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 & most listed
    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 3631
    - 2834

    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 3827
    - 2575

    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 3025
    - 2523

    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 2784
    - 2590

    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 2979
    - 2579

    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 2770
    - 2331

    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 2185
    - 2421

    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 2438
    - 2316

    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 2319
    - 2175

    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 2301
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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 2382
    - 2227

    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 2454
    - 2392

    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 1955
    - 2117

    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 1983
    - 2224

    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 1989
    - 2166

    Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 2268
    - 2379

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 1763
    - 2650

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

    ) open buy
  19. 19
    + 1959
    - 2099

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 1752
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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 1972
    - 1773

    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 1820
    - 1392

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

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 1755
    - 1983

    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 1649
    - 1966

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 1765
    - 1722

    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

    ) open
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    + 1544
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 1523
    - 1886

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 1695
    - 1892

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 896
    - 874

    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 1764
    - 2167

    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 1445
    - 1009

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

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 1210
    - 1325

    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

    ) open
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    + 1621
    - 1550

    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

    ) open buy
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    + 1451
    - 1638

    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

    ) open
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    + 1319
    - 1773

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

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 1392
    - 1843

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

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 967
    - 906

    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 827
    - 631

    ranked low on reranks
    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 825
    - 576

    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 1506
    - 1376

    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 968
    - 759

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 960
    - 1127

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 1053
    - 1178

    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 984
    - 825

    Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 814
    - 458

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

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 866
    - 1063

    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 1016
    - 1079

    Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 968
    - 1191

    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 804
    - 1125

    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 750
    - 569

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

    ) open
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