It’s been 25 years since the release of the Spice Girls’ most iconic song: “Wannabe.” While the majority of the internet has been busy freaking out about where the time has gone–many in total disbelief that it’s actually been 25 years–the Spice Girls themselves spent the special day, July 8, 2021, reminiscing about the track that launched their careers.
Reactions From the Spice Girls
25 years ago, the Spice Girls never knew they would one day have social platforms through which they could directly speak to millions of followers. Luckily for the fandom, it felt like we could celebrate right along with the Spice Girls as they reflected on the impact of “Wannabe” on their lives.
Mel B, AKA Scary Spice, posted on Instagram:
“Ahhh finally peeps!!!! It’s been a very VERY emotional day, but we WILL be back and that’s my l ”scary” promise to you all #spice #girls #forever #25 #years #watchthisspace #loyalty #trust #thankful.”
Fans are still clamoring to figure out what Mel B means by “we WILL be back.” Is a Spice Girls reunion in the cards?
Mel C, better known as Sporty Spice, tweeted,
“25 years! Can you believe it?! With the help of our amazing fans this song catapulted us on our incredible journey, so much love and thanks to you guys today, the wonderful Matt and Biff, and my darling Spice Girls…Happy Birthday Wannabe! #Wannabe25.”
Emma Bunton, the one and only Baby Spice, added on Twitter:
“Zigazigahhhhhh! Feeling very emotional, what an amazing 25 years it has been. Thanks to our wonderful fans for making 5 girls dreams come true! My beautiful girls.”
The History of ‘Wannabe’
In the nineties, Bob and Chris Herbert of Heart Management wanted to build a girl group as an answer to the UK boy bands who were taking over the pop world. In a manner similar to the process seen on shows like American Idol, The Voice, and The X Factor, they set up auditions in order to find five young women who would eventually become The Spice Girls.
Victoria Beckham, Mel B, Mel C, Geri Halliwell, and Emma Bunton were among about a dozen finalists who made it through the initial, weeks-long audition process in 1994. Ultimately, those five came out on top of some 400 women who auditioned for the girl group.
Eventually, the girls developed their own vision for what they wanted to do with their music and their lives. They departed from Heart Management and found their own managers. After signing a five-album deal with Virgin Records in July of 1995, they were finally ready to debut their first single.
One year later, on July 8, 1996, the Spice Girls released “Wannabe.” Not only was the song an immediate hit, but its music video was, too. The publicity and buzz the girls were receiving allowed them to launch their careers before they’d even dropped their first album.
The single went on to reach the top spot on the charts in 37 separate countries. Their first album, Spice, which was released the same year, has sold more than 23 copies globally. That makes it the best-selling album a girl group has ever produced.
Celebrate along with the Spice Girls by streaming “Wannabe” wherever you get your music!