130. Spice Girls – ‘Never Give Up On The Good Times’ (1997)

“Gotta believe in the love you find”

Taken from the album Spiceworld

People might wonder why an almost 20-year-old male still love the Spice Girls so much, and while the answer is simply that they made great pop music, the other answer is that they represent every ideal from my childhood. They were always about friendship, power, living your dream, self-confidence, love and light. ‘Never Give Up On The Good Times’, an album track from their best album Spiceworld, is their ultimate anthem, their mission statement.

With a huge chorus and a title that sums up everything about the group, the song is really well-written (especially when compared to the atrocious ‘Lady Is A Vamp’ or ‘Move Over’ from the same album) and sung with a lot of energy. God bless them, where they couldn’t quite hit the right notes, the Spice Girls made up for it with personality and energy. ‘Never Give Up On The Good Times’ details a number of scenarios, and then details the freedom from these problems through music. That’s what the Spice Girls were all about – freedom, escapism. The good times.

‘Never Give Up On The Good Times’ has been cruelly overlooked not once but twice in Spice Girls history. It was planned as a double A-side with ‘Viva Forever’ (which would been the most awesome double A-side of all time), but when Geri left, ‘Viva Forever’ was released alone, with perhaps the sentiment of “never giving up” on “the good times” feeling a little out of place. The song was still a given for the Spice Girls Greatest Hits album, released in 2007, which was in need of a little filler due to the group’s short career. This would have been a perfect choice, but what did they put on there instead? ‘Move Over’. Disgusting, I know. In the Greatest Hits album of my heart, ‘Never Give Up On The Good Times’ opens the album as the ultimate representation of the Spice Girls philosophy.


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