Band of sisters


One of the most prominent girl bands in the 1980’s, The Go-Go’s

Laura Schultz, contributing writer

The 50’s and 60’s saw the advent of The Ronettes and The Supremes. In the 1970’s The Runaways dominated the charts in Japan and the UK. In the 1980s, The Go-Go’s and The Bangles made music history. These women were something entirely unprecedented at the time: music groups and bands made up entirely of women.

Of course, history’s most famous girl groups are The Spice Girls and Destiny’s Child, who ruled the charts over ten years ago. Unfortunately, we’ve seen few girl groups come close to those same levels of fame since. Some may scoff at the saccharine pop girl groups produce, but if we’ve let One Direction and The Wanted revitalize boy bands, what’s wrong with bringing back the girl power anthems that girl groups are so well-known for as well? Luckily, there are a few girl groups in the industry today that are poised for world domination if given the proper chance.

Perhaps most prominent currently is Little Mix, the quartet who became the first group to win The X-Factor U.K. in 2011. Comprised of Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jade Thirlwall, Little Mix just released their second album, Salute, in the U.S., which wonderfully shows off the powerhouse R&B/pop vocals these girls are so well known for. Tracks to check out: DNA, Change Your Life, Move.

Although The X-Factor hasn’t been too popular in the U.S., its second season did give the world another stellar girl group: third-place finishers Fifth Harmony. Although Camila Cabello, Dinah Jane Hansen, Normani Kordei, Ally Brooke, and Lauren Jauregui didn’t know each other before The X-Factor, since the show put them together, these incredibly talented girls have blended wonderfully, released a series of stunning cover songs, and are currently working on their first album to follow their debut EP, Better Together, among other accomplishments. Tracks to check out: Stay, Red, Miss Movin’ On.

Finally, if you think you’re too cool for either of these groups, I suggest Haim- a far more indie-sounding band made up of sisters Alana, Danielle, and Este Haim. Their debut album, Days Are Gone, provides a more electronic twist to the classic sound of The Go-Go’s and The Bangles, and is well worth a listen. Or several. Tracks to check out: The Wire, Falling, Let Me Go.