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. 106
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    ranked low on reranks & added by jrdale1 Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
  2. 164
    + 197
    - 369

    Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Teen pop

    ) open
  3. 131
    + 163
    - 259

    Jangle pop, Rock music, Folk rock

    ) open
  4. 99
    + 356
    - 424

    Rock music, Rap metal, Reggae fusion

    ) open
  5. 161
    + 24
    - 27

    added by Coolza Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

    ) open
  6. 97
    + 247
    - 123

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

    ) open
  7. 135
    + 221
    - 317

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

    ) open
  8. 107
    + 264
    - 336

    Adult contemporary music, Dancehall, Pop music

    ) open
  9. 32
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  10. 246
    + 67
    - 210

    Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music

    ) open
  11. 26
    + 1240
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  12. 9
    + 1907
    - 1813

    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

    ) open
  13. 166
    + 127
    - 171

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

    ) open
  14. 214
    + 18
    - 22

    added by dan808 Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

    ) open
  15. 182
    + 13
    - 26

    Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

    ) open
  16. 177
    + 89
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    added by Charley Feldman Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient

    ) open
  17. 210
    + 22
    - 24

    Rock music, Emo, New Prog

    ) open
  18. 189
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    - 10

    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal

    ) open
  19. 94
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    Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music

    ) open
  20. 113
    + 225
    - 318

    Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

    ) open
  21. 87
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

    ) open
  22. 21
    + 1570
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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  23. 30
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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

    ) open
  24. 218
    + 65
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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

    ) open
  25. 132
    + 194
    - 280

    Rock music, Piano rock, Power pop

    ) open
  26. 194
    + 21
    - 63

    often listed & added by muzziac Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock

    ) open
  27. 68
    + 406
    - 566

    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

    ) open
  28. 197
    + 20
    - 54

    Rock music, World music, Alternative rock

    ) open
  29. 233
    + 2
    - 0

    new! & added by Ccreson Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

    ) open
  30. 39
    + 1169
    - 1225

    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

    ) open
  31. 171
    + 52
    - 73

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

    ) open
  32. 35
    + 660
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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

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  33. 110
    + 244
    - 307

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

    ) open
  34. 84
    + 495
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    ranked low on reranks & added by ErinKrause Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  35. 73
    + 428
    - 553

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

    ) open
  36. 141
    + 257
    - 419

    Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

    ) open
  37. 80
    + 464
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

    ) open
  38. 202
    + 71
    - 235

    Indie rock

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  39. 55
    + 571
    - 412

    ranked low on reranks Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

    ) open
  40. 130
    + 214
    - 307

    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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  41. 201
    + 26
    - 20

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

    ) open
  42. 90
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    - 404

    ranked low on reranks Country rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

    ) open
  43. 243
    + 2
    - 5

    added by Coolza Post-Britpop, Britpop, Alternative rock

    ) open
  44. 119
    + 213
    - 476

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
  45. 195
    + 116
    - 144

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

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  46. 67
    + 521
    - 490

    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock

    ) open
  47. 190
    + 92
    - 223

    Alternative rock

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  48. 235
    + 100
    - 165

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

    ) open
  49. 59
    + 540
    - 464

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

    ) open
  50. 231
    + 13
    - 21

    added by Charley Feldman Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
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