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). 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 the Lilith Fair sound, and the teen pop takeover - all genres are recognized. Where else but in the MTV in your head can you find artists like Nirvana, Wu-Tang Clan, No Doubt, A Tribe Called Quest, Oasis, Bikini Kill and Britney Spears in one place?

Vote-Up your favorite 90s musical artist and make sure to add any of your favorites that we left out!
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    the people's #1
    Nirvana

    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    100
  2. 2
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    most listed
    Pearl Jam

    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    97
  3. 3
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    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
    93
  4. 4
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock More
    88
  5. 5
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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog More
    84
  6. 6
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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock More
    79
  7. 7
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    79
  8. 8
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    79
  9. 9
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    78
  10. 10
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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop More
    76
  11. 11
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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    76
  12. 12
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    76
  13. 13
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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia More
    75
  14. 14
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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music More
    75
  15. 15
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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock More
    73
  16. 16
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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music More
    72
  17. 17
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    72
  18. 18
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    70
  19. 19
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop More
    68
  20. 20
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock More
    67
  21. 21
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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal More
    65
  22. 22
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music More
    64
  23. 23
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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music More
    64
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    62
  25. 25
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    62
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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music More
    60
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    59
  28. 28
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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music More
    58
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tupac Shakur

    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap More
    57
  30. 30
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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music More
    55
  31. 31
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    ranked low on reranks
    Blink-182

    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk More
    55
  32. 32
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lenny Kravitz

    Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music More
    54
  33. 33
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    ranked low on reranks
    Eminem

    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop More
    54
  34. 34
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    54
  35. 35
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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    54
  36. 36
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    Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock More
    53
  37. 37
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    53
  38. 38
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
    53
  39. 39
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap More
    53
  40. 40
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    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music More
    53
  41. 41
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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    52
  42. 42
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mariah Carey

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    52
  43. 43
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    Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap More
    52
  44. 44
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    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz More
    52
  45. 45
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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap More
    52
  46. 46
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music More
    51
  47. 47
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sonic Youth

    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave More
    51
  48. 48
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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    51
  49. 49
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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music More
    50
  50. 50
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    Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal More
    50
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