97 Words: “Spice Up Your Life” by The Spice Girls

John Antonucci
2 Min Read

This song is part of our “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist. Check out the full list.

While the ’90s saw the emergence of popular boy bands, like the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, it was the decade’s girl groups who came to heat – or spice, rather – things up. The Spice Girls were not just the biggest British singing group to conquer the world since The Beatles, they soon ranked among the best-selling girl groups of all time. With their salsa-inspired hit, “Spice Up Your Life,” these five ladies gave us the absolute perfect anthem for a summertime fiesta. Feeling “sad and low” these days? Well, the Spice Girls have just the cure for that.

Watch the “Spice Up Your Life” video, stream it here, or buy the “Spiceworld 25” deluxe edition.

In celebration of summer, the staff at THE 97 has compiled a playlist containing some of our favorite summer songs, from then and now. Each day we will reveal one song, rotating daily between past and present with pairings from 1998 and 2023, for a total of 97 days/songs. Since we love nostalgia, we’re celebrating summer songs from 1998 as they turn 25, alongside new songs that we feel deserve some shine. Pairings could be thematic, sonic, or based connections between the artists.

Check out our full “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist here.



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John is a writer for the magazine, with a great love and affection for music of the 80's/90's. His favorite artists include Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Prince. Born and raised in New York, he has a bachelor's degree in Arts Management from SUNY Purchase, as well as further certifications from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts.