90s '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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373 534
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium

2
390 522
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Foo Fighters Wasting Light, The Colour and the Shape, Foo Fighters

3
472 212
Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Goo Goo Dolls Black Balloon, Let Love In, "Name"

4
344 518
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Pearl Jam Ten, Vs., Vitalogy

5
293 554
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Green Day American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown

6
186 422
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral, The Fragile, With Teeth

7
262 472
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Radiohead Kid A, OK Computer, The Bends

8
282 453
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Metallica Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

9
202 398
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Soundgarden Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside

10
185 359
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Alice in Chains Dirt, Alice in Chains, Facelift

11
172 347
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Oceania

12
152 323
The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
The Offspring Smash, Americana, The Offspring

13
111 303
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Dave Matthews Band Under the Table and Dreaming, Crash, Before These Crowded Streets

14
197 352
Weezer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Weezer Pinkerton, Weezer, Weezer

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15
172 319
Blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
HunterAugustNiles added Blink-182 Enema of the State, Dude Ranch, blink-182

16
175 338
Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
OmarIsmail added Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds, The 20/20 Experience, Justified

17
174 355
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
draldoq added Nirvana Bleach, Nevermind, In Utero

18
93 261
Counting Crows is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Counting Crows August and Everything After, Recovering the Satellites, Hard Candy

19
212 305
Matchbox Twenty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Matchbox Twenty Yourself or Someone Like You, More Than You Think You Are, Mad Season

20
154 283
No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
No Doubt Tragic Kingdom, Rock Steady, Icon

21
101 239
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
muzziac added Beck Hansen Odelay, Sea Change, Mutations

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22
115 262
Korn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Korn Follow the Leader, The Vinyl Classics, Issues

23
80 249
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Bad Religion Recipe for Hate, The Empire Strikes First, Stranger Than Fiction

24
96 235
Queens of the Stone Age is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
muzziac added Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf, Rated R, Lullabies to Paralyze

25
168 260
U2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Loretta J. Madera added U2 The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

26
94 233
Jane's Addiction is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Jane's Addiction Ritual de lo habitual, Nothing's Shocking, Strays

27
105 232
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, Under Rug Swept

28
113 240
The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
The Cranberries Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, Everybody Else Is Doing It

The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

29
116 232
Third Eye Blind is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
bjr24 added Third Eye Blind Third Eye Blind, Blue, Out of the Vein

30
68 189
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
bigolooch added Megadeth Rust in Peace, Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?, Youthanasia

31
84 246
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
james2390 added Mariah Carey Daydream, Music Box, Mariah Carey

32
85 197
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Pixies Doolittle, Surfer Rosa, Bossanova

33
58 193
The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, At War With the Mystics

34
90 224
Backstreet Boys is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Backstreet Boys Never Gone, Backstreet Boys, I Want It That Way

35
78 189
Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
ChristineCrawford added Barenaked Ladies Gordon, Barenaked for the Holidays, Maybe You Should Drive

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103 210
Garbage is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Garbage Garbage, Version 2.0, Not Your Kind of People

37
39 115
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Shania Twain Come On Over, Up!, The Woman in Me

38
96 209
Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Lenny Kravitz Are You Gonna Go My Way, Mama Said, Let Love Rule

39
60 183
The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
The Black Crowes Shake Your Money Maker, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, Amorica

40
49 143
Incubus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Loretta J. Madera added Incubus Make Yourself, S.C.I.E.N.C.E., Morning View

41
62 140
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Madonna Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

42
90 225
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Jay-Z Watch the Throne, The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt

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46 179
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds No More Shall We Part, Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, Nocturama

44
60 149
Nas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Nas Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album

45
121 199
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Snoop Dogg Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Tha Last Meal

46
37 107
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions, Tuesday Night Music Club

47
62 178
Robbie Williams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
tracy jane added Robbie Williams Rudebox, Angels, Feel

48
49 160
The Chemical Brothers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
The Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own Hole, Surrender, Exit Planet Dust

49
54 163
Modest Mouse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
muzziac added Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica, Good News for People Who Love Bad News, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

50
28 93
Björk is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today
ElijahKaganer added Björk Homogenic, Debut, Vespertine