|Format(s)|| Vinyl record (12"),|
cassette, CD single
|Writer(s)||Richard Stannard, Matt Rowe, Spice Girls|
|Producer(s)||Richard Stannard, Matt Rowe, Spice Girls|
- For the song, please see Spice Up Your Life (song).
The release dates for Japan is 22 October 1997, United Kingdom is 13 October 1997, and United States is 13 October 1997.
The Spice Girls performed the song live at the following events:
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- Main Article: Spice Up Your Life (music video)
The music video of Who Do Think You Are and Mama was first shown in 1998.
Spice Up Your Life received mixed reviews from music critics.
Amanda Murray from Sputnikmusic gave a negative review: Murray referred to the song as "one of the least entertaining songs on the album" and that it "sounds rather cacophonous and attempts to combine too many layers and the whole thing ends up sounding overblown", adding "try not to pay attention to the background or you will want to throw your CD player out the window every time the referee whistle comes in".
Rolling Stone gave a positive review: Rolling Stone called the song "a global call to arms and legs with a distinct carnivallike flavor and a message of Up With Spice People positivity".
David Browne from Entertainment Weekly gave a positive review: Browne described the song as "a ha-cha-cha slice of tropical-boat-cruise frivolity".
Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic gave a positive review: Erlewine said that the song "consolidates and expands the group's style, adding Latin flourishes".
Australia In Australia it debuted at number seventeen, peaked at number eight two weeks later, spent twenty weeks on the chart, and was certified Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association.
New Zealand In New Zealand the song debuted at number two, staying in that position for four consecutive weeks, (held off by Candle in the Wind 1997) and spend fifteen weeks on the chart.
United Kingdom The original release date of Spice Up Your Life was delayed for seven days to attempt to displace Elton John's Candle in the Wind 1997. The tribute to Princess Diana, who had died two months before, subsequently went on to become the world's biggest-selling single of all time. Spice Up Your Life reached the top spot the following week, with sales of 321,000 in its first week, although it only spent one week on the top spot - the first Spice Girls single to do so, spending 15 weeks inside the UK Top 75, and became the girls' fifth consecutive UK number-one single.
United States The track added another U.S. top twenty to the group's already impressive list. Spice Up Your Life also helped the Spiceworld LP debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart at number eight (it would eventually climb to a peak of number three after the release of the group's first film, Spice World). However, despite the track's weak airplay, the CD single sold well, peaking at number eleven on the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart, and eventually received a Gold certification by the RIAA.
It was also a dance hit, reaching number four on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, but did not succeed on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart, reaching number twenty-two. The song barely cracked the Top 40 Mainstream chart, climbing to number thirty-seven, and reached number twenty-seven on the Rhythmic Top 40.
Europe Across Europe, Spice Up Your Life was largely successful, reaching the top five in most countries, but was unable to top the charts, being blocked off the number one spot by Elton John's Candle in the Wind 1997 and Aqua's Barbie Girl; this was the case on the Euro Hot 100, and in France, where the song debuted at thirteen, reaching a peak position of three (the group's last top ten single) and stayed seventeen weeks on the chart.
Worldwide Overall, despite not being as popular as the Spice Girls' first three releases (Who Do You Think You Are couldn't be counted, since it was only released in the United Kingdom), the song was still an international hit, peaking within the top twenty of the majority of the charts it charted on in the world.
Charts, peaks and certificationsEdit
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Formats and track listingsEdit
These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Spice Up Your Life".