And then there were five.
On Wednesday (May 12), The Go-Go’s became just the fifth all-female group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here’s a complete list of these groundbreaking groups.
The Supremes (1988): The stylish trio was the first all-female group to be voted into the Hall. Little Richard, who was pretty stylish in his own right, inducted the trio: Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard (who had died in 1976). The Supremes amassed 12 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, from “Where Did Our Love Go” (1964) to “Someday We’ll Be Together” (1969).
Martha & The Vandellas (1995): The Hall also looked to the Motown roster for its second all-female group. The inducted members were Martha Reeves and her younger sister Lois Reeves as well as Rosalind Ashford, Annette Beard and Betty Kelly. Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson of The B-52’s did the honors. Highest-charting Hot 100 hit: “Dancing in the Street,” No. 2 in 1964.
The Shirelles (1996): This quartet preceded The Supremes and Martha & The Vandellas to fame. They landed their first No. 1 hit on the Hot 100, “Will You Love Tomorrow,” in January 1961. The Shirelles consisted of Shirley Alston Reeves, Addie Harris, Doris Kenner-Jackson and Beverly Lee. The Shirelles had a second No. 1 hit on the Hot 100 with “Soldier Boy” (1962). The induction was made by Merry Clayton, Marianne Faithfull and Darlene Love.
The Ronettes (2007): The trio consisted of Estelle Bennett, Ronnie Spector and Nedra Talley. Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones made the induction. Highest-charting Hot 100 hit: “Be My Baby,” No. 2 in 1963.
The Go-Go’s (2021): The group’s debut album Beauty and the Beat made history as the first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 by a female group that sang its own material. The quintet consists of Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine and Jane Wiedlin. Highest-charting Hot 100 hit: “We Got the Beat,” No. 2 in 1982.