90s music The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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List Rules 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! 

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Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge Alternative rock - See The Best Nirvana Songs

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Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge Post-grunge - See The Best Pearl Jam Song

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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk Rock music - See The Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs

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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music New Prog - See The Best Radiohead Songs

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The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock Alternative rock - See The Best The Smashing Pumpkins Songs

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music Alternative rock - See The Best Green Day Songs

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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge Post-grunge - See The Best Foo Fighters Songs

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Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge Heavy metal - See The Best Alice in Chains Songs

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Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge Heavy metal - See The Best Soundgarden Songs

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R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
R.E.M. Jangle pop, Alternative rock College rock - See The Best R.E.M. Songs

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Oasis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Oasis Rock music, Britpop Alternative rock - See The Best Oasis Songs

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Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Stone Temple Pilots Rock music, Grunge Neo-psychedelia - See The Best Stone Temple Pilots Songs

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Weezer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Weezer Pop punk, Rock music Garage rock - See The Best Weezer Songs

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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music Heavy metal - See The Best Metallica Songs

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Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal Political hip hop - See The Best Rage Against the Machine Songs

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Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Nine Inch Nails Dark ambient, Industrial metal Electronic music - See The Best Nine Inch Nails Songs

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Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock Rock music - See The Best Guns N' Roses Songs

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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Beastie Boys Hip hop music, Pop punk Alternative hip hop - See The Best Beastie Boys Songs

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No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
No Doubt Pop punk, New Wave Pop music - See The Best No Doubt Songs

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U2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock Punk rock - See The Best U2 Songs

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Tool is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Tool Post-metal, Metal Progressive metal - See The Best Tool Songs

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore Hardcore hip hop - See The Best Eminem Songs

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Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Beck Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk Country rap - See The Best Beck Songs

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop Electronic music

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Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock Rock music - See The Best Aerosmith Songs

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The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
The Cranberries Jangle pop, New Wave Rock music

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music Electronic music

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The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
The Offspring Pop punk, Ska punk Rock music - See The Best The Offspring Songs

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Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Alanis Morissette Pop music, Rock music Experimental rock

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Blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Blink-182 Pop punk, Rock music Skate punk

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Garbage is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Garbage Pop music, Trip hop Rock music

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Madonna Pop music, Rock music Electronic music

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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock Rock music

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Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Dave Matthews Band Rock music, World music Acoustic music

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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop Contemporary R&B

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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Tupac Shakur Hip hop music, Political hip hop Gangsta rap

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop New Wave

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Bush is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Bush Grunge, Post-grunge Alternative rock

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Blur is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Blur Indie pop, Shoegazing Pop music

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Outkast is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Outkast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop Jazz

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AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock Rock music

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Sublime is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Sublime Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Rock music

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Matchbox Twenty is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Matchbox Twenty Pop music, Rock music Pop rock

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Korn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Korn Dubstep, Nu metal Industrial metal

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System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
System of a Down Nu metal, Progressive metal Rock music

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Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Goo Goo Dolls Jangle pop, Classic rock Heartland rock

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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave Electronic music

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave Classic rock

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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music Contemporary R&B

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Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Industrial metal Rock music