Girls Aloud: Ten years, ten moments

This week marks an impressive ten years of Girls Aloud- where has the time gone?

Girls Aloud will be celebrating ten years together on Friday. Copyright [Wenn]

Over the past ten years the band has had monumental highs and some unfortunate lows both together and apart.

To celebrate, we have compiled a list of the ten most prolific Girls Aloud moments.

The making of the band

It could be easy to forget that Girls Aloud were one of the first products of the TV talent show, forming on 'Popstars: The Rivals'. The band could have of course been very different had Javine Hylton, who narrowly missed out on becoming a member, taken Sarah Harding's place.

The girls win the coveted Christmas number one

Debut single 'Sound of the Underground' was, and still remains, the least 'winner of a reality show' sounding single of all time. Full of their patented don't-mess-with us attitude against its heavy bass, guitar riff lead and synths backing- Girls Aloud clearly had no plans to disappear without a trace. It is no surprise that lackluster rival single 'Sacred Trust' by One True Voice lost out; they never stood a chance.

Cheryl Cole's altercation with a toilet attendant

After the success of their debut single things went a bit Pete Tong for the band when Cheryl Cole (then Tweedy) was accused of a racially motivated assault on a toilet attendant. She has since explained her side of the story in her autobiography claiming that she was simply defending herself.

Winning over critics

2005 hit 'Biology' was a turning point for the band which caught the attention of not only pop fans but 'serious' music listeners casting a wider fan base with its unconventional musical arrangement. The Guardian even called the song "the best pop single of the last decade", high praise indeed.

The Promise

With Cheryl now an X Factor judge, it made perfect sense for the girls to promote their latest single 'The Promise' on the show. Dressed in gold shimmering dresses, the girls brought the house down, bagging themselves their first number one in years with the Motown inspired track.

The girls FINALLY win a BRIT

Despite shifting bucket loads of albums and selling out stadium arena's Girls Aloud failed to match this success with accolades. All this changed in 2009 however when they picked up their first and only BRIT award for single of the year with 'The Promise'. The girls were unsurprisingly chuffed.

Breakfast television disaster

Girls Aloud have never professed to be the world's best singers. Case and point, their early morning performance of 'The Loving Kind' on GMTV in 2009. Our favourite part? Cheryl trying not to laugh at Sarah's horribly off key high note that never seemed to end.

The rise of Cheryl Cole

After her wholly successful stint as an X Factor judge, Cheryl Cole returned to her second series as a national treasure type figure. Using the show as a platform to launch her solo career, Cheryl has since gone on to have three highly successful solo albums and two number one singles.

Nadine fails to outshine Cheryl

Nadine Coyle and Cheryl Cole were rumoured to be less than friendly during the final years of the band, with Nadine apparently unhappy with Cheryl's successful solo career. Perhaps it was her decision to sign a deal with Tesco that meant that the album could only be sold in their stores or, more likely because the sound was dated, but Nadine was left red in face when her début album 'Insatiable' failed to place in the top 40.

The reunion

After taking a break from the band for three years to pursue solo projects, some more successful than others, the girls decided it was time to reunite. Releasing fun and ridiculously catchy 'Something New' ahead of a greatest hits album and tour, we were more than happy to welcome them back with open arms.