It’s been 25 years since we first began zigahzigah-ing to the Spice Girls’ debut single “Wannabe” and the ladies are reflecting on how much their 1996 girl power hit turned their lives – and let’s face it, ours – upside down.
“25 years! Can you believe it?!” asked Mel C in an Insta post.
No we can’t Sporty Spice!
“Feeling very emotional, what an amazing 25 years it has been,” Emma Bunton aka Baby Spice shared on her page.
“Thanks to our wonderful fans for making 5 girls dreams come true, loving the songs that we wrote, copying our dance routines and embracing our individuality!” she continues before adding, “the best girl squad ever!!”
Geri Halliwell aka Ginger Spice shared a series of throwbacks of the five of them:
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“25 years of ‘Wannabe’. Wow. The song that changed the lives of five girls from Britain,” she captioned the pics. ‘”The first picture was taken in my back garden on a Sunday – we were all listening to the radio together that day, we went to number 3 in the charts!!”
She also explained that at the time, she bought a gold ring for each of them with “Spice Girls” engraved on the outside, as a symbol of their friendship.
“It’s a special bond that continues to stand the test of time. I’m so proud of everything we have achieved together, girls.”
Mel B aka Scary Spice also celebrated the milestone on her socials:
“Wowza it’s been 25 years!! How unreal is that!” she begins before thanking her fans.
“We’ve all grown up together and we’ve shared so much….”
A 2014 study at the University of Amsterdam with the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester actually found that “Wannabe” is the most recognisable and catchiest pop song of the last 60 years.
And in 2016, the United Nations used it for their #WhatIReallyReallyWant campaign to highlight the gender inequality issues faced by girls all over the world. Check it out below:
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