The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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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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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock See The Best Nirvana Songs

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge See The Best Pearl Jam Song

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    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music See The Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs

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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog See The Best Radiohead Songs

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock See The Best The Smashing Pumpkins Songs

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock See The Best Green Day Songs

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge See The Best Foo Fighters Songs

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal See The Best Alice in Chains Songs

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal See The Best Soundgarden Songs

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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock See The Best R.E.M. Songs

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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock See The Best Oasis Songs

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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia See The Best Stone Temple Pilots Songs

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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal See The Best Metallica Songs

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop See The Best Rage Against the Machine Songs

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock See The Best Weezer Songs

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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music See The Best Nine Inch Nails Songs

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music See The Best Guns N' Roses Songs

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop See The Best Beastie Boys Songs

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music See The Best No Doubt Songs

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock See The Best U2 Songs

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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal See The Best Tool Songs

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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop See The Best Eminem Songs

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music See The Best Aerosmith Songs

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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap See The Best Beck Songs

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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic 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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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music See The Best The Offspring Songs

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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    Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

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    Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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    Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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