Wannabe by the Spice Girls is Now 15 Years Old--and What the Hell Does Zigazigahhh REALLY Mean?

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Happy birthday, "Wannabe!" You are now officially making me feel really, really old.

Here's the history of the song as per Wikipedia:  "Wannabe" was written in 30 minutes--mainly because the group had already written parts of the song beforehand--in what member Melanie Brown describes as a "sudden creative frenzy." During the session, Brown and Emma Bunton came up with the idea of making a rap near the end of the song."

And what about zigazigaaaaaah? Where did that come from? Once again, Wikipedia to the rescue: "At this point the group got very motivated and incorporated the word "zigazig-ha" into the lyrics. Melanie Chisholm told Billboard magazine: "You know when you're in a gang and you're having a laugh and you make up silly words? Well we were having a giggle and we made up this silly word, zigazig-ha. And we were in the studio and it all came together in this song."

More "Wannabe" factoids:

  • Released as Spice Girls' debut single in July 1996
  •  "Wannabe" topped the UK Singles Chart for seven weeks
  • In January 1997 it was released in the United States topping the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks, becoming the group's only No. 1 single in the US.
  • By the end of 1997, "Wannabe" had topped the charts in 31 nations
  • It has become the best-selling single by a female group, selling over six million copies worldwide.
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