Greatest Artists and Bands of the 90s

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The Top Ten

1
Nirvana
One of greatests of all time... Gods of GRUNGE... I was very confused between them and radiohead( most innovative in 90's). But I think in terms of influence nirvana have slight edge... In my opinion...
How could one honestly hear "greatest bands of the 90s" without just automatically think "nirvana"?
No way in hell any artist from the nineties is anywhere near Nirvana. They inspired a revolution among teenagers. Had it not been for Kurt Cobain's tragic death in '94 Nirvana would've been one of the best if the 2000's too! Nirvana isn't just the best artist of the nineties. They're one of the best artists of all time.

chriscg

[Newest]You have to be kidding this is number 2? Michael Jackson is number 1? I understand he's an amazing artist but he was better in the 80's not the 90's. Nirvana is one of the best bands out there. Smells like teen spirit is named to be the best song of the 90s. Nirvana is the best and will always be

2A-ha
Ok, so you only know "take on me".
What a shame! The real a-ha are so much more than catchy eighties synth-pop-tunes - deeper - darker - better - 90s! Go and get their extraordinary 1993 album "memorial beach" and be surprised! a-ha rock!
A-ha the best band of all time. Best Lyrics, best compositions, best songwriters, best sound, best male vocalist... And the most beautiful frontman of all time
A-ha is the best band on earth. Real musicians.

3Alice In Chains
Alice in Chains is one of the most underrated bands period. And that's talking about a band that sold millions of records. Layne Staley was one of the most amazing poets in music. His material was dark, and that does not appeal to everyone and perhaps that contributes to them not receiving the recognition they deserve, but I challenge anyone to read up a bit on Staley, his life and his struggles, and then read his lyrics. They are incredible.

Jerry Cantrell is a musical genius. He is an amazing songwriter and guitar player and the combination of he and Staley was like lightning in a bottle. Its unfortunate the way things went with the band, but I suppose that's rock and roll for you.

PS - If you are an Alice in Chains fans - specifically Layne Staley era - check out Mad Season's 'Above' album. You won't be disappointed.
Not only the greatest band of the 90s but of all time. All their songs are amazing. Everything they wrote was with such quality and diversity.

This band had two musical geniuses. Layne Staley had the most amazing and unique voice you'll ever hear and Jerry Cantrell was one of the greatest guitar players in rock history. Together they wrote history.
No one possessed the amazing voice that Layne had period. The passion, pain and sheer amazement of his vocal range in each and every one of their songs, are second to none. Between jerrys guitar skills and their dual harmonization make them the top band of the nineties and one of the greatest of all time
[Newest]My personal favorite band of all time! It displeases me at how underrated this band is, they are one of the best bands of all time!

4Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson's music and influence encompasses the whole Earth. In Every square mile of Earth, you would find a man who knows Michael Jackson. His Legacy and Transcendence is eternal and immortal. I hope no one has forgotten his fabulous and larger than life DANGEROUS WORLD TOUR, AND THE HISTORY WORLD TOUR. At a time when artists wrote about girls, money and sex, he came up with essestial contributions to music with songs like " Heal The World", " Earth Song", "They don't care about us ". He not only entertained us, He Sustained us. They is no one like him, there will be no one like him.
MJ is what a entertainer is, he sings, he dances, he greets his fans with love and thoughtfulness, some singers now you have to dam near grab them to get autograph, Michael just gave it to U. Some say Michael was weird and crazy, but if you sang in front of people for all your childhood, you would be weird to. I miss him and loved him.
ONE OF THE GREATEST ARTIST OF THE CENTURY! DEFINITELY THE KING OF POP! His music influence and touches heart all of the people, and HE CHANGE THE WORLD by helping other people. HE BROKE THE BARRIER ON RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, that's why people love him! HIS LEGACY WILL NVER BE FORGOTTEN! MJ IS INCOMPARABLE, AND IRREPLECEABLE NO ONE COULD EVER TAKE HIS PLACE, AND HIS STAR WILL SHINE FOREVER! LOVE you THE LEGEND, KING OF ALL MUSIC!
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I love Michael Jackson and a fan of his music.
Michael Jackson is my music hero and King of Music

5Soundgarden
Impossible to see this top 90s band trailing so many unfit to be among the best decade in music history.

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6Green Day
When I come around
All their albums make me cry because they're so good.
My all time favorite 90s band
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All I need to say is Dookie.
Basket Case
Longview
Welcome to Paradise
When I come Around
She

I mean come on!

7Pearl Jam
Seeing a-ha at number two would have to be the EXACT moment I lost faith in humanity. Seeing Radiohead and the Chili Peppers outside the top ten was the nail in the coffin.
I don't know what all those pop artists are doing so high up considering they were more predominant in either the 80s or 2000s. I love MJ, but his 90s work should not earn him the number one spot.

Justintime221

A-ha? At two. Pearl Jam throws a-ha on a grill, overcooks it, then hands it out to people who don't listen to good music
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Outlived most of these other bands too!

8Backstreet Boys
One of the best pop vocal groups of all time. Their harmonies are fantastic. Dominated the late 90's era.
What?! I can't believe these guys are 4th, they should definitely be second (as no one defeats the king), backstreet boys are legends in music history, and they're as good as Michael jackson, they play a very unique kind of music different from today's music, they created a new kind of rare pop which ruled music history, I bet if you can find someone who could create something like "incomplete", I will be a fan of this guys forever, because I like good music
Backstreet Boys are definitively one of the best pop vocal groups of all time. They ruled the late 90's music decade in pop genre. Their harmonies are the best.
[Newest]Love them, they're so good
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9Metallica
HAHAH! Can't stop laughing! 9th?! This must be a joke! They sold most albums 1991 with Metallica or "Black Album" and you don't see that great? God this world is getting more weird by the days!

theswedishn00b

Yes they were certainly hot. Had the most albums stolen by this group... and heck... it was always the same one!

10Radiohead
I would say Nirvana but I'm not having Britney Spears over Radiohead. Thom Yorke's singing is angelic and the raw emotion in songs such as 'Fake Plastic Trees' and 'How to disappear Completely' is just so connecting to the listener. Fantastic band.
Seriously? Westlife above Radiohed? Wow. Which band is manufactured so 12 year old girls like them and which band made Paranoid Android, one of the best songs of all time? Radiohead changed music and the emotion they give off is just amazing. Listen to No Surprises, Let Down or Fake Plastic Trees to see what I mean. Awesome band!
These voters clearly haven't heard Creep, Paranoid Android, and Idioteque. Radiohead is a top 10 band without a doubt. Their influence is incredible and their musical style is honestly one of a kind. Similar can be said of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
[Newest]Radiohead 15? Nope. Go give the bends and OK computer a listen. Both great albums and definitely some of the best the 90s had to offer. And yes they were the most original and creative band of the 90s.

The Contenders

11System of a Down
System of a down offers so much, beautiful vocals, thought provoking satire, and some of the craziest yet most intriguing songs known to man! "chop suey" and "lost in Hollywood" will melt your heart.
Still brilliant today fantastic, different nobody like them
Not really a 90s band. sure, their debut albums was in the 90s, but they didn't get big until 2001

noisyboy43


12Our Lady Peace

13Guns N Roses
Still awesome in the 90s, better than Michael Jackson for sure, get back together.
Guns N Roses and Michael Jackson are tied for first.

Alpha101

Impressions like this band cannot be replaced

14Pulp

15Westlife
In my own opinion, I think Westlife should be at #1... Bec. we all know that they sing comes from the heart.. Furthermore their songs was really really inspiring, and it is really good too. They are the best, the greatest band that I have ever encountered... esp. their hits songs like WHAT MAKES A MAN, WORLD OF OUR OWN, CLOSE, SOMETHING RIGHT, A FRAGILE HEART, and so forth... then if you are not convince, then why don't you try to listen to their songs that I've mentioned... Sure you love it too.
Great pop singers one the finest the music ever had just love their music. Maybe some don't like them because of their remakes but take note they make good version of songs
Westlife makes us feel happy and brand new with the meaning songs. Great pop singers one the finest the music ever had just love their music
[Newest]Great boy bands of the world... Especially the song!

16K.S. Chithra
She Started to rock late 80's and continued in 90's and still now

17Bon Jovi
BON JOVI - THE BEST ROCK BAND EVER!

Toxy

A guy who started out in the 80's (if not in the 70's) and is still Vibrating those vocal chords!
I like a person who knows what he or she's taliking about.

18Rage Against the Machine
#1 all the way

19Britney Spears
The ultimate pop star right after MJ. Beautiful young talent (iconic debut song and video), ruled the world in her prime last popstar to do so in that way, had the huge fall from grace and had the successful comeback which as given her more signature songs too. Won't truely be celebrated till her death sadly.
Britney is the best
Her debut single alone (... Baby one more time) puts her right up there!

20Red Hot Chili Peppers
I think nirvana and red hot chilli peppers are both awesome but where is smashing pumpkins? or pearl jam? or tool? and why is backstreet boys on here they suck bad!

a7xfan93

With awesome songs like Californiacation, Breaking the Girl, Under the Bridge, Scar Tissue and Give it Away this band truly is diverse with their music. Not one of those songs I listed sound alike in any way.
Blood Sugar Sex Magik is the best album of all time, what the hell are the backstreet boys doing at number 1?!?!

Chickenlegs


21Stone Temple Pilots

22Smashing Pumpkins

23Tool
Tool all the way.
Best band of all time!
Deserves the #1 spot

24Aerosmith

25Mariah Carey
Come On Mimi dominated the 90's from 1990-1999 with number one hits and albums. She also won grammy's, american music awards, and billboard music awards including artist of the DECADE!
She has a 5 octave range is the most successful artists of the 90s
She has the most #1 for the 90s come on

26Bryan Adams
Really one of the most popular artist who has fan all over the world. That shows his greatness
everything i do
heaven
summer of 69

jwileson

Best of 80 and 90s

27George Michael

28PJ Harvey

29Eminem
A truly fantastic rap artist that smashed his way into the rap game with a unique sense of style and expression, who demonstrates confidence, strength, focus, drive and passion through his music and performances without fear.

30Better Than Ezra

31Korn
This band revived metal in the 90's in a time dominated by grunge. Their down tuned guitars, heavy drums, hip hop inspired bass lines, and angry, pain ridden vocals created a genre very popular in the 90's, nü metal. The fact that this band is not in top ten amazes me.

32Christina Aguilera
YOU ALL DON'T KNOW THE 90s AT ALL! The 90s was dominated by pop music. It's hard to admit but it was the truth. Just face the facts. And Christina Aguilera deserves to be on the list. But if there should be a No. 1, I think it's pretty clear it's either The Backstreet Boys or Madonna.

JazHoney3


33Robbie Williams
Became massive in the 1990s and just kept on going
Superb entertainer who possesses a very sharp mind - ask anyone who has worked with him. He's overcome some very tough personal battles, not easy in the business he's in and is today a very blessed man both professionally and personally
A major music artist

34Sandra

35Blink-182

36Big Sugar

37Bjork

38Oasis
Seriously Oasis is the 40? I don't think so... Just look for some records they made and listen the fisrt and second album (Definitely Maybe & Morning glory). This two albums are in the top 20 of the bests albums in history, so oasis CAN'T be the 40. They are in the top 5 for sure.
Oasis should be number 1! They're one of the greatest bands to come out of Britain! The fact that their not even in the top 10 is unbelievable!
Oasis should be 90s top3 for sure. Probably the most influential band in UK and Europe in the 90s leading all those brit bands of the decade.

39Def Leppard

40Ricky Martin
He is the sex symbol of music. Baby

41Jeff Buckley

42Weezer

43Shania Twain

44Blind Melon

45Avril Lavigne
She's so wonderful and pretty

46Whitney Houston

47Nine Inch Nails

48Spice Girls
Even if they were not sexy as some have said, to me they were the sexiest thing (not just beauty but the whole package). Boy bands dominated the music industry so it was nice to have a change. Coupled with their beauty, the chemistry between them in terms of the music was heavenly and they produced some friggin awesome tracks (I listen to them today and still haven't lost the feeling). Most of them being hits and they dominated the world for some time in the 90s. I mean even people hiding under rocks would have heard of them lol.
They were awesome and dominated like noother. They had the moves the personalities, and great songs. That's why they are the best artists of the 90's
Because they are the best fenomenun pop of the 90's and the biggest girlgroup of UK and of all times, 80 millions sold albums, and others.

49Days of the New

50Belinda Carlisle

51Garth Brooks
The Dance
Thunder Rolls
many, many more...

52Duran Duran

532pac
The best artist of the90's
2pac is the king of music!

54AC/DC
The band your parents didn't want you too listen to but you had to

55H.I.M.

56Savage Garden
They're amazing I love their song truly madly deeply

57The Verve

58Destiny's Child
Destiny's Child is one of the best girl groups of the late 90's- especially with the girl power man bashing songs they had in the 90's and I think Destiny's Child Say My Name song is their best 90's song from the 90's and
Destiny's child dominated the music scene in the girl band area and should totally be in the top five.

fisto77


59TLC
TLC are the best... and Little Destiny's Child fan.. "Say My Name" came out early 2000 but that was a good song... Anyways, TLC's CrazySexyCool came out in 1994 and been on the top 20 charts for 3 years straight... plus in the year 2014 that 20 year album is What? STILL ON THE BILLBOARD CHARTS SELLING!
The biggest R&B Girl group of all time!

60Queen
Innuendo, show must go on, headlong... This single's are just from ONE album.

61Celine Dion

62No Doubt
Amazing Band, worked their way up to the top, every album is different and follows a different and well executed concept, nothing sounds the same and they always put very much thought and emotion behind their work and have a good sense for the little details that make the difference.
Gwen is an iconic figure and few female singers can match her energy and stage acting skills.

The 90s have loads of great Bands like Radiohead, Blur, NIN, Oasis, RHCP which are amazing and would equally deserve a vote too, unfortunately I only have one.
WHAAT number 54 is rediculous they helped bring an entire genre of music mainstream. Any song they made was better then any crap Gwen made after she left.

63'N Sync

64Kyuss
A very underrated band.

65Roxette

66Alanis Morissette
Best female musician of the 90s.
Such Great vocal talent

67Limp Bizkit

68Jane's Addiction

69Goo Goo Dolls

70Beck

71The Notorious B.I.G.
Come on! Did everyone forgot about rap at the 90's! Him and Tupac ruled the whole world at that time either him or tupac is supposed to be at the top 5 list

72Aaliyah
I love you rip princess/baby girl
I LOVE AALIYAH! RIP:(

73Dinosaur Jr.

74Motörhead

75New Kids On the Block
Hit the pinnacle of their carreer in 1990 with step by step, catchy tunes and nice lyrics.

76Eurythmics

77Dr. Dre

78Toni Braxton

79Hole

80Pavement
Great band. They are really quite mis-understood though. People sometimes don't give them a chance. But, those are also the people who have never heard of (or don't like because they also never gave a chance) sonic youth, Dinosaur Jr, Yo La Tengo, MBV and Built to Spill.
The indie-rock band to rule them all. From Slanted and Enchanted to Terror Twilight, each of pavements 5 albums is a masterpiece. Lyrically complex, musically innovative, they are unquestionably the best band of the 90's.

81Nelson

82Nickelback
They started in mid 90's they were going to be a thing if they just kept playing that way
There a great band

83Spitz

84Dora Carofiglio

85Worlds Apart

86Gareth Gates

87Shaggy
Boombastic and Oh Carolina were HUGE! They were great songs that bought reggae and ska back into the public eye! Maybe not the greatest artist but certainly one of the biggest of the 90s

88Sex Pistols

89Portishead
Debut album Dummy, won prestigious mercury award.
Band consists of: Beth Gibbons, Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley
Other albums are; P, ortishead by Portishead and Third

90Bush
This was THE band of the 90s, every album was a blockbuster in its own respect and their discography is something few can match today.

91Alicia Keys

92DMX

93LSG

94Deftones

95Take That
I would say they are the greatest boyband on england.

96The Cranberries
Not the best, but far too low on the list... Zombie is a better hit than half the bands in the top 100 have
96? Come on... Should be top 10, no doubt about it.
How were they not already on this list? They one one of the greastest bands of the '90s! And Michael Jackson, really?

97KIss

98Sade

99Novecento

100Manic Street Preachers

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