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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.

Best-selling girl groups worldwide[edit]

According to 2013 figures from Nielsen Soundscan[1] the top ten best-selling girl groups worldwide are:

  1. Spice Girls
  2. Destiny's Child
  3. TLC
  4. Bananarama
  5. AKB48
  6. Speed
  7. The Supremes
  8. En Vogue
  9. Morning Musume
  10. SWV

Best-selling girl group singles[edit]

Worldwide[edit]

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 1977 hit "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" by Spanish group Baccara, with estimated sales of between 16 and 18 million copies worldwide.[2][3] Other best-selling singles worldwide by girl groups include "Wannabe" by Spice Girls (8.5 million[4]), "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" by Las Ketchup (7 million[5]), and "Don't Cha" by the Pussycat Dolls (6 million[6])

Australia[edit]

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.

Released Single Group Certification Sales implied
by certification
2012 "I Love It"[7] Icona Pop 5× Platinum 350,000
2014 "Ugly Heart"[8] G.R.L. 4× Platinum 280,000
2002 "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)"[9] Las Ketchup 3× Platinum 210,000
2012 "Wings"[7] Little Mix
2014 "You Ruin Me"[8] The Veronicas
2016 "Work from Home"[10] Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign
1996 "Wannabe"[citation needed] Spice Girls 2× Platinum 140,000
1997 "Never Ever"[11] All Saints
2000 "Say My Name"[12] Destiny's Child
"Poison"[12] Bardot
"Independent Women"[13] Destiny's Child
2001 "Whole Again"[13] Atomic Kitten
2005 "Don't Cha"[14] The Pussycat Dolls
2013 "Change Your Life" Little Mix
2015 "Worth It"[15] Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink
"Black Magic[15] Little Mix
1989 "Eternal Flame"[citation needed] The Bangles Platinum 70,000
1990 "Hold On"[citation needed] Wilson Phillips
1991 "Let's Talk About Sex"[citation needed] Salt-n-Pepa
1993 "Shoop"[citation needed]
1994 "Whatta Man"[citation needed] Salt-n-Pepa with En Vogue
1995 "Waterfalls"[citation needed] TLC
1997 "2 Become 1"[16] Spice Girls
"All Cried Out"[11] Allure
"Spice Up Your Life"[16] Spice Girls
1998 "C'est la Vie"[11] B*Witched
"Viva Forever"[11] Spice Girls
"Finally Found"[11] Honeyz
"Rollercoaster"[11] B*Witched
"Goodbye"[17] Spice Girls
1999 "No Scrubs"[17] TLC
"Unpretty"[17]
"Sister"[17] Sister2Sister
2000 "Shackles (Praise You)"[12] Mary Mary
"Pure Shores"[12] All Saints
"Don't You Worry"[12] Madasun
"Jumpin', Jumpin'"[12] Destiny's Child
"Let Love Lead the Way"/"Holler"[12] Spice Girls
2001 "Survivor"[13] Destiny's Child
"Bootylicious"[13]
2002 "The Tide Is High (Get the Feeling)"[9] Atomic Kitten
"Stop Calling Me"[9] Shakaya
"All the Things She Said"[18] t.A.T.u.
2004 "Lose My Breath"[19] Destiny's Child
2005 "4ever"[14] The Veronicas
"Push the Button"[20] Sugababes
"Stickwitu"[20] The Pussycat Dolls
2006 "Buttons"[20]
"This Time I Know It's for Real"[20] Young Divas
2007 "Hook Me Up"[21] The Veronicas
"Untouched"[21]
2008 "When I Grow Up"[21] The Pussycat Dolls
2009 "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)"[22]
2014 "If You Love Someone"[23] The Veronicas
2016 "Secret Love Song"[15] Little Mix featuring Jason Derulo
"Hair"[24] Little Mix featuring Sean Paul

France[edit]

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.[25]

Singles certified diamond (750,000 sales)

Released Single Group
1996 "Wannabe"[26] Spice Girls
2001 "Toutes les femmes de ta vie"[27] L5
2002 "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)"[28] Las Ketchup

Singles certified gold (250,000 sales)

Released Single Group
1996 "Say You'll Be There"[26] Spice Girls
"2 Become 1"[26]
1997 "I Wanna Be the Only One"[29] Eternal featuring BeBe Winans
"Who Do You Think You Are"[26] Spice Girls
"Spice Up Your Life"[26]
"Too Much"[26]
1998 "Stop"[26]
"Viva Forever"[26]
1999 "No Scrubs"[30] TLC
2000 "Pure Shores"[31] All Saints
"Independent Women"[32] Destiny's Child
2001 "Eternal Flame"[33] Atomic Kitten
2002 "All the Things She Said"[34] t.A.T.u.
"Aime"[27] L5
2004 "Lose My Breath"[32] Destiny's Child
  • "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama is estimated to have sold over 600,000 copies in France, but has never received a certification.

Germany[edit]

Released Single Group Certification[35] Sales implied
by certification
2002 "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" Las Ketchup 2× Platinum 1,000,000
1996 "Ich find' dich scheiße" Tic Tac Toe Platinum 500,000
"Verpiss' dich"
"Warum?"
1997 "Samba de Janeiro" Bellini
2001 "Whole Again" Atomic Kitten
"Daylight in Your Eyes" No Angels
2006 "Shame" Monrose 3× Gold 450,000
1977 "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" Baccara Gold 250,000
1996 "Waterfalls" TLC
"Wannabe" Spice Girls
1997 "Mr. Wichtig" Tic Tac Toe
"Who Do You Think You Are"/"Mama" Spice Girls
1998 "Viva Forever"
2001 "There Must Be an Angel" No Angels
"Atlantis"/"When the Angels Sing" No Angels & Donovan/No Angels
2002 "Just More" Wonderwall
"All the Things She Said" t.A.T.u.
2015 "Worth It" Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink 200,000
2004 "Everyday Girl" Preluders 150,000
2005 "Don't Cha" The Pussycat Dolls
2007 "Hot Summer" Monrose
  • 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.

Japan[edit]

Released Single Group Detailed Sales Total Sales
Physical Downloads Ringtones
2010 "Heavy Rotation" AKB48 880,761[36] 1,500,000[37] 750,000[38] 3,130,761
2011 "Flying Get" AKB48 1,625,849[39] 1,000,000[40] 2,625,849
2011 "Everyday, Katyusha" AKB48 1,608,299[41] 1,000,000[40] 2,608,299
2009 "Mister" KARA 144,856[36] 1,250,000[42][43] 1,000,000[44] 2,394,856
2013 "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie" AKB48 1,533,955[45] 750,000[46] 2,283,955
2012 "Manatsu no Sounds Good" AKB48 1,822,220[47] 250,000[40] 2,072,220
2013 "Sayonara Crawl" AKB48 1,955,800[48] 100,000[40] 2,055,800
2010 "Beginner" AKB48 1,039,352[49] 1,000,000[40] 2,039,352
2011 "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" AKB48 1,457,113[50] 500,000[40] 1,957,113
2011 "Give Me Five!" AKB48 1,436,519[51] 500,000[40] 1,936,519
2014 "Labrador Retriever" AKB48 1,725,067[52] 1,725,067
2009 "Gee" Girls' Generation 217,136[36] 1,000,000[40] 500,000[53] 1,717,136
2015 "Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai" AKB48 1,673,211[54] 1,673,211
1999 "Love Machine" Morning Musume 1,646,630[citation needed] 1,646,630
2010 "Jumping" KARA 119,727[36] 1,000,000[55][56][57] 500,000[43] 1,619,727
2011 "Sakura no Ki ni Narō" AKB48 1,081,686[58] 500,000[40] 1,581,686
2012 "Gingham Check" AKB48 1,316,240[59] 250,000[40] 1,566,240
2011 "Ue kara Mariko" AKB48 1,304,903[60] 250,000[40] 1,554,903
2011 "Mr. Taxi" Girls' Generation 172,205[61] 750,000[62][63] 500,000[64] 1,422,205
2013 "Heart Electric" AKB48 1,291,819[65] 100,000[40] 1,391,819
2012 "Uza" AKB48 1,263,148[66] 100,000[40] 1,363,148
2012 "Eien Pressure" AKB48 1,206,869[67] 100,000[40] 1,306,869
2015 "Halloween Night" AKB48 1,277,761[68] 1,277,761
2016 "Kimi wa Melody" AKB48 1,238,000[69] 1,238,000
2000 "Koi no Dance Site" Morning Musume 1,229,970[citation needed] 1,229,970
2013 "So Long!" AKB48 1,132,853[70] 100,000[40] 1,232,853
2011 "Go Go Summer!" KARA 230,813[61] 500,000[71] 500,000[citation needed] 1,230,813
2014 "Mae shika Mukanee" AKB48 1,151,022[72] 1,151,022
2013 "Suzukake no Ki no Michi de "Kimi no Hohoemi o Yume ni Miru" to Itte Shimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dō Kawatte Shimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nannichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono" AKB48 1,086,491[73] 1,086,491
2015 "Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby" AKB48 1,028,722[74] 1,041,763
2015 "Green Flash" AKB48 1,028,722[75] 1,028,722

New Zealand[edit]

Singles certified 2xPlatinum (30,000 sales)

Released Single Group
2001 "Whole Again" Atomic Kitten[76]
2002 "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)"[77] Las Ketchup
2016 "Work From Home"[78] Fifth Harmony

Singles certified Platinum (15,000 sales)

Released Single Group
1995 "Waterfalls"[79] TLC
1996 "Wannabe"[80] Spice Girls
1996 "Say You'll Be There"[81]
1997 "Spice Up Your Life"[82]
1998 "Viva Forever"[83]
1998 "Goodbye"[84]
1998 "Rollercoaster"[85] B*witched
1999 "No Scrubs"[86] TLC
2002 " The Tide Is High (Get The Feeling)" [87] Atomic Kitten
2009 "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)"[88] The Pussycat Dolls
2014 "Ugly Heart"[89] G.R.L
2015 "Worth It"[90] Fifth Harmony
2016 "Secret Love Song"[91] Little Mix

South Korea[edit]

Girls' Generation have the best selling single in South Korea.
Released Single Group Sales
2009 "Gee" Girls' Generation 5,000,000+[92]
2009 "I Don't Care" 2NE1 4,700,000[citation needed]|
2008 "Nobody" Wonder Girls 4,549,000[citation needed]
2011 "Roly-Poly" T-ara 4,526,000+[93]
2009 "Abracadabra" Brown Eyed Girls 4,500,000[94]
2009 "Hot Issue" 4Minute 4,304,000[citation needed]
2011 "Be My Baby" Wonder Girls 4,168,000+[95]
2009 "Because of You" After School 4,000,000[citation needed]
2011 "The Boys" Girls' Generation 3,780,000+[96]
2012 "Lovey-Dovey" T-ara 3,759,000+[97]
2011 "Cry Cry" T-ara 3,756,000+[98]
2011 "So Cool" SISTAR 3,334,222+[99]
2011 "Don't Say Goodbye" Davichi 3,517,000+[100]
2011 "Good Bye Baby" miss A 3,475,000+[101]
2011 "I Am the Best" 2NE1 3,468,000+[102]
2010 "Oh!" Girls' Generation 3,317,000+[103]
2009 "Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)" Girls' Generation 3,300,000+[92]
2012 "Alone" SISTAR 3,240,000+[104]
2009 "Muzik" 4Minute 3,209,000[citation needed]
2012 "Loving U" SISTAR 3,146,000+[105]
2010 "Bad Girl Good Girl" miss A 3,120,000+[106]
2009 "Mister" KARA 3,112,000[citation needed]
2011 "Ugly" 2NE1 3,047,000+[107]
2009 "Fire" 2NE1 3,045,000[citation needed]
2010 "I Go Crazy Because Of You" T-ara 3,042,000+ (2010 only)[108]
2011 "Hot Summer" f(x) 3,014,000+[109]
2009 "Lollipop" 2NE1 & BIGBANG 3,000,000+[110]
2011 "Starlight Moonlight" Secret ~3,000,000[111]
2010 "Lupin" KARA ~3,000,000[112]
2011 "Lonely" 2NE1 ~3,000,000[113]

Sweden[edit]

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[114] Sales implied
by certification
2002 "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)"[115] Las Ketchup 4× Platinum 120,000
1998 "Spice Up Your Life"[116] Spice Girls Platinum 30,000
1999 "Unpretty"[117] TLC
2001 "Need to Know (Eenie Meenie Miny Moe)"[118] Excellence
2002 "All the Things She Said"[119] t.A.T.u.
"Never Let It Go"[119] Afro-dite
2005 "Push the Button"[120] Sugababes 20,000
1996 "Wannabe"[116] Spice Girls Gold 15,000
1997 "Mama"/"Who Do You Think You Are"[116]
"I Wanna Be the Only One"[116] Eternal featuring BeBe Winans
1998 "Never Ever"[116] All Saints
"C'est la Vie"[116] B*Witched
"Viva Forever"[116] Spice Girls
"Goodbye"[116]
1999 "No Scrubs"[121] TLC
2000 "Pure Shores"[117] All Saints
"Whole Again"[118] Atomic Kitten
2001 "Eternal Flame"[118]
2005 "Don't Cha"[122] The Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes 10,000
2006 "Beep"[122] The Pussycat Dolls

Certifications based on sales + on-demand digital streaming

Released Single Group Certification[114] Sales + streaming
implied by certification
2015 'Emergency" Icona Pop 2× Platinum 80,000
2016 "Work from Home" Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign
2012 "I Love It" Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX Platinum 40,000
2014 "Sledgehammer" Fifth Harmony
2015 "Worth It" Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink
2015 "Black Magic" Little Mix Gold 20,000

Switzerland[edit]

Released Single Group Sales
2002 "All The Things She Said" t.A.T.u [123] 40,000
1996 "Wannabe" Spice Girls [124] 25,000
1998 "Viva Forever" Spice Girls [124] 25,000
2001 "Never Ever" All Saints [125] 25,000
2001 "Whole Again" Atomic Kitten [126] 20,000
2004 "Lose My Breath" Destiny's Child [127] 20,000
2005 "Don't Cha" Pussycat Dolls [128] 20,000

United Kingdom[edit]

Singles that have been certified platinum (sales of more than 600,000 copies). From July 2014 onwards paid-for audio streams were included in the UK singles chart and counted towards sales and certifications.

Certifications based on sales only

Released Single Group Sales
1996 "Wannabe" Spice Girls 1,360,000[129]
1997 "Never Ever" All Saints 1,350,000[130]
1996 "2 Become 1" Spice Girls 1,110,000[131]
2001 "Whole Again" Atomic Kitten 1,000,000[131]
1996 "Say You'll Be There" Spice Girls 950,000[132]
1998 "C'est la Vie" B*Witched 895,000[133]
1998 "Goodbye" Spice Girls 884,000[134]
1997 "Spice Up Your Life" Spice Girls 821,000[135]
2000 "Pure Shores" All Saints 710,000[136]
2002 "Sound of the Underground" Girls Aloud 679,700[137]
1998 "Viva Forever" Spice Girls 675,000[138]
1997 "Mama"/"Who Do You Think You Are" 672,577[139]
1997 "Too Much" 665,200[140]
1997 "I Wanna Be the Only One" Eternal featuring BeBe Winans 650,000[141]
2005 "Don't Cha" The Pussycat Dolls 641,540[142]
1999 "No Scrubs" TLC 618,000[143]
2002 "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" Las Ketchup 600,000+[144]
2009 "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" The Pussycat Dolls 600,000+[144]
2013 "I Love It" Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX 600,000+[144]

Certifications based on sales + on-demand digital streaming

Released Single Group Sales
2016 "Work From Home" Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign 748,000[145]
2015 "Black Magic" Little Mix 680,000[146]

United States[edit]

Due to the lack of complete sales figures before the 1990s, it is not possible to rank the best-selling singles by girl groups in the US in sales order. However, the following table lists those singles which have sold one million or more copies in the US, along with sales figures where known.

Note: 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. These pre- and post-1989 certification levels are reflected in the RIAA database.

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

Released Single Group Sales
1954 "Mr. Sandman"[147] The Chordettes
1958 "Lollipop"[147]
1961 "Please Mr. Postman"[148] The Marvelettes
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow"[149] The Shirelles
1962 "Soldier Boy"[149]
"He's a Rebel"[150] The Crystals
1963 "He's So Fine"[151] The Chiffons
"Da Doo Ron Ron"[150] The Crystals
"My Boyfriend's Back"[152] The Angels
"Be My Baby"[153] The Ronettes
1964 "Dancing in the Street"[154][155] Martha and the Vandellas
"Chapel of Love"[156] The Dixie Cups
"Where Did Our Love Go"[157] The Supremes
"Baby Love"[157][158]
"Come See About Me"[157]
"Leader of the Pack"[159] The Shangri-Las
1965 "Stop! In the Name of Love"[157][158] The Supremes
"Back in My Arms Again"[157]
"I Hear a Symphony"[157]
"Don't Mess with Bill"[148] The Marvelettes
"A Lover's Concerto"[160] The Toys
1966 "You Can't Hurry Love"[157] The Supremes
"You Keep Me Hangin' On"[157]
1967 "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone"[157]
"The Happening"[157]
"Reflections"[161] Diana Ross and the Supremes
1968 "Love Child"[161]
1969 "Someday We'll Be Together"[158][161]
1971 "Stoned Love"[161] The Supremes
1974 "When Will I See You Again"[162][163] The Three Degrees 2,000,000[164]
1975 "Lady Marmalade"[165][166] Labelle
"Fly, Robin, Fly"[167][168] Silver Convention
1976 "Get Up and Boogie"[167][168]
1977 "Best of My Love"[169][170] The Emotions 1,800,000[171]
"Angel in Your Arms"[172] Hot
1978 "Boogie Oogie Oogie"[173] A Taste of Honey 2,000,000[173]
1979 "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else"[174] The Jones Girls
"We Are Family"[175][176] Sister Sledge
"Fire"[177][178] The Pointer Sisters
1980 "Sukiyaki"[173] A Taste of Honey
"He's So Shy"[177] The Pointer Sisters
1981 "Slow Hand"[177][178]
1982 "We Got the Beat"[179] The Go-Go's
1986 "Walk Like an Egyptian"[180] The Bangles
1987 "Push It"[181][182] Salt-n-Pepa
1989 "Expression"[181][182]
1990 "Hold On"[183][184] En Vogue
1992 "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg"[185][186] TLC
"Baby-Baby-Baby"[185][186]
1993 "Weak"[187][188] SWV
"Just Kickin' It"[189][190] Xscape
"Whatta Man"[181][182] Salt-n-Pepa with En Vogue
1994 "Stroke You Up"[191][192] Changing Faces
1995 "Creep"[185][186] TLC 1,400,000[193][194]
"Waterfalls"[185][186] 1,200,000[194]
1996 "Wannabe"[195][196] Spice Girls 2,910,000[197]
1997 "Don't Let Go (Love)"[183][184] En Vogue 1,300,000[198][199]
"G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T."[191][200] Changing Faces 1,200,000[199]
1998 "No, No, No"[201][202] Destiny's Child 1,300,000[203]
"Lately"[156][204] Divine 1,100,000[203]
2004 "Soldier"[201] Destiny's Child
2005 "Don't Cha"[205] The Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes 3,000,000[206]
"Stickwitu"[205] The Pussycat Dolls
2006 "Buttons"[205] The Pussycat Dolls featuring Snoop Dogg 2,000,000[citation needed]
"Cater 2 U"[201] Destiny's Child
2008 "When I Grow Up"[citation needed] The Pussycat Dolls 2,180,000[citation needed]
"I Hate This Part"[205]
"Damaged"[207] Danity Kane

Certifications based on sales + on-demand digital streaming

Released Single Group Certification
2014 "Boss"[208] Fifth Harmony Platinum
"Sledgehammer"[208] Platinum
2015 "Worth It"[208] Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink 3× Platinum
2016 "Work from Home"[208] Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign 2× Platinum

Best-selling girl group albums[edit]

Worldwide[edit]

Released Album Artist Sales
1996 Spice Spice Girls 31 million[209][210]
1994 CrazySexyCool TLC 23 million[211]
1997 Spiceworld Spice Girls 20 million[212]
1999 FanMail TLC 14 million[211]
1999 The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child 13 million[citation needed][213]
1990 Wilson Phillips Wilson Phillips 10 million[214]
2001 Survivor Destiny's Child 10 million[citation needed][213]
2005 PCD Pussycat Dolls 9 million[215]
1993 Very Necessary Salt-n-Pepa 7 million [216]
1992 Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip TLC 6 million[217]
2004 Destiny Fulfilled Destiny's Child

Australia[edit]

Albums certified platinum or more by the ARIA.[218]

Album Group Sales
(Based on
certifications)
Certification Year
Spice Spice Girls 420,000 6× Platinum 1996
Spiceworld 1997
The Secret Life of... The Veronicas 280,000 4× Platinum 2005
The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child 210,000 3× Platinum 1999
PCD Pussycat Dolls 2005
B*Witched B*Witched 140,000 2× Platinum 1998
All Saints All Saints
Bardot Bardot 2000
Young Divas Young Divas 2006
Hook Me Up The Veronicas 2007
Survivor Destiny's Child 2001
Destiny Fulfilled 70,000 Platinum 2004
#1's 2005
Doll Domination 2.0 Pussycat Dolls 2008
FanMail TLC 1999
Feels So Good Atomic Kitten 2002
Greatest Hits Spice Girls 2007

Canada[edit]

Certifications according to the Canadian Recording Industry Association.[219]

Album Group Sales
(Based on
certifications)
Certification Year
Spice Spice Girls 1,000,000 Diamond[220] 1996
Spiceworld 1997
CrazySexyCool TLC 800,000 8× Platinum[219] 1994
The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child 500,000 5× Platinum[219] 1999
Break Out Pointer Sisters 400,000 4× Platinum[219] 1983
FanMail TLC 1999
Very Necessary Salt-n-Pepa 1993
Survivor Destiny's Child 2001
All Saints All Saints 300,000 3× Platinum[219] 1997
PCD Pussycat Dolls 200,000 2× Platinum[219] 2005
Forever Spice Girls 2000
Destiny's Child Destiny's Child 1998
Doll Domination Pussycat Dolls 100,000 Platinum[219] 2008
Girlicious Girlicious
B*Witched B*Witched 1998

Europe[edit]

Certifications according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

Album Group Sales
(Based on
certifications)
Certification Year
Spice Spice Girls 8,000,000 8× Platinum[221] 1996
Spiceworld 5,000,000 5× Platinum[222] 1997
All Saints All Saints 2,000,000 2× Platinum[223]
PCD Pussycat Dolls 2005
The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child 1999
Survivor 2001
Destiny Fulfilled 1,000,000 Platinum[223]
CrazySexyCool TLC 1994
FanMail 1999
Feels So Good Atomic Kitten 2002
Elle'ments No Angels 2001
B*Witched B*Witched 1998
Angels With Dirty Faces Sugababes 2002
Taller In More Ways 2005
Three 2003
The Sound Of... Greatest Hits Girls Aloud 2006
Saints & Sinners All Saints 2000

Germany[edit]

Certifications according to the IFPI.[224]

The No Angels are 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
2002 Feels So Good
2000 Forever Spice Girls
2003 Pure No Angels 100,000
2008 Doll Domination Pussycat Dolls
2005 Taller In More Ways Sugababes
2003 Three
2008 Volume I Queensberry
2007 Strictly Physical Monrose
2003 Girls In The House Preluders

Japan[edit]

Sales according to Oricon and Platinum certifications according to the RIAJ.

Released Album Group Sales Certification
1998 Moment Speed 2,319,000[225] Million[226]
2001 Best! Morning Musume 1 Morning Musume 2,260,000[225] Million[227]
1998 Rise Speed 2,048,000[225] Million[226]
2002 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane t.A.T.u. 2,000,000[228] Million[226]
1997 Starting Over Speed 1,926,000[225] Million[229]
2012 1830m AKB48 1,051,000[230] Million[231]
2014 Tsugi no Ashiato 1,001,000[232] Million[233]
2011 Girls' Generation Girls' Generation 871,497[234][235] Million[231]
2000 3rd: Love Paradise Morning Musume 863,300[236] Million[237]
2011 Koko ni Ita Koto AKB48 829,645[234] Million[238]
2015 Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe! AKB48 780,591[239]
1996 Spice Spice Girls 718,432[240] 4× Platinum[241]
1997 Carry On My Way Speed 884,980[236] 3× Platinum[242]
2011 Super Girl KARA 750,746[234][235] 3× Platinum[243]
2015 0 to 1 no Aida AKB48 710,149[244]
2010 Kamikyokutachi AKB48 553,998[234][245] 2× Platinum[246]
Girl's Talk KARA 505,491[234][245] 2× Platinum[247]
2000 Speed the Memorial Best 1335days Dear Friends 2 Speed 522,470[236] Platinum[248]
2002 4th Ikimasshoi! Morning Musume 515,440[236] Platinum[249]
2000 Speed the Memorial Best 1335days Dear Friends 1 Speed 505,610[236] Platinum[248]
1999 Second Morning Morning Musume 426,620[250] Platinum[251]

Netherlands[edit]

Certifications according to the NVPI.[252]

Released Album Artist 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
1983 Display Dolly Dots
1993 Always & Forever Eternal
1994 CrazySexyCool TLC
1997 All Saints All Saints
1997 Before the Rain Eternal
1997 Greatest Hits
2000 Forever Spice Girls
2002 Fells So Good Atomic Kitten 40,000
2005 PCD Pussycat Dolls 35,000
2007 Reünieconcert Ahoy 2007 Dolly Dots

South Korea[edit]

Sales according to Gaon Chart and the Recording Industry Association of Korea.

Released Album Group Sales
1968 My Dear The Pearl Sisters 1,000,000+[253]
1999 Love S.E.S. 760,475[254]
1998 Sea & Eugene & Shoo S.E.S. 651,330[255]
1997 I'm Your Girl S.E.S. 650,000[256]
2000 A Letter from Greenland S.E.S. 626,565+[257]
1999 White Fin.K.L 593,816[258]
2011 The Boys Girls' Generation 472,616[259]
2002 Special Album Baby V.O.X. 440,000[citation needed]
2000 Now Fin.K.L 435,518[260]
2010 Oh! Girls' Generation 423,100+[261]
2002 Choose My Life-U S.E.S. 406,528[262]
1999 S.P.E.C.I.A.L Fin.K.L 350,000[citation needed]
2001 Surprise S.E.S. 336,285+[263]
2013 I Got a Boy Girls' Generation 301,453[264]
1998 Fine Killing Liberty Fin.K.L 300,000[citation needed]
1999 Come Come Come Baby Baby V.O.X. 300,000[citation needed]
2002 Forever Fin.K.L 252,139+[265]
2001 Melodies & Memories Fin.K.L 252,127+[266]

Switzerland[edit]

Certifications according to the IFPI.[267]

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
PCD Pussycat Dolls 2005
Right Now Atomic Kitten 2001
Feels So Good 2002
Angels with Dirty Faces Sugababes 2002
Three 2003
Taller in More Ways 15,000 2006

United Kingdom[edit]

Albums certified double platinum or more by the BPI.[268]

The Spice Girls are the most successful British girl group of all time with 80 million records sold.
Atomic Kitten have had two multi-platinum albums in the United Kingdom and have sold 10 million records globally.
Released Album Artist Certification
1996 Spice Spice Girls 10× Platinum
1997 Spiceworld 5× Platinum
All Saints All Saints
1993 Always & Forever Eternal 4× Platinum
2005 PCD Pussycat Dolls
2006 The Sound of Girls Aloud: The Greatest Hits Girls Aloud
1997 Greatest Hits Eternal 3× Platinum
1988 Greatest Hits Collection Bananarama
1999 The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child
2001 Survivor
2002 Angels With Dirty Faces Sugababes
1992 Hormonally Yours Shakespears Sister 2× Platinum
1995 Power of a Woman Eternal
1998 B*Witched B*Witched
2000 Saints & Sinners All Saints
2001 Right Now Atomic Kitten
2002 Feels So Good
2003 Three Sugababes
2004 What Will the Neighbours Say? Girls Aloud
2005 Taller in More Ways Sugababes
2008 Out of Control Girls Aloud

United States[edit]

Albums certified platinum or more by the RIAA. Sales figures according to Nielsen SoundScan and BMG's Music Club.[269]

Album Group Released Certification Sales
CrazySexyCool TLC 1994 11× Platinum[185] 8,870,000[269][270]
The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child 1999 8× Platinum[201] 7,047,000[269][271]
Spice Spice Girls 1996 7× Platinum[195] 7,453,000[271]
FanMail TLC 1999 6× Platinum[185] 5,577,000[269][272]
Very Necessary Salt-n-Pepa 1993 5× Platinum[181][273] 4,400,000[1]
Wilson Phillips Wilson Phillips 1990
Survivor Destiny's Child 2001 4× Platinum[185][195][201] 4,739,000[269][274]
Spiceworld Spice Girls 1997 4,100,000[275]
Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip TLC 1992 2,500,000[272]
Break Out The Pointer Sisters 1983 3× Platinum[177][183][187][201]
Different Light The Bangles 1986
Funky Divas En Vogue 1992 4,116,000[269][276]
It's About Time SWV
Destiny Fulfilled Destiny's Child 2004

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