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Girl Groups

Other than my continuation of daily 1989 listening sessions, I've been spending a lot of my down time listening to what is, arguably, my current favorite "genre" of music: GIRL GROUPS. I'm aware that girl groups technically isn't a genre, but if there can be a genre called glitchcore and crunkcore, I can refer to my current Spotify playlists as girl groups.

I've always liked songs here and there from girl groups, but I've just been really feeling them lately. They're my go-to songs to dance to, to drive to, to walk to, to work to, to breathe to. They're my sun and moon, my day and night. They're the red lipstick to my Taylor Swift. The Manolos to my Carrie Bradshaw. The riding boot to my female college student.

If you're looking for a little boost of confidence, an injection of girl power, or just some really great new music to listen to, definitely give these girl groups a listen. You won't regret it!

1. Fifth Harmony

I ignored and borderline disliked Fifth Harmony for far too long. While I was too busy blinded by "hate," I was missing out on five talented young ladies doing really great things with their X-Factor exposure. With the release of their newest album Reflection, I've truly come to enjoy and adore this group. Ask anyone who has talked to me over the past month or so. I mention them in just about every conversation. It's becoming an issue.

To listen to: "Better Together," "Miss Movin' On," "BO$$," "Sledgehammer," "Worth It," "Them Girls Be Like," "Top Down," "Reflection," and "Like Mariah."

2. Haim

I remember getting one of their songs for free on iTunes a long while ago, leaving it to rot in my purchased playlist for a solid month or two before I finally decided to give it a listen (on accident, it probably came on and I didn't feel like changing it). Boy, am I glad that I didn't, because my love for Haim is forever now. The three sisters—Este, Danielle, and Alana—radiate cool, create a really unique indie/pop-rock sound, and are best friends with everybody's homegirl, Taylor Swift. If you're not listening to them already, you should get on that ASAP.

To listen to: "The Wire," "Forever," "Let Me Go," "Falling," and their cover of Beyoncé's "XO."

3. Little Mix

Another product of the X-Factor (the UK version), this group of girls have reached success in their home country as well as in the United States with their hit songs. They've had two studio releases (the third one pending, cross your fingers there's an announcement soon!)

To listen to: "Wings," "Salute," "Move," and "About the Boy."

4. Say Lou Lou

This duo is a more recent discover of mine, but I adore them all the same. There isn't album worth of materials for this group, but the music that is released is great indie/electric-pop that gives off a Lorde/Lana Del Rey vibe.

To listen to: "Peppermint," "Julian," and "Nothing But A Heartbeat."

5. M.O

Look, when I say that I cannot get enough of this group, I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF THIS GROUP.  This trio is straight up bringing the 90s back and I am here for it. Their song "Dance on My Own" has been my pump up song, for anything. I listen to it on repeat before I leave for class (and then proceed to work up a sweat because I dance so aggressively to it).

To listen to: "Dance On My Own" (bonus acoustic version here), "For a Minute," and "Ain't Got Time."

6. Juce

How is it possible that the UK breeds such great girl groups? Another recent discovery, but they still have a beloved spot on my "current favorite" playlist (which is honestly just girl groups with the exception of one James Bay song). They only seem to have one EP out with five songs, but I highly recommend giving Taste The JUCE! a listen. They remind me a lot of Say Lou Lou's sound, just more funky? It reminds me a bit of Fitz and the Tantrums, but more soulful, if that makes any sense.

To listen to: "Call You Out," and "6th Floor."

And I cannot talk about girl groups without mentioning some of the OGGs. Here's a list of some of my other favorite songs by girl groups of the past.

  • "Walk Like An Egyptian" by The Bangles
  • "Manic Monday" by The Bangles
  • "Bootylicious" by Destiny's Child
  • "Say My Name" by Destiny's Child
  • "Waterfalls" by TLC
  • "No Scrubs" by TLC
  • "Wannabe" by Spice Girls
  • "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" by The Shirelles
  • "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes
  • "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes
  • "You Can't Hurry Love" by The Supremes
  • "We Got The Beat" by The Go-Go's
  • "Our Lips Are Sealed" by The Go-Go's

What's your favorite girl group? Do you still get down to "Bootylicious" as aggressively as I do?


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