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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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 3625
    - 2830

    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 3820
    - 2570

    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 3020
    - 2520

    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 2779
    - 2586

    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 2973
    - 2577

    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 2765
    - 2329

    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 2181
    - 2420

    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 2431
    - 2315

    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 2315
    - 2174

    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 2295
    - 2444

    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 2377
    - 2225

    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 2450
    - 2390

    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 1953
    - 2116

    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 1978
    - 2223

    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 1986
    - 2164

    Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 2266
    - 2376

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 1761
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

    ) open buy
  19. 19
    + 1955
    - 2097

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

    ) open
  20. 20
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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

    ) open
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    + 1819
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    ranked low on reranks
    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 1969
    - 1771

    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 1751
    - 1982

    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 1645
    - 1964

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 1762
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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

    ) open
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    + 1542
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
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    + 1523
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 1692
    - 1890

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 895
    - 871

    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 1763
    - 2164

    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 1443
    - 1009

    ranked low on reranks
    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

    ) open
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    + 1210
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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

    ) open
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    + 1620
    - 1547

    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

    ) open buy
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    + 1449
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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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    + 1317
    - 1773

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 967
    - 904

    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 1389
    - 1841

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 825
    - 630

    ranked low on reranks
    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 824
    - 575

    Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 1505
    - 1375

    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 968
    - 757

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 959
    - 1126

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 1052
    - 1177

    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 983
    - 822

    Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 811
    - 457

    ranked low on reranks & added by ChrisBateman
    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 866
    - 1061

    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 1016
    - 1077

    Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 967
    - 1190

    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 803
    - 1124

    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 749
    - 568

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

    ) open
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