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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    added by jrdale1
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
  2. 176
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    Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Teen pop

    ) open
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    Jangle pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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  4. 100
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    Rock music, Rap metal, Reggae fusion

    ) open
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    added by Coolza
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

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  6. 64
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    ranked low on reranks
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

    ) open
  7. 148
    + 248
    - 370


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

    ) open
  8. 108
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    Adult contemporary music, Dancehall, Pop music

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  10. 232
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    new! & added by RileyJo81
    Rock music, Folk music

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  11. 241
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music

    ) open
  12. 26
    + 1469
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  13. 253
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    added by mag1965
    Latin pop

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  14. 9
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    added by RyanCrain
    Indie, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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  16. 146
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    - 201


    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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  17. 210
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    added by dan808
    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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  18. 203
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    Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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    added by Charley Feldman
    Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient

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  20. 230
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    Rock music, Emo, New Prog

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    Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal

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  22. 92
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    Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music

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  23. 119
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    Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

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  24. 85
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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  25. 240
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    Deep house, Tech house, Electronic music

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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  27. 30
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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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  28. 228
    + 72
    - 239

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

    ) open
  29. 143
    + 225
    - 329


    Rock music, Piano rock, Power pop

    ) open
  30. 212
    + 28
    - 92

    added by muzziac
    Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock

    ) open
  31. 75
    + 488
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    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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  32. 218
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    Rock music, World music, Alternative rock

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  33. 199
    + 40
    - 21

    added by Ccreson
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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  34. 205
    + 18
    - 9


    Blues-rock, Grunge, Folk rock

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  35. 40
    + 1439
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

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  36. 141
    + 84
    - 104

    added by trippmaster00
    Adult album alternative, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  37. 33
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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

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  38. 101
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  39. 84
    + 643
    - 509

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

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  40. 226
    + 3
    - 0

    new! & added by RileyJo81
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  41. 86
    + 508
    - 662


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

    ) open
  42. 130
    + 304
    - 499


    Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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  43. 94
    + 546
    - 726


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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  44. 219
    + 76
    - 265


    Indie rock

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  45. 38
    + 771
    - 543


    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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  46. 137
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    - 358


    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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  47. 201
    + 52
    - 49

    added by Charley Feldman
    Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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  48. 93
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    ranked low on reranks
    Country rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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  49. 126
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  50. 198
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    added by Charley Feldman
    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

    ) open
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