When you hear the term “girl group” what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? The Spice Girls? Destiny’s Child? Whichever group you think of first, they’re probably no longer making music. The girl groups went the same way as the boybands and disappeared for a bit.
However, it’s been a bit hard to miss the comeback boybands have been making. We’re reaching a point in time where you’re hard pressed to meet someone who hasn’t heard a One Direction song at least once, and there are a number of other boybands with dedicated fanbases these days as well. So, if boybands are once again becoming successful, what about the girl groups?
While no current girl group in the English-speaking market has yet to reach the success of One Direction, there is no denying that the potential is out there. Both the United Kingdom and the United States have their share of contenders, with Little Mix, Fifth Harmony, and The Saturdays all being current girl groups who have managed to build up dedicated fanbases.
There is no denying that these are current girl groups with the potential for success. While boybands can win over girls’ hearts as the ideal boyfriends, girl groups manage to win over girls in another way. By singing about friendship and events that every girl experiences, girl groups can create a camaraderie with their fellow girls. Where boybands create the dream boyfriends, girl groups can create the dream best friends. It’s hard to listen to a group of confident young women and not wish you could hang out with them or call them up to talk.
So, while girl groups aren’t quite to boyband level yet, the potential is there. Little Mix’s sophomore album Salute debuted at number six on the U.S. Billboard 200, and Fifth Harmony’s debut EP Better Together debuted at the same spot of number six in the fall of 2013. Both groups are currently touring across the United States with Demi Lovato as opening acts on her Neon Lights tour. There’s no doubt that you haven’t heard the last of either of these groups of talented young women. The time very well may be here for girl groups to take over the world.