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The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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The greatest and most prolific artist of one of music's most treasured decades are remembered on this list. Seeing as I ranked the greatest albums of the decade, I decided to do the same for the artist that made the music come alive. Remember, this list is based solely on the artists' work in the 1990s. Though, there may be better Michael, better Britney, or better U2 in previous or future decades, we will acknowledge each artists for the impact they made in the 90s. From the East coast/West coast wars, to the grunge era, to low-fi garage rock, to the Lilith Fair sound, and the teen pop takeover. All genres are recognized, and classic albums should also play a hand in how people vote.

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

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      Nirvana

      Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
      100
    2. 2
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      Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
      96
    3. 3
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      Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
      95
    4. 4
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      Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock More
      90
    5. 5
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      Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog More
      86
    6. 6
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      Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
      82
    7. 7
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      Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock More
      82
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      Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
      81
    9. 9
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      Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock More
      80
    10. 10
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      Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop More
      80
    11. 11
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      Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
      79
    12. 12
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      Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music More
      78
    13. 13
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      Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
      78
    14. 14
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      Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
      77
    15. 15
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      Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock More
      77
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      Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
      76
    17. 17
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      Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia More
      74
    18. 18
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      Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music More
      74
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      Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop More
      71
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      Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal More
      70
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      Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
      69
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      Alanis Morissette

      Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
      68
    23. 23
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      Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music More
      67
    24. 24
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      Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music More
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    25. 25
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      Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock More
      67
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      Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
      67
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      Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap More
      66
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      Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music More
      65
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      The Cranberries

      Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music More
      64
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      Snoop Dogg

      Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap More
      62
    31. 31
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      Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop More
      62
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      Mariah Carey

      Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
      61
    33. 33
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      Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
      61
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      Blink-182

      Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk More
      60
    35. 35
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      Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap More
      59
    36. 36
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      Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz More
      59
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      Noise rock, Rock music, No wave More
      59
    38. 38
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      Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
      59
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      Whitney Houston

      Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
      58
    40. 40
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      Goo Goo Dolls

      Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock More
      58
    41. 41
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      Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music More
      57
    42. 42
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      Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music More
      57
    43. 43
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      Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
      57
    44. 44
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      Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal More
      56
    45. 45
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      Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
      56
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    46. 46
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      Hip hop music, Girl group, Alternative hip hop More
      56
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      Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music More
      56
    48. 48
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      Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
      55
    49. 49
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      Korn

      Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal More
      55
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      often listed
      Shania Twain

      Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
      55
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