Listen up everyone: "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls
is the best pop song of all time. Oh, what's that? You think something else is the greatest pop song of all time? Well, you're wrong. Here's why.
"Wannabe" is the Spice Girls' debut single. This is the first song that the girls ever released, and it was written during their very first professional writing session. The song single-handedly launched the Spice Girls to fame, and sent the whole world into Spicemania.
Now, let's talk about the actual song. The second anyone hears that laugh, they know exactly what is coming next. Who can resist yelling "Yo, I'll tell you what I want / what I really really want!" along with Scary Spice
? No one. Lyrically, and in terms of the message, this song was different from everything on the radio at the time, and it's different than the songs that the girl groups of today are releasing. This is the
feminist friendship anthem. Instead of lyrics dripping with sexual innuendos, this song is all about the bond between females. The Spice Girls repeatedly tell any potential suitors that the only way to truly win their heart is to get the approval from their friends, and also to understand that no man will never be more important than girlfriends.
Not only did "Wannabe" spice up the lives of teenaged girls everywhere, it completely changed the music scene of the 90s. Prior to this song, the entire world was in a collective grunge phase. Bands like Nirvana
and Pearl Jam
were dominating radio, and were constant players in everyone's Walkmans (like an iPod, except it played cassette tapes or CDs.) But after "Wannabe," no one could get enough Girl Power. The Spice Girls, and more specifically, "Wannabe" opened the door for artists like Britney
The music video for this song is a work of art in itself. The hairdos, the platform shoes, the dance moves. It's all so gloriously 90s: tacky, weird and wonderful. "Wannabe" and it's video were released 21 years ago, but every year girls still argue over who will get the honor of donning Posh's iconic LBD, or Ginger Spice's sequined leotard for their Halloween costumes.
"Wannabe" is the greatest pop song, ever.