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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    most listed Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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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, New Wave, Pop music

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic 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 Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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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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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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

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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

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    Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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    ranked low on reranks Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

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

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