Friday 28 October 2016

Remember when The Spice Girls had solo careers? A ranking of their best hits

"This tune's gonna punish you"

Sasha Brady

Published 15/07/2016 | 11:59

Dane Bowers and Victoria Beckham collaborated on a garage-tinged single in 2000
Dane Bowers and Victoria Beckham collaborated on a garage-tinged single in 2000

The Spice Girls each enjoyed varying degrees of solo success following the split of the girl group. You probably couldn't name most of the singles now but there were a few surprising bangers. We'll refresh your memory...

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Mel C feat. Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes: Never Be The Same Again

Early noughties videos were always too futuristic for their own good and this was no exception. It has all the ingredients of a New Millenium video with its metallic decor, elaborate choreography and outer space setting. For a song that features a sample from the Beastie Boys 1988 hit, Girls, and an infectious rap from Left Eye, it's incredibly underrated.

Mel B feat. Missy Elliot: I Want You Back

We'd forgotten this ever existed but after the first 21 seconds it all came flooding back. The song went straight to the top of the charts in the UK and managed to peak top 25 in the US, getting Mel B’s solo career off to a hyped-up start which she never managed to live up to.

Geri Halliwell: Bag It Up

This song is so terrible that it's actually good. It's packed full of Ginger Spice's cartoonish, raunchy sass as she muses on the differences between men and women, coming up with 'profound' observations ("men are from Venus and girls are from Mars") and dances with a bunch of male strippers. It features lyrics like: "Bag it up don't drop the baby / Boot him out no buts or maybe / Wind him up and make him crazy / Woah, woah, woah, woah."

"Don't drop the baby"?

Emma Bunton: What Took You So Long

Emma B's solo career was a journey through 1960's-influenced pop, full of sugar and spice and everything nice. She was pretty successful as a solo artist and enjoyed a string of hits in the early noughties but our pick of her pop tunes is What Took You So Long? It's a nice, inoffensive little number. Something your mam would put on in the car on a sunny day. Grand like.

True Steppers feat. Victoria Beckham and Dane Bowers: Out Of Your Mind

Victoria Beckham and Dane Bowers, where do you even begin? The official music video is hilariously bad and sees a leather-clad Posh Spice beat the crap out of people while Bowers prances around in an oversized puffa jacket but we decided to go with this 'live' performance instead... because it's so, so gas. Just watch it. In the words of Vic: "This tune's gonna punish you."

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