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Released: November 4, 1996

Rating: 3.000 (average of 7 ratings)

Genre: rock > bubblegum pop

Quotable: “irresistible, immaculately crafted pop that gets by on the skills of the producer and the charisma of the five Spices” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Wannabe
  2. Say You’ll Be There
  3. 2 Become 1
  4. Love Thing
  5. Last Time Lover
  6. Mama
  7. Who Do You Think You Are
  8. Something Kinda Funny
  9. Naked
  10. If U Can’t Dance


sales in U.S. only 7 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 2.92 million
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 8 million
sales worldwide - estimated 24 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 5
peak on U.K. album chart 1 15

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Wannabe (7/20/96) #1 US, #1 UK. Platinum single.
  • Say You’ll Be There (10/26/96) #3 US, #1 UK. Gold single.
  • 2 Become 1 (12/28/96) #4 US, #1 UK, #8 AC. Gold single.
  • Mama (3/15/97) #1 UK


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. American Music Awards – Album of the Year, pop/rock. Click to go to awards page. One of the Top 100 All-Time World’s Best-Selling Albums Billboard Magazine’s Album of the Year Juno Award for International Album of the Year. Click to go to DMDB awards page.

Spice Girls
Spice doesn’t need to be original to be entertaining, nor do the Spice Girls need to be good singers. It just has to be executed well, and the innocuous dance-pop of Spice is infectious. None of the Girls have great voices, but they do exude personality and charisma, which is what drives bouncy dance-pop like Wannabe, with its ridiculous ‘zig-a-zig-ahhh’ hook, into pure pop guilty pleasure” (Erlewine).

“What is surprising is how the sultry soul of Say You’ll Be There is more than just a guilty pleasure, and how ballads like 2 Become 1 are perfect adult contemporary confections” (Erlewine).

“The rest of the album isn’t quite as catchy as those first three singles, but it is still irresistible, immaculately crafted pop that gets by on the skills of the producer and the charisma of the five Spices. Sure, the last half of the album is forgettable, but it sounds good while it’s on, which is the key to a good dance-pop record” (Erlewine).

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Next Album: Spiceworld (1997)

Last updated February 4, 2009.