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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  1. 187
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    ranked low on reranks & added by jrdale1 Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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  2. 129
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    Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Teen pop

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  3. 128
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    Jangle pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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  4. 88
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    Rock music, Rap metal, Reggae fusion

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  5. 190
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  6. 115
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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  7. 113
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    Adult contemporary music, Dancehall, Pop music

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  8. 25
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  9. 194
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    Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music

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  10. 24
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  11. 9
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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  12. 153
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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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  13. 181
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    added by Charley Feldman Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient

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  14. 78
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    Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music

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  15. 104
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    Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

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  16. 81
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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  17. 19
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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  18. 38
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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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  19. 184
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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

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  20. 127
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    Rock music, Piano rock, Power pop

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  21. 69
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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  22. 31
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

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  23. 48
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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

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  24. 112
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  25. 77
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    ranked low on reranks & added by ErinKrause Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  26. 70
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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  27. 114
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    Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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  28. 64
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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  29. 172
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    Indie rock

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  30. 71
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    ranked low on reranks Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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  31. 121
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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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  32. 89
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    Country rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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  33. 96
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    often listed Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  34. 177
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    ranked low on reranks & added by Charley Feldman Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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  35. 59
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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock

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  36. 167
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    Alternative rock

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  37. 204
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    ranked low on reranks & added by Coolza Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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  38. 197
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    new! Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Rock music

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  39. 60
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    ranked low on reranks Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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  40. 63
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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  41. 123
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    added by Coolza Electronic music, House music, French house

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  42. 30
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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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  43. 39
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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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  44. 199
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    added by Charley Feldman Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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  45. 122
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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  46. 202
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Funk

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  47. 49
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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  48. 119
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    Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

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  49. 195
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    Doom metal, Groove metal, Grunge

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  50. 52
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    Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap

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