No. 1: TLC
The first female R&B group that fully embraced an image firmly rooted in hip hop, T-Boz, Left-Eye and Chilli became the most iconic and best-selling girl group of the 1990s. Their first album, (1992’s Ooooooh…On the TLC Tip) set the stage for other female singers like Mary J. Blige and Aaliyah to flaunt their b-girl aesthetic, and their second album, Crazy Sexy Cool, became one of the biggest-selling LPs of all time. The trio accumulated 10 top 10 singles, four number one singles, four multi-platinum albums and four Grammys on their way to becoming the best-selling female group ever by decade’s end. Though personal drama and tragedy seemed to follow them throughout their career, there’s no denying that they left an indelible mark on the decade and have influenced countless artists that have come along since.