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post Nov 6 2018, 01:02 PM
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Spice Girls' Top 10 biggest singles on the Official Chart
06 November 2018 | By Rob Copsey

Ahead of the group's 2019 reunion tour, we look into the numbers behind the Spice Girls' big hits.

It has been the worst kept secret in music this year, but now it's official: Spice Girls are back.

The group (minus Victoria Beckham, hmph) will embark on their Friendship Never Ends UK tour in 2019, kicking off in Manchester on June 1 - more info including ticket details here.

To whet your appetite before then, we're revealing the numbers behind their hits, and what an array of hits they are.

Wannabe
The group's biggest single is, perhaps unsurprisingly, their debut single Wannabe, with 1.61 million combined sales (split between 1.3 million sales and 31 million streams). The track turned them into a global sensation almost overnight, scoring seven weeks at Number 1 in the UK and topping the charts just about everywhere, including America, Germany and Australia.

As with most of their music, Wannabe was co-written by the group along with Biff Stannard and Matt Rowe. It was completed in 30 minutes, mainly because the lyrics are a series of different lines, skits and raps made up by each member of the group. In fact, so unusual is Wannabe's composition that their label wanted to release Say You'll Be There or Spice album track Love Thing as their lead single.

2 Become 1
To put the scale of Spice Girls' success into perspective, they landed the Official Christmas Number 1 single three years consecutively, joining The Beatles as the only other act to manage this. 2 Become 1 was the first of them and is most enduring, as now-adult fans understand its true meaning. Earlier this month, it became a meme for the clocks changing, marking the end of British summertime. It's sales to date stand at 1.21 million, made up of 1.14 million sales and 7.6 million streams.

Who Do You Think You Are?
Where Wannabe made them instant global stars, Who Do You Think You Are? sent them stratospheric. It's 2am on the dancefloor, three tequilas deep. It's Mel B in leopard print. It's Victoria's space age catsuit. It's Comic Relief, Cool Britannia and, of course, that Union Jack dress. The song spent three weeks at Number 1 (as a double A-side with Mama) and has 763,000 combined sales to date.

Viva Forever
For some, Viva Forever was the last true Spice single as it was released shortly before Geri quit the band, after which things never really recovered. Despite being the fourth single from their Spiceworld album, it reached Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart and ranks as their seventh biggest single overall with 726,000 combined sales.

Holler/Let Love Lead The Way
"Holler holler! Let you scream my name!" Victoria Beckham's ad-libs are probably the best thing about this slick but distinctly un-Spice Girls track, taken from from their final, Geri-less album Forever. As a quartet, the group opted to for a more US-friendly R&B approach, but it lacked the carefree spark of their previous efforts. The moment, it seemed, had passed. Still, it topped the Official Chart, bundled as a double A-side with Let Love Lead The Way, and places tenth on their best-sellers with 280,000 combined sales.

Spice Girls' Top 10 singles on the Official Chart

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK
1 WANNABE SPICE GIRLS 1 1,610,000
2 2 BECOME 1 SPICE GIRLS 1 1,210,000
3 SAY YOU'LL BE THERE SPICE GIRLS 1
4 SPICE UP YOUR LIFE SPICE GIRLS 1
5 GOODBYE SPICE GIRLS 1
6 WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE SPICE GIRLS 1 763,000
7 VIVA FOREVER SPICE GIRLS 1 726,000
8 TOO MUCH SPICE GIRLS 1
9 STOP SPICE GIRLS 2
10 HOLLER/LET LOVE LEAD THE WAY SPICE GIRLS 1 280,000

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This chart is based on sales, downloads and streaming equivalent sales combined.

Bonus stats for Spice fanatics: Their biggest album track is Never Give Up On The Good Times from Spiceworld (633k streams), just ahead of Move Over, which they used for their Pepsi endorsement deal.
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They also recently confirmed that Say You'll Be There has sold over 1,000,000
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Say You'll Be There was so close to being a million seller the last time I saw sales for it. It'll surely get there eventually.

EDIT: I hadn't refreshed the page after being on it for a while so missed the reply above! That's great news.


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More info from OCC:

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Hi guys. Say You'll Be There has not sold over 1 million copies (physical and download). This list combines sales with streams, pushing SYBT over one million as a combined figure only. Looking at pure sales, SYBT is on 965,300 currently.
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Hi Matt! Spice Up Your Life has sold 890,400 copies (physical CD singles + downloads)
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I think after the stadium shows they will have five singles at over 1million SPS
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Wannabe is actually their worst single. It sounds so tacky.
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QUOTE(slowdown73 @ Nov 6 2018, 06:27 PM) *
Wannabe is actually their worst single. It sounds so tacky.

BLASPHEMY!!!!!!


On another note, Stop was certfied Gold for 400,000 combined sales January 2016, so that's the top 9 all over 400,000!
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Kinda low for how big they were supposed to be
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QUOTE(slowdown73 @ Nov 6 2018, 06:27 PM) *
Wannabe is actually their worst single. It sounds so tacky.


It's aged horribly, granted, but worst single when HEADLICE exists?!
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QUOTE(Buttered Muffin @ Nov 6 2018, 08:49 PM) *
Kinda low for how big they were supposed to be


Really?? They've got 4th singles from albums that have sold around 800k. Stop was a blip. They were massive sellers, with huge first week sales.

But you have to consider that the albums sold insanely huge amounts too, which would always impact single sales. Between their first 2 albums, they sold 4.6 million in the UK alone.


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QUOTE(Buttered Muffin @ Nov 6 2018, 08:49 PM) *
Kinda low for how big they were supposed to be



laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif

They have 5 singles on sales of over 900,000 and all their 90's singles bar one are close to 800,000 sales. Also most of this is actual sales not streaming data nonsense. Find me another act that had their first 9 singles sell as well as the Spice Girls, you'll struggle.
Then there's the huge album sales which makes their single sales even more astounding.
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lets talk 2 Become 1. 450,000 people went out to HMV/Woolwoths/Our Price etc. to buy a CD or cassette of a single that over 1 million people already had on an album in ONE WEEK
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Tbh these are impressive but I'm surprised they don't seem to have had much of a boost from streaming, given they're such an iconic group.

Maybe once the tour starts some of these will start to rise up.
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QUOTE(Spiceboy @ Nov 7 2018, 08:17 PM) *
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They have 5 singles on sales of over 900,000 and all their 90's singles bar one are close to 800,000 sales. Also most of this is actual sales not streaming data nonsense. Find me another act that had their first 9 singles sell as well as the Spice Girls, you'll struggle.
Then there's the huge album sales which makes their single sales even more astounding.


Westshite
Britney
Beyonce
Lady GaGa
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While Westlife topped the charts countless times, are those single's overall sales tallies a match whatsoever for Spice Girls? Pretty much EVERY Spice Girls release - other than "Headlines" (wtf were they thinking) - is a classic and is known nationwide.

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QUOTE(Buttered Muffin @ Nov 7 2018, 09:21 PM) *
Westshite
Britney
Beyonce
Lady GaGa


I think you'll find that's no on all four counts.
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How did they lose it so much with Forever and Headlines?! Thry wrote their own songs. I don't understand how iy all got so muvh WORSE.
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Viva Forever >>>>> 2 Become 1 >>>>> Goodbye. I like their ballads a lot more.

Wannabe has aged badly. I still have strong memories of it though. 'The Box' music channel played this literally ever half an hour.

They also pushed back the release of 'Spice up your life' to make sure it stood a chance against 'Candle in the wind'.

1997/98 were both classic years in terms of music and sales.

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QUOTE(Buttered Muffin @ Nov 7 2018, 09:21 PM) *
Westshite
Britney
Beyonce
Lady GaGa


A bit of research would have saved you time here. That's a no to them all. Westlife's single sales were very low.

Outside of Baby One More Time, Britney didn't sell much either. Most of her singles are well under 500k.


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Abba came close to matching their sales most of their no 1s did between 500k &800k
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