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). 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 the Lilith Fair sound, and the teen pop takeover - all genres are recognized. Where else but in the MTV in your head can you find artists like Nirvana, Wu-Tang Clan, No Doubt, A Tribe Called Quest, Oasis, Bikini Kill and Britney Spears in one place?

Vote-Up your favorite 90s musical artist and make sure to add any of your favorites that we left out!
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  1. 190
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    "Weird Al" Yankovic

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    24
    added by: jrdale1
  2. 129
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    Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Teen pop More
    33
  3. 125
    Up 59
    Down 83
    Jangle pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
    34
  4. 86
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    Rock music, Rap metal, Reggae fusion More
    41
  5. 118
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    35
  6. 108
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    Adult contemporary music, Dancehall, Pop music More
    37
  7. 25
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    62
  8. 210
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Air

    Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music More
    22
  9. 24
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    62
  10. 9
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    Down 413
    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    78
  11. 228
    Up 1
    Down 3
    Indie, Folk rock, Alternative rock More
    21
    added by: Charley Feldman
  12. 160
    Up 33
    Down 36
    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    29
  13. 181
    Up 7
    Down 11
    Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient More
    26
    added by: Charley Feldman
  14. 67
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    Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music More
    44
  15. 106
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    Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore More
    37
  16. 84
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music More
    42
  17. 19
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop More
    68
  18. 225
    Up 1
    Down 3
    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    21
    added by: Charley Feldman
  19. 44
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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap More
    52
  20. 179
    Up 32
    Down 87
    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music More
    27
  21. 119
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    Rock music, Piano rock, Power pop More
    35
  22. 54
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    Björk

    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    48
  23. 223
    Up 1
    Down 4
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop More
    21
    added by: Charley Feldman
  24. 30
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk More
    55
  25. 208
    Up 3
    Down 2
    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Punk blues More
    22
    added by: Charley Feldman
  26. 49
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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music More
    50
  27. 117
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    35
  28. 88
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    41
    added by: ErinKrause
  29. 70
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    44
  30. 226
    Up 1
    Down 4
    Riot grrrl, Rock music, Garage rock More
    21
    added by: Charley Feldman
  31. 110
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    Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop More
    37
  32. 60
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    46
  33. 156
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    Indie rock More
    29
  34. 74
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    Bush

    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock More
    43
  35. 127
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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall More
    33
  36. 191
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    Down 2
    Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia More
    24
    added by: Charley Feldman
  37. 87
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    Country rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock More
    41
  38. 217
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    Indie pop More
    22
    added by: Charley Feldman
  39. 93
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Celine Dion

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
  40. 196
    Up 5
    Down 3
    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music More
    23
    added by: Charley Feldman
  41. 61
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    Collective Soul

    Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock More
    46
  42. 149
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    Alternative rock More
    30
  43. 229
    Up 28
    Down 49
    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap More
    20
    added by: Coolza
  44. 66
    Up 147
    Down 141
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
    45
  45. 199
    Up 5
    Down 3
    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    23
    added by: Charley Feldman
  46. 78
    Up 133
    Down 166
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal More
    43
  47. 222
    Up 2
    Down 3
    Hip hop music, Trip hop, Electronic music More
    21
    added by: Charley Feldman
  48. 132
    Up 49
    Down 62
    Electronic music, House music, French house More
    32
    added by: Coolza
  49. 31
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    ranked low on reranks
    Dave Matthews Band

    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music More
    55
  50. 57
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    David Bowie

    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    46
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