SPICE (album)

Spice (album)

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Released 4 November 1996
Recorded October 1995 – June 1996
Studio Olympic Studios
(Barnes, London, UK)
Pop dance-pop teen pop R&B
Length 39:56
Label Virgin
Absolute Andy Bradfield Matt Rowe Richard Stannard

Spice is the debut studio album by British girl group the Spice Girls. It was first released on 19 September 1996 by Virgin Records. The album was recorded at Olympic Studios in Barnes, London between 1995 and 1996, by producers Matt Rowe and Richard Stannard, and the production duo Absolute. The album is a pop record with an inclusion of styles such as dance, R&B and hip hop. It is considered to be the record that brought teen pop back, opening the doors for a wave of teen pop artists. Conceptually, the album centered on the idea of Girl Power, and during that time was compared to Beatlemania.

Spice was a huge worldwide commercial success. The album peaked at number one in more than 17 countries across the world, and was certified Multi-Platinum in 27 countries, Platinum in 14 countries and Gold in 3 countries, including a 10 times Platinum in the UK and Canada by the British Phonographic Industry and the Canadian Recording Industry Association, 8 times Platinum in Europe by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, and 7 times Platinum in the US by Recording Industry Association of America. It became the world’s top-selling album of 1997 selling 19 million copies in over a year. In total the album sold 23 million copies worldwide, becoming the biggest-selling album in music history by a girl group and one of the most successful albums of all time.

Five singles were released from the album. The first single, “Wannabe”, became a worldwide success went to number one in 35 countries, one of the best-selling singles of all time and selling over six million copies worldwide. The next two singles, “Say You’ll Be There” and “2 Become 1”, reached number one in 53 countries. “Who Do You Think You Are” was released as the official Comic Relief single in the UK as a double A-side with “Mama” and both songs reached the top 20 in charts across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. In the band’s native UK, all four singles went to number one on the UK singles chart and, in the Billboard Hot 100, the album produced three top five singles.

Track listing


No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. “Wannabe”
Spice Girls Richard Stannard Matt Rowe
Stannard Rowe
2. “Say You’ll Be There”
Spice Girls Jonathan Buck Eliot Kennedy
Absolute 3:55
3. “2 Become 1”
Spice Girls Stannard Rowe
Stannard Rowe Andy Bradfield[a]
4. “Love Thing”
Spice Girls Kennedy Cary Bayliss
Absolute Bradfield[a]
5. “Last Time Lover”
Spice Girls Andy Watkins Paul Wilson
Absolute 4:11
6. “Mama”
Spice Girls Stannard Rowe
Stannard Rowe
7. “Who Do You Think You Are”
Spice Girls Watkins Wilson
Absolute 4:00
8. “Something Kinda Funny”
Spice Girls Watkins Wilson
Absolute 4:05
9. “Naked”
Spice Girls Watkins Wilson
Absolute 4:25
10. “If U Can’t Dance”
Spice Girls Stannard Rowe
Stannard Rowe
Total length: 39:56