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). 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 the Lilith Fair sound, and the teen pop takeover - all genres are recognized. Where else but in the MTV in your head can you find artists like Nirvana, Wu-Tang Clan, No Doubt, A Tribe Called Quest, Oasis, Bikini Kill and Britney Spears in one place?

Vote-Up your favorite 90s musical artist and make sure to add any of your favorites that we left out!
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    the people's #1 Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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  2. 2
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    most listed Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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  4. 4
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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  11. 11
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  13. 13
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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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

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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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

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    ranked low on reranks Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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    Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

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  44. 44
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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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  45. 45
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    ranked low on reranks Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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  46. 46
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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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  47. 47
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    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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  48. 48
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

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  49. 49
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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

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  50. 50
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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