Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Retro Video of the Week: "Wannabe" by The Spice Girls

This Friday marks not only the 38th anniversary of the birth of my friend Dan, but also the 20th anniversary of the release (in Europe and Oceania, anyway) of one of the most popular songs ever, "Wannabe" by The Spice Girls.  This song was a fixture at parties second semester of my freshman year of college (as it was released in the US in early 1997), but by then it had already been #1 in 22 countries.  A few months later, that number would grow to 37, including the Billboard Hot 100.  "Wannabe" is the best-selling single by a female group ever, and it has been ranked as the most recognizable pop song since the 1940s according a Dutch/English study, in which participants recognized the song on average in an astounding 2.3 seconds.  The video shows Baby, Ginger, Posh, Scary, and Sporty crashing a fancy London hotel and causing a raucous.  Apparently, it was very cold in the hotel. 

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