Greatest Artists and Bands of the 90sAlexandr
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. - chriscg
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...
I love these guysV 38 Comments
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,
Impossible to see this top 90s band trailing so many unfit to be among the best decade in music history. - cws480
Listen to their songs. Listen to the lyrics. Honestly my favorite band of all time.
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.V 6 Comments
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 songs like Californication, Otherside, and Can't Stop, these guys deserve to be #2, with exactly 5 votes less then Pearl Jam.
WooV 5 Comments
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
Just one of the greatest bands of all time.V 17 Comments
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
The best.V 7 Comments
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. - Justintime221
Should be number 1V 10 Comments
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.
The fact that he is at number 8 of this list is an insult to music. He deserves only one spot, and that is number 1.V 17 Comments
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.
Great in the 80s and not that great in the 90s but still a top 10 band of the 90s - Metal_Treasure
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
Number one on 80s but not 90sV 2 Comments
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
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!
How is radiohead not at least in the top 5!V 21 Comments
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.
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!
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.
They are what what describes the 90s. If you have to summarize the 90s it would be Oasis, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Green Day & BlinkV 27 Comments
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
Top ten at least.V 1 Comment
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
Go listen "Bullet with butterfly wings", "Mayonaise" and come back here to vote. - Singer4Freedom
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 bestV 36 Comments
The best artist of the90's
Definitely the best rapper of the 90's.
Living legendV 4 Comments
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 opinionV 1 Comment
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 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
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 oneV 7 Comments
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
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
Although they belong more to the 80's, they did great hits in 90's too. a great band. - Singer4Freedom
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
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 - noisyboy43
Amazing band. Serj Tankian and his vocals are something else.V 1 Comment
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! - Toxy
I like a person who knows what he or she's taliking about.
She Started to rock late 80's and continued in 90's and still now
She has a sweet voice - Singer4Freedom
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.
Tool made 2 classics in a decade. Better than Metallica, system of a down, guns n roses and the backstreet boys for the 90s.V 2 Comments
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.
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"
Good but blur is better
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.
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
I like her album that albini produced - Singer4Freedom
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
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 robertsV 2 Comments
BY FAR the most creative and unique artist of the 90's. All 3 albums she released are true masterpieces. Bjork is one of a kind.
Notable songs: "Hyperballad", "Human Behaviour", "All Is Full of Love", "Joga", "It's Oh So Quiet", "Venus as a Boy", "Army of Me", "Bachelorette", "Isobel", "I Miss You"
Gone before it's time, with the passing of Shannon. Such talent. We are only left to imagine how truly great their music could have progressed. Exploding it's beauty onto the airways. Each song is now a treasure.
Favorite band ever rip Shannon Hoon
Most underrated 90s band by far! They combined 90s grunge and alternative rock with psychedelic jam band music of the 70s. Most underrated 90s band by far! It's a shame most people only know No Rain. They have so many other great songs: Tones of Home, I Wonder, Sleepyhouse, etc. What a talented band!
RIP Shannon Hoon.
One of the best industrial bands of all time.
How are NIN not in the top 3? Nirvana is at number 1 and they suck
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!
Britney Spears is sexy beautiful singer. Evern time I listen to one of her song I cannot get it out of my head. Her body is very sexy to look at as wellV 4 Comments
His voice was unparalleled. Greatest artist of the 90's in my opinion
This man should be well inside the top 20.
The most gifted, the most honest, the most creative.
Grace is an extremely important album
Absolute favorite artist of all time!
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
By the end of the 1990s was definitely number oneV 1 Comment
The band your parents didn't want you too listen to but you had to
They were more of an 80's band but they released good music in the 90's too such as Ordinary World, Medazzaland ( Album ) etc..
In the 90's he gave us hits like "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", "Please Forgive Me", "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? ", "All for Love", "Let's Make a Night to Remember", "Cloud Number Nine", "Thought I'd Died and Gone to Heaven", "Can't Stop This Thing We Started", "The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You" etc
Bryan is a phenomenal artist and perfect songwriter!
Really one of the most popular artist who has fan all over the world. That shows his greatness
everything i do
summer of 69 - jwileson
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
Related ListsGreatest Artists and Bands of the 80s Best Artists and Bands of the 21th Century Top 10 Most Creative Music Artists and Bands Best Music Bands & Artists Starting With Letter R Top Ten German Music Artists and Bands
9 years, 25 days old
Top Remixes (23)
2. Our Lady Peace
3. Stone Temple Pilots
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers
2. Alice In Chains
3. System of a Down
View All 23