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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!  

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10,482 5,999
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock - See  The Best Nirvana Songs

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2
8,233 5,643
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge - See The Best Pearl Jam Song

3
8,374 5,381
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music - See The Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs

4
6,572 4,995
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock - See The Best The Smashing Pumpkins Songs

5
6,048 5,593
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog - See The Best Radiohead Songs

6
6,746 5,363
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock - See The Best Green Day Songs

7
6,311 4,516
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge - See The Best Foo Fighters Songs

8
6,226 4,228
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal - See The Best Alice in Chains Songs

9
5,770 3,941
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal - See The Best Soundgarden Songs

10
4,934 4,554
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
R.E.M. Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock - See The Best R.E.M. Songs

11
4,847 3,898
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Stone Temple Pilots Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia - See The Best Stone Temple Pilots Songs

12
5,658 4,353
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal - See The Best Metallica Songs

13
5,273 4,860
Oasis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Oasis Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock - See The Best Oasis Songs

14
4,437 4,058
Weezer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Weezer Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock - See The Best Weezer Songs

15
4,581 4,044
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Nine Inch Nails Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music - See The Best Nine Inch Nails Songs

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16
5,486 3,956
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop - See The Best Rage Against the Machine Songs

17
5,151 4,348
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music - See The Best Guns N' Roses Songs

18
4,462 3,735
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Beastie Boys Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop - See The Best Beastie Boys Songs

19
3,743 4,315
No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
No Doubt Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music - See The Best No Doubt Songs

20
4,261 3,774
Tool is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal - See The Best Tool Songs

21
3,705 4,893
U2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock - See The Best U2 Songs

22
3,881 3,524
The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
The Offspring Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music - See The Best The Offspring Songs

23
3,895 3,557
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop - See The Best Eminem Songs

24
3,515 3,547
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music - See The Best Aerosmith Songs

25
2,828 3,001
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Beck Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap - See The Best Beck Songs

26
3,083 3,744
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

27
3,239 2,496
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

28
3,194 3,353
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Alanis Morissette Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

29
3,400 2,878
Blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Blink-182 Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

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30
3,170 3,112
The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
The Cranberries Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

31
3,568 3,212
Sublime is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Sublime Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

32
2,767 3,370
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Tupac Shakur Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

33
2,139 2,162
Prince is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

34
2,195 2,538
Garbage is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Garbage Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

35
3,179 3,086
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Dave Matthews Band Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

36
2,147 1,879
Bush is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Bush Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

37
2,336 2,424
OutKast is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
OutKast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

38
2,785 3,562
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

39
3,179 3,785
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

40
2,566 2,030
Korn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Korn Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

41
2,248 1,698
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
ChrisBateman added The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

42
2,049 2,304
Blur is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Blur Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

43
2,150 1,589
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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2,119 2,194
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

45
2,315 2,044
Matchbox Twenty is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Matchbox Twenty Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

46
1,482 944
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
tankerdrew180 added System of a Down Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

47
1,986 1,342
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

48
2,140 2,124
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

49
2,210 2,275
Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Goo Goo Dolls Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

50
2,050 2,121
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise