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I was 13 when I discovered Little Mix, a pop British girl band. Their music was full of self-empowerment and girl power, just the kind of thing a little Indian girl with big insecurities needed. I obsessively listened to their first album, DNA, in middle school. Their music defined my childhood, and now, as I am about to finish college, I have these women to thank for getting me through so many difficult moments with their music. So, let’s talk about Little Mix.

Little Mix has 3 current members, but the trio was originally a foursome: Perrie Edwards, 27, Jade Thirlwall, 28, Leigh Anne Pinnock, 29, and Jesy Nelson, 29. These women were just teenagers when they competed on the 8th season of The X Factor UK. Not only did they win their season, they were the first band to ever win the show. Needless to say, their talent knows no bounds. After winning The X Factor in 2011, they released their debut single that same year. “Cannonball,” a cover of the Damien Rice song, went straight to number 1. After that, the band released hit after hit including “Wings,” “Secret Love Song,” “Black Magic,” “Shout Out to My Ex,” and “Woman Like Me.”

Little Mix is huge in the UK, but not many people in the US know who they are. As someone who has been listening to them for nearly 10 years, I don’t understand why. They are the perfect package of pop superstars, with strong voices and dance breakdowns that make every concert a mesmerizing experience. Seriously, just watch this. The Little Mix women have been working hard for 10 years and have had incredible success despite not quite cracking the American music industry. Little Mix is one of the best-selling girl groups of all time, with over 50 million records sold. They have nearly 50 awards to their name, 4 number 1 singles in the UK, 13 VEVO certified music videos, and 6 amazing albums. These girls are truly unstoppable.

The thing I love most about Little Mix is the message they send to fans. Jade is an active supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community, Leigh-Anne has spoken about racism in the music industry, Jesy has opened up about her struggles with body image and mental health, and all the girls use their platforms to speak on feminism and equality. Many of their fans are young girls and seeing the women of Little Mix be so honest and genuine is exactly what we need in this day and age. Jesy Nelson decided to leave the band in December 2020 for personal reasons, but she reminded us all that taking care of our mental health should be a priority. It is this kind of raw honesty that makes this band work, even with the odds stacked against them. 


Here is my ultimate guide to Little Mix!


Little Mix songs that are absolute bangers:

  1. DNA (2012)

  2. How Ya Doin’? (2012)

  3. Salute (2013)

  4. Competition (2013)

  5. About the Boy (2013)

  6. Secret Love Song (2015)

  7. Hair (2015)

  8. I Love You (2015)

  9. Lightning (2015)

  10. Shout Out to My Ex (2017)

  11. Touch (2017)

  12. Power (2017)

  13. Is Your Love Enough? (2017)

  14. Woman Like Me (2018)

  15. Think About Us (2018)

  16. Strip (2018)

  17. Monster In Me (2018)

  18. Love a Girl Right (2018)

  19. Motivate (2018)

  20. The Cure (2018)

  21. Woman’s World (2018)

  22. Sweet Melody (2020)

  23. Confetti (2020)

  24. Gloves Up (2020)

  25. If You Want My Love (2020)


Little Mix’s Best Live Performances:

Little Mix – Lightning (London, O2 Arena)

Little Mix’s Best Dance Breaks

Little Mix – Holiday/Touch (Live from Little Mix The Search)

Little Mix – Secret Love Song (Live from Little Mix The Search)

Little Mix – Shout Out to My Ex (Live at the BRITs) 

Little Mix – Woman Like Me ft. Ms Banks (Live at the BRIT Awards 2019)

‘Salute’ (Live at the Jingle Bell Ball 2015)

Little Mix – Wings (One Love Manchester)

Little Mix – Good Enough – at the BIC, Bournemouth on 04/06/2014


Little Mix’s Best Acoustic Performances, Covers, and A Capella Performances:

Little Mix “How Ya Doin” A Cappella | On Air with Ryan Seacrest

Little Mix – Think About Us (at the BRITs are Coming)

Little Mix – Falling (Harry Styles Cover) in the Live Lounge

Little Mix – Holy Grail/Counting Stars/Smells Like Teen Spirit in the Live Lounge

Little Mix – I Will Wait (Live Lounge Cover)

Little Mix – Love On The Brain (Rihanna Cover) (Live on the Honda Stage at iHeartRadio)

Little Mix – Touch (Live on the Honda Stage at iHeartRadio)

Little Mix – Black Magic (Acoustic)


Little Mix Acapella Queens Updated Version (2020)

Little Mix – About The Boy (Acoustic Live) 

Little Mix – Touch and Shout Out To My Ex (Paper Penthouse 2016)


Little Mix’s Best Music Videos:

Little Mix – DNA

Little Mix – Move (Official Video)

Little Mix – Little Me

Little Mix – Salute (Official Video)

Little Mix – Secret Love Song (Official Video) ft. Jason Derulo

Little Mix – Hair (Official Video) ft. Sean Paul

Little Mix – Touch (Official Video) 

Little Mix – Power (Official Video) ft. Stormzy

Cheat Codes, Little Mix – Only You (Official Video)

Little Mix – Woman Like Me (Official Video) ft. Nicki Minaj

Little Mix – Strip (Official Video) ft. Sharaya J

Little Mix – Sweet Melody (Official Video)


Saanya Advani is a senior at Michigan State University studying Criminal Justice with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. Her passions include music, a good bowl of noodles, and protesting unjust institutional systems.
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