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). 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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    the people's #1 Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 2596
    - 2046

    most listed Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 2691
    - 1889

    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 2185
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 1980
    - 1871

    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 2021
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 1608
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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

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  8. 8
    + 1972
    - 1725

    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

    ) open
  9. 9
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

    ) open
  14. 14
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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

    ) open
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    - 1571

    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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    ranked low on reranks Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    - 1560

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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    + 1303
    - 1968

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    + 1322
    - 1640

    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

    ) open
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    + 1218
    - 1034

    ranked low on reranks Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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  24. 24
    + 1217
    - 1289

    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

    ) open
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    - 1509

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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  26. 26
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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

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    - 1431

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  28. 28
    + 1297
    - 1517

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

    ) open
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    + 1079
    - 736

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

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 1100
    - 1404

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
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    + 829
    - 990

    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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    - 1251

    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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    - 621

    ranked low on reranks Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

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    - 1492

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

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  36. 36
    + 1188
    - 1238

    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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    + 555
    - 430

    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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    - 291

    ranked low on reranks & added by ChrisBateman New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    + 1074
    - 1184

    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

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    + 764
    - 967

    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  41. 41
    + 664
    - 635

    Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

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  42. 42
    + 772
    - 983

    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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  43. 43
    + 627
    - 933

    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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    + 678
    - 856

    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    + 711
    - 936

    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

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    + 758
    - 1053

    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    + 646
    - 869

    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  48. 48
    + 734
    - 1021

    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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  49. 49
    + 698
    - 913

    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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  50. 50
    + 600
    - 690

    Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

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