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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.

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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! 

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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
Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music
4
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock
5
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog
6
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock
7
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal
8
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal
9
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Grunge, 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
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock
12
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
13
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop
14
Weezer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock
15
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music
16
Oasis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock
17
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop
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
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
20
Tool is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal
21
No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music
22
The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music
23
U2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock
24
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
25
The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music