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'90s Greats Making the Best Music Today  

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List Rules Band must still be together and have made an album this decade. Solo projects, archival releases, or greatest hits don't count.

A list of 90s greats making the best music today. While many of their contemporaries have either fallen to the wayside or split up, these 90s musical artists are managing to go strong nearly 20 years after they first broke onto the musical landscape. These musicians have defied logic and have released music within the past few years, some continuing strong, and others trying to make a last-grasp comeback, while drumming up interest in their music as a nostalgia tactic. This includes many of the musicians are considered to be the greatest artists of the 90s. This doesn't include 90s greats who currently tour because while they may be prominent on that front, touring without a new album doesn't mean they are making new music today. 

At or near the top are some of the biggest artists of the decade. Recognizable bands like Pearl Jam, Radiohead and Foo Fighters are among the most reliable groups in music today. They consistently release new material that manage to remain at or near the band's standard of excellence. Also, these bands manage to sell out arenas and stadiums across the globe, which is a testament to their staying power and ability to churn out great new songs. There are rappers on here, like Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg, along with electronic acts like The Chemical Brothers. In case you were wondering, even boy bands are on here, since after all, they were considered greats at one point to a certain generation of pre-teens and teens during the 1990s. 

Take a look at this list of 90s greats making the best music today. Remember, only include bands who have made new music this decade. If they've been dormant, there's no need to add them to list. The same goes for greatest hits collections, they don't count. But if you notice someone who is missing, feel free to him, her or them. Vote or rerank the list according to who you think is still making great music among the 90s greats out there. 
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Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Under the Table and Dreaming, Crash, Before These Crowded Streets
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Jane's Addiction is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Ritual de lo habitual, Nothing's Shocking, Strays
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Counting Crows is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
August and Everything After, Recovering the Satellites, Hard Candy
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Korn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Follow the Leader, The Vinyl Classics, Issues
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Queens of the Stone Age is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
muzziac added Songs for the Deaf, Rated R, Lullabies to Paralyze
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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions, Tuesday Night Music Club
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Pixies is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Doolittle, Surfer Rosa, Bossanova
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The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Smash, Americana, The Offspring
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Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
ChristineCrawford added Gordon, Barenaked for the Holidays, Maybe You Should Drive
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Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Recipe for Hate, The Empire Strikes First, Stranger Than Fiction
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Backstreet Boys is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Never Gone, Backstreet Boys, I Want It That Way
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Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
bigolooch added Rust in Peace, Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?, Youthanasia
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Garbage is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Garbage, Version 2.0, Not Your Kind of People
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The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Shake Your Money Maker, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, Amorica
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Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Are You Gonna Go My Way, Mama Said, Let Love Rule
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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
james2390 added Daydream, Music Box, Mariah Carey
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Liam Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Going Underground
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LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith
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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music
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Björk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
ElijahKaganer added Homogenic, Debut, Vespertine
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Noel Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
ElijahKaganer added The Dreams We Have as Children – Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Rhapsody Originals
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The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
The Soft Bulletin, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, At War With the Mystics
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Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Watch the Throne, The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt
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Nas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album
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Incubus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Loretta J. Madera added Make Yourself, S.C.I.E.N.C.E., Morning View