This week saw the 18th anniversary of the release of Spice Girls' debut hit single 'Wannabe' - a track that took under an hour to record in the studio.

Released on July 8, 1996 the single topped the UK Singles Chart for seven weeks, receiving a platinum certification before being released the following year in the United States and sitting for four weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group's only number one single in America.

22 nations supported the song so much so that it topped their charts by the end of '96, and by March '97 that number had risen to 31 which paved the way for the single to become the best-selling single by a female group in the world.

It was the song that shot them into superstardom and won them an Ivor Novello in 1997 for Best British-Written Single, and a BRIT Award in the same year for Best Single.

Proving it's a timeless hit, the music video - directed by Jhoan Camitz - was only uploaded onto YouTube in 2009 and has racked up over 64,000,000 views since then.

Wouldn't a reunion to celebrate with a special one-off performance be just fantastic?


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