The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s Bands/Musicians
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The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

List Criteria: Best musical acts who were active in the 1990s, judged on the quality of their '90s projects ONLY.

Take a big whiff- "mmmbop", it smells like the '90s in here! An incredibly eclectic decade for music, the 1990s saw the rise in popularity of new genres and sounds never heard before (and rarely heard better). Bands of the '90s created a unique sound and catchy lyrics in a way that captured the enthusiasm and disillusionment of the era. The '90s bands and solo artists that populate this list cover all musical categories.

From the East Coast/West Coast rap wars, to the grunge era, to low-fi garage rock, to '90s rock bands, the Lilith Fair sound, and the teen pop takeover - 1990s music was rich with experimentation and style. Where else but in the MTV in your head can you find top artists like Nirvana, Wu-Tang Clan, No Doubt, A Tribe Called Quest, Oasis, Bikini Kill and Britney Spears in one place? Whether you were a fan of 90s alternative bands like Blind Melon, you were more dark and brooding and loved grunge music, or you couldn't get enough of popular, mainstream pop like the Backstreet Boys, take a moment now and give some of your favorite '90s music artists some love! 

Vote-Up your favorite '90s artists and make sure to add any of your favorites that we left out!  

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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

    ) open
  2. 2
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    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

    ) open
  3. 3
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 2929
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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 3138
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 2902
    - 2392

    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

    ) open
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    + 2437
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

    ) open
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    - 2499

    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 2579
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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 2494
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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 2042
    - 2153

    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 2374
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    + 2062
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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 2079
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

    ) open
  18. 18
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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  19. 19
    + 2033
    - 2139

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 2009
    - 1856

    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 1814
    - 2400

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

    ) open
  22. 22
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    ranked low on reranks
    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 1830
    - 2013

    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 1689
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

    ) open
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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

    ) open
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    + 1756
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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    + 1620
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  28. 28
    + 1452
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    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

    ) open
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    + 1590
    - 1915

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 1837
    - 2191

    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 949
    - 900

    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

    ) open
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    + 1484
    - 1051

    ranked low on reranks
    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 1273
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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

    ) open
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    - 1586

    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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  35. 35
    + 1572
    - 1400

    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 1502
    - 1658

    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 1374
    - 1814

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 872
    - 592

    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 869
    - 654

    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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  40. 40
    + 1005
    - 932

    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 1034
    - 849

    Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 1027
    - 777

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

    ) open
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    + 1094
    - 1195

    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 996
    - 1149

    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 1062
    - 1101

    Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

    ) open
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    + 897
    - 1087

    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    + 1000
    - 1212

    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 848
    - 481

    ranked low on reranks & added by ChrisBateman
    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 786
    - 592

    ranked low on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 831
    - 911

    Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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