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
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    most listed Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 3106
    - 2100

    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 2496
    - 2014

    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 2266
    - 2082

    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 2376
    - 2102

    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 2245
    - 1908

    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

    ) open
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    + 1807
    - 1981

    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

    ) open
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    + 1997
    - 1968

    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 1844
    - 2015

    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 1658
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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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  15. 15
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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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    - 1960

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

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

    ) open
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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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

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    + 1202
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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 1286
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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    - 1663

    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

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    + 965
    - 1076

    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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    + 1262
    - 1501

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  31. 31
    + 705
    - 684

    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

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    + 793
    - 714

    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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    + 1163
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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    + 1120
    - 1584

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

    ) open
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    + 808
    - 1001

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

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 1340
    - 1334

    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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    + 1205
    - 822

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

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  39. 39
    + 617
    - 433

    ranked low on reranks Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    + 658
    - 491

    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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    + 873
    - 1048

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

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    + 1227
    - 1250

    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

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  43. 43
    + 776
    - 706

    Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

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  44. 44
    + 631
    - 351

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

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  45. 45
    + 734
    - 929

    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  46. 46
    + 632
    - 711

    Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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    + 824
    - 1076

    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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  48. 48
    + 763
    - 658

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

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    + 846
    - 1118

    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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  50. 50
    + 816
    - 1053

    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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