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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!  

The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s Bands/Musicians
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    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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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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    often listed
    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

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    added by ChrisBateman
    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

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    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

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    Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

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