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]I am so happy nirvana is number one because they had other great songs we should appreciate and that they rocked the early nineties hardcore!

2Michael 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.
He was probably 2nd to Elvis in the 1970's. Then he utterly dominated the 80's. He dominated the 1990's. And was actually still very successful with Invincible in the 2000's. He is Number 1 of the 80's and 90's, and now that he's given all he can, we can say with ease that he is the number 1 of all time
[Newest]There is nobody like Michael Jackson and never will be. Love his music...

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]Rooster need I say more

4Green Day
When I come around
All their albums make me cry because they're so good.
My all time favorite 90s band
[Newest]Do you have the time to listen to whine about why you should vote for Green Day?


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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6A-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.
[Newest]Great band, great musicians. Not only take on me...

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
[Newest]I agree with you.

8Red 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

Blood Sugar Sex Magik is the best album of all time, what the hell are the backstreet boys doing at number 1?!?!

Chickenlegs

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.
[Newest]Flea is a demi-god of bass guitar

9Metallica
Love Metallica, but by the 90's they were getting more mainstream and boring. Gotta go back to Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, and And Justice For All if you want real good Metallica.
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!

10Backstreet 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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The Contenders

11System of a Down
I have every album they ever came out with, never been to a concert cause I wasn't old enough then they went on this Hiatus which I'm still not sure if they're back together, till then I bought Serj Tankian's solo album that he made completely by himself playing every instrument (impressive) I'm not saying I'm a more hardcore fan than you I'm saying this band oozes so much talent that every song they wrote is amazing. seriously other bands albums might have one or two hits and the rest of the music I skip through but with System of a Down? Nah man I listen to every song over and over to the point I memorized every single lyric of every single song. Chop Suey was a little hard to catch at first, haha. War I is my favorite song from the group though I love Sugar as well for its absolutely psychopathic sound. The first Album I listened to was "steal this album" which was the third I think. I Love this group
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

12Our Lady Peace
Underrated, most likely due to lack of recognition as a Canadian band in the United States. "Somewhere Out There" had some popularity, but the entire Gravity album just sounded like a marketing ploy. The true gems came from Clumsy/Happiness/Spiritual Machines. Naveed was amazing, but still sounded like a garage band trying to find their niche. Gravity wasn't a horrible album, but really didn't flow with the progression that OLP had developed. Still, one of the most amazing bands and one I'll never forget.

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
[Newest]Guns N' Roses is like amazing why isn't it at least 10 😈😈😈😈

14Bon 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.

15Mariah 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
[Newest]Come on! She has the longer position on Billboard with "One Sweet Day", 16 WEEKS in #1 men!

16Smashing Pumpkins
Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness are masterpieces! These albums alone should make the Smashing Pumpkins above Backstreet Boys (who, while having catchy songs, haven't really brought influence to music) and A-Ha (weren't A-Ha an 80s band? Plus I never heard of a well known 90s song from them)

172pac
The best artist of the90's
2pac is the king of music!
Definitely the best rapper of the 90's.

18Radiohead
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.
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.
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!
[Newest]Dude Radiohead should at least be in the top 5.

19Stone Temple Pilots
One of the bests

20Westlife
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!

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