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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  1. 102
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    added by jrdale1 Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
  2. 173
    + 212
    - 408

    Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Teen pop

    ) open
  3. 132
    + 188
    - 293

    Jangle pop, Rock music, Folk rock

    ) open
  4. 99
    + 427
    - 479

    Rock music, Rap metal, Reggae fusion

    ) open
  5. 157
    + 45
    - 53

    added by Coolza Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

    ) open
  6. 67
    + 366
    - 177

    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

    ) open
  7. 143
    + 237
    - 357

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

    ) open
  8. 110
    + 295
    - 375

    Adult contemporary music, Dancehall, Pop music

    ) open
  9. 24
    + 1375
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  10. 243
    + 69
    - 231

    Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music

    ) open
  11. 27
    + 1394
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  12. 240
    + 1
    - 4

    new! & added by mag1965 Latin pop

    ) open
  13. 9
    + 2173
    - 2053

    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

    ) open
  14. 241
    + 3
    - 8

    added by TeejayE.ManesJr. Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

    ) open
  15. 166
    + 149
    - 194

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

    ) open
  16. 201
    + 38
    - 41

    ranked low on reranks & added by dan808 Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

    ) open
  17. 194
    + 20
    - 54

    Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

    ) open
  18. 188
    + 98
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    added by Charley Feldman Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient

    ) open
  19. 220
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    - 46

    Rock music, Emo, New Prog

    ) open
  20. 174
    + 50
    - 27

    Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal

    ) open
  21. 90
    + 494
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music

    ) open
  22. 114
    + 252
    - 354

    Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

    ) open
  23. 93
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

    ) open
  24. 18
    + 1780
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

    ) open
  25. 32
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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

    ) open
  26. 218
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    - 234

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

    ) open
  27. 139
    + 217
    - 316

    Rock music, Piano rock, Power pop

    ) open
  28. 209
    + 25
    - 87

    added by muzziac Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock

    ) open
  29. 72
    + 462
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    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

    ) open
  30. 203
    + 29
    - 81

    Rock music, World music, Alternative rock

    ) open
  31. 205
    + 28
    - 15

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

    ) open
  32. 204
    + 12
    - 5

    Blues-rock, Grunge, Folk rock

    ) open
  33. 40
    + 1353
    - 1307

    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

    ) open
  34. 169
    + 71
    - 97

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

    ) open
  35. 37
    + 787
    - 756

    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

    ) open
  36. 100
    + 282
    - 346

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  37. 82
    + 603
    - 486

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

    ) open
  38. 78
    + 484
    - 623

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

    ) open
  39. 125
    + 293
    - 475

    Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

    ) open
  40. 94
    + 523
    - 701

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

    ) open
  41. 207
    + 75
    - 259

    Indie rock

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  42. 36
    + 704
    - 497

    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

    ) open
  43. 135
    + 237
    - 345

    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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  44. 191
    + 49
    - 39

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

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  45. 92
    + 493
    - 456

    Country rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

    ) open
  46. 120
    + 234
    - 529

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

    ) open
  47. 195
    + 137
    - 172

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

    ) open
  48. 66
    + 614
    - 529

    Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock

    ) open
  49. 186
    + 105
    - 244

    Alternative rock

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  50. 230
    + 111
    - 185

    added by Coolza Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

    ) open
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