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The ultimate Official Spice Girls solo chart: all their singles ranked by sales
29 June 2017 | By Rob Copsey

Official Charts reveals how all the Spice Girls' solo singles stack up.

By December 2000, the fate of Spice Girls was pretty much sealed. Geri had left, their third album Forever hadnít been a huge success, and the magic seemed to have gone. Still, the announcement of their indefinite hiatus was a blow for many fans.

However, there was a glimmer of light amid all the darkness: the reason for the hiatus was so they could concentrate on their solo careers Ė and a flurry of singles followed shortly after.

The solo Spice careers have been, itís fair to say, patchy Ė they were never going to be as strong individually as they were together - but each member has racked up multiple Top 10 singles, with all except Victoria scoring at least one Number 1.

With Geri having recently returned with Angels In Chains, a charity single dedicated to her close friend George Michael, Official Charts thought it was about time we delved into the stats, ranking each memberís solo efforts and Ė wait for it Ė combine them together to bring you the Official Spice Girls Solo Chart.

First up, letís take a closer look at each Spice Girl separatelyÖ

Mel B
Mel B kicked off her solo career two years before the group split with I Want You Back; a collaboration with Missy ĎMisdemeanorí (as she liked to be known at the time) Elliot. It was pretty much everything you could want from a Mel B solo single: slick, futuristic R&B with a super spenny Hype Williams video to boot.

She followed it up a year later with Word Up under the moniker Melanie G after her marriage to dancer Jimmy Gulzar. It didnít make quite the same impact, peaking at 13, but Top 5 hits soon followed with Tell Me (2000) and Feels So Good (2001).

Mel had another crack at solo stardom in 2013 with For Once In My Life, which featured Mel making out with herself in the music video (obviously). Still, she never quite managed to out-peak I Want You Back, which ranks as her best-selling single with 226,000 sales. Feels So Good finishes second (142,000), and Tell Me is third (109,000). Full ranking below:

TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
I WANT YOU BACK MELANIE B FT MISSY 'MISEMEANOR' ELLIOT 1 1998 226,000
FEELS SO GOOD MELANIE B 5 2001 142,000
TELL ME MELANIE B 4 2000 109,000
WORD UP MELANIE G 14 1999
LULLABY MELANIE B 13 2001
TODAY MELANIE BROWN 41 2005
FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE MELANIE B N/A 2013

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Mel C
Mel C has enjoyed a long a successful career post-Spice Girls, racking up 12 Top 40 hits to date. Like Mel B, she enjoyed a taste of solo stardom before the groupís split, featuring on Bryan Adamsí When Youíre Gone in 1998. The song, which saw her take on a more pop-rock route compared to the Spice sound, peaked at 3 on the Official Singles Chart and ranks as her best-seller (747,000 sales).

When it comes to Melís headline singles, itís her cuts from her debut album Northern Star that finish top of the pile. Her first Number 1 Never Be The Same Again ft. Lisa ĎLeft-Eyeí Lopes finishes second with 429,000 sales, followed by I Turn To You (384,000) and Northern Star (216,000).

See the full ranked list of Mel Cís single below. Itís worth noting that weíve omitted a few songs that werenít given a UK release, including Rock Me, which was released in Germany as the theme for TV coverage of the Womenís World Cup.

TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
WHEN YOU'RE GONE BRYAN ADAMS FT. MEL C 3 1998 747,000
NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN MELANIE C 1 2000 429,000
I TURN TO YOU MELANIE C 1 2000 384,000
NORTHERN STAR MELANIE C 4 1999 216,000
GOIN' DOWN MELANIE C 4 1999
IF THAT WERE ME MELANIE C 18 2000
LOVING YOU MATT CARDLE FT. MEL C 14 2013
HERE IT COMES AGAIN MELANIE C 7 2003
ON THE HORIZON MELANIE C 14 2003
NEXT BEST SUPERSTAR MELANIE C 10 2005
I WANT CANDY MELANIE C 24 2007
MELT/YEH YEH YEH MELANIE C 27 2003
CAROLYNA MELANIE C 49 2007
THINK ABOUT IT MELANIE C 95 2011
I KNOW HIM SO WELL MELANIE C FT. EMMA BUNTON N/A 2012
ANYMORE MELANIE C N/A 2016
THIS TIME MELANIE C 94 2007
WEAK MELANIE C N/A 2011
DEAR LIFE MELANIE C N/A 2016
HOLD ON MELANIE C FT. ALEX FRANCIS N/A 2017

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Emma Bunton
Again, Emma opted for a collaboration before embarking on a proper solo career, teaming with London electronic duo Tin Tin Out on What I Am, which peaked at Number 2.

Her biggest selling solo single is 2001ís What Took You So Long - her first and only Number 1 single has sold 269,000 copies. What I Am finishes a close second on 224,000.

Just one of Emmaís ten solo singles has missed the Top 40 - 2007ís All I Need To Know topped out at 60 Ė while seven reached the Top 10. See the full list ranked by sales below:

TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG EMMA BUNTON 1 2001 269,000
WHAT I AM TIN TIN OUT FT. EMMA BUNTON 2 1999 224,000
TAKE MY BREATH AWAY EMMA BUNTON 5 2001
MAYBE EMMA BUNTON 6 2003
DOWNTOWN EMMA BUNTON 3 2006
FREE ME EMMA BUNTON 5 2003
I'LL BE THERE EMMA BUNTON 7 2004
WE'RE NOT GONNA SLEEP TONIGHT EMMA BUNTON 20 2001
CRICKETS SING FOR ANAMARIA EMMA BUNTON 15 2004
ALL I NEED TO KNOW EMMA BUNTON 60 2007

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Geri Halliwell
After leaving the Spice Girls in May 1998 (and the world in bits), Geri kicked off her solo career with a bang the following year with the sassy and suitably ridiculous Look At Me. The track debuted at Number 2 after a fierce chart battle all week with Boyzoneís You Needed Me, shifting 142,153 in its first week compared to Boyzoneís 142,901. So close. Look At Me ranks as Geriís fourth best-seller (326,000).

Her biggest single is her cover of Itís Raining Men, released in 2001 in line with the Bridget Jonesí Diary. The song spent two weeks at Number 1 and has sold 449,000. Her foray into Latin-pop, Mi Chico Latino, finishes second (383,000 sales) and Lift Me Up is third (346,000).

Geri held the record for most UK Number 1 singles for a female artist for nine years, until it was matched by Rita Oraís I Will Never Let You Down in May 2014. The record is now jointly held by Cheryl Cole and Jess Glynne, though Geri still holds the claim to manage four consecutively.

Below are Geri's singles ranked by sales (it's worth mentioning her song Half Of Me wasn't registered as a single in the UK):

TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
IT'S RAINING MEN GERI HALLIWELL 1 2001 449,000
MI CHICO LATINO GERI HALLIWELL 1 1999 383,000
LIFT ME UP GERI HALLIWELL 1 1999 346,000
LOOK AT ME GERI HALLIWELL 2 1999 326,000
BAG IT UP GERI HALLIWELL 1 2000
SCREAM IF YOU WANNA GO FASTER GERI HALLIWELL 8 2001
CALLING GERI HALLIWELL 7 2001
RIDE IT GERI HALLIWELL 4 2004
DESIRE GERI HALLIWELL 22 2005
ANGELS IN CHAINS GERI HALLIWELL N/A 2017

©2017 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

Victoria Beckham
Having contributed little in the way of lead vocals in her Spice Days, Victoria seemed the most reluctant to give a solo career a go. However, with the help of Another Levelís Dane Bowers(!) and garage production duo True Steppers, she came sprinting out of the starting blocks with Out Of Your Mind.

The unlikely collaboration landed at Number 2, losing out to Spiller and Sophie Ellis-Bextorís Groovejet (If This Ainít Love) after a much publicised chart battle. Still, itís Vicís biggest solo single with a healthy 400,000 sales to date.

Her solo career may have been short, but it was certainly sweet; all four of her singles landed inside the Top 10, bowing out on a high in 2003 with double A-side release This Groove/Let Your Head Go, which peaked at Number 3. There's a good chance it could have finished second on her solo chart, but the track's not been available to download or stream in years. So Victoria. Hereís how they rank in order of sales:

TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
OUT OF YOUR MIND TRUE STEPPERS & DANE BOWERS FT. VICTORIA BECKHAM 2 2000 400,000
NOT SUCH AN INNOCENT GIRL VICTORIA BECKHAM 6 2001
THIS GROOVE/LET YOUR HEAD GO VICTORIA BECKHAM 3 2003
A MIND OF IT'S OWN VICTORIA BECKHAM 6 2002

©2017 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

Right, ready for the all-time chart? Here are all the Spice Girls' solo singles, ranked in order of sales. As you can see, Mel C and Bryan take the top spot, followed by Geri's It's Raining Men.

Official Spice Girls Solo Singles Chart

Song BY PEAK YEAR
1 WHEN YOU'RE GONE BRYAN ADAMS FT. MEL C 3 1998 747,000
2 IT'S RAINING MEN GERI HALLIWELL 1 2001 449,000
3 NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN MELANIE C 1 2000 429,000
4 OUT OF YOUR MIND TRUE STEPPERS & DANE BOWERS FT. VICTORIA BECKHAM 2 2000 400,000
5 I TURN TO YOU MELANIE C 1 2000 384,000
6 MI CHICO LATINO GERI HALLIWELL 1 1999 383,000
7 LIFT ME UP GERI HALLIWELL 1 1999 346,000
8 LOOK AT ME GERI HALLIWELL 2 1999 326,000
9 WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG EMMA BUNTON 1 2001 269,000
10 BAG IT UP GERI HALLIWELL 1 2000
11 I WANT YOU BACK MELANIE B FT. MISSY 'MISDEMEANOR' ELLIOT 1 1998 226,000
12 WHAT I AM TIN TIN OUT FT. EMMA BUNTON 2 1999 224,000
13 NORTHERN STAR MELANIE C 4 1999 216,000
14 FEELS SO GOOD MELANIE B 5 2001 142,000
15 TELL ME MELANIE B 4 2000 109,000
16 GOIN' DOWN MELANIE C 4 1999
17 TAKE MY BREATH AWAY EMMA BUNTON 5 2001
18 NOT SUCH AN INNOCENT GIRL VICTORIA BECKHAM 6 2001
19 SCREAM IF YOU WANNA GO FASTER GERI HALLIWELL 8 2001
20 MAYBE EMMA BUNTON 6 2003
21 DOWNTOWN EMMA BUNTON 3 2006
22 WORD UP MELANIE G 13 1999
23 CALLING GERI HALLIWELL 7 2001
24 THIS GROOVE/LET YOUR HEAD GO VICTORIA BECKHAM 3 2003
25 A MIND OF IT'S OWN VICTORIA BECKHAM 6 2002
26 IF THAT WERE ME MELANIE C 18 2000
27 FREE ME EMMA BUNTON 5 2003
28 RIDE IT GERI HALLIWELL 4 2004
29 LOVING YOU MATT CARDLE FT. MELANIE C 14 2013
30 LULLABY MELANIE B 13 2001
31 HERE IT COMES AGAIN MELANIE C 7 2003
32 I'LL BE THERE EMMA BUNTON 7 2004
33 WE'RE NOT GONNA SLEEP TONIGHT EMMA BUNTON 20 2001
34 ON THE HORIZON MELANIE C 14 2003
35 NEXT BEST SUPERSTAR MELANIE C 10 2005
36 CRICKETS SING FOR ANAMARIA EMMA BUNTON 15 2004
37 I WANT CANDY MELANIE C 24 2007
38 DESIRE GERI HALLIWELL 22 2005
39 MELT/YEH YEH YEH MELANIE C 27 2003
40 CAROLYNA MELANIE C 49 2007
41 ALL I NEED TO KNOW EMMA BUNTON 60 2007
42 THINK ABOUT IT MELANIE C 95 2011
43 I KNOW HIM SO WELL MELANIE C FT. EMMA BUNTON N/A 2012
44 ANYMORE MELANIE C N/A 2016
45 TODAY MELANIE BROWN 41 2005
46 THIS TIME MELANIE C 94 2007
47 FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE MELANIE B N/A 2013
48 WEAK MELANIE C N/A 2011
49 ANGELS IN CHAINS GERI HALLIWELL N/A 2017
50 DEAR LIFE MELANIE C N/A 2016
51 HOLD ON MELANIE C FT. ALEX FRANCIS N/A 2017

©2017 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.
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Didn't they do one of these just last year???

Poor VB shoulda been much higher. She would have been if the right wing press hadn't hounded her from BEFORE day 1.
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The last time they did a solo Spice list was back in 2013! The differences between now and then:

I Turn to You has overtaken Mi Chico Latino
Both Take My Breath Away and Not Such An Innocent Girl have passed Scream If You Wanna Go Faster
Maybe has now outsold Downtown
If That Were Me is now above Free Me
Loving You is the only new entry in the Top 40
Lullaby has overtaken Here It Comes Again

Would have been nice to know some streaming data, never mind. kink.gif

Thanks for posting *.*
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Think it's fair to say Mel C is the most successful (and credible) closely followed by Geri.
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Think it fair to say Geri unlikely to take back her record for most solo number 1s by a female UK artists her sales are fairly low highest not even half a million
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Mel B 'For Once In My Life' should have been a huge smash, wish she promoted it over here.
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Of all the Spices' solos, I feel like Mel C's stuff has aged the best. Never Be The Same Again is still a bop, and I Turn To You's not so bad either. I've also got a soft spot for Emma Bunton's What I Am which still sounds pretty fresh today, esp. now that the 90s sound is coming back.
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Poor Mel B, the only Solo Spice with nothing in the Top 10. Mel C is easily the most talented of the five and definitely deserves to have been the most successful.

This Groove/Let Your Head Go should have been a #1 for Victoria, vastly under-rated wub.gif
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By how many sales did Victoria miss out the #1 by?
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QUOTE(Rob @ Jun 30 2017, 02:21 PM) *
By how many sales did Victoria miss out the #1 by?


I believe Victoria sold about 180k while Groovejet sold 200k.
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If That Were Me only reached 18 but has outsold so many top 10 hits on that list .
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QUOTE(vibe @ Jul 1 2017, 07:36 AM) *
If That Were Me only reached 18 but has outsold so many top 10 hits on that list .


Well, most of those below it was either released when sales were hitting all time lows or when, quite frankly, they turned into has-beens as solo artists so it's no surprise.

It's still a terrible song ayeee pirate.gif
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How has Look At Me lost 4000 sales unsure.gif , Music Week (dated 25th Mar 2000) had its sales on 330,000

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^ I'm not sure, but the last few sales updates have been lower than 330k:

21st June 2009: 317,812
16th May 2014: 320,000
29th June 2017: 326,000

On the subject of Look at Me, it seems her label overestimated the demand for this single, because it was certified gold for shipments of over 400,000 in June 1999!
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Does anyone have any estimations for the sales of all the songs?

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