The ultimate Official Spice Girls solo chart: all their singles ranked by sales

Official Charts reveals how all the Spice Girls' solo singles stack up.

By December 2000, the fate of Spice Girls was pretty much sealed. Geri had left, their third album Forever hadn’t been a huge success, and the magic seemed to have gone. Still, the announcement of their indefinite hiatus was a blow for many fans.  

However, there was a glimmer of light amid all the darkness: the reason for the hiatus was so they could concentrate on their solo careers – and a flurry of singles followed shortly after.

The solo Spice careers have been, it’s fair to say, patchy – they were never going to be as strong individually as they were together - but each member has racked up multiple Top 10 singles, with all except Victoria scoring at least one Number 1.

With Geri having recently returned with Angels In Chains, a charity single dedicated to her close friend George Michael, Official Charts thought it was about time we delved into the stats, ranking each member’s solo efforts and – wait for it – combine them together to bring you the Official Spice Girls Solo Chart.

First up, let’s take a closer look at each Spice Girl separately…

Mel B

Mel B kicked off her solo career two years before the group split with I Want You Back; a collaboration with Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ (as she liked to be known at the time) Elliot. It was pretty much everything you could want from a Mel B solo single: slick, futuristic R&B with a super spenny Hype Williams video to boot.

She followed it up a year later with Word Up under the moniker Melanie G after her marriage to dancer Jimmy Gulzar. It didn’t make quite the same impact, peaking at 13, but Top 5 hits soon followed with Tell Me (2000) and Feels So Good (2001).

Mel had another crack at solo stardom in 2013 with For Once In My Life, which featured Mel making out with herself in the music video (obviously). Still, she never quite managed to out-peak I Want You Back, which ranks as her best-selling single with 226,000 sales. Feels So Good finishes second (142,000), and Tell Me is third (109,000). Full ranking below:

  TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
  I WANT YOU BACK MELANIE B FT MISSY 'MISEMEANOR' ELLIOT 1 1998
  FEELS SO GOOD MELANIE B 5 2001
  TELL ME MELANIE B 4 2000
  WORD UP MELANIE G 14 1999
  LULLABY MELANIE B 13 2001
  TODAY MELANIE BROWN 41 2005
  FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE MELANIE B N/A 2013

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Mel C

Mel C has enjoyed a long a successful career post-Spice Girls, racking up 12 Top 40 hits to date. Like Mel B, she enjoyed a taste of solo stardom before the group’s split, featuring on Bryan Adams’ When You’re Gone in 1998. The song, which saw her take on a more pop-rock route compared to the Spice sound, peaked at 3 on the Official Singles Chart and ranks as her best-seller (747,000 sales).

When it comes to Mel’s headline singles, it’s her cuts from her debut album Northern Star that finish top of the pile. Her first Number 1 Never Be The Same Again ft. Lisa ‘Left-Eye’ Lopes finishes second with 429,000 sales, followed by I Turn To You (384,000) and Northern Star (216,000).

See the full ranked list of Mel C’s single below. It’s worth noting that we’ve omitted a few songs that weren’t given a UK release, including Rock Me, which was released in Germany as the theme for TV coverage of the Women’s World Cup.

TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
WHEN YOU'RE GONE BRYAN ADAMS FT. MEL C 3 1998
NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN MELANIE C 1 2000
I TURN TO YOU MELANIE C 1 2000
NORTHERN STAR MELANIE C 4 1999
GOIN' DOWN MELANIE C 4 1999
IF THAT WERE ME MELANIE C 18 2000
LOVING YOU MATT CARDLE FT. MEL C 14 2013
HERE IT COMES AGAIN MELANIE C 7 2003
ON THE HORIZON MELANIE C 14 2003
NEXT BEST SUPERSTAR MELANIE C 10 2005
I WANT CANDY MELANIE C 24 2007
MELT/YEH YEH YEH MELANIE C 27 2003
CAROLYNA MELANIE C 49 2007
THINK ABOUT IT MELANIE C 95 2011
I KNOW HIM SO WELL MELANIE C FT. EMMA BUNTON N/A 2012
ANYMORE MELANIE C N/A 2016
THIS TIME MELANIE C 94 2007
WEAK MELANIE C N/A 2011
DEAR LIFE MELANIE C N/A 2016
HOLD ON MELANIE C FT. ALEX FRANCIS N/A 2017

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Emma Bunton

Again, Emma opted for a collaboration before embarking on a proper solo career, teaming with London electronic duo Tin Tin Out on What I Am, which peaked at Number 2.

Her biggest selling solo single is 2001’s What Took You So Long - her first and only Number 1 single has sold 269,000 copies. What I Am finishes a close second on 224,000.

Just one of Emma’s ten solo singles has missed the Top 40 - 2007’s All I Need To Know topped out at 60 – while seven reached the Top 10. See the full list ranked by sales below:

TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG EMMA BUNTON 1 2001
WHAT I AM TIN TIN OUT FT. EMMA BUNTON 2 1999
TAKE MY BREATH AWAY EMMA BUNTON 5 2001
MAYBE EMMA BUNTON 6 2003
DOWNTOWN EMMA BUNTON 3 2006
FREE ME EMMA BUNTON 5 2003
I'LL BE THERE EMMA BUNTON 7 2004
WE'RE NOT GONNA SLEEP TONIGHT EMMA BUNTON 20 2001
CRICKETS SING FOR ANAMARIA EMMA BUNTON 15 2004
ALL I NEED TO KNOW EMMA BUNTON 60 2007

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Geri Halliwell

After leaving the Spice Girls in May 1998 (and the world in bits), Geri kicked off her solo career with a bang the following year with the sassy and suitably ridiculous Look At Me. The track debuted at Number 2 after a fierce chart battle all week with Boyzone’s You Needed Me, shifting 142,153 in its first week compared to Boyzone’s 142,901. So close. Look At Me ranks as Geri’s fourth best-seller (326,000).

MORE: See where Geri's albums charted in her complete Official UK Chart history

Her biggest single is her cover of It’s Raining Men, released in 2001 in line with the Bridget Jones’ Diary. The song spent two weeks at Number 1 and has sold 449,000. Her foray into Latin-pop, Mi Chico Latino, finishes second (383,000 sales) and Lift Me Up is third (346,000).

Geri held the record for most UK Number 1 singles for a female artist for nine years, until it was matched by Rita Ora’s I Will Never Let You Down in May 2014. The record is now jointly held by Cheryl Cole and Jess Glynne, though Geri still holds the claim to manage four consecutively.

Below are Geri's singles ranked by sales (it's worth mentioning her song Half Of Me wasn't registered as a single in the UK):

TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
IT'S RAINING MEN GERI HALLIWELL 1 2001
MI CHICO LATINO GERI HALLIWELL 1 1999
LIFT ME UP GERI HALLIWELL 1 1999
LOOK AT ME GERI HALLIWELL 2 1999
BAG IT UP GERI HALLIWELL 1 2000
SCREAM IF YOU WANNA GO FASTER GERI HALLIWELL 8 2001
CALLING GERI HALLIWELL 7 2001
RIDE IT GERI HALLIWELL 4 2004
DESIRE GERI HALLIWELL 22 2005
ANGELS IN CHAINS GERI HALLIWELL N/A 2017

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Victoria Beckham

Having contributed little in the way of lead vocals in her Spice Days, Victoria seemed the most reluctant to give a solo career a go. However, with the help of Another Level’s Dane Bowers(!) and garage production duo True Steppers, she came sprinting out of the starting blocks with Out Of Your Mind, which scored the highest first week sales of any solo Spice track.

The unlikely collaboration landed at Number 2, losing out to Spiller and Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) after a much publicised chart battle. Still, it’s Vic’s biggest solo single with a healthy 400,000 sales to date.

MORE: Victoria Beckham's complete Official Chart history

Her solo career may have been short, but it was certainly sweet; all four of her singles landed inside the Top 10, bowing out on a high in 2003 with double A-side release This Groove/Let Your Head Go, which peaked at Number 3. There's a good chance it could have finished second on her solo chart, but the track's not been available to download or stream in years. So Victoria. Here’s how they rank in order of sales:

TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
OUT OF YOUR MIND TRUE STEPPERS & DANE BOWERS FT. VICTORIA BECKHAM 2 2000
NOT SUCH AN INNOCENT GIRL VICTORIA BECKHAM 6 2001
THIS GROOVE/LET YOUR HEAD GO VICTORIA BECKHAM 3 2003
A MIND OF IT'S OWN VICTORIA BECKHAM 6 2002

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Right, ready for the all-time chart? Here are all the Spice Girls' solo singles, ranked in order of sales. As you can see, Mel C and Bryan take the top spot, followed by Geri's It's Raining Men.

Official Spice Girls Solo Singles Chart

  Song BY PEAK YEAR
1 WHEN YOU'RE GONE BRYAN ADAMS FT. MEL C 3 1998
2 IT'S RAINING MEN GERI HALLIWELL 1 2001
3 NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN MELANIE C 1 2000
4 OUT OF YOUR MIND TRUE STEPPERS & DANE BOWERS FT. VICTORIA BECKHAM 2 2000
5 I TURN TO YOU MELANIE C 1 2000
6 MI CHICO LATINO GERI HALLIWELL 1 1999
7 LIFT ME UP GERI HALLIWELL 1 1999
8 LOOK AT ME GERI HALLIWELL 2 1999
9 WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG EMMA BUNTON 1 2001
10 BAG IT UP GERI HALLIWELL 1 2000
11 I WANT YOU BACK MELANIE B FT. MISSY 'MISDEMEANOR' ELLIOT 1 1998
12 WHAT I AM TIN TIN OUT FT. EMMA BUNTON 2 1999
13 NORTHERN STAR MELANIE C 4 1999
14 FEELS SO GOOD MELANIE B 5 2001
15 TELL ME MELANIE B 4 2000
16 GOIN' DOWN MELANIE C 4 1999
17 TAKE MY BREATH AWAY EMMA BUNTON 5 2001
18 NOT SUCH AN INNOCENT GIRL VICTORIA BECKHAM 6 2001
19 SCREAM IF YOU WANNA GO FASTER GERI HALLIWELL 8 2001
20 MAYBE EMMA BUNTON 6 2003
21 DOWNTOWN EMMA BUNTON 3 2006
22 WORD UP MELANIE G 13 1999
23 CALLING GERI HALLIWELL 7 2001
24 THIS GROOVE/LET YOUR HEAD GO VICTORIA BECKHAM 3 2003
25 A MIND OF IT'S OWN VICTORIA BECKHAM 6 2002
26 IF THAT WERE ME MELANIE C 18 2000
27 FREE ME EMMA BUNTON 5 2003
28 RIDE IT GERI HALLIWELL 4 2004
29 LOVING YOU MATT CARDLE FT. MELANIE C 14 2013
30 LULLABY MELANIE B 13 2001
31 HERE IT COMES AGAIN MELANIE C 7 2003
32 I'LL BE THERE EMMA BUNTON 7 2004
33 WE'RE NOT GONNA SLEEP TONIGHT EMMA BUNTON 20 2001
34 ON THE HORIZON MELANIE C 14 2003
35 NEXT BEST SUPERSTAR MELANIE C 10 2005
36 CRICKETS SING FOR ANAMARIA EMMA BUNTON 15 2004
37 I WANT CANDY MELANIE C 24 2007
38 DESIRE GERI HALLIWELL 22 2005
39 MELT/YEH YEH YEH MELANIE C 27 2003
40 CAROLYNA MELANIE C 49 2007
41 ALL I NEED TO KNOW EMMA BUNTON 60 2007
42 THINK ABOUT IT MELANIE C 95 2011
43 I KNOW HIM SO WELL MELANIE C FT. EMMA BUNTON N/A 2012
44 ANYMORE MELANIE C N/A 2016
45 TODAY MELANIE BROWN 41 2005
46 THIS TIME MELANIE C 94 2007
47 FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE MELANIE B N/A 2013
48 WEAK MELANIE C N/A 2011
49 ANGELS IN CHAINS GERI HALLIWELL N/A 2017
50 DEAR LIFE MELANIE C N/A 2016
51 HOLD ON MELANIE C FT. ALEX FRANCIS N/A 2017

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