Ready To Feel Old? The Spice Girls’ "Wannabe" Came Out 18 Years Ago Today

1996 was an increasingly long time ago.

1. Yes, it’s been…

2. Wannabe, the girls’ first single, was released in the UK on 8 July, 1996, on cassette, 12” vinyl and CD.

It went on to top the charts in 16 countries, selling 6 million copies.

3. It’s been 18 years since Mel C did this backflip on a table.

4. Since Mel B and Emma terrorised these old men for no reason at all.

5. Since Geri and Emma danced with this glamorous old woman.

6. And it’s 18 years since saying “zig-a-zig-ahh” while doing a sassy dance became a thing.

7. The Spice Girls themselves have been informing people about this.

RT @We_Luv_the_90s: 18 years ago today, the #SpiceGirls released their debut single, 'Wannabe' in the UK. #90s @OfficialMelB @MelanieCmusic…

— Melanie C (@MelanieCmusic)

8. But people are find it hard to believe.

@BuzzFeedUK I refuse to belive that. #FeelsOld

— Gemma Storey (@gemma_m_storey)

@OwainWynEvans This terrified me this morning!! Cue existential crisis!

— Carys Hepworth (@caryshepworth)

Holy fuck balls this makes me feel old RT @TrueFacts: The Spice Girls' single "Wannabe" came out 18 years ago today.

— SAO (@SexAtOxbridge)

11. Lots of people pointed out that people going to university this year probably weren’t alive in 1996.

Never going out again as there'll be people that weren't born when Wannabe came out

— Leezus (@LeeMcVeigh)

12. And now you’re freaked out.

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Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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