While it is impossible to list every single girl band ever, I will try and discuss as many as possible.  Also if you have any other girl bands you would like people to know about, leave a comment! In the meantime, let me be your guide through the past, present, and future of girl bands! It all started in the 1960s.  The Supremes (“Stop! In the Name of Love,” “You Keep me Hangin’ On”) and The Shangri-Las (“Leader of the Pack,” “Remember”) were some of the most popular all-girl groups at the time, singing about love and heartbreak among other topics.  The Supremes’ popularity rivaled even The Beatles who were at their peak in the ‘60s.  The Shangri-Las’ popularity came from their streetsmart looks and songs that other teenage girls related to. In the 1970s, girl bands moved towards “new wave” music, which is a combination of punk and pop music. The Go-Go’s (“Our Lips Are Sealed,” “We Got the Beat”) emerged, making history as “the only all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts.”  Bananarama (“Venus,” “Cruel Summer”) also emerged in the late 70s, following the new wave trend. The 1980s saw the creation of the pop rock genre.  The Bangles (“Walk Like An Egyptian,” “Manic Monday”) rose to stardom during this time.  The R&B group En Vogue (“Free Your Mind,” “Hold On”) also became wildly popular and remained in the spotlight throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. The 1990s were arguably when all-girl bands peaked.  Destiny’s Child (“Survivor,” “Say My Name”), Spice Girls (“Wannabe,” “Say You’ll Be There”), The Pussycat Dolls (“When I Grow Up,” “Don’t Cha”), and TLC (“Waterfalls,” “No Scrubs”) all began their immensely popular music careers during this time.  Punk band Bikini Kill (“Rebel Girl,” “I Like F***ing”), led by Kathleen Hanna, began the riot grrl movement and sang songs specifically about feminism and feminist issues.  After Bikini Kill broke up in 1998, Kathleen Hanna formed the band Le Tigre (“Well Well Well,” “TKO”). While Le Tigre is not an all-girl band, the electro-pop band is known for its feminist anthems. The 2000s saw a huge pop music movement.  The extremely popular Japanese band Morning Musume (“One, Two, Three,” “Love Machine”), who formed in the 90s, hold the second highest overall single sells of a female group on the Oricon charts.  Pop girl group Girls Aloud (“Biology,” “Something New”) experimented with electropop and dance-pop. The 2010s, aka the present, has been dominated by indie rock music.  Honeyblood (“Killer Bangs,” “Bud”) is an all-girl duo from Scotland whose songs may sound simple but have a unique charm to them.  La Luz (“Brainwash,” “Call Me in the Day”) creates fun beats that make you want to dance.  Skinny Girl Diet (“Eyes That Paralyze,” “Nadine Hurley”) has wild, a la Bikini Kill punk vibes that will make you want to riot. So, what is the future of girl bands?  Are they just a fad from decades past, or are they here to stay?  In my opinion, girl bands are forever.  All the girl bands, from The Supremes to Spice Girls, have laid the foundations for a steady future of girls rocking out to their own beat.  I urge you to check out all the bands listed above and to support their endeavors! Keep on rockin’, grrls!!! ~Lauren Artwork: Zoe and Lucy