Whatever Happened to Girl Groups ?

Remember the times you argued with your friends over who was who in the girl groups and you'd spend hours learning the lyrics and choreography to the videos ? Or trying to match outfits with your friends like the members of the group ? Why were girl groups important ? 

Girl groups gave young girls something to look up to, they inspired fashion, put words and rhythm to the emotions that girls couldn't find words for and they guided us through our teenage years into womanhood.

Girl groups were the voices behind the theme songs for your favorite shows, they were the dolls you wanted and the posters you wanted on your wall, the  fashion icons and more importantly they were role models. They made teenage years enjoyable and the lyrics of their songs made young girls relish their teenage years, they wanted to be teens forever, everyone wanted to be a teen in the 90s, now a days everyone is growing up before their time because their 'role models' are grown women and reality tv stars.

Girl groups RIP 1980s-2006

Much respect to the girl groups of the 60s, 70s and 80s but I'm a 90s baby so here's my top 6 favorite girl groups (because I couldn't narrow it down to 5):

6. SWV:  Cheryl "Coko" Gamble, Tamara "Taj" Johnson and Leanne "Lelee" Lyons

New York, NY



5. Cheetah Girls:  Raven-Symoné, Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams, and Sabrina Bryan





4.TLC:  Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas

Atlanta, GA

1990-Present (RIP Left-Eye)

3. Salt-N-Pepa: Cheryl James ("Salt"), Sandra Denton("Pepa") and originally Latoya Hanson, who was replaced by Deidra Roper ("DJ Spinderella")

Queens, NY



2.Destiny's Child:  Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams

Houston, TX



1.En Vogue:  Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson, Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, (and  Rhona Bennett later on)

Oakland, CA



I don't know which break up hurt more, Destiny's Child or the Cheetah Girls

What killed the girl groups era ?

Tragic deaths, the music industry financial shadiness that favors solo careers, the media selecting favorites and feeding egos and ultimately miscommunication or lack of it killed the era of girl groups. Girl groups essentially died after Destiny's Child broke up. They were the last of the successful girl groups to go, groups after Destiny's Child were short lived or one hit wonders. Indirectly the failures of several girl set a precedent for the attitudes of a lot of young girls in the generation following, think about it, where do you think the solo, every woman for herself, I don't need anyone attitude came from ?

What happened to the new hopefuls ?

Praises to Kelly Rowland

A product of the girl group era Kelly Rowland created and directed the series "

Chasing Destiny

" in hopes of finding young ladies to create the next long awaited talented African American girl group. The series was so heart warming and brought tears to my eyes to see such talented, driven young women coming together to form what could be the next group. Already the songs, "

All of Us

" brings back the feel of having your girls' back through guys troubles and the diversity in hometowns, ages and backgrounds of the girls makes it impossible for girls across the world not to find a personality that they can relate to.


  • Ashly Williams
  • Brienna DeVlugt
  • Gabrielle Carreiro
  • Kristal Lyndriette
  • Shyann Roberts

Check out "All of Us" an ode to friendship and loyalty

Honorable Mentions

Do you remember...

  • 3LW (No More, Baby Ima Do Right)
  • 702 (Where My Girls At ?)
  • Blaque (Bring It All To Me) RIP Natina Reed
  • Zhane (Hey Mr DJ)
  • Xscape (Who Can I Run To)
  • Spice Girls: Ginger, Baby, Sporty, Posh and Scary Spice
  • Danity Kane (Touched by the deadly hands of Diddy, any group Diddy touches dies)
  • Cherish (Do It To It)
  • The Pussycat Dolls (Dontcha, Buttons)