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List Rules Best musical acts who were active in the 1990s, judged on the quality of their '90s projects ONLY.

Ranker Video The Best Musical Artists of the 90s

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!  

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1
12,827 7,583
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

See: The Best Nirvana Songs

2
10,117 7,000
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

See: The Best Pearl Jam Song

3
10,387 6,629
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

See: The Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs

4
8,100 6,272
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

See: The Best The Smashing Pumpkins Songs

5
7,385 6,939
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

See: The Best Radiohead Songs

6
8,365 6,645
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

See: The Best Green Day Songs

 

7
7,972 5,476
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

See: The Best Foo Fighters Songs

8
7,533 4,554
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

See: The Best Soundgarden Songs

9
8,005 5,083
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

See: The Best Alice in Chains Songs

10
6,235 4,634
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

See: The Best Stone Temple Pilots Songs

11
6,043 5,473
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

See: The Best R.E.M. Songs

12
7,196 5,156
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

See: The Best Metallica Songs

13
6,501 5,911
Oasis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

See: The Best Oasis Songs

14
5,739 4,792
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

See: The Best Nine Inch Nails Songs

15
5,570 4,850
Weezer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

See: The Best Weezer Songs

16
6,888 4,561
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

See: The Best Rage Against the Machine Songs

17
5,760 4,330
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

See: The Best Beastie Boys Songs

18
6,380 5,172
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

See: The Best Guns N' Roses Songs

19
4,974 4,367
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

See: The Best Eminem Songs

20
5,460 4,458
Tool is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

See: The Best Tool Songs

21
4,577 5,142
No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

See: The Best No Doubt Songs

22
4,499 5,892
U2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

See: The Best U2 Songs

23
4,836 4,136
The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

See: The Best The Offspring Songs

24
4,262 4,225
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

See: The Best Aerosmith Songs

25
4,042 3,649
The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

See: The Best Cranberries Albums of All Time

26
3,826 4,021
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

See: The Best Alanis Morisette Songs

27
3,506 3,641
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

See: The Best Beck Songs

28
4,204 3,510
Blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

See: The Best Blink-182 Albums

29
3,796 4,531
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

See: The Best Michael Jackson Songs

30
3,913 3,053
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

See: The Best David Bowie Songs 

31
4,440 3,693
Sublime is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

See: The Best Sublime Songs 

32
2,843 2,705
Prince is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

See: The Best Prince Songs

33
3,529 4,058
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

See: The Best Tupac Shakur Songs 

34
2,419 2,406
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap

35
2,680 3,114
Garbage is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

See: The Best Garbage Albums

36
2,919 2,939
OutKast is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

See: The Best OutKast Songs

37
2,737 2,365
Bush is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

38
3,275 2,534
Korn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

See: The Best Korn Songs

39
2,812 1,957
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

40
3,746 3,655
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

See: The Best Dave Matthews Band Songs

41
2,805 2,123
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
ChrisBateman added New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

See: The Best Cure Albums

42
2,688 2,713
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal

See: Best Marilyn Manson Songs

43
2,133 1,354
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
tankerdrew180 added Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

See: The Best System of a Down Songs

44
3,134 4,235
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

See: The Best Whitney Houston Albums

45
2,686 2,712
Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

See: The Best Goo Goo Dolls Songs

46
2,468 2,828
Blur is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

See: The Best Blur Songs

47
2,624 1,752
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

See: The Best AC/DC Songs 

48
2,851 2,529
Matchbox Twenty is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

49
3,530 4,479
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

See: The Best Madonna Songs 

50
2,558 2,569
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

See: The Best Depeche Mode Songs