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

    ) open
  2. 166
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    Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Teen pop

    ) open
  3. 133
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    Jangle pop, Rock music, Folk rock

    ) open
  4. 99
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    Rock music, Rap metal, Reggae fusion

    ) open
  5. 153
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    - 40

    added by Coolza Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

    ) open
  6. 240
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    new! & added by TeejayE.ManesJr. Hip hop music, Southern hip hop

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  7. 237
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    new! & added by TeejayE.ManesJr. Hip hop music, Miami bass, Southern hip hop

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  8. 95
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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

    ) open
  9. 142
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

    ) open
  10. 110
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    Adult contemporary music, Dancehall, Pop music

    ) open
  11. 31
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  12. 249
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    Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music

    ) open
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  14. 236
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    new! & added by TeejayE.ManesJr. Euro-trance, Vocal trance, Dance-pop

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  15. 9
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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  16. 241
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    new! & added by TeejayE.ManesJr. Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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  18. 214
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    added by dan808 Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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  19. 189
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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

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    Rock music, Emo, New Prog

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    Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal

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  23. 85
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music

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  24. 115
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    Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

    ) open
  25. 87
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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  27. 29
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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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  28. 216
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

    ) open
  29. 136
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    Rock music, Piano rock, Power pop

    ) open
  30. 207
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    - 78

    added by muzziac Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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  31. 70
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    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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  32. 198
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    Rock music, World music, Alternative rock

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  33. 221
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    added by Ccreson Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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  34. 215
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    new! Blues-rock, Grunge, Folk rock

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  35. 42
    + 1245
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

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  36. 170
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    added by trippmaster00 Adult album alternative, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  37. 32
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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

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  38. 109
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  39. 82
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    ranked low on reranks & added by ErinKrause Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  40. 75
    + 458
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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  41. 138
    + 277
    - 447

    Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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  42. 90
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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  43. 202
    + 74
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    Indie rock

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  44. 38
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    ranked low on reranks Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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  45. 132
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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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  46. 196
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    added by Charley Feldman Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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  47. 92
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    ranked low on reranks Country rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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  48. 238
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    new! & added by TeejayE.ManesJr. Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Southern hip hop

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  49. 119
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  50. 195
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    added by Charley Feldman Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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