Fifth Harmony's smash single—currently at No. 5 on the Hot 100—not only was the act's most mature offering to date, but marked the first girl group in a decade to have a Top 5 hit since the Pussycat Dolls' "Buttons" was released in 2006. The quintet's new 7/27 makes good on the promise "Work From Home" indicated, but there's also loads more girl groups who are releasing smashes just as hot as 5H.
With 7/27 set to shake up the charts this week, check out the other girl-group releases that are just as worth of your attention.
The British girl group hyped up their Get Weird album with this buzz track last summer, but a rework featuring Sean Paul just brought this quirky gem to future smash status. The dancehall star's cameo worked well with the buzzing production and tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Plus, it's the best use of a cash-register ding since M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes."
What happens when Skrillex gets into the K-pop game? 4Minute got the EDM prince to co-produce their single that blended melancholy pop croonings with a beat that you'd hear on a Jack U single. The listening experience is jarring at first, but it won't be long until you add this to your gym playlist.
The saxophone trend isn't over! The septet delivered a sexy summer jam with "Good Luck." The track has a healthy dose of girl power (they chant, "Girls! Girls on top! I'm on the top!") and big vocals (get ready for some crazy runs by song's end) that always makes for a girl-group hit.
Back in the day, the closest competitors the Spice Girls had were All Saints. To celebrate their 15-year anniversary, the quartet reunited and released the pristine Red Flag album. Second single "This Is a War" isn't just a standout for its smooth-yet-fiery composition, but for the doubling as an anthem towards the gay rights movement. The gay community has long been one of girl groups' biggest advocates and lines like "If I gotta right to be loved and to love then this is a war" certainly hit close to the heart.
Those who listen to rising octet know Oh My Girl have delivered experimental smashes in the past, and "Windy Day" is perhaps one of the year's most unexpected girl group releases. The song opens as a sweet, synth-pop tune before its chorus turns into a J-pop-esque cheer anthem until. The girls flip the track on the its head and dive into a Middle Eastern-inspired dance breakdown. Somehow, it all works.
I.O.I will be your favorite girl group for 2016 and that's all you get. The 11-member act was created on South Korean reality show Produce 101 that saw 101 K-pop stars training at different records competing for a spot in the group. Before disbanding back to their different labels in January 2017, the group will promote together for a year and those promotions have included this addictive funk-dance cover of Korean dance tune "Hip Song" originally by Banana Girl. We like their anthemic single "Dream Girls," but "Hip Song" is a smash with its reworked production that moves from feel-good pop to half-time trap beats.
O'G3NE is a Dutch group made up of sisters Lisa, Amy and Shelley Vol who won the 2014 season of The Voice of Holland, making them the first trio to ever win any iteration of the series. Their latest release "Take the Money and Run" recalls the same sassy, funky work of early Little Mix and their tight harmonies are also on point.
Melancholy material isn't the easiest area for girl groups to conquer, but when they do the results are stunning. Take long-underrated K-pop act Brave Girls who turned the hip-hop-oriented "Deepened" into a battle of emotions. The girls move from whispering, "I deserve better," before belting that they're "thirsty for your love."
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