in the 1950s, girl groups have played an integral role in the expansion of the genre. Some of the biggest names and brightest stars in pop music are female-fronted groups who sing catchy tunes. This list of girl groups seeks to uncover which of these famous music groups can be rightfully considered among the best female pop artists of all time. As music as changed and evolved over the years, trends have come and gone, except for the tried and true formula of the success that girl bands brings to both radio, concerts and overall impact on pop culture. 

So, who are the best girl groups? An essential place to start is with The Ronettes. Part of the Phil Spector factory of pop hits, The Ronettes, led by Ronnie Spector, are known to many not only one of the best female bands, but are pioneers in all of pop music. Hits like "Be My Baby" and "Baby, I Love You" are still popular oldies and live on in the many years since they were respectively released. The Supremes are also considered one of the best girl groups. Led by Diana Ross, The Supremes helped usher in the era of Motown soul, and their songs helped Berry Gordy build a musical empire. But, are The Supremes the best girl group of all time? More recently, fans of TLC and the Spice Girls may argue that they deserve to top the list of girl groups.

It's up to you to determine which of these girl groups are considered the greatest of all time. There are plenty of great choices to choose from, but if you happen to notice someone is missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list seeks to answers the questions of "who are the best girl group bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest girl group musician ever?"Vote for the ladies you think should be at the top of the list and make your vote count. 

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Little Mix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Girl Groups
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Albums: Salute, Wings, DNA, Change Your Life (Remixes), Cannonball, + more

Little Mix is an English girl group formed in 2011, consisting of members Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jesy Nelson. They were formed exclusively for the eighth series ...more

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Destiny's Child is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Girl Groups

Albums: 8 Days of Christmas, The Writing's on the Wall, #1's, Destiny Fulfilled, This Is The Remix, + more

Destiny's Child were an American girl group whose final and best-known line-up comprised Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. Formed in 1997 in Houston, Texas, Destiny's ...more

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Spice Girls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Girl Groups

Albums: Spice, Forever, Goodbye, Greatest Hits, Mama / Who Do You Think You Are, + more

The Spice Girls are an English pop girl group formed in 1994. The group comprised Melanie Brown ("Scary Spice"), Melanie Chisholm ("Sporty Spice"), Emma Bunton ("Baby ...more

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TLC is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Girl Groups

Albums: Crazy Sexy Cool, Ooooooohhh ... On the TLC Tip, 3D, FanMail, Crazy Sexy Hits: The Very Best of TLC, + more

TLC is an American girl group whose original line-up consisted of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. Formed in Atlanta, ...more

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Fifth Harmony is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Girl Groups
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Albums: Better Together, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (X Factor performance), Miss Movin' On, Bo$$, Reflection

Fifth Harmony is an American girl group formed on the second season of the X Factor USA. The group consists of members Ally Brooke Hernandez, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane Hansen, Camila Cabello, ...more

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The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Girl Groups

Albums: 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection: The Best of The Supremes, Diana Ross & the Supremes: 20 Golden Greats, Love Child, Diana Ross & the Supremes: Greatest Hits, Where Did Our Love Go, + more

The Supremes were an American female singing group and a premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. Founded as The Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most ...more

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BLACKPINK is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Girl Groups
Genre: K-pop, EDM & Hip-hop; Nationality: South Korea
Blackpink (commonly stylized as BLACKPINK or BLΛƆKPIИK) is a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment, consisting of members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. The group debuted on ...more

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The Pussycat Dolls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Girl Groups

Albums: Buttons, PCD, Doll Domination 3.0, The Pussycat Dolls: Greatest Hits, Doll Domination, + more

The Pussycat Dolls were an American girl group and dance ensemble, founded in Los Angeles, California, by choreographer Robin Antin in 1995 as a burlesque troupe. After attracting media ...more

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Red Velvet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Girl Groups
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Red Velvet is a South Korean girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment. The group debuted on August 1, 2014, with their digital single "Happiness" and with four members: Irene, Seulgi, ...more

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En Vogue is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Girl Groups
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Albums: Funky Divas, Masterpiece Theatre, EV3, Born to Sing, The Gift of Christmas, + more

En Vogue is an American R&B/pop vocal group whose original lineup consisted of singers Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson, Cindy Herron, and Maxine Jones. Formed in Oakland, California in 1989, En ...more

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Girls' Generation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Girl Groups
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Albums: Girls' Generation (2007 album), Tell Me Your Wish, Oh!, Gee, Genie, + more

Girls' Generation, also known as SNSD, is a South Korean girl group formed by SM Entertainment. The group is composed of eight members: Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona, ...more

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The Bangles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Girl Groups
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Albums: Manic Monday, Walk Like an Egyptian, Greatest Hits, Everything, All Over the Place, + more

The Bangles are an American pop rock band that were formed in Los Angeles in 1981. They recorded several hit singles during the 1980s, including "Walk Like an Egyptian" (Billboard ...more

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Girls Aloud is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Girl Groups

Albums: Walk This Way, What Will the Neighbours Say?, Sound of the Underground, Chemistry, Ten, + more

Girls Aloud were an English-Irish pop girl group, which was created through the ITV talent show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. The group comprised singers Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, ...more
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f(x) is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Girl Groups
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Albums: Pink Tape, NU ABO, Pinocchio, Chu~♥, Chocolate Love, + more

f(x) is a South Korean girl group formed by SM Entertainment. The group is currently composed of four members: Victoria, Amber, Luna, and Krystal. Originally a five-piece group, Sulli left the ...more

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2NE1 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Girl Groups
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Albums: Collection, To Anyone, GO AWAY, 2NE1, 2NE1, + more

2NE1 was a South Korean girl group composed of Bom, CL, Dara, and Minzy, formed by YG Entertainment in 2009. After appearing alongside boy band Big Bang in the song "Lollipop", a ...more

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The Saturdays is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Girl Groups

Albums: Chasing the Saturdays, Headlines, Living for the Weekend, Chasing Lights, Wordshaker, + more

The Saturdays are an English-Irish girl group based in London, England. The group formed during the summer of 2007 and have been on hiatus since 2014. The line up consists of Frankie Bridge, Una ...more
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The Go-Go's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Girl Groups
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Albums: Beauty and the Beat, We Got The Beat / Our Lips Are Sealed, Vacation, God Bless The Go-Go's, Talk Show, + more

The Go-Go's [sic] are an American new wave band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1978. The Go-Go's rose to fame during the early 1980s and were the first, and to date only, all-female band ...more

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Sugababes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Girl Groups

Albums: Walk This Way, Catfights and Spotlights, Three, Taller in More Ways, Angels With Dirty Faces, + more

The Sugababes were a British girl group formed in 1998 by Siobhán Donaghy, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan. Their debut album, One Touch, was released in the UK through London Records on ...more

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All Saints is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Girl Groups
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Albums: Saints & Sinners, Studio 1, All Saints, All Hits, The Remix Album, + more

All Saints are an English-Canadian girl group formed in London in 1993. They were founded as All Saints 1.9.7.5 by members Melanie Blatt, Shaznay Lewis and Simone Rainford. The group struggled ...more
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Atomic Kitten is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Girl Groups

Albums: Ladies Night, Feels So Good, Right Now, Atomic Kitten, Access All Areas: Remixed and B-Sides, + more

Atomic Kitten are a British pop girl group formed in Liverpool in 1998 whose current members are Natasha Hamilton and Liz McClarnon. The group was founded by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark ...more

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The Ronettes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Girl Groups

Albums: ... Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes, The Ronettes, The Ronettes featuring Veronica, The Best of The Ronettes, All the Hits, + more

The Ronettes () were an American girl group from New York City. One of the most popular groups from the 1960s, they placed nine songs on the Billboard Hot 100, five of which became Top 40 hits. ...more

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KARA is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Girl Groups

Albums: The First Blooming, Lupin, Revolution, Girl's Talk, Kara Best 2007–2010, + more

Kara was a South Korean pop girl group formed by DSP Media in 2007. The group's final lineup was composed of Park Gyuri, Han Seungyeon, Goo Hara and Heo Youngji. Members Nicole Jung and Kang ...more
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SISTAR is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Girl Groups
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Albums: Mighty Sister Collection, Loving U, Give It to Me, Alone, Super Girl, + more

Sistar was a South Korean girl group formed in 2010 by Starship Entertainment. The group consisted of Hyolyn, Bora, Soyou, and Dasom. Their debut studio album So Cool was released on 9 August ...more

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The Shirelles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Girl Groups

Albums: Tonight's the Night, Soulfully Yours, The Shirelles, The Definitive Collection, Will You Love Me Tomorrow / Boys, + more

The Shirelles were an American girl group notable for their rhythm and blues, doo-wop and soul music and gaining popularity in the early 1960s. They consisted of schoolmates Shirley Owens (later ...more

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Wonder Girls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Girl Groups
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Albums: WonderBest, Wonder World, Wonder Girls, 2 Different Tears, The Wonder Years, + more

Wonder Girls was a South Korean girl group formed by JYP Entertainment. The group debuted in February 2007 with the single "Irony" and five members: Yeeun, Sunye, Sunmi, Hyuna and ...more