Top 100 Lists


TOP 100 GIRL GROUPS
OF THE '50S AND '60S

  1. The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, Stop! In the Name of Love, You Can't Hurry Love, Love Child, Someday We'll Be Together
  2. The Shirelles - Dedicated to the One I Love, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Mama Said, Soldier Boy, Foolish Little Girl
  3. Martha and the Vandellas - Heat Wave, Quicksand, Dancing in the Street, Nowhere to Run
  4. The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman, Playboy, Don't Mess With Bill
  5. The Chordettes - Mr. Sandman, Born to Be With You, Lollipop
  6. The Crystals - He's a Rebel, Da Doo Ron Ron, Then He Kissed Me
  7. The Shangri-Las - Remember (Walking in the Sand), Leader of the Pack, I Can Never Go Home Anymore
  8. The Orlons - The Wah-Watusi, Don't Hang Up, South Street
  9. The Chiffons - He's So Fine, One Fine Day, Sweet Talkin' Guy
  10. The Ronettes - Be My Baby, Baby I Love You, Walking in the Rain
  11. The Angels - 'Til, My Boyfriend's Back, I Adore Him
  12. The Dixie Cups - Chapel of Love, People Say, Iko Iko
  13. The Chantels - Maybe, Every Night (I Pray), Look in My Eyes
  14. The Cookies - Chains, Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)
  15. The Toys - A Lover's Concerto, Attack
  16. Patience and Prudence - Tonight You Belong to Me, Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now
  17. The Paris Sisters - I Love How You Love Me, He Knows I Love Him Too Much
  18. Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles - I Sold My Heart to the Junkman, Down the Aisle (Wedding Song)
  19. The Bobbettes - Mr. Lee, I Shot Mr. Lee
  20. The Exciters - Tell Him, He's Got the Power
  21. Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Heart?
  22. The Ikettes - I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song), Peaches 'n' Cream
  23. The Sweet Inspirations - Sweet Inspiration, Why (Am I Treated So Bad)
  24. The Dixiebelles - Down at Papa Joe's; Southtown, U.S.A.
  25. The Poni-Tails - Born Too Late
  26. The DeJohn Sisters - (My Baby Don't Love Me) No More
  27. The Jelly Beans - I Wanna Love Him So Bad
  28. The Caravelles - You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry
  29. The Jaynetts - Sally, Go 'Round the Roses
  30. The Murmaids - Popsicles and Icicles
  31. The Pixies Three - Birthday Party
  32. The Bell Sisters - Bermuda
  33. The Davis Sisters - I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know
  34. The Shepherd Sisters - Alone
  35. The Teen Queens - Eddie My Love
  36. The Secrets - The Boy Next Door
  37. The Quin-Tones - Down the Aisle of Love
  38. The Lennon Sisters - Tonight You Belong to Me
  39. The Starlets - Better Tell Him No
  40. The Soul Sisters - I Can't Stand It
  41. The Flirtations - Nothing But a Heartache
  42. The Royalettes - It's Gonna Take a Miracle
  43. The Velvelettes - Needle in a Haystack
  44. The Sherrys - Pop Pop Pop-Pie
  45. The Hearts - Lonely Nights
  46. The Emotions - So I Can Love You
  47. The Bonnie Sisters - Cry Baby
  48. The Honey Cone - While You're Out Looking for Sugar
  49. Reparata and the Delrons - Whenever a Teenager Cries
  50. The Rag Dolls - Dusty
  51. The Laurie Sisters - Dixie Danny
  52. The Four Pennies - My Block
  53. The 3 Degrees - Gee Baby (I'm Sorry)
  54. The Beverley Sisters - Greensleeves
  55. The Carefrees - We Love You Beatles
  56. The Goodees - Condition Red
  57. The Mirettes - In the Midnight Hour
  58. Candy and the Kisses - The 81
  59. The Storey Sisters - Bad Motorcycle
  60. The Girlfriends - My One and Only, Jimmy Boy
  61. The Butterflys - Good Night Baby
  62. The Raeletts - One Hurt Deserves Another
  63. Shirley Gunter and the Queens - Oop Shoop
  64. The Percells - What Are Boys Made Of
  65. The Bermudas - Donnie
  66. The Jewels - Opportunity
  67. The Poppies - Lullaby of Love
  68. Baby Jane and the Rockabyes - How Much is That Doggie in the Window
  69. The Blossoms - Son-In-Law
  70. The Glories - I Stand Accused (Of Loving You)
  71. The Simon Sisters - Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod
  72. The Kendall Sisters - Yea, Yea
  73. Bonnie and the Treasures - Home of the Brave
  74. The Ribbons - Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya
  75. The Cookies - In Paradise
  76. The Lassies - I Look at You
  77. The Toy Dolls - Little Tin Soldier
  78. The Swans - The Boy with the Beatle Hair
  79. The Drew-Vels - Tell Him
  80. The Singing Belles - Someone Loves You, Joe
  81. 2 of Clubs - Walk Tall Like a Man
  82. The Fascinations - Girls Are Out to Get You
  83. The Crampton Sisters - I Didn't Know What Time it Was
  84. The Three Playmates - Sugah Wooga
  85. The Pearlettes - Duchess of Earl
  86. Barbara and the Browns - Big Party
  87. The Loreleis - You're So Nice to Be Near
  88. The Allisons - Surfer Street
  89. Jean and the Darlings - How Can You Mistreat the One You Love
  90. The 5 Chanels - The Reason
  91. The Castle Sisters - Goodbye Dad
  92. The Charmettes - Please Don't Kiss Me Again
  93. The Delicates - Ronnie is My Lover
  94. The Lamp Sisters - A Woman with the Blues
  95. The Young Sisters - Casanova Brown
  96. The Four Coquettes - Sparkle and Shine
  97. The Gypsies - Jerk It
  98. Patty Lace and the Petticoats - Sneaky Sue
  99. The Darnells - Too Hurt to Cry, Too Much in Love to Say Goodbye
  100. The Bracelets - Waddle, Waddle

In determining the criteria for what qualifies as a girl group, several things were considered: Mature groups, such as The McGuire Sisters, are omitted in favor of younger "girl" acts. Female lead singers with male backup, such as Gladys Knight and the Pips, are also omitted, but primarily-female acts with one male, non-lead-singer group member, such as The Orlons, are included. Duos are counted as groups, but solo female artists do not qualify...that's another list!

Rankings are based on the popularity of each artist during the period of 1950 through 1969. Two girl groups appear twice: The Marvelettes (#4) also recorded as The Darnells (#99) and The Chiffons (#9) moonlighted as The Four Pennies (#52). Also members of The Cookies (#75) evolved into The Raeletts (#62) and the mid-'60s configuration of The Ikettes (#22) later became The Mirettes (#57). The Cookies of the 1950s (#75) are unrelated to the 1960s group (#14) of the same name.




MORE TOP 100 LISTS!

The Supremes The Shirelles Martha and the Vandellas The Marvelettes The Chordettes The Shangri-Las The Orlons The Ronettes The Chantels The Bobbettes