Greatest Artists and Bands of the 90s

The Top Ten

1 Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

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

Nirvana no doubt was the best musical group in the 90s older people younger people and middle aged people all know "smells lIke teen spirit" although Kurt didn't like his own revolutionary song it still became one of the best rock songs of all time no other group on this list can say one of there songs is the best of all time. And not only that all there albums were amazing and had hard to forget lyrics in them

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.

Why Kurt Cobain would commit suicide at the height of his career is beyond Me! R.I.P Kurt! You'll be remembered forever! He was a great guitarist, and outstanding vocals as well! Overall one of the best musicians Ever! If not for his suicide, Nirvana would've still been a great band!

2 Alice In Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

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.

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.

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

3 Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

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.

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.

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!

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.

4 Soundgarden Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Chris Cornell died on May 17th, 2017.

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,

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.

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

Listen to their songs. Listen to the lyrics. Honestly my favorite band of all time.

5 A-ha A-ha is a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. The band was founded by Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy.

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 has proved that they can make awesome rock-music in the 90s!

A-ha is the best band on earth. Real musicians.

6 Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative ...read more.

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

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

Green Day should be much further up the list then 7! They inspired people! Please vote!

Do you have the time to listen to whine about why you should vote for Green Day?

7 Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.

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.

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!

I can't think of another band that are on the same level as RHCP. Their Top 3 albums all came out in the 90's and it was their prime. Nirvana is not #1 because they weren't around long enough. In the top 5 should be RHCP>SP>Nirvana>Radiohead>Janes Addiction

These guys defined 90s funk. two great albums in BSSM and californication although I can't say the same for one hot minute. Every song in BSSM had a melody that always stuck with me. In summary, John was a genius

8 Pearl Jam Pearl Jam is a Alternative/Grunge Rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. ...read more.

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.

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

Eddie forever! The first time I heard Alive it gave me shivers. Great voice, intelligent lyrics.

9 Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

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!

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

Great in the 80s and not that great in the 90s but still a top 10 band of the 90s

10 2pac Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was ...read more.

Definitely the best rapper of the 90's.

The best artist of the90's

13th? he's better than kurt cobain

Greatest rapper of all time

The Contenders

11 Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

I'd usually vote for the RHCP because overall, I know and enjoy them more than Radiohead. (I need to be in the right mindset to listen to Radiohead, which isn't necessarily a bad thing)

However, I'll vote for Radiohead, because they deserve a way better spot than #14, they make unique, diverse, complex and beautiful music the like of which I haven't really heard since Pink Floyd.
Their 90's album "OK Computer" is one of the most highly rated album of all time (and for good reasons). And in my opinion, "The Bends" is just as good

Plus I have a huge amount of respect for bands like them who never sell out, they just do what they enjoy doing and don't care whether it'll be popular or not. This also means they have one of the most supportive fan base I've seen in rock's history

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!

The musical depth of albums such as Kid A, OK Computer, and In Rainbows is the reason that these guys should be higher on the list. They were a huge influence to acts in the 2000s. I understand that it is hard to grasp the complexity of some of their work, but when the time is taken to do so, a true masterpiece of a band will be found.

12 Oasis Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, and Tony McCarroll.

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

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 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

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

13 Our 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.

14 Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots was formed in San Diego, CA in 1989. ...read more.

They evolved more than any of the bands that came out in that time. Best and last great frontman in Scott Weiland

Way better than Pearl Jam and Nirvana, should be top ten at least.

I was surprised to find them so low! They should be in the top 5!

Should be in the top ten

15 Backstreet Boys The Backstreet Boys are an American vocal group, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993. The group consists of AJ McLean, Howie D., Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell.

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

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

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

The best boyband ever.. Nick, Kev, B-rok, AJ and Howie D. Knows how to use and blend their voices, with the right expressions.. Singing from the heart! They all know how to play musical instruments.. They don't just sing.. They dance very well. Backstreet Boys sold the most records and have the greatest hits in every album. And they continue to elevate their performance each time them come up with an album. And this 2012, they will be recording their 8th album KTBSPA!

16 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and she is "well known" for her over-the-top ...read more.

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 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

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!

Mariah has a number one song every single year of the 90s and she wrote all of the songs herself. She won artist of the decade and song of the decade. Come on, She has to be number one

17 Pantera Pantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with ...read more.

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

One of the most heavy and influential metal bands ever!

They deserve to be at top 10, rip dimebag Darrell

18 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

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

19 Smashing Pumpkins The Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha, the band included D'arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin in its original incarnation.

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.

One of the best groups of the 90s that had multiple hits and top charting albums throughout the decade.

Easily one of the best bands of the 90s the smashing pumpkins are in a category of its own

20 Guns N Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also ...read more.

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.

21 Garth Brooks Troyal Garth Brooks is an American singer and songwriter. His integration of rock and roll elements into the country genre has earned him immense popularity in the United States.

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

The Dance
Thunder Rolls
many, many more...

Love Garth Brooks always and forever

22 K.S. Chithra Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra, often credited as K. S. Chithra or simply Chithra, is an Indian playback singer from Kerala. Chithra also sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music.

She Started to rock late 80's and continued in 90's and still now

She has a sweet voice

23 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.

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..

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!

24 System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Alternative Metal group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.

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

25 Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave ...read more.

See my comment on Metallica.

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