Gorgeous harmonies! Relatable lyrics! GIRL POWER! Girl groups have been a critical part of the pop-music landscape since at least the 1960s (and arguably earlier). From Motown legends to 80s New Wave bands to the Brit Pop groups of the 90s to the reality-show-created ensembles of the 2000s, girl groups have topped the charts and captured our hearts for more than 70 years. Now as part of Season 7, the Great Pop Culture Debate podcast wants to determine the best girl group of all time!
We made a list of just about every major girl group we could think of and had our listeners pick their favorites. For our purposes, a “girl group” was any music act 1) comprised solely of women and 2) that had at least an element of pop in their music. We included groups of all generations, and included international groups if they had significant success in the United States.
Join host Eric Rezsnyak and panelists Amma Marfo, Curtis Creekmore, and Jake Lewis as they harmonized while debating the best girl groups in music history.
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The Round 2 match-ups are:
Match 1: Destiny’s Child (1) vs. BLACKPINK (5)
Match 2: The Pointer Sisters (3) vs. Wilson Phillips (2)
Match 3: The Chicks/Dixie Chicks (1) vs. The Bangles (4)
Match 4: Little Mix (3) vs. Salt-N-Pepa (2)
Match 5: Spice Girls (1) vs. B*witched (4)
Match 6: The Supremes (3) vs. En Vogue (2)
Match 7: TLC (1) vs. Fifth Harmony (4)
Match 8: The Ronettes (6) vs. Pussycat Dolls (2)
Want to play along at home?
Click here to download the listener bracket for this episode. See if your picks match up with ours.
Need some help choosing between the acts? Check out our playlist featuring songs from the Top 32 groups!
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Finally, if you’re looking for even more girl-group cartoon content, check out our Top 10 Spice Girls Songs list here!
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HOST: Eric Rezsnyak
PRODUCER: Bob Erlenback
EDITOR: Jack Kwait-Blank