The Sugababes have scored more hit singles than any other all-female act in the last six years in the UK, new research has revealed.
The group who made their chart debut with Overload in 2000, have beat off stiff competition from Madonna and Britney Spears, according to research from the book of British Hit Singles And Albums.
The book's editor, David Roberts, said: ``Britain has a tradition of creating great girl groups.
``Bananarama dominated the Eighties, the Spice Girls were huge in the Nineties, but the Noughties belong to the Sugababes.''
Sugababes first made UK chart history in 2002 when, with Freak Like Me, they became the youngest female group to top the chart.
The band began as Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena and Siobhan Donaghy before Siobhan quit in 2001.
She was replaced by Heidi Range, but the band changed again recently when Mutya left and was replaced by Amelle Berrabah.
A hit is defined by the book of British Hit Singles And Albums as a track which charts in the top 75.
:: Top 10 all-female acts of the 21st century, with figures from the book of British Hit Singles And Albums
1. Sugababes (16 hits)
2. Britney Spears (14 hits)
3. Pink (14 hits)
4. Anastasia (13 hits)
5. Madonna (12 hits)
6. Kylie Minogue (12 hits)
7. Girls Aloud (12 hits)
8. Missy Elliott (12 hits)
9. Atomic Kitten (11 hits)
10. Christina Aguilera (10 hits)