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
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

    ) open
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    + 3855
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    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

    ) open
  4. 4
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 2809
    - 2599

    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 3004
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 2795
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 2204
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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

    ) open
  9. 9
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

    ) open
  10. 10
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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  11. 11
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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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  12. 12
    + 2403
    - 2231

    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 2472
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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 1968
    - 2126

    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 1997
    - 2233

    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 2008
    - 2172

    Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

    ) open
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 1778
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

    ) open buy
  19. 19
    + 1983
    - 1784

    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 1974
    - 2104

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

    ) open
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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 1831
    - 1401

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

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 1767
    - 1990

    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 1653
    - 1978

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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

    ) open
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    + 1557
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    + 1532
    - 1892

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    + 1701
    - 1897

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 1779
    - 2171

    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 905
    - 879

    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

    ) open
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    + 1458
    - 1011

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

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 1399
    - 1848

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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    + 1628
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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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    + 1458
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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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    + 1327
    - 1781

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

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 834
    - 634

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

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 975
    - 911

    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 832
    - 580

    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 1517
    - 1379

    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 978
    - 762

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 1059
    - 1181

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

    ) open
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    + 966
    - 1131

    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 995
    - 827

    Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 822
    - 460

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

    ) open
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    + 1025
    - 1080

    Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 975
    - 1195

    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 870
    - 1067

    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 808
    - 1129

    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 797
    - 877

    Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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