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VIRGIN RECORDS internationally released Wannabe by The Spice girls

This event begins 07/08/1996 and repeats every year forever

On July 8, 1996. Virgin issued outside the US and Canada (January 97 was the launch for our market). But The Spice girls Wannabe was issued.


° Mel B said The girls wrote it in five minutes.

° Victoria is in the chorus but doesn't have a verse. Cos it isn't Posh like to scream

"Yo, I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want."

It's not posh like to be really Mental

°The girls had to fight to get this as the debut single. Virgin and Simon Fuller were against this. Wanted something more urban based. The fact that Virgin issued a commission to An urban remix by Dave way. 


It got to the girls. They were furious as it was more like a chill vibe. Like a groove. 


They sent it to Mark "Spike" stent to create a mix..This was the mix the girls loved. As it captured the madness and the attitude of The song. This was dubbed as they are crashing the party.

°The intro laugh is revealed to Be Mel B.


° Debuted at #3 in the UK. Went to #1 in the following week. Stayed at the summit for 7 weeks. Their longest #1 single in their 9 Massive #1 singles. 

°Girls were on a promotional trip in Japan when wannabe hit #1 in the UK. 

The program Tops of the pops had to film an impromptu performance of Wannabe on location in Japan.

° Went to #1 in 32 countries between 96 and 97. The most for a girl group..


° wannabe with 15 Million sold worldwide is the best selling single girl group of all time.


° Wannabe is also the best selling debut single of all time for any act.

° Wannabe is the most streamed 90s Girl group song on Spotify

° Wannabe is close to 500 Million views on YouTube. 

The most viewed For a 90s girl group 


the most viewed British 90s video

° The song lyrics is basically setting a friendship. Basically a heterosexual bond of friendship between the girls, their friends and the person in the relationship. 


Loosely translated.  My friends have to approve of you dating me..

The gotta get with my friends is basically saying. They have to approve of you. Sorry. 


Happy 24 years of Wannabe 

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