The typical "girl group" lyrics were love songs dealing with the emotion from the girl's point of view, as society saw it at the time, or, rarely, detailing a new dance craze. The typical group featured three or four girls, with session musicians adding backup; however, several solo artists were practitioners of the "group" sound, while some in the style even featured some male members in the band! The general sound was light r&b or sweet pop, though some acts, such as Motown's Martha and the Vandellas, were hard enough to be considered true soul music.
Although the Chantels' 1958 smash "Maybe" is considered an important forerunner to the style, being a rare (for the time) female group hit that dealt with the intense longing common to the genre, most agree that the Shirelles' 1960 hit "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" marked the beginning of the girl-group craze of the early Sixties. Although groups like the Supremes continued to be popular through the end of the decade, and groups consisting of girls alone continue even today, the classic girl-group style started to fade around the middle of the decade, when R&B became harder and record companies began to focus on solo females, who were easier to market and easier to recognize.
- "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," The Shirelles
- "Be My Baby," The Ronettes
- "One Fine Day," The Chiffons
- "He's A Rebel," The Crystals
- "Please Mr. Postman," The Marvelettes
- "Leader Of The Pack," The Shangri-Las
- "Stop! In The Name Of Love," The Supremes
- "My Boyfriend's Back," The Angels
- "Jimmy Mack," Martha and the Vandellas
- "Chapel Of Love," The Dixie Cups