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08/07/2021 05:00 BST

Spice Girls: 20 Rare Pics Guaranteed To Make You Misty-Eyed As Wannabe Turns 25

We're taking a nostalgic trip down memory lane (in our Buffalo boots, natch).

It’s been 25 years since Geri Halliwell, Mel B, Victoria Adams, Emma Bunton and Mel C burst into our lives with the Spice Girls debut single, Wannabe.

Officially recognised as the catchiest song of all time (yes, it really is official), the song catapulted the group from literal wannabes to global superstars.

The single was a hit everywhere, topping the charts in 39 countries, including the notoriously hard-to-crack US market, where no British group since the Beatles had created quite so much fan hysteria.

In four short years, the girls went from local radio gigs to sell-out stadium tours, a No.1 box office film and record-breaking sales.

Here we take a look back at their incredible rise with some super rare snaps from their time as the most famous women on the planet.

1996

One of the group’s gloriously budget first performances at Capital Radio’s Party In The Park 

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Victoria getting a trim in one of Mel B’s hand-me-downs

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Mel B and Emma Bunton were still perfecting their smize

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As was Victoria...

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On the piste in Lapland

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Yes, computers did really used to look like that

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Giving seriously good teeth at the switching on of the Oxford Street lights

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1997

Keeping it colourful during the filming of Spice World: The Movie

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Late night was it, Geri and Victoria?

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We have absolutely no idea what they’re flogging here...

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LOOK AT HARRY!!

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Prince Charles was a big fan

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The Spice Girls are even older than Channel 5, which they helped launch

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Facing the world’s press at the premiere of Spice World: The Movie in London

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1998

Backstage with an Elvis impersonator Geri

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Filming the video for ‘(How Does It Feel To Be) On Top Of The World’, the official theme song for the 1998 World Cup with indie boys Ian McCulloch, Simon Fowler and Tommy Scott

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1999

Spot the difference: Mel B, Victoria, Mel C and Emma at the unveiling of their waxworks at Madame Tussauds 

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With Fergie and daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice. Fergie is definitely the most excited.

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2000

And then there were 4: A Geri-less Spice Girls launch their final album, Forever

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One of their final performances at the 2000 Europe MTV Music Awards

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