Best '90s Bands

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The Top Ten

1 Nirvana 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.

What a raw and pure band. Still brilliant decades later

This band gained ridiculous popularity over 4 albums and a few singles. It takes immense quality to pull this off.

Good, but overrated - PinkHeno

Yeah, there's at least 3 bands better in my opinion but they're just not my taste. I still enjoy listening to them occasionally. - IsaacM

Nirvana and then Guns n Roses.

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2 Radiohead 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).

Let down underrated

Three words: Fake Plastic Trees - PinkHeno

I can't think of a Radiohead song I hate. Can't say the same for Nirvana, what with some choice lyrics and whatnot...

They are great

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3 Oasis 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.

Best band of all time in my opinion!

Should be number fookin' one. D'you Know What I Mean?

I love their work from 1994-2000. Thry got really bad in 2002 though and then they sucked for the restbof their career. They were extremely good in the 90s though. Definitely Maybe is my favorite album ever - PinkHeno

Best

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4 Alice in Chains 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 N Chains is the Greatest grunge band from the 90s

Annoying - PinkHeno

Decade defining music... but not recognised for 29 years as such

Best band of all time

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5 Red Hot Chili Peppers 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.

Better than all the bands listed above them. Nirvana is good but overrated. - IsaacM

Best band out of this list in my opinion

Amazing band live so much energy. I encourage you to see this band if you have the chance!

6 Pearl Jam Pearl Jam Pearl Jam is a 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.

The band as a whole is amazing. Pearl Jam managed to became relevant to this day (almost 3 decades) which is a big deal if we consider that grunge and rock in general is not nearly as acclaimed as it once was, on top of that we got eddie vedder, the man is a musical genius whose voice is probably the best in grunge history, or at least among the best, and his legacy is merely musical, no scandals or anything to pump up his status.
The only reason nirvana is usually given the edge in their dispute is because of the romantic, pop cult figure cobain has become, who knows what would have been if that tragedy never happened.

Pearl jam is the best band ever, almost every song is a awesome and all the other bands are great too but they don't have as good as songs as pearl j has way more great songs.

Greatest band of the 90's! One cannot deny the lyricism and pure talent in Vedder's voice and the musical ability of the band. Makes every Nirvana album look like a Kidz Bop CD. Rock on PJ!

Ten...need I say more?!

7 Green Day 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.

Green day is my favorite band ever! they have multiple amazing sounds and awesome lyrics that kids, young adults, and adults can all connect to. Having many hits like the song of boredom Longview to songs basically saying FU like Good Riddens (Time Of Your Life). You can even find multiple meanings in many of there songs too. In the 90s they quickly became popular with their third studio album Dookie and they are still making awesome albums like American Idiot. With many smash hits like Boulevard Of Broken Dreams and 21 Guns. Still making music and going on tours to entertain their fans for all of these years is very impressive, then adding the fact that they have the same members for basically their whole music Career Tre Cool, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Mike Dirnt. Billie Joe's unique voice, Tre's impressive drumming, and Mike's mesmerizing use of the bass have the crowd dancing along to there music.

Green Day took the 90's by storm. They made kids who didn't even identify with the lifestyle of this band like them anyways. They surely pulled my attention in and I was listening to mainly hip hop. Even to this day they pour out great songs with depth. I see everyone is saying Nirvana was overrated, he was. Below average on guitar and had a voice that would have faded out later on.He was just good a bringing out the adolescent rebellion we all felt at 12.

Best band on this list, better than nirvana and definitely pearl jam

Best band in history! Please, please vote! - georgielikesgreenday

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8 Smashing Pumpkins 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.

1979 is the one song I could listen to every day

Smashing Pumpkins were the sound of the 90s

Should be #2! (Only because Nirvana had a bigger impact.)

1979 is the greatest song of the 90s and their other work stands out among the rest of the grunge genre

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9 Soundgarden 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.

Soundgarden and Alice in Chains deserve the top two spots.

Best Hard Rock and superb high voice of chris cornell.

2nd best behind only Alice in Chains

The Led-Zeppelin of the 90's. Can't take away how great the other bands on this list are... But Soundgarden is a 3rd place finisher. Behind only AIC and Nirvana...

10 Guns 'n Roses

I like guns'n roozes because they are nice

The Contenders

11 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. The band was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar, main songwriter), Pat Smear (rhythm guitar), Nate ...read more.
12 Blur Blur Blur are an English rock band, formed in London in 1988. The group consists of singer/keyboardist/guitarist Damon Albarn, guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree.

Not even hard - PinkHeno

Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon are geniuses.

Definitely the most creative band of the 90s. They practically started the Britpop and Cool Britanicca movement with their album "Modern Life is Rubbish." When they became bored of Britpop, they got experimental and in 1997 they released their self-titled album which is one of my all time favorites. - PinkHeno

A band that inspired a generation, truly summing up life in their lyrics. A clever, quirky group of talented chaps with a personality to match. Blur need to be in the top ten, the britpop movement was the nineties and it was Albarn who set it all in motion.

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13 The Offspring The Offspring The Offspring is an American punk rock band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1984. Formed under the name Manic Subsidal, the band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Dexter Holland, bassist Greg K., lead guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman and drummer Pete Parada.

I hate guns and roses their music is the wrong thing to do my opinions 10 out of ten

14 Blues Traveler
15 Pulp
16 R.E.M. R.E.M. R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by lead singer Michael Stipe, lead guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry.

R.E.M. have some of the best songs from he late 80s to 90s they seriously deserve more respect and graduate degrees than Nirvana, risen to fame by a death.

If you needed a break from grunge and want more thoughtful lyrics and elite musicianship, you went to R.E.M.

17 Counting Crows Counting Crows Counting Crows is an American rock band from Berkeley, California, formed in 1991. The band consists of Adam Duritz, David Bryson, Charlie Gillingham, Dan Vickrey, David Immerglück, Jim Bogios and Millard Powers.

Counting crows song have some of the most meaningful lyrics ever... I didn't vote for REM because some of their 90s albums weren't as good as the 80s albums. All of the ones I considered were Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins, REM, and Dave Matthews.

18 Weezer Weezer Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1992, currently consisting of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar), Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, and Scott Shriner.

Both of their 90s albums are classics, making them tied with Nirvana for number of good albums in that decade... and I'd argue Weezer's are even better.

There is No One Else like Weezer! They manage to mix heavy guitar with catchy pop melodies which makes for such a unique sound. Almost every one if their songs is a classic: Buddy Holly, Say It Ain't So, The Good Life, Across The Sea, El Scorcho, the list goes on and on! =w=

Great band. They’ve definitely had their share of questionable songs in the 2000s onwards, but you can’t deny that every song from their 90s output is just fantastic.

19 Sonic Youth Sonic Youth Sonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, and rounded out the core line-up.
20 Beck Beck Beck Hansen, known by stage name Beck, is an American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is mostly known for his musical composition, as well as a palette of sonic genres.

Beck is great, but he isn't a band.

21 Rage Against the Machine 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.

There is so much goodness in all of there albums

you add the Street Life of Rap and the Insanity of Rock and you come up with the most controversial group in the history of music - anthonybecerra831

Come on number 15? They shut down wall street! They have the most unique sound of the 90's and a perfect fusion of rap and metal.

Politically Inspiring Masters of rap metal.

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22 The Verve The Verve The Verve were an English rock band formed in Wigan in 1990 by lead vocalist Richard Ashcroft, guitarist Nick McCabe, bass guitarist Simon Jones and drummer Peter Salisbury. Guitarist and keyboard player Simon Tong became a member at a later date.
23 Melvins Melvins The Melvins are an American band that formed in 1983 in Montesano, Washington. They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers.
24 R.E.M
25 Metallica 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.
26 Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots was formed in San Diego, CA in 1989. ...read more.

Go listen to Core and Purple all the way through. Your welcome.

STP like top 5

Top ten without a doubt

This pill is whack. STP is top 10 easily

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27 Sublime Sublime Sublime was an American ska punk band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band's line-up, unchanged until their breakup, consisted of Bradley Nowell, Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh.
28 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. ...read more.

Sweet Dreams, Beautiful People, Tourniquet, Man That You Fear, The Dope Show, Rock Is Dead, I Don't Like The Drugs, Coma White. All of those hits are in the 90's.

Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals are amazing albums. In a decade were every band never put on a show Manson put on that show.

Hell yeah, long live Marilyn! Lunchbox is an awesome song from the 90's - mickeyG94

29 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

for fred

30 Aerosmith Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".
31 Beastie Boys Beastie Boys The Beastie Boys are an American Rap/Rock group that was formed in 1981 by its three original members, Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, and Adam "MCA" Yauch.
32 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.
33 Lush

THese guys were awesome

Lush.. Most under rated band of the 90s, this band was truely unique, when you listen to them you get this unexplainable vibe

34 Korn Korn Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David ...read more.

Korn is the best band ever! It deserves to be number 1!

Stupid list,this is obviously one of the best if not the best,they changed the scene of metal forever

35 Third Eye Blind Third Eye Blind Third Eye Blind is an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1993. The songwriting duo of Stephan Jenkins and Kevin Cadogan signed the band's first major-label recording contract with Elektra Records in 1996, which was later reported as the largest publishing deal ever for an unsigned artist.
36 Pantera 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.

Are you kidding me Creed is above Pantera? (I like Creed but come on) - christangrant

37 No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt is an American rock band from Anaheim, California, that formed in 1986. Since 1994, the group has consisted of vocalist Gwen Stefani, bassist and keyboardist Tony Kanal, guitarist and keyboardist Tom Dumont, and drummer Adrian Young.
38 Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit is an American nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland.

Annoying - PinkHeno

39 Take That Take That Take That are an English pop group from Manchester, formed in 1989. The group currently consists of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, and Mark Owen.

Higher there is nothing wrong with boy bands, we do not just like them for looks.
Even adults like boy bands.
Just piss off haters for good.

40 Goo Goo Dolls Goo Goo Dolls The Goo Goo Dolls are an American rock band formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York, by vocalist and guitarist John Rzeznik, vocalist and bassist Robby Takac, and drummer George Tutuska.

Why is this #48?
this should be at least #3!
their music is so beautiful and their mix is so tight! I swear this is honestly the best.

41 Type O Negative Type O Negative Type O Negative was an American gothic/doom metal band formed in Brooklyn, New York City in 1989. Their lyrical emphasis on themes of romance, depression, and death resulted in the nickname "The Drab Four".
42 Dave Matthews Band Dave Matthews Band Dave Matthews Band is an American rock band that was formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991. The founding members were singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Matthews, bassist Stefan Lessard, drummer/backing vocalist Carter Beauford and saxophonist LeRoi Moore.

They incorporate a lot of instruments and themes in their music. Very unique and talented band

Ridiculousy talented musically and vocally. Best acoustic work and all round tunes that groove.

43 Faith No More Faith No More Faith No More is an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1979. Before settling on their current moniker in 1983, the band performed under the names Sharp Young Men and later Faith No Man.
44 Blink-182 Blink-182 Blink-182 are a Pop Punk band formed in 1992. Original lineup were Mark Hoppus (Bass Guitar, Vocals) ...read more.

This should be top ten

45 Blind Melon Blind Melon
46 Portishead
47 Daft Punk Daft Punk Daft Punk is a French electronic music duo consisting of producers Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter.

Good for dancing - PinkHeno

48 Bush Bush Bush are a British rock band formed in London, England in 1992. The band found their immediate success with the release of their debut album Sixteen Stone in 1994, which is certified 6× multi-platinum by the RIAA.
49 Garbage Garbage Garbage is an American-Scottish alternative rock band formed in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1993. The group consists of Scottish musician Shirley Manson and American musicians Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, and Butch Vig.

So underrated. Two great records in the 90's and stunning in concerts with excellent musicians supporting the iconic Shirley.

This band should be so much higher. Shirley Manson is an amazing entertainer and their music is STILL great.

50 Pavement
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