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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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    the people's #1
    Nirvana

    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    100
  2. 2
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    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
    95
  3. 3
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    94
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock More
    89
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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog More
    85
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    83
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    81
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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock More
    81
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    81
  10. 10
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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop More
    79
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    79
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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    78
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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music More
    77
  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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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music More
    75
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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia More
    74
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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal More
    72
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop More
    72
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    71
  22. 22
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    70
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music More
    70
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock More
    69
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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap More
    68
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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music More
    68
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    67
  28. 28
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    Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music More
    65
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap More
    63
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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music More
    63
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    niche appeal
    Eminem

    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop More
    62
  32. 32
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
    62
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    Mariah Carey

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    62
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    62
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    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz More
    61
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    Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap More
    61
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    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave More
    60
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    Blink-182

    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk More
    59
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music More
    59
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    Goo Goo Dolls

    Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock More
    58
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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    58
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    Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal More
    58
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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    57
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    Hip hop music, Girl group, Alternative hip hop More
    57
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
    56
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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    56
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae More
    56
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Garbage

    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music More
    56
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    ranked low on reranks
    Korn

    Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal More
    56
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Shania Twain

    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    55
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