Billboard is celebrating the best girl groups of all time this week, and they’re counting down the 100 best songs in history as decided by their editorial staff. That list spans decades of iconic music hits and includes classics by modern groups like the Spice Girls, Destiny’s Child and Fifth Harmony. But the number-one track is a golden oldie.
For their top choice the staff at Billboard picked “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes, which was released in 1963 — 54 years ago, but it still holds up. However, the list isn’t made up entirely of older-era pop mainstays. The top 20 is a mix of old and new, with several more recent hit-makers included multiple times. For instance, the ’90s R&B trio TLC earned the runner-up spot with their breakthrough 1994 hit “Creep.” These days they may best be known for their 1995 followup “Waterfalls,” which came in at number-11, while “No Scrubs” is number-42.
The current standard-bearers for girl-group success are Fifth Harmony, whose highest-ranked hit is “Work from Home” featuring Ty Dolla $ign at number-14, followed by “Sledgehammer” (2014) at number-57. “Work from Home” won the group Collaboration of the Year at the 2016 American Music Awards and the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.
The list wouldn’t be complete without Beyonce‘s girl-group alma mater, Destiny’s Child, which made their biggest impression with their 1999 hit “Say My Name” at number-seven, followed by “Survivor” at number-40 and “Independent Women (Part I)” at number-77.
Find out who else made their illustrious list, including The Supremes, The Shirelles, En Vogue and Wilson Phillips.