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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!  

1
12,453 7,370
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

2
9,845 6,799
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
10,101 6,460
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
7,866 6,088
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
7,153 6,759
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
8,140 6,471
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
7,761 5,328
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
7,771 4,951
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
7,270 4,469
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
6,043 4,522
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 10 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

11
5,872 5,349
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
6,978 5,027
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

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13
6,297 5,748
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
5,592 4,677
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
5,428 4,737
Weezer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Weezer Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock

See: The Best Weezer Songs

16
6,696 4,479
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
5,573 4,238
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 17 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

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18
6,195 5,049
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
5,311 4,363
Tool is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

See: The Best Tool Songs

20
4,471 5,027
No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
No Doubt Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

See: The Best No Doubt Songs

21
4,372 5,757
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
4,717 4,041
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

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23
4,776 4,250
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
4,162 4,119
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
3,747 3,913
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Alanis Morissette Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

See: The Best Alanis Morisette Songs

26
3,922 3,555
The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
The Cranberries Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

See: The Best Cranberries Albums of All Time

27
3,404 3,548
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Beck Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

See: The Best Beck Songs

The Best Frontmen in Rock

28
3,702 4,421
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

See: The Best Michael Jackson Songs

29
4,102 3,411
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

See: The Best Blink-182 Albums

30
3,821 2,974
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

See: The Best David Bowie Songs 

31
4,326 3,620
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

See: The Best Sublime Songs 

32
3,429 3,918
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

See: The Best Tupac Shakur Songs 

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2,731 2,626
Prince is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

See: The Best Prince Songs

34
2,608 3,043
Garbage is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Garbage Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

See: The Best Garbage Albums

35
2,661 2,288
Bush is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Bush Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

36
2,835 2,876
Outkast is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Outkast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

See: The Best OutKast Songs

37
3,185 2,461
Korn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Korn Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

See: The Best Korn Songs

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3,652 3,583
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Dave Matthews Band Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

See: The Best Dave Matthews Band Songs

39
2,715 1,911
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

40
2,723 2,068
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
ChrisBateman added The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

See: The Best Cure Albums

41
3,088 4,145
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

See: The Best Whitney Houston Albums

42
2,608 2,635
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal

See: Best Marilyn Manson Songs

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2,039 1,293
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
tankerdrew180 added System of a Down Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

See: The Best System of a Down Songs

44
3,482 4,384
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

See: The Best Madonna Songs 

45
2,414 2,752
Blur is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Blur Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

See: The Best Blur Songs

46
2,775 2,450
Matchbox Twenty is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Matchbox Twenty Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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2,531 1,696
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

See: The Best AC/DC Songs 

48
2,627 2,640
Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Goo Goo Dolls Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

See: The Best Goo Goo Dolls Songs

49
2,488 2,517
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

See: The Best Depeche Mode Songs 

50
2,066 1,621
Incubus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s
Ranker Comics added Incubus Nu metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

See: The Best Incubus Songs