It seems like just yesterday that Kelly, Michelle and Beyoncé were asking each other if they could “handle it” in iconic matching outfits and dip-dyed hair. But yesterday actually marked 17 years since Destiny’s Child’s most memorable hit, Bootylicious, topped the Hot 100 singles (the US chart that ranks the top 100 songs of the week based on sales, radio airplay, and streaming activity), where it would stay for two weeks straight in 2001. Three years later, Bootylicious was added to the English dictionary.
And, perhaps serving as proof of how iconic the song was (or how little America cares for girl groups), for nearly two decades it has remained the last #1 by a girl group on the Billboard Hot 100 – ever.
Over the past 17 years, there have been several girl-band bangers you may assume should, by now, have taken their crown (or enormous tilted hat with a gigantic yellow feather). Despite a string of hits, The Pussycat Dolls’ highest ever charting song in the states was Don’t Cha, which peaked at number two. Stickwitu only ever reached number five.
There are continued whispers of a Destiny’s Child reunion, so perhaps it will be the ladies themselves to break the 17-year drought?
Fifth Harmony, one of the biggest girl bands going, have only ever reached number four, with Work From Home feat. Ty Dolla Sign. The likes of TLC, En Vogue, Danity Kane and the masses of other girl groups that were active during the past 17 years, all also have missed out on the top spot. Little Mix may have cracked the States, but are yet to crack the Hot 100's top 10.
It seems to be a US-specific issue, too – over here, even relatively less established girl groups like Stooshe topped the charts in 2012, as did Little Mix in the same year. They did the same the year before with Black Magic and in 2016 with Shout Out To My Ex.
That being said, America doesn’t seem to care much more for boy bands, either: One Direction have only ever made it to number two over there, with Best Song Ever in 2013, yet when Zayn Malik released his first song as a solo artist, Pillowtalk, it debuted at number one. The Jonas Brothers, one of America's biggest boy bands, only ever peaked at number five.
With America clearly going through a pop-group crisis of sorts, who will usurp Destiny’s Child from the top, and, more importantly, when? There are continued whispers of a Destiny’s Child reunion, so perhaps it will be the ladies themselves to break the 17-year drought? A girl can dream....