Emma Bunton says ‘families’ and ‘schedules’ are preventing Spice Girls 20th anniversary reunion

The pop group's debut single 'Wannabe' turns 20 in 2016

The Spice Girls‘ 20 year anniversary may not happen because of “families” and “schedules”, says singer Emma Bunton.

2016 will mark the 20th anniversary of the girl group’s breakthrough single ‘Wannabe’, with fans calling for a reunion. However, Bunton has raised doubt over plans.

Bunton told The Daily Star: “I was with Geri and Mel B just recently, we love each other and we love performing together. “It’s just when the timing is right because we all have our own careers now and we have families, it’s just about getting five schedules together and that’s all it is.”

Meanwhile, the Spice Girls’ number one hit ‘Wannabe’ is the catchiest pop song since the 1940s, a new study has found.

The pop group’s popular debut, which topped the UK singles chart for seven weeks in the summer of 1996 and sold 7 million copies worldwide, has been rated as the most recognisable track of more than 220 bestselling songs, according to research by the University of Amsterdam in association with Manchester’s Museum of Science & Industry.

Lou Bega’s ‘Mambo No 5’ was the second most recognisable track at 2.48 seconds, and Rocky theme tune ‘Eye of the Tiger’ by Survivor came third at 2.62 seconds. Lady Gaga, Abba, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston also featured in the top 10.

Last year, ‘X Factor’ girl group Little Mix beat the Spice Girls’ US chart record with their debut album, ‘DNA’, which entered the Billboard 200 chart at Number Four. It was the highest ever debut for a British female group, beating the Number Six position the Spice Girls achieved in 1997 with their debut album ‘Spice’.

The UK’s top 10 catchiest songs:

Spice Girls – Wannabe
Lou Bega – Mambo No 5
Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger
Lady Gaga – Just Dance
Roy Orbison – Pretty Woman
Michael Jackson – Beat It
Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
The Human League – Don’t You Want Me
Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing