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The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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The greatest and most prolific artist of one of music's most treasured decades are remembered on this list. Seeing as I ranked the greatest albums of the decade, I decided to do the same to vote on the artists that made the music come alive. Remember, this list is based solely on the artists' work in the 1990s. Though, there may be better Michael, better GnR, or better U2 in previous or future decades, we will acknowledge each artists for the impact they made in the 90s. From the East Coast/West Coast wars, to the grunge era, to low-fi garage rock, to the Lilith Fair sound, and the teen pop takeover. All genres are recognized, and classic albums should also play a hand in how people vote.

List Criteria: Best musicians who were active in the 1990s, judged on the quality of their '90s projects.

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    1. 128
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      Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Teen pop More
      42
    2. 130
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      Jangle pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
      42
    3. 86
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      311

      Rock music, Rap metal, Reggae fusion More
      48
    4. 178
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      5ive

      32
      added by: dawo4ek_89
      Pop, pop rap, power pop, dance,rap rock
    5. 110
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      Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
      44
    6. 109
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      Adult contemporary music, Dancehall, Pop music More
      45
    7. 21
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      Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
      69
    8. 183
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      Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music More
      28
    9. 22
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      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Alanis Morissette

      Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
      68
    10. 8
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      Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
      81
    11. 171
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      Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
      34
    12. 74
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      51
    13. 56
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      Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music More
      54
    14. 111
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      Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore More
      44
    15. 90
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      Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music More
      48
    16. 19
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      Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop More
      71
    17. 60
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      Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap More
      54
    18. 182
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      Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music More
      31
    19. 144
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      Rock music, Piano rock, Power pop More
      39
    20. 89
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      Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
      48
    21. 34
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      Blink-182

      Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk More
      60
    22. 70
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      Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music More
      52
    23. 104
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
      45
    24. 47
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      Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
      56
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    25. 61
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      Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
      53
    26. 114
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      Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop More
      44
    27. 53
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      Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
      55
    28. 145
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      Indie rock More
      39
    29. 71
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      Bush

      Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock More
      52
    30. 127
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      Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall More
      42
    31. 77
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      Country rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock More
      50
    32. 97
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      often listed
      Celine Dion

      Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
      47
    33. 55
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      Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock More
      55
    34. 138
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      Alternative rock More
      40
    35. 176
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      Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap More
      32
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    36. 59
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      Counting Crows

      Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
      54
    37. 67
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      Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal More
      52
    38. 106
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      Electronic music, House music, French house More
      45
      added by: Coolza
    39. 58
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      Rock music, World music, Acoustic music More
      54
    40. 83
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      Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
      49
    41. 149
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      Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
      38
    42. 179
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      Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Funk More
      31
    43. 42
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      Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music More
      57
    44. 98
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      Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock More
      47
    45. 35
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      Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap More
      59
    46. 131
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      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Elliott Smith

      Indie pop, Folk rock, Acoustic music More
      41
    47. 54
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      Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
      55
    48. 31
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      Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop More
      62
    49. 153
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      Girl group, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
      37
    50. 75
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      Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock More
      51
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