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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  1. 1
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    the people's #1
    Nirvana

    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    100
  2. 2
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    most listed
    Pearl Jam

    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    95
  3. 3
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    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
    92
  4. 4
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock More
    87
  5. 5
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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog More
    83
  6. 6
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    78
  7. 7
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    78
  8. 8
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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock More
    77
  9. 9
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    77
  10. 10
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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    76
  11. 11
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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop More
    76
  12. 12
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    76
  13. 13
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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music More
    75
  14. 14
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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia More
    74
  15. 15
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    71
  16. 16
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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock More
    71
  17. 17
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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music More
    70
  18. 18
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    69
  19. 19
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop More
    67
  20. 20
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock More
    66
  21. 21
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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal More
    65
  22. 22
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music More
    63
  23. 23
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    62
  24. 24
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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music More
    62
  25. 25
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    62
  26. 26
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    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    59
  27. 27
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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music More
    58
  28. 28
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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap More
    58
  29. 29
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lenny Kravitz

    Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music More
    55
  30. 30
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jane's Addiction

    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    54
  31. 31
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    ranked low on reranks
    Blink-182

    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk More
    54
  32. 32
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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music More
    54
  33. 33
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    ranked low on reranks
    Eminem

    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop More
    53
  34. 34
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap More
    53
  35. 35
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mariah Carey

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    53
  36. 36
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
    52
  37. 37
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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    52
  38. 38
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    Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock More
    52
  39. 39
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    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music More
    52
  40. 40
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    Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap More
    52
  41. 41
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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    52
  42. 42
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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music More
    52
  43. 43
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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    51
  44. 44
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music More
    51
  45. 45
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    51
  46. 46
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    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz More
    50
  47. 47
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    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave More
    50
  48. 48
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    Hip hop music, Girl group, Alternative hip hop More
    49
  49. 49
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    Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal More
    49
  50. 50
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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap More
    48
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