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). 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 the Lilith Fair sound, and the teen pop takeover - all genres are recognized. Where else but in the MTV in your head can you find artists like Nirvana, Wu-Tang Clan, No Doubt, A Tribe Called Quest, Oasis, Bikini Kill and Britney Spears in one place?

Vote-Up your favorite 90s musical artist 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

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    most listed Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

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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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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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

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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    ranked low on reranks Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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    Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

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

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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    ranked low on reranks Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

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    Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap

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    Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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