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List of Best-selling Girl Groups

The Spice Girls are the biggest selling girl group of all time with over 85 million records sold.[1]

A girl group is a popular music act featuring several female singers who generally harmonize together. Girl groups have been popular at least since the heyday of the Boswell Sisters beginning in the 1930s, but the term "girl group" also denotes the wave of American female pop singing groups who flourished in the late 1950s and early 1960s between the decline of early rock and roll and the British Invasion, many of whom were influenced by doo-wop style. This article covers only girl groups from that era and later.

Sales figures records in most countries are not available before the 1990s, so it is difficult to accurately determine best-selling records, either by country or worldwide. Certification levels have been used for most countries, but certification was not common until the 1970s in the US and UK, and later in other countries. In addition, in many countries certification is for shipments of a record to retailers, rather than actual sales. Complicating matters further are the changes from 2010 onwards as certifications have become based on a combined figure of sales and streaming, instead of sales alone.

As a result, these tables should not be considered definitive lists of the best-selling records by girl groups in each country.

Best-selling girl groups worldwide

Groups with claimed total record sales of more than 20 million.

Artist Nationality Number of members Period active Genre Studio albums Claimed sales
Spice Girls United Kingdom 5 -> 4 -> 5 1994-2000, 2007-2008 (8 years) Pop 3 85 million[1]
The Andrews Sisters United States 3 1925-1952, 1954-1967 (38 years) 12 75 million[2]
TLC United States 3 -> 2 1991-present (27 years) 5 65 million[3]
Destiny's Child United States 4 -> 3 1997-2006 (9 years) R&B 4 60 million[4]
AKB48 Japan Rotational 2005-present (13 years) J-pop 8 55.9 million[5]
Pussycat Dolls United States 6 -> 5 2003-2010 (7 years)
  • Pop
  • R&B
2 54 million[6]
Bananarama United Kingdom 3 -> 2 -> 3 1979-present (39 years) Pop 10 40 million[7]
The Pointer Sisters United States 2 -> 3 -> 4 -> 3 -> 4 1969-present (49 years)
16 40 million[8]
The Supremes United States 3 1959-1977 (18 years) Pop 29 20 million[9][A]
Speed Japan 4 1996-2000, 2008-2012 (10 years) J-pop 5 20 million[11]

Notes:

  1. ^ Accurate total sales of the Supremes records are unknown - estimates range from 20 million records up to 100 million records.[10]

Best-selling girl group singles

Worldwide

It is extremely difficult to obtain worldwide sales figures for singles due to the lack of verifiable sales reporting in many countries. The best-selling single of all time by a female group is thought to be the 1996 hit "Wannabe" by British group Spice Girls, with estimated sales of 8 million copies worldwide.[12]

Other best-selling singles worldwide by girl groups include "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" by Las Ketchup (7 million[13]), and "Don't Cha" by the Pussycat Dolls (6 million).[14]

Australia

Singles certified platinum or more by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Only includes certifications since 1989, when ARIA took over compiling the Australian charts. From November 2014 onwards paid-for audio streams were included in the Australian singles chart and counted towards sales and certifications.

Certifications based on sales only

Certifications based on sales + on-demand digital streaming

Released Single Group Certification
2016 "Work from Home"[22] Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign 6× Platinum
2014 "Ugly Heart"[23] G.R.L. 4× Platinum
2014 "You Ruin Me"[23] The Veronicas 3× Platinum
2017 "Shout Out to My Ex"[22] Little Mix
2015 "Worth It"[24] Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink 2× Platinum
"Black Magic"[24] Little Mix
2016 "Secret Love Song"[24] Little Mix featuring Jason Derulo
"Hair"[25] Little Mix featuring Sean Paul
2017 "Touch"[22] Little Mix
2014 "If You Love Someone"[26] The Veronicas Platinum
2016 "In My Blood"[24] The Veronicas

France

The biggest-selling single in France by a girl group is believed to be "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" by Spanish girl group Las Ketchup, with estimated sales of 1,750,000.[27]

Singles certified diamond (750,000 sales) based on sales only

Singles certified gold (250,000 sales) based on sales only

Certifications based on sales + on-demand digital streaming

Released Single Group Certification[34] Sales + streaming
(Based on certifications)
2016 "Work from Home" Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign Diamond 250,000

Germany

Certifications based on sales only

Released Single Group Certification[35] Sales
(Based on
certifications)
2002 "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" Las Ketchup 2× Platinum 1,000,000
2001 "Whole Again" Atomic Kitten Platinum 500,000
"Daylight in Your Eyes" No Angels
2006 "Shame" Monrose 3× Gold 450,000
1996 "Waterfalls" TLC Gold 250,000
"Wannabe" Spice Girls
1997 "Who Do You Think You Are"/"Mama" Spice Girls
1998 "Viva Forever"

Certifications based on sales + on-demand digital streaming

Released Single Group Certification[35] Sales + streaming
(Based on certifications)
2016 "Work from Home" Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign Platinum 400,000
  • Note: Certification levels in Germany have changed several times over the years - the certification level for a gold single was 250,000 until the end of 2002, 150,000 between 2003 and mid-2014, and 200,000 from mid-2014 onwards. These different levels are reflected in the table above.
  • From January 2014 onwards, paid-for audio streams were included in the German singles chart and counted towards sales and certifications.[36]

Japan

The ten biggest-selling girl group singles in Japan based on total sales (May 2018):

Released Single Group Detailed Sales Total Sales
Physical Downloads Ringtones
2010 "Heavy Rotation" AKB48 880,761[37] 1,500,000[38] 750,000[39] 3,130,761
2011 "Flying Get" AKB48 1,625,849[40] 1,000,000[41] 500,000[42] 3,125,849
2011 "Everyday, Katyusha" AKB48 1,608,299[43] 1,000,000[41] 500,000[44] 3,108,299
2017 "Negaigoto no Mochigusare" AKB48 2,649,234[45] - - 2,649,234
2013 "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie" AKB48 1,533,955[46] 1,000,000[47] - 2,533,955
2016 "Tsubasa wa Iranai" AKB48 2,499,785[48] - - 2,499,785
2012 "Manatsu no Sounds Good" AKB48 1,822,220[49] 500,000[50] - 2,322,220
2013 "Sayonara Crawl" AKB48 1,955,800[51] 100,000[41] - 2,055,800
2010 "Beginner" AKB48 1,039,352[52] 1,000,000[41] - 2,039,352
2011 "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" AKB48 1,457,113[53] 500,000[41] - 1,957,113
  • From January 2014, RIAJ changed calculation method for Detailed Sales and the Gold Record.[54]

New Zealand

Singles certified platinum or more by Recorded Music NZ. Since November 2014 certifications for singles have included streaming, and therefore cannot be compared to certifications from before this date.

Certifications based on sales only

Certifications based on sales + on-demand digital streaming

Released Single Group Certification
2016 "Work from Home"[64] Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign 2× Platinum
2016 "Secret Love Song"[65] Little Mix featuring Jason Derulo Platinum

South Korea

The ten biggest-selling girl group singles in South Korea based on total sales:

Released Single Group Sales
2011 "Roly-Poly" T-ara 4,826,000+[66]
2009 "I Don't Care" 2NE1 4,500,000[67]
2011 "Be My Baby" Wonder Girls 4,168,000+[68]
2011 "So Cool" SISTAR 4,007,555+[69]
2009 "Because of You" After School 4,000,000+ [70]
2011 "Don't Say Goodbye" Davichi 3,928,000[71]
2012 "Lovey-Dovey" T-ara 3,759,000[72]
2011 "Cry Cry" T-ara 3,756,000[73]
2011 "I Am the Best" 2NE1 3,700,000[74][75]
2011 "The Boys" Girls' Generation 3,623,000[76]

Sweden

There were few certifications awarded in Sweden before 1996, so singles before this date are not represented in this list. There have been three different certification levels since 1996: from 1996 to June 2003 the gold/platinum levels for singles were 15,000/30,000, from July 2003 to September 2010 the levels were 10,000/20,000, and from October 2010 onwards, when streaming was included in the certification levels, the levels have been 20,000/40,000. The tables below reflect these changes in certification levels.

Certifications based on sales only

Released Single Group Certification[77] Sales
(Based on
certifications)
2002 "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)"[78] Las Ketchup 4× Platinum 120,000
1998 "Spice Up Your Life"[79] Spice Girls Platinum 30,000
1999 "Unpretty"[80] TLC
2001 "Need to Know (Eenie Meenie Miny Moe)"[81] Excellence
2002 "All the Things She Said"[82] t.A.T.u.
"Never Let It Go"[82] Afro-dite
2005 "Push the Button"[83] Sugababes 20,000

Certifications based on sales + on-demand digital streaming

Released Single Group Certification[77] Sales + streaming
(Based on certifications)
2016 "Work from Home" Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign 4× Platinum 160,000
2015 'Emergency" Icona Pop 2× Platinum 80,000
2012 "I Love It" Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX Platinum 40,000
2014 "Sledgehammer" Fifth Harmony
2015 "Worth It" Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink

Switzerland

Released Single Group Sales
2002 "All The Things She Said" t.A.T.u [84] 40,000
1996 "Wannabe" Spice Girls [85] 25,000
1998 "Viva Forever" Spice Girls [85] 25,000
2001 "Never Ever" All Saints [86] 25,000
2001 "Whole Again" Atomic Kitten [87] 20,000
2004 "Lose My Breath" Destiny's Child [88] 20,000
2005 "Don't Cha" Pussycat Dolls [89] 20,000

United Kingdom

Since July 2014, certifications have included paid-for audio streams so they cannot be compared to sales-only certifications before this date. The ten biggest-selling girl group singles in the United Kingdom:

Physical and digital sales only (before July 2014)

Released Single Group Sales
1996 "Wannabe" Spice Girls 1,385,211[90]
1997 "Never Ever" All Saints 1,363,504[90]
1996 "2 Become 1" Spice Girls 1,140,000[91]
2001 "Whole Again" Atomic Kitten 1,021,465[90]
1996 "Say You'll Be There" Spice Girls 961,000[92]
1998 "C'est la Vie" B*Witched 925,000[93]
1998 "Goodbye" Spice Girls 896,000[94]
1997 "Spice Up Your Life" 887,000[95]
2000 "Pure Shores" All Saints 815,000[96]
1997 "Mama"/"Who Do You Think You Are" Spice Girls 732,000[97]

Physical and digital sales + on-demand digital streaming (after July 2014)

Released Single Group Units
2016 "Work from Home" Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign 1,209,902[90]
2015 "Black Magic" Little Mix 1,200,000[98]
2016 "Shout Out to My Ex"
2012 "Wings" 600,000[98]
2015 "Love Me Like You"
2016 "Secret Love Song" Little Mix featuring Jason Derulo
"Hair" Little Mix featuring Sean Paul
"Touch" Little Mix
2017 "No More Sad Songs" Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly
"Power" Little Mix featuring Stormzy
"Reggaetón Lento (Remix)" Little Mix with CNCO

United States

Sales figures of records in the US were not tracked accurately until May 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan started recording sales of singles and albums electronically at point of sale, rather than relying on figures provided to them by record store staff.[99] As a result there are no reliable sales figures available before this date, and therefore it is not possible to rank the best-selling singles by girl groups in the US in sales order.

Since 2013 certifications have included legal on-demand digital streams - separate figures for the pure sales component of singles released after 2013 are not available so they cannot be compared to sales-only certifications before this date.

Certifications based on sales only

RIAA sales certifications began in the US in 1958 - there are very few records with certifications before this date. Until 1988 a million-seller received a gold certification (and a two million-seller received a platinum certification). From 1989 onwards the levels were revised so that a million-seller received a platinum certification instead, with multi-platinum awards for multiple million sales.[100][101] However, these pre- and post-1989 certification levels are not currently reflected in the RIAA database.

The following singles have been certified by RIAA as selling one million copies or more in the US.

Released Single Group Sales (where known)
1961 "Please Mr. Postman"[102] The Marvelettes
1964 "Dancing in the Street"[103][104] Martha and the Vandellas
"Baby Love"[105][106] The Supremes
1965 "Stop! In the Name of Love"[105][106]
"Don't Mess with Bill"[102] The Marvelettes
1969 "Someday We'll Be Together"[106][107] Diana Ross and the Supremes
1974 "When Will I See You Again"[108][109] The Three Degrees 2,000,000[110]
1975 "Lady Marmalade"[111][112] Labelle
"Fly, Robin, Fly"[113][114] Silver Convention
1976 "Get Up and Boogie"[113][114]
1977 "Best of My Love"[115][116] The Emotions 1,800,000[117]
"Angel in Your Arms"[118] Hot
1979 "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else"[119] The Jones Girls
"We Are Family"[120][121] Sister Sledge
"Fire"[122][123] The Pointer Sisters
1980 "Sukiyaki"[124] A Taste of Honey
"He's So Shy"[122] The Pointer Sisters
1981 "Slow Hand"[122][123]
1982 "We Got the Beat"[125] The Go-Go's
1986 "Walk Like an Egyptian"[126][127] The Bangles
1987 "Push It"[128][129] Salt-n-Pepa
1989 "Expression"[128][129]
1990 "Hold On"[116][130] En Vogue
1992 "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg"[131][132] TLC
"Baby-Baby-Baby"[131][132]
1993 "Weak"[133][134] SWV
"Just Kickin' It"[135][136] Xscape
"Whatta Man"[128][129] Salt-n-Pepa with En Vogue
1994 "Stroke You Up"[137][138] Changing Faces
1995 "Creep"[131][132] TLC 1,400,000[139][140]
"Waterfalls"[131][132] 1,200,000[140]
1996 "Wannabe"[141][142] Spice Girls 2,910,000[143]
1997 "Don't Let Go (Love)"[116][130] En Vogue 1,300,000[144][145]
"G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T."[137][146] Changing Faces 1,200,000[145]
1998 "No, No, No"[147][148] Destiny's Child 1,300,000[149]
"Lately"[150][151] Divine 1,100,000[149]
2004 "Soldier"[147] Destiny's Child
2005 "Don't Cha"[152] The Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes
"Stickwitu"[152] The Pussycat Dolls
2006 "Buttons"[152] The Pussycat Dolls featuring Snoop Dogg
"Cater 2 U"[147] Destiny's Child
2008 "Damaged"[153] Danity Kane
"I Hate This Part"[152] The Pussycat Dolls

In addition, the following singles have been stated as selling one million copies or more in the US - however, they have not been certified by the RIAA.

Certifications based on sales + on-demand digital streaming

Released Single Group Certification
2012 "I Love It" Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX 4× Platinum[162]
2014 "Boss" Fifth Harmony Platinum[163]
"Sledgehammer"
2015 "Worth It" Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink 3× Platinum[163]
2016 "Work from Home" Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign 5× Platinum[163]
"All in My Head (Flex)" Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap Platinum[163]

Best-selling girl group albums

Worldwide

The ten biggest-selling girl group albums worldwide:

Released Album Artist Sales
1996 Spice Spice Girls 31 million[164][165]
1994 CrazySexyCool TLC 23 million[166]
1997 Spiceworld Spice Girls 20 million[167]
1999 The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child 15 million[168]
1999 FanMail TLC 14 million[166]
2001 Survivor Destiny's Child 12 million[168]
1990 Wilson Phillips Wilson Phillips 11 million[169]
2005 PCD Pussycat Dolls 9 million[170]
1993 Very Necessary Salt-n-Pepa 7 million [171]
2004 Destiny Fulfilled Destiny's Child 7 million[]

Australia

Albums certified platinum or more by ARIA.[172] Only includes certifications since 1997.

Released Album Group Certification
1996 Spice Spice Girls 6× Platinum
1997 Spiceworld
2005 The Secret Life of... The Veronicas 4× Platinum
1999 The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child 3× Platinum
2005 PCD The Pussycat Dolls
1998 B*Witched B*Witched 2× Platinum
All Saints All Saints
2000 Bardot Bardot
2006 Young Divas Young Divas
2007 Hook Me Up The Veronicas

Brazil

Certifications according to ABPD.[173] Some of the certification thresholds have changed depending on the amount of sales sold. Check the ABPD for more certifications.

Released Album Group Certification Sales
(Based on
certifications)
2002 Rouge Rouge 2× Platinum 2,000,000
2003 C'est La Vie Platinum 900,000
1996 Spice Spice Girls 2× Platinum 500,000
1997 Spiceworld Platinum 250,000
2004 Blá Blá Blá Rouge Gold 135,000
2015 Reflection Fifth Harmony 3× Platinum 120,000
2016 7/27[174]
2000 Forever Spice Girls Gold 100,000
2001 Survivor Destiny's Child 50,000
2006 Live from London The Pussycat Dolls 25,000

Canada

Certifications according to Music Canada.

Released Album Group Certification
1996 Spice[175] Spice Girls Diamond
1997 Spiceworld[175]
1994 CrazySexyCool[176] TLC 8× Platinum
1990 Wilson Phillips[177] Wilson Phillips 7× Platinum
1999 The Writing's on the Wall[178] Destiny's Child 5× Platinum
1983 Break Out[179] Pointer Sisters 4× Platinum
1993 Very Necessary[180] Salt-n-Pepa
1999 FanMail[176] TLC
2001 Survivor[178] Destiny's Child
1997 All Saints[181] All Saints 3× Platinum

Europe

Albums certified platinum or more for more than one million sales in Europe, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

Note: the IFPI Europe Platinum Award was only created in 1996, therefore there are few albums on this list from before that date. No awards are publicly available after 2014.

Released Album Group Certification Sales
(Based on
certifications)
1996 Spice[182] Spice Girls 8× Platinum 8,000,000
1997 Spiceworld[183] 5× Platinum 5,000,000
All Saints[183] All Saints 2× Platinum 2,000,000
1999 The Writing's on the Wall[184] Destiny's Child
2001 Survivor[184]
2005 PCD[185] The Pussycat Dolls
1994 CrazySexyCool[186] TLC Platinum 1,000,000
1996 Tic Tac Toe[182] Tic Tac Toe
1997 Klappe die 2te[182]
Greatest Hits[183] Eternal
2001 200 Po Vstrechnoy[187] t.A.T.u.
2002 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane[188]

Germany

Certifications according to the IFPI.[189]

The No Angels were Germany's biggest girl group and have the best selling album by a girl group of all time there.
Released Album Artist Certification Sales
(Based on
certifications)
2001 Elle'ments No Angels 7× Gold 1,050,000
1996 Spice Spice Girls 3× Gold 750,000
2002 Now ... Us! No Angels 2× Platinum 600,000
1997 Spiceworld Spice Girls Platinum 500,000
2006 Temptation Monrose 2× Platinum 400,000
2004 Destiny Fulfilled Destiny's Child Platinum 200,000
2001 Survivor Platinum 300,000
1999 The Writing's on the Wall Gold 250,000
2005 PCD Pussycat Dolls Platinum 200,000
2001 Right Now Atomic Kitten Gold 150,000

Japan

Sales according to Oricon and Platinum certifications according to the RIAJ. The ten biggest-selling girl group albums in Japan:

Released Album Group Sales Certification
1998 Moment Speed 2,319,000[190] Million[191]
2001 Best! Morning Musume 1 Morning Musume 2,260,000[190] Million[192]
1998 Rise Speed 2,048,000[190] Million[191]
2002 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane t.A.T.u. 2,000,000[193] Million[191]
1997 Starting Over Speed 1,926,000[190] Million[194]
2012 1830m AKB48 1,051,000[195] Million[196]
2014 Tsugi no Ashiato 1,001,000[197] Million[198]
2011 Girls' Generation Girls' Generation 901,097[199] Million[196]
2000 3rd: Love Paradise Morning Musume 863,300[200] Million[201]
2011 Koko ni Ita Koto AKB48 829,645[202] Million[203]

Netherlands

Certifications according to the NVPI.[204]

Released Album Group Certification Sales
(Based on
certifications)
1996 Spice Spice Girls 3× Platinum 300,000
1999 The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child 2× Platinum 200,000
2009 MaMaSé! K3 4× Platinum 200,000
2001 Survivor Destiny's Child 2× Platinum 160,000
1978 With Luv' Luv' Platinum 100,000
1979 Lots Of Luv'
1978 Energy Pointer Sisters
1997 Spiceworld Spice Girls
1999 FanMail TLC
1979 True Luv' Luv' Gold 50,000

South Korea

Sales according to Gaon Chart and the Recording Industry Association of Korea. The ten biggest-selling girl group albums in South Korea:

Released Album Group Sales
1968 My Dear The Pearl Sisters 1,000,000+[205]
2016 Twicecoaster: Lane 1 TWICE 770,991[206][207]
1999 Love S.E.S. 760,475[208]
1998 Sea & Eugene & Shoo S.E.S. 651,330[209]
1997 I'm Your Girl S.E.S. 650,000[210]
2000 A Letter from Greenland S.E.S. 626,565+[211]
1999 White Fin.K.L 593,816[212]
2017 Twicetagram TWICE 556,650[213][214]
2011 The Boys Girls' Generation 464,736[215]
2002 Special Album Baby V.O.X. 440,000[]

Switzerland

Certifications according to the IFPI.[216]

Album Group Sales
(Based on
certifications)
Certification Year
Spice Spice Girls 100,000 2× Platinum 1996
Spiceworld 1997
Forever 50,000 Platinum 2000
All Saints All Saints 1997
Elle'ments No Angels 40,000 2001
Survivor Destiny's Child
Temptation Monrose 30,000 2006
The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child 25,000 Gold 1999
FanMail TLC
Now ... Us! No Angels 20,000 2002

Taiwan

Released Album Group Sales
2003 Super Star S.H.E 300,000+[217]
2002 Genesis S.H.E 300,000+[217]
2003 Together S.H.E. 280,000[218]
2002 Youth Society S.H.E. 280,000+[219]
2004 Magical Journey S.H.E. 280,000[220]
1996 Spice Spice Girls 225,000+[221]
2004 Encore S.H.E 180,000[222]

United Kingdom

Albums certified triple platinum or more by the BPI.[98]

United States

Albums certified platinum or more by the RIAA. The sales figures shown for the quadruple and triple platinum albums are sales recorded by Nielsen SoundScan plus known sales from BMG's Music Club.[223] These do not represent the total sales of the album in the US as they exclude unknown sales figures from Columbia House and other music clubs.

Released Album Group Certification Known sales
1994 CrazySexyCool[131] TLC 11× Platinum 11,200,000[224]
1999 The Writing's on the Wall[147] Destiny's Child 8× Platinum 8,400,000[224]
1996 Spice[141] Spice Girls 7× Platinum 7,500,000[225]
1999 FanMail[131] TLC 6× Platinum 4,700,000[224]
1990 Wilson Phillips[226] Wilson Phillips 5× Platinum
1993 Very Necessary[227] Salt-n-Pepa 4,400,000[224]
2001 Survivor[147] Destiny's Child 4× Platinum 4,739,000[223][228]
2001 Spiceworld[141] Spice Girls 4,100,000[229]
1992 Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip[131] TLC 2,500,000[230]
1983 Break Out[231] The Pointer Sisters 3× Platinum
1992 It's About Time[133] SWV

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