THE TIME HAS COME. It's the rate you've all been waiting for! No, this isn’t the Sugababes rate. This is that other three member girl band with lots of line up changes. No, not Destiny’s Child. I'm talking about a European band. No, not fucking Atomic Kitten. WHO? Only Belgium's most iconic pop group! Yes, they’re Flemish, but not understanding the lyrics doesn’t matter! It’ll give you more time to focus on the production of their super catchy pop tunes. Since their inception in 1998, they’ve been one of the world’s most reliable sources for bubblegum pop, having released 45 singles in a span of 19 years. When will your faves? Because most of you probably aren’t overly familiar with K3, a short recap of their career so far: Their first line-up consisted of Karen Damen, Kristel Verbeke and Kathleen Aerts. After releasing a flop single (Wat Ik Wil), they participated in a live television show to select the Belgian entry for 1999’s Eurovision Song Contest, with a tragic perfomance of the song Heyah Mama. Though unsuccessful, they released the song as a single and it became a giant hit. Ten years and nine albums later singer Kathleen pulled a Siobhan and decided to call it quits. But because Karen and Kristel wanted to continue (and because the band was extremely lucrative for their label) an televised competition was launched to find a replacement member. A few months later, Josje Huisman joined the band. She stayed with K3 for six years. In 2015 the band announced that they were getting “too old for this shit” (paraphrasing) and another competition show was launched. Later that year they were replaced by three 20-year-olds, Hanne Verbruggen, Marthe De Pillecyn and Klaasje Meijer, whom, after a joint farewell/new line-up tour, took over as the new K3. Take notes, Sugababes! So far, K3 have released 15 albums (and 8 movies, 6 tv shows, 3 musicals and an unbelievable amount of merchandise. I hardly go a day without seeing a child wearing a K3 backpack) So in an effort to make this rate somewhat accessible to newcomers (and to preserve my own sanity), I decided against a full discography rate. They save all of their bops for single releases anyway! Most of K3’s output can roughly be sorted into four themes. Be nice to each other/war is bad (Alle Kleuren, 10.000 Luchtballonnen, Iedereen K3) Boats (Liefdeskapitein, Eyo!, Love Boat Baby) Pro-police propaganda (De Politie) and their favourite theme, Literally Nonsense (Heyah Mama, Yeke Yeke, Yippee Yippee, Oya Lélé, Kuma Hé, Ya Ya Yippee, MaMaSé, Eya Hoya, Loko Lé, Jodelee, Ushuaia) So if you’re in the mood for bubblegum pop, key changes, line-up changes and Congolese men yelling stuff at you before the chorus hits, please join me in the K3 Singles Rate! THE RULES Rate each song on a scale of 1-10 (.5’s are allowed). Give your all time favourite an 11! Please give me as much commentary as you can. It makes the reveals much more fun. (But don’t feel obliged to comment on every track. Sometimes there’s just nothing to say.) Send your scores to me in a PM before the 8th of January, 10 PM GMT. Hopefully that gives y'all enough time to still vote after the holidays are done taking over your lives! I'll take this long ass time to highlight some of K3's many promo singles, from the hidden gems to the tragic messes.