Were you a fan of the Spice Girls? Do you enjoy pop music? If you answered yes to either of those questions, I may have the perfect suggestion for what you should listen to next: Little Mix.
I have been a long time fan of pop group Little Mix. In one of the first iterations of this blog circa 2012 there was even one or two posts all about my love for Jade, Jesy, Leigh-Anne, and Perrie. I’ve stood in line for hours to meet them and paid for overpriced concert tickets where they were only on the docket as the opener. Little Mix is a massive success in their U.K. home, breaking long-held records even, but it seemed hardly anybody knew who they were in the states. What gives? Why were these talented ladies only a blip on the radar?
The easiest answer seems to be that they were always overshadowed by Fifth Harmony in the USA.
Both Little Mix and Fifth Harmony got their starts on their country’s respective X-Factor. Individuals of both groups originally auditioned as soloists, only to be put into a “supergroup” by Simon Cowell to continue through the competition. (Little Mix actually won it all in 2011, Fifth Harmony came in third in 2012.) Critics praised both groups for having members of different ethnic backgrounds. Branches of Syco Music signed both Little Mix and Fifth Harmony after the show. The similarities can continue for a while. It makes sense that many would pit the two all-female pop groups against one another, only to find out that in their respective countries higher attention and advertising would be paid to the homegrown group.
However, now that Fifth Harmony has called an indefinite hiatus, there’s a hole in the charts. With the female pop group title uncontested in America, is it finally time for people to find and love Little Mix? These four ladies have been the treasure sitting in front of our eyes all this time.
To introduce you to Little Mix, here’s a quick run-down on the band. There’s four members: Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Perrie Edwards. Each are incredibly talented on their own, but the four voices mesh together perfectly to create some great tunes. There’s also been four studio albums: DNA, Salute, Get Weird, and Glory Days.
Little Mix’s music is pure unadulterated pop, but they don’t rely on only danceable beats. Instead, the ladies prove they each are powerhouses with strong vocals at play. There isn’t one member who stands out as the best, but rather, all four have amazing ranges with a superb ability to change keys and hit chords.
Most of their tunes have an emphasis on empowerment, which is not only fun to listen to, but sends a good message about body positivity and independence. While the band can easily cross genres, listeners will find an abundance of 90s R & B and pop influences.
If you want further proof that America was missing out on Little Mix all along, even Missy Elliot was giving them praise and a helping hand in 2013 when she was featured in their hit single “How Ya Doin’?”
Below you will find My Top 10 Songs by Little Mix in video or Spotify format. Give Little Mix a listen and a chance to fill that hole in your heart and the American charts. I will admit I go more towards their upbeat songs (which, what a shocker, that’s me all the time with music it seems) but their ballads are beautiful too.
Shout Out to My Ex
How Ya Doin’? [FEAT. Missy Elliott]
Nothing Else Matters
If you like what you hear, all their albums are fabulous from start to finish. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Is there an artist you don’t they get the attention they deserve?
P.S. – You know another pop band you should give a chance to? One Direction. (You had to see that coming.)
Until next time,