Greatest Artists and Bands of the 90s
The Top Ten
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.
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...
Nirvana didn't invent grunge, but the grunge sound probably existed way before Nirvana in some kid's garage maybe in Japan or maybe Seattle. However, it was Nirvana that changed the entire landscape of music, and defined an entire generation's apathy and inspire people like me who may not have been born in Gen X, but still resonate with me. Without Nirvana, bands like Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, and Alice in Chains wouldn't get the same acclaim they had for collectively making the alternative sound (maybe Pearl Jam in my opinion a close second), and bands like Weezer and Thirty Seconds to Mars wouldn't be heavily acclaimed for carrying on the alternative sound
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.
I can't believe it. Why does it never occur to people that Alice In Chains is one of the greatest bands ever in metal? I know they dealt with darker and more mysterious things that people were not familiar with. But still, it was a very good try and this contributed to the music history greatly. They are still amazing and one of the few bands that I love wholeheartedly.
This is easily one of the best bands of all time. Layne Staley's voice and lyrics are tremendous. Jerry Cantrell's riffs are dark and hard hitting. They only had 3 albums but each one was amazing. Dirt is their best album and probably the best album of the 90s.
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.
He's my idol. Everything he ever did he gave it 100%. He didn't just film a bunch of half naked women on a yacht dancing to his music and call it a video! He employed some of the most talented people in the WORLD to help create something larger than life! He didn't just find any woman with a sexy voice to talk/sing on his track. He hired the Princess of Monaco to record the voice overs for "In The Closet." EVERYTHING he did - it was larger than life and I love and respect and admire and thank him for every bit of it. Ever since I was a little kid, I've been captivated by his moves and his music. He is and will forever be my IDOL.
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
Soundgarden didn't get the same attention that AIC, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana did because their songs tended to be more complex and often didn't have a "catch" that the mainstream desires. However Soundgarden musically is hands down the best band of the nineties and their music speaks on a whole different level. I don't understand why Nirvana was so popular,
Listen to their songs. Listen to the lyrics. Honestly my favorite band of all time.
Impossible to see this top 90s band trailing so many unfit to be among the best decade in music history.
Now this is a bit more realistic list!
Soundgarden for the best band in Rock 'N' Roll, PERIOD! Only Led Zeppelin can be on that throne with Soundgarden.
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 is the best band on earth. Real musicians.
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 has proved that they can make awesome rock-music in the 90s!
Green Day is an amazing band to listen to at any time, no matter the emotion because their songs range from depressed, enraged and bursting with glee. No one can experience the band the same way as their musical style, both now and then, was and still is highly unique. I love Green Day
When I come around
My favorite band of all time is The Clash. Green Day is probably the closest thing we have ever gotten to a second coming of The Clash (well at least early Clash). Also, I don't get all of the hate for this band, sure they sold out but they made some of the best punk albums since the early days of punk; Dookie, American Idiot, Insomniac, Warning, Nimrod, all great albums. Honerable Mentions: Weezer, Nirvana, Pearl Jam
All their albums make me cry because they're so good.
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!
Blood Sugar Sex Magik is the best album of all time, what the hell are the backstreet boys doing at number 1?!?!
With songs like Californication, Otherside, and Can't Stop, these guys deserve to be #2, with exactly 5 votes less then Pearl Jam.
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.
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.
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
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.
Eddie forever! The first time I heard Alive it gave me shivers. Great voice, intelligent lyrics.
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!
Great in the 80s and not that great in the 90s but still a top 10 band of the 90s
This is one of my favourite bands of all time!
The best artist of the90's
Definitely the best rapper of the 90's.
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.
Creep isn't the best example but the other two are good. Idioteque isn't either because it wasn't around in the 90s - Jiorl
Pop bands, more pop bands, those ain't music folks. I don't mean to sound edgy but those music is pretty disposable. We've had enough of it lol (with all due respect to MJ) With the exception of Green Day, Metallica and Pearl Jam the other bands are not the great deal. At least not to Radiohead level. Search your feelings you know it to be true. Radiohead is quite possibly the band of the century just behind Pink Floyd and Zeppelin. Music as original, trance inducing, and mesmerizing is hardly to be created again, Id call ever.
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!
Forever underrated by the media for their questionable public incidents, but from a musical and legacy standpoint, Oasis are one of the best bands of the 90s
Oasis probably where they are because they didn't get the exposure in America. Note most of the bands topping this band are American. But these guys were like coldplay on the juice, noel gallagher is a god like genius
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!
Musically I'd say Oasis &. Nirvana. Green day probably comes after that. Most of the voters in this list are probably typical Americans. If we'd more British voters, Oasis would've been at number 1
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.
They evolved more than any of the bands that came out in that time. Best and last great frontman in Scott Weiland
I was surprised to find them so low! They should be in the top 5!
Way better than Pearl Jam and Nirvana, should be top ten at least.
One of the bests
I have never liked boy bands or pop bands that seem like the only reason they're popular are how they look. For example, One Direction never did it for me... they were cute but too soulless. Most of my music preferences are in beautiful movie soundtracks and intensely heartbreaking musical theatre songs like I Dreamed A Dream, I'd Give My Life For You, and Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer from Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, and The Phantom of the Opera. I also never thought I would ever like any popular band, in whatever popular genre, since it all felt so cheap.
Now I've never listened to Nirvana or any of those grunge bands or genres surrounding that one, since it just isn't my or most of the people my ages style. And no, I am not, at the very oldest, in my forties or fifties; I am a later millennial. I'm sure that they were amazing and original and unique, but it doesn't appeal to my interests. Neither do common pop or hip hop or rap or popular music usually, as a ...more
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
One of the best pop vocal groups of all time. Their harmonies are fantastic. Dominated the late 90's era.
If you want fantastic harmonies listen to the beatles, the beach boys, and the zombies (who all play actual instruments) - TheThomasThomas
the acknowledged leaders in the 90s and noone can question their position and people talking about nirvana or red hot chilli what ever they are, are illiterate people because bsb were the rulers of 90s far better than chillies, and the only gr8 rockband was mettalica so people shut up... backstreet boys all the way, their awards and achievements speak 4 them and chillies don't deserve the place, it should be given to nsync... I rest my case
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 was the most succesful artis of the 90s ( named as the artist of the decade) number 1 singles every year and she is 16 seriously such effed up list
She won an award for most successful female artist of the mellinium by only singing in the 1990s. The most commercially successful and has the most #1s. Her song One Sweet Day still holds the record for the song with most weeks at number 1 which is also the most played song of the decade. Hero is an inspiration for people, Vision of Love influenced a whole generation, and All I Want for Christmas is You still is the best selling holiday song.
She has a 5 octave range is the most successful artists of the 90s
One of the most heavy and influential metal bands ever!
They deserve to be at top 10, rip dimebag Darrell
Pantera was metal in the 90's. CFH, VDOP and FBD were all classics. And southern trend kill was dope. They were amazing and did all of their amazing stuff in the 90's. Nobody else did quite what Pantera did in the 90's
How are these guys not first? They're one of the greatest bands of all time, and single-handedly changed the music scene in the 1990s. They were able to stop grunge and give people something different to listen to. Zack's vocals were both poetic and angry, while Tom's guitar playing was from another planet. This, combined with Brad and Tim and the messages they conveyed, made them a force to be reckoned with. They deserve to be higher.
Fathers of the whole nu-metal genre. Without them there will be no System of A Down and Muse. Also note strong political (leftist) message!
One of the most transcendent bands in history.
One of the best bands of all time in my opinion
Best bands of te 90s, best songwriting, best music, best playing, not even nirvana is better
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)
Wow. The Smashing Pumpkins, aside from Nirvana, is the best band to come out of the 90s. Why? Just listen to 1979. Or Soma. Or Today. The Smashing Pumpkins are incredible at their high points.
Easily one of the best bands of the 90s the smashing pumpkins are in a category of its own
Still awesome in the 90s, better than Michael Jackson for sure, get back together.
Guns N Roses and Michael Jackson are tied for first.
Impressions like this band cannot be replaced
Although they belong more to the 80's, they did great hits in 90's too. a great band.
He won the American music awards artist of the decade for all music and sold more albums in this decade than anyone. Shouldn't be a contest
many, many more...
Love Garth Brooks always and forever
She Started to rock late 80's and continued in 90's and still now
She has a sweet voice
A guy who started out in the 80's (if not in the 70's) and is still Vibrating those vocal chords!
BON JOVI - THE BEST ROCK BAND EVER!
May not be as great as they were in the 80s, but they still had it. Mainly Power Ballads like Bed of Roses, Always, and This Ain't a love song.
Bon Jovi may have mostly been popular in the 80s, but they've got a lot of hits in the 90s, like Bed of Roses, Always, This Ain't a Love Song, etc..
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.
Not really a 90s band. sure, their debut albums was in the 90s, but they didn't get big until 2001
Still brilliant today fantastic, different nobody like them
See my comment on Metallica.
Legendary band with legendary music!
Hits - "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing", "Crazy", "Amazing", "Cryin'", "Livin' on the Edge", "Pink", "Blind Man", "The Other Side", "What It Takes", "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)", "Hole in My Soul"
The best band of the 90s in my opinion, "Common people" is one of the best songs ever, once I'd listened to it, couldn't get it out of my head, and the "Different class" album is a flawless masterpiece
Good but blur is better
Celine was huge in the 90's - huge album sales, big tours, popularity everywhere. Her strong vocal impressed the whole world
She has hugh success in both US and Europe zone.
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.
Tool were in a class of their own. Those who followed the mainstream would not have taken the time to experience how Tool transformed 90's music, and by the time the year 2000 came around, every band trying to find and define themselves amongst th rubble of wanna be rock stars was trying to be just like them. Despite most people thinking Nirvana were the heavyweights of the 90's, they were more of an introduction to what played out to be a much much better decade of musical acts than they themselves could have predicted or replicated. My top ten would have to start with Tool.
What do you get when you mix the perfection and the pure genius of Led Zepplin and the experimental and ground breaking sounds of Pink Floyd...the love child that is Tool! These guys aren't just musicians...they are proper artists delivering a sound and message that still to this day can ring true. Do yourself a favour and read just some of MJK's lyrics and try to get in the mind of one of today's most brilliant poets, it will not disappoint, but only blow your mind and make you really think twice about anything and everything.
Tool all the way.
Best band of all time!
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
I love this band with my best friend Jade roberts
Michael Jackson? Are you serious? Madonna was on the top in the 90's - hits You'll See, Vogue, Take A Bow, Justify My Love, Frozen, Ray of Light, This Used To Be My Playground, Don't Cry For Me Argentina. M. Jackson's songs weren't that popular in the 90's.
She ruled in the 80's but she was NO LESS popular in the 90's.
"Take a Bow", "This Used to Be My Playground", "Frozen", "Vogue", "You'll See", "Beautiful Stranger", "Secret", "Human Nature", "Rain" are the best!
Most underrated singles - "The Power of Goodbye", "Bad Girl", "I'll Remember", "Substitute For Love"
It is a joke she isn't even in the top tens. Why is she 134?
Her haters are so annoying. Ok, you can hate on her but don't deny real facts - she's an ICONIC LEGEND! Deal with it!
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
Point blank the best there is
The Godfather of Gangster Rap. 2pac who? Pftt
Sandra was more popular in the 80's BUT she recorded awesome music in the 90's too. Popularity is not everything.
Singles: "One More Night", "Johnny Wanna Live", "Hiroshima", "I Need Love", "(Life May Be) A Big Insanity", "Nights in White Satin", "Won't Run Away", "Don't Be Aggressive".
"Son of a Time Machine" was a great promo single on radio stations
She is one of my favourites. Real beauty, grace and charm!
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
Became massive in the 1990s and just kept on going
A major music artist
By the end of the 1990s was definitely number one
Such and underrated band
Pinkerton and the Blue Album are the best.
Why are they by artists I've never heard of? GOOD MUSIC FOREVER
Best band hrr
Shania shone in the 90's. Everyone wanted to be like her.
Most popular tracks - "You're Still the One", "That Don't Impress Me Much", "From This Moment On", "Man! I Feel Like a Woman! ", "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)", "The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)", "God Bless the Child", "Any Man of Mine"...
His voice was unparalleled. Greatest artist of the 90's in my opinion
This man should be well inside the top 20.
Grace is the best album of the 90s. Jeff Buckley is incredible.
The most gifted, the most honest, the most creative.
Beastie Boys at number 101. Shameful list
Britney is the best
Obviously the only pop diva to stay relevant from the era
Her debut single alone (... Baby one more time) puts her right up there!
I love Britney Spears
Seriously? Why isn't blur on this list! Parklife and the Great Escape we're highlights of Britpop, Modern Life is Rubbish is a vastly underrated album pre Britpop, and their self titled and 13 albums reinvented their sound and only proved how far a band can come in one decade of being around and having 6 albums in that time. Definitely more that just 'Song 2'
Why are they 53rd? They produced many amazing songs and were one of the bands that drove britpop, in fact Damon Albarn went as far as to create Gorillaz which shows the skill and talent that he has. Sadly as was mentioned on Oasis most of the people voting here are american, hence the low place of Blur.
Blur is the best britpop band period
Great music (not to mention they are much better than Oasis) - look for songs like "Song 2," "Beetlebum," "Coffee & T.V.," "Girls and Boys," "There's No Other Way," etc.
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 only released 2 studio albums in the 90's and those albums made history! I know, some people dislike their music but to each their own. You just can't deny a huge impact/influence they made.
Viva Forever, Spice Up Your Life, Mama, 2 Become 1, Wannabe, Who Do You Think You Are, Stop, Say You'll Be There are great songs
My personal favorite non-single track - Never Give Up on the Good Times
WHAT!? The spice girls showed me girl power since I was bullied a lot. Their songs don't get old
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
The band your parents didn't want you too listen to but you had to
Real Queen of Voice! No one could beat her.
Biggest voice / lot of number ones / 7 consecituve number ones / all albums sold over 20 million / a huge succesfull movie the bodyguard