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SpiceUpYourLife
Spice Girls
Format(s) Vinyl record (12"),
cassette, CD single
Writer(s) Richard Stannard, Matt Rowe, Spice Girls
Producer(s) Richard Stannard, Matt Rowe, Spice Girls
Spice Up Your Life is a single by the Spice Girls.

BackgroundEdit

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.

PromotionEdit

Live performancesEdit

The Spice Girls performed the song live at the following events:

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Music VideoEdit

Main Article: Spice Up Your Life (music video)

The music video of Who Do Think You Are and Mama was first shown in 1998.

ReceptionEdit

Critical responsesEdit

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".

Chart performanceEdit

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

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 8
Austrian Singles Chart 12
Belgian Singles Chart 4
Canadian Singles Chart 2
Danish Singles Chart 2
Dutch Top 40 2
Finnish Singles Chart 2
French Singles Chart 3
German Singles Chart 14
Irish Singles Chart 2
Italian Singles Chart 2
New Zealand Singles Chart 2
Norwegian Singles Chart 3
Swedish Singles Chart 2
Swiss Singles Chart 5
UK Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 18
U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play 4
U.S. Hot Dance Singles Sales 22
U.S. Rhythmic Top 40 27
U.S. Top 40 Mainstream 37
Chart (2008) Peak
position
U.S. Hot Dance Club Play 171

1Ralphi Rosario Remixes

1997 year end chart-9

CertificationsEdit

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Australia Platinum 70,000+
France Gold 200,000+
The Netherlands Gold 40,000+
Sweden Platinum 40,000+
United Kingdom Platinum 830,854+
United States Gold 500,000+
Worldwide Platinum 4,000,000+

Formats and track listingsEdit

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Spice Up Your Life".

  • UK CD1/Canadian CD/Australian CD1/Japanese CD/
    South African CD/Taiwan CD1/US CD
  1. "Spice Up Your Life" [Stent Radio Mix] - 2:53
  2. "Spice Up Your Life" [Morales Radio Mix] - 2:48
  3. "Spice Up Your Life" [Stent Radio Instrumental] - 2:53
  4. "Spice Invaders" - 3:48
  • UK CD2/Australian CD2/Brazilian CD/Taiwan CD2
  1. "Spice Up Your Life" [Stent Radio Mix] - 2:53
  2. "Spice Up Your Life" [Morales Carnival Club Mix] - 11:30
  3. "Spice Up Your Life" [Murk Cuba Libre Mix] - 8:05
  • European CD
  1. "Spice Up Your Life" [Stent Radio Mix] - 2:53
  2. "Spice Invaders" - 3:48
  • 2007 Club Remixes
  1. "Spice Up Your Life" [Ralphi Rosario's Vocal Mix] - 9:06
  2. "Spice Up Your Life" [Ralphi Rosario's Dub Mix] - 8:36
  3. "Spice Up Your Life" [Ralphi Rosario's Radio Edit] - 3:39
  • UK 12" vinyl single
  1. A1:"Spice Up Your Life" [Morales Carnival Club Mix] - 11:30
  2. B1:"Spice Up Your Life" [Murk Cuba Libre Mix] - 8:05
  3. B2:"Spice Up Your Life" [Morales Beats] - 5:51
  4. C1:"Spice Up Your Life" [Morales Drums & Dub Mix] - 11:07
  5. D1:"Spice Up Your Life" [Murk Sugar Cane Dub] - 8:38
  6. D2:"Spice Up Your Life" [Murk Spider Beats] - 3:41
  • US 12" Vinyl single
  1. A1:"Spice Up Your Life" [Morales Carnival Club Mix] - 11:30
  2. A2:"Spice Up Your Life" [Morales Radio Mix] - 2:48
  3. B1:"Spice Up Your Life" [Murk Cuba Libre Mix] - 8:05
  4. B2:"Spice Up Your Life" [Stent Radio Mix] - 2:53
  5. B3:"Spice Up Your Life" [Stent Radio Instrumental] - 2:53

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