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...
Mariah is betterV 31 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
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.
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 timeV 5 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.
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
Truly a artist should be like Michael Jackson...Michael Jackson must be watching from heaven today's artist like 'what are they singing! ' A perfect singer and dancer...sad story for him, but he was the best and no one will compare him till the death of this earthV 13 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.
Flea is a demi-god of bass guitarV 3 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
A good band, but are they really this good? I am not sureV 6 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
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 love that I grow up with this band they are amazing I ain't going to lie.V 13 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.
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
Should be number 1V 10 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.
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!
Radiohead should be in the top 5 alongside Nirvana, RHCP, Santana and 2Pac.V 17 Comments
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
Backstreet boys were the beginning of the end for the music industry. - rynovzV 35 Comments
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
Definitely the best rapper of the 90's.V 5 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.V 2 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.
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)
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
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.
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.
How is Oasis not even in the top 10? The best soft rock band in the UK since The Beatles.V 17 Comments
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
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
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