Billboard Salutes Girl Groups With Their Top 40 Hits

When rock was young, women had a hard time getting people to listen to their music. With just a couple of exceptions, it wasn't until the early-60's that girl power started to take hold, especially through the sounds of Phil Spector Philles Records.

The Ronettes, the Shirelles, the Crystals and the Shangri-Las were followed by the great Motown girl groups, the pop and punk sounds of the Go-Go's and the Bangles in the 80's and the current crop of R&B/Hip-Hop women.

Billboard has saluted fifty years of female based groups with their latest countdown, the Top 40 Girl Group Songs of All Time. Based on each song's run on the charts, the list cuts across eras and genres.

Topping the chart is the Emotions' disco-tinged 1977 hit Best of My Love which was number 1 for five weeks. The top five is rounded out by Destiny's Child, the Bangles and two TLC hits.

A full 34 of the top 40 are by artists who have been recording for twenty years or more. The Supremes have six of the top 40, the most of any artist with TLC scoring five and Wilson Phillips with three.

Here's the top five from the list and all other tracks by veteran artists:

  • 01. Best of My Love - Emotions
  • 02. Independent Woman, Part 1 - Destiny's Child
  • 03. Walk Like an Egyptian - Bangles
  • 04. Creep - TLC
  • 05. Waterfalls - TLC
  • 06. Hold On - Wilson Phillips
  • 07. Love Child - Diana Ross and the Supremes
  • 08. No Scrubs - TLC
  • 10. He's So Fine - Chiffons
  • 11. Get Up and Boogie (That's Right) - Silver Convention
  • 12. Don't Let Go (Love() - En Vogue
  • 13. Release Me - Wilson Phillips
  • 14. Baby Love - Supremes
  • 16. Where Did Our Love Go - Supremes
  • 17. Come See About Me - Supremes
  • 18. My Boyfriend's Back - Angels
  • 19. Soldier Boy - Shirelles
  • 20. Slow Hand - Pointer Sisters
  • 21. Weak - SWV
  • 22. If Wishes Came True - Sweet Sensation
  • 23. Hold On - En Vogue
  • 24. Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross and the Supremes
  • 25. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - Shirelles
  • 26. You're In Love - Wilson Phillips
  • 27. I Miss You - Klymaxx
  • 28. Unpretty - TLC
  • 30. Lady Marmalade - Labelle
  • 31. Venus - Bananarama
  • 32. Season's Change - Expose
  • 34. Baby-Baby-Baby - TLC
  • 35. Chapel of Love - Dixie Cups
  • 37. Stop! In the Name of Love - Supremes
  • 39. We Got the Beat - Go-Go's
  • 40. Eternal Flame - Bangles

To see the full list and hear each of the songs, go to Billboard.

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