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

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

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 to vote on the artists 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 GnR, 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 is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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    the people's #1
    Nirvana

    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    100
  2. 2
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    95
  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
    85
  6. 6
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    Down 267
    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    82
  7. 7
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    82
  8. 8
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    80
  9. 9
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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock More
    79
  10. 10
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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop More
    79
  11. 11
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    78
  12. 12
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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    77
  13. 13
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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music More
    77
  14. 14
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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock More
    76
  15. 15
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    76
  16. 16
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    75
  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
    73
  19. 19
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop More
    70
  20. 20
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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal More
    69
  21. 21
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    68
  22. 22
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music More
    67
  23. 23
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    67
  24. 24
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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music More
    67
  25. 25
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock More
    66
  26. 26
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    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    66
  27. 27
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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap More
    65
  28. 28
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    Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music More
    64
  29. 29
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Cranberries

    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music More
    62
  30. 30
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap More
    61
  31. 31
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    60
  32. 32
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mariah Carey

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    60
  33. 33
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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music More
    59
  34. 34
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    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz More
    58
  35. 35
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    Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap More
    58
  36. 36
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    ranked low on reranks
    Blink-182

    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk More
    58
  37. 37
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
    57
  38. 38
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    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave More
    57
  39. 39
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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    57
  40. 40
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    ranked low on reranks
    Eminem

    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop More
    57
  41. 41
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music More
    55
  42. 42
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    55
  43. 43
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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    55
  44. 44
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    Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock More
    55
  45. 45
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    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music More
    55
  46. 46
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    Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal More
    54
  47. 47
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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music More
    54
  48. 48
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
    54
  49. 49
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    Hip hop music, Girl group, Alternative hip hop More
    54
  50. 50
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    54
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