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

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  2. 2
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    most listed Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    + 2977
    - 2031

    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 2406
    - 1944

    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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  5. 5
    + 2174
    - 2007

    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 2269
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    + 2161
    - 1848

    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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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, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  12. 12
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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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  14. 14
    + 1762
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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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    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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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic 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

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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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  24. 24
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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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    - 673

    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

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    + 926
    - 1035

    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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    - 1577

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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    + 1206
    - 1451

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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

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

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    - 645

    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

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    + 1075
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    - 469

    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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    + 1291
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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

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    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

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

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    + 739
    - 685

    Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

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    + 839
    - 1030

    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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    + 800
    - 1054

    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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  45. 45
    + 702
    - 908

    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    + 665
    - 980

    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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    - 1096

    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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  48. 48
    + 800
    - 1023

    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  49. 49
    + 722
    - 909

    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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  50. 50
    + 753
    - 951

    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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