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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 for the artist 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 Britney, 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. 133
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    Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Teen pop More
    40
  2. 130
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    Jangle pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
    41
  3. 84
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    Rock music, Rap metal, Reggae fusion More
    49
  4. 171
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    5ive

    33
    added by: dawo4ek_89
    Pop, pop rap, power pop, dance,rap rock
  5. 111
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    44
  6. 102
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    Adult contemporary music, Dancehall, Pop music More
    45
  7. 22
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    70
  8. 183
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    Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music More
    28
  9. 21
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    71
  10. 7
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    81
  11. 172
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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    33
  12. 89
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    49
  13. 59
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    Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music More
    53
  14. 110
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    Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore More
    44
  15. 85
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    niche appeal
    Barenaked Ladies

    Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music More
    49
  16. 20
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop More
    72
  17. 55
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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap More
    55
  18. 180
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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music More
    31
  19. 136
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    Rock music, Piano rock, Power pop More
    40
  20. 79
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    controversial
    Björk

    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    50
  21. 154
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    about to drop off
    Black Francis

    Rock music, World music, Alternative rock More
    36
  22. 38
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    ranked low on reranks
    Blink-182

    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk More
    59
  23. 64
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Blur

    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music More
    52
  24. 109
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    45
  25. 63
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    52
    added by: ErinKrause
  26. 67
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Boyz II Men

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    52
  27. 113
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    Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop More
    44
  28. 57
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    54
  29. 142
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    niche appeal
    Built to Spill

    Indie rock More
    38
  30. 66
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    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Bush

    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock More
    52
  31. 116
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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall More
    43
  32. 69
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    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Cake

    Country rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock More
    51
  33. 98
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Celine Dion

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    46
  34. 51
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    niche appeal
    Collective Soul

    Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock More
    55
  35. 135
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    Alternative rock More
    40
  36. 173
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap More
    33
    added by: Coolza
  37. 62
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    ranked low on reranks
    Counting Crows

    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
    52
  38. 58
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal More
    54
  39. 139
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    Electronic music, House music, French house More
    39
    added by: Coolza
  40. 56
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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music More
    54
  41. 96
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    niche appeal
    David Bowie

    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    47
  42. 145
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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    38
  43. 177
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Funk More
    32
  44. 39
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music More
    59
  45. 99
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dinosaur Jr

    Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    46
  46. 36
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    Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap More
    61
  47. 129
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Elliott Smith

    Indie pop, Folk rock, Acoustic music More
    41
  48. 61
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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    53
  49. 31
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    niche appeal
    Eminem

    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop More
    62
  50. 150
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    Girl group, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    37
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