‘These Are My Heroines’: When Nelson Mandela Met the Spice Girls

In 1997, the anti-apartheid revolutionary and first president of South Africa was so charmed by Baby, Posh, Sporty, Ginger and Scary that he said meeting them was one of the greatest moments of his life

A Very Reflective Look at Male Pop Stars in Sequins

Harry Styles might be the latest to don sparkles onstage. But many others — from Elton John to Prince — were glittering long before him

How ‘MMMBop’ Became 1997’s Saddest Feel-Good Hit

Three kids from Tulsa wrote about how fleeting life is — and then turned it into a breezy pop smash whose deeper meanings the world has long ignored

‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ Defined the 1980s. And Then It Wouldn’t Let Go

Certain songs sum up their era more than their creators could have possibly anticipated. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” is one of them. At…