It’s no secret that Victoria Beckham, a.k.a. Posh Spice, was a bit of an outlier in the Spice Girls. While Sporty, Scary, Baby, and Ginger all had boisterous personalities, Posh was the straight-laced one; the fashion elitist always dressed to kill, whose confidence sometimes bordered on cockiness. (This scene from Spice World basically tells you all you need to know about their dynamic.)
It was also painfully clear that Posh wasn’t the most talented vocalist of the group -- she had way fewer solos than the other girls. Apparently, though, the extent of her voicelessness within the group went a lot deeper than we realized. “They used to turn [the mic] off and just let the others sing,” Beckham admitted last night at a Vogue event in London, per Entertainment Weekly. “I got the last laugh -- and now my mic is well and truly on, finally.”
And you know what? That’s great news! Because while we love the stone-cold Victoria who gets frazzled over whether to wear the little Gucci dress, the little Gucci dress, or the little Gucci dress, we also love the slinky, sultry Victoria who lent her voice to many a Spice Girls hit. Check out nine of Posh’s most memorable solos with the group:
“Say You’ll Be There”
Victoria, a.k.a. “Midnight Miss Suki,” slithers like a snake in this vid, perfectly matching the sultriness of her short but memorable pre-chorus contributions. The way she points her finger like a gun while singing “There is no need to say you love me/ It would be better left unsaid” is such a boss move.
“Who Do You Think You Are?”
As Posh trades lines with Scary in the second verse, you realize just how magnetizing this woman’s charm is. How she manages to stay sexy while singing lines like “you’re swelling out in the wrong direction” and “your trumpet’s blowing for far too long” is honestly beyond me.
There are approximately 37 times throughout the course of this four-minute song that’ll turn you into an emotional puddle of goop, but Victoria’s “I never dreamt you’d go your own sweet way” will really, really do you in. TEARS FOR DAYS.
“Never Give Up On The Good Times”
This one’s another fleeting but memorable moment, as Victoria sings the somewhat confusing and random lyric, “Eyes all wide and open, the streets are paved with gold/ Someone’s come back on their word.” Don’t question it, just roll with it.
Posh may only have a single line in this video, but damn it, she’s going to pack all the pointing she can into those seven seconds.
“2 Become 1”
As the group’s first ballad, “2 Become 1” showed off the girls’ softer sides, which perfectly suited Victoria’s mousy voice. So when she gingerly pleaded “Take it or leave it, take it or leave it,” it was actually one of the song’s most dramatic points.
You may be too distracted by Vic’s shiny leather catsuit to focus on her voice, but trust us, she sounds great!
After Geri Haliwell left the group, “Holler” was the girls’ first upbeat, danceable single as a foursome. Its R&B influences signaled a newer, more mature direction for the Spice Girls, and it also meant that -- oh yeah! -- there was one less person to nab all the solos. As such, Posh got a longer moment to shine, with a sexy, assertive contribution to the track.
“Saturday Night Divas”
This was the rare song where Posh was not only given a (albeit short as hell) solo, but one that actually started the song! Her opening was fleeting but memorable: “I’m not alone, no you’re not in my mind.” Boom -- instant girl power.