In the late ‘90s, radio playlists were packed with Alanis Morissette, Sugar Ray, Jewel and Toni Braxton. Then, the Spice Girls arrived, armed with fun nicknames and a message of girl power, which they’ll continue to spread as their reunion tour kicks off this summer.
Victoria Beckham (then Victoria Adams), Melanie Brown (Mel B), Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm (Mel C) and Geri Halliwell — better known as Posh, Scary, Baby, Sporty and Ginger — spiced up our lives from their very first release.
The British girl group unveiled their album Spice on Sept. 19, 1996, and followed it up the next year with Spiceworld. Armed with a string of hits, including “Wannabe,” “Say You’ll Be There” and “2 Become 1,” and confident, playful personalities, they took over the world for a short time. They even had their own books, dolls, lunch box and a hit movie by December 1997.