Whether you grew up in the era or are as obsessed with Y2K nostalgia as us, you’re gonna wanna check out the reimagining of ‘Whole Again’ by Atomic Kitten! As one of the most iconic girl groups of the 2000s, Atomic Kitten were responsible for some of our favorite bops.
(Especially ‘The Tide Is High’ in the opening scene of The Lizzie McGuire Movie, anyone?)
Atomic Kitten was formed in Liverpool in 1998. They’ve performed together on and off throughout the years since their initial formation and had several smash hits. They definitely solidified their status as one of the most iconic girl groups of their generation.
Now, the group has released a new version of their 2001 classic ‘Whole Again’ in support of England’s football team. ‘Southgate You’re The One (Football’s Coming Home Again)’ was such a big hit after the group performed it live at Box Park Croydon (watch here) that fans demanded an official single. To make it even more special, this version sees Liz, Natasha, and Jenny singing together again for the first time in many years.
It’s been a whirlwind couple of days, but we are super excited and grateful to be able to contribute to the awesome energy and patriotism that is filling the England streets with this version of ‘Whole Again.’ Totally inspired by the England Football fans in support of Gareth Southgate and the super talented England Football team, we will be singing loud and proud ‘Football’s Coming Home!’Liz, Natasha, and Jenny of Atomic Kitten
This Atomic Kitten reunion has us reminiscing on the era of classic girl groups that dominated the 2000s. Stream ‘Southgate You’re The One (Football’s Coming Home Again)’ here and follow us down memory lane as we remember four more of our fave Y2K girl groups!
Play was a Swedish group composed of original members Faye, Anna, Anaïs, and Rosie. Their debut single ‘Us Against The World’ was featured in the Mary-Kate and Ashley movie Holiday In The Sun and The Lizzie McGuire Movie soundtrack. They went on to tour the US with artists like Aaron Carter and Destiny’s Child.
While ‘Us Against The World’ is their most well-known hit, Play released quite a few bops during their short career, including ‘Cinderella,’ which was famously covered by The Cheetah Girls. They also had a collaboration with Chris Trousdale of Dream Street called ‘I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,’ and covered Atomic Kitten’s ‘Whole Again.’
Ultimately, the group went their separate ways by 2005, with some members pursuing college, among other opportunities. They briefly reunited in 2009 with two new members but separated once again in 2011. Still, bops like ‘I Don’t Get Down Like That’ live on!
In the age of CDs in McDonald’s Happy Meals, No Secrets was formed in 2000. No Secrets was an American girl group consisting of five members: Angel, Carly, Erin, Jessica, and Jade. They debuted with ‘Kids in America’ in 2001 and had many songs featured on movie soundtracks of the 2000s, including Stuart Little, The Powerpuff Girls Movie, and Sleeping Beauty.
Their most recognizable hit is definitely ‘That’s What Girls Do,’ as well as their feature on ‘Oh Aaron’ with Aaron Carter, who they also toured with. However, throughout their one-album career, they released several songs that are certified pop classics like ‘Skin Deep,’ ‘Once Upon (Another) Dream,’ and ‘Here I Am.’
As far as 2000s girl groups go, No Secrets is one of the most memorable. They were a staple in the touring scene of the time and were featured on compilations like Disney Mania.
In 2003, Angel left the group to pursue a solo career, and by 2005, the group decided to break up for good. Jessica later attributed the breakup to the “greedy” actions of the parents, because the girls all got along great. Even so, their short-run made a lasting impact on the Y2K music scene.
And fun fact: after Angel left the group, her replacement was rumored to be a pre-Gaga Stefani Germanotta!
Blaque was an American girl group most notably active from 1999 to 2004. Their debut album Blaque sold more than one million copies and was certified Platinum. Their single ‘808’ also achieved gold status. Formed by Natina Reed, Shamari Fears, and Brandi Williams, they signed to TLC’s Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes’ production company.
During the height of their career, they starred in Bring It On as members of the Clovers cheer team, opened for NSYNC, charted on the Billboard Hot 100, and had a collab with JC Chasez from NSYNC.
After their debut album, the group went through many struggles and changes, leading to a few attempts at a comeback that fizzled out. Tragically, Natina Reed passed away in an accident in Atlanta, Georgia in 2012.
Their legacy lives on thanks to catchy songs and bubbly ballads like ‘Rainbow Drive.’ Although their time in the spotlight was short, it was impactful, without a doubt.
Founded by Adrienne Bailon, Naturi Naughton, and Kiely Williams, 3LW debuted in 2000 with ‘No More (Baby I’ma Do Right).’ Their self-titled debut album, 3LW, was certified Platinum. Hit singles ‘Playas Gon Play’ and ‘I Do (Wanna Get Close To You)’ followed. And not only did their music slap, but they were killing the coordinating fashion game.
Unfortunately, Naturi left the group in 2002 and later revealed she was actually forced out. After her departure, the group’s sales and popularity sharply declined. Adrienne and Kiely went on to do The Cheetah Girls movies and 3LW officially disbanded in 2007.
3LW will go down in history for their once flourishing career and skyrocketing popularity that burned out too quickly due to conflict within the group and controversy. (And the memes.) Still, 3LW is one of the most iconic 2000s girl groups!
If you want more 2000s girl group nostalgia, listen to our playlist below!
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