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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. If you're still feeling nostalgic, check out the best fictional 90s songs and the greatest one hit wonders of the 90s

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!  

list ordered by
1
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock
2
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge
3
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Alternative Rock, Funk Metal
4
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal
5
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog
6
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal
7
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock
8
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock
9
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Alternative rock, Post-grunge
10
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia
11
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop
12
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock
13
Weezer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock
14
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
15
Oasis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock
16
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music
17
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
18
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
19
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop
20
No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music
21
Tool is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal
22
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock
23
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap
24
The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music
25
U2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock, Punk