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 names like the Backstreet Boys, take a moment now and give some of your favorite '90s music artists some love! Who are the most famous '90s bands? Which '90s singers led their groups to become the among best of the decade?
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Albums: Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside, Louder Than Love, Black Hole Sun
Albums: Dirt, Alice in Chains, Facelift, Jar of Flies, Black Gives Way to Blue
Albums: Nevermind, In Utero, MTV Unplugged in New York, Bleach, Heart‐Shaped Box
Albums: Ten, Vs., Vitalogy, Binaural, No Code
Albums: Wasting Light, The Colour and the Shape, Foo Fighters, One by One, There Is Nothing Left to Lose
Albums: Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium, Mother's Milk, By the Way
Albums: Rage Against the Machine, Evil Empire, The Battle of Los Angeles, Renegades, Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium
Albums: Purple, Core, Tiny Music… Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop, №4, Interstate Love Song
Albums: Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica, …and Justice for All, Kill 'Em All
Albums: Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, Hello Nasty
Albums: American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown, ¡Dos!, Insomniac
Albums: Ænima, Lateralus, 10,000 Days, Undertow
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Albums: Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Oceania, Gish, Adore
Albums: The Downward Spiral, The Fragile, With Teeth, Pretty Hate Machine, Year Zero
Albums: Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I, Chinese Democracy, Use Your Illusion II
Albums: Sublime: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, 40oz. to Freedom, Sublime Acoustic: Bradley Nowell & Friends, Robbin' the Hood, Second-Hand Smoke
Albums: Pinkerton, Weezer, Weezer, Weezer, Raditude
Albums: Smash, Americana, The Offspring, Hit That, Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
Albums: (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, Definitely Maybe, Don’t Believe the Truth, Dig Out Your Soul, Be Here Now
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Albums: Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock, The Razors Edge, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
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Albums: Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People, Out of Time, Reckoning
Albums: Toxicity, Hypnotize, Mezmerize, System of a Down, Steal This Album!
Albums: Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? / No Need to Argue, Bury the Hatchet
Albums: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs, Aladdin Sane, "Heroes"
Albums: The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show, Infinite, Recovery