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

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  2. 2
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    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

    ) open
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

    ) open
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    + 2892
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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

    ) open
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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  12. 12
    + 2569
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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 2484
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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 2034
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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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  15. 15
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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  17. 17
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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

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  19. 19
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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  20. 20
    + 2006
    - 1848

    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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

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  23. 23
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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

    ) open
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    + 1687
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

    ) open
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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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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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  28. 28
    + 1449
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    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

    ) open
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  30. 30
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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

    ) open
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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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

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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

    ) open
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    + 1497
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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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  37. 37
    + 1371
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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  38. 38
    + 865
    - 652

    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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  39. 39
    + 866
    - 590

    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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  40. 40
    + 1003
    - 927

    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

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  41. 41
    + 1030
    - 846

    Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 1021
    - 777

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

    ) open
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    + 1090
    - 1194

    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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    + 992
    - 1146

    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

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  45. 45
    + 1059
    - 1098

    Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

    ) open
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    + 894
    - 1084

    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    + 998
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    + 845
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    ranked low on reranks & added by ChrisBateman
    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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  49. 49
    + 829
    - 906

    Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

    ) open
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    + 824
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    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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