The nineties saw the rise of prolific bands like nirvana, Pearl Jam, smashing pumpkins, Alice in chains, and deftones. The combined genius of these bands are only rivaled by the bands of the sixties. In the end though, the nineties overcome every other decade with rawness and uniqueness. Listen to Ten, Nevermind, Dirt, Siamese Dream, Pablo Honey, and Core. Then listen to any seven albums of a different decade and tell me what moves you.

The 90's produced honest music that explored the crevasses and dark corners of humanity without picking ideological favourites. This decade of music smacks of humility and feeling at a time when there was access to a wide range of technologies, new and old, analog and digital that ended up in the hands of artists that saw just how stupid and selfish western culture had become and looked forward to a future that was thoughtful, hard earned, and balanced. It was during this decade that many found their voice, Rapped and Blogged their concerns. The 90's was the decade of substance, not substance abuse like the 70's, or the debauchery of the 80's. More like the 60's but with more heart and a better understanding of reality.

Something happened here that the world was changed forever. Its like the music climaxed here, in the 90's. Ok Computer, mellon Collie from smashing pumpkins, nevermind. The indie scene exploded and the world was overwhelmed with such unprecedented creativeness perfection. I mean. I like some things of the 00's. But mostly music went downhill after the 90's. The era of joy, almost careless happiness, love, hope and magic. Came to its end with the greatest music that this world has ever heard. World changed since then. The last and greatest decade of music of all time.

The top comment says pretty much all of it. The 90's just was a full blast of beautiful art. Not "selling" pop music or repetitive electronica such as some periods in the 80's. (The 80's were amazing as well but they're a bit overrated) The indie culture just rose as never before bringing bands like Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Weezer etc... I think it was the last era of "good" music. I mean, the 00's werent horrible but you have to admit this are dry and hard times for music, showing in the media a sustained lack of creativity, originality and soul in all that electronica and even rock bands that just recycle someone elses ideas (not all of them but there's a generalized tendency) These are dark times for music..

To quote Austin powers, " The 70s and the 80s? You're not missing anything, believe me. I've looked into it. There's a gas shortage and A Flock of Seagulls. That's about it." Nineties were the best because of the rise of alt rock. Nirvana Green Day Foo Fighters Alice In Chains sound garden avenged sevenfold, and pop legends such as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears

Jay-Z, Nas, The Notorious B.I. G, 2pac, Eminem, Beyonce and Destiny's child, and so much more. The 80's was more rock and pop while the 90's converged into all genres. It saw the rise of rap and country, and strong pop music

The best decade was the 90s but the 70s and 60s were EQUALLY awesome...

The 80s caused music to deteriorate like hell because of 'cheesy' synth pop and other ... But great music came out of the 80s as well...

The 90s managed to neutralize the damage done in the mainstream by some of the 80s artists but the damage was massive and led to most of the music today...

Madonna, the high pitched Michael Jackson and others created cheesy pop and ruined music in my opinion.

Most meaningful lyrics and some of the best bands came out of this decade. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Oasis, Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, U2

The 1990's were the best decade for music: the rise of grunge, hip hop, heavy metal, and alternative music back when alternative music was actually alternative to music such as the overrated scene of the 1980's. And I'm not just saying this because Nirvana is my favorite band!

The 80's were great but the 90's were arguably better. Admittedly U2 weren't quite as impressive in this era and The Smiths weren't around anymore, but all in all the 90's are certainly music's finest hour.

The last decade of diversity and truly clever writing. Involved lyrics that tols a story and music that encouraged you to listen to the story. There have been standout songs since then, but on the whole the 90's was the 80's all grown up and willing to try some new stuff again (minus those abysmal hair-metal bands), and just ahead of the 70's for overall quality. For the record I was born in 1971

A pretty big downgrade from the 80s however the bad is not too bad ( especially compared to 00s and 010s. ) but the good is solid. Country and Rap are at some of the best but everything else tends to converge into not the best but not the worst.

Northwest grunge, the second British Invasion, East Coast vs West Coast rap and hip hop, and indie music all going mainstream. Tell me another decade that has this kind of diversity! Beyond that the artists of the 90's were actually that. They were artists. Pull any album from the 90's other than commercial pop like the Spice Girls and listen to the lyrics.

Grunge, reflective and personal music, indie bands and solo singer/songwriters, rock, techno, r n b at its peak, dance music was campy and infectious in all its glory.

90's was awesome with Nirvana Pearl Jam and rise of other alternative rock forms, The 80's commercialized music was finally over, the pure raw true music came in the 90s.

Nirvana, Smashing pumpkins, Tool, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Radiohead, Rage, NIN, collective soul, and many others are the reason the 90s were the greatest!

We had Nirvana, NWA, Tupac, various other artists and genres, and metal was awesome! - FrozenHatingPokefan

Primus. The Offspring. Korn. Green Day. Most of all the good stuff came in the 90s.

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Tenth. The 1990's were wild and sounded terrible. INXS was in its last moments, as was Queen, and those which were new were horrible.

Everything was better about the 90's. It was the best decade for Country, Hip Hop, Alternative/Rock and even Pop music.

In the 90s, hip hop and rock changed, and it became easier and more likely for artists to experiment than ever before.

The 90s was amazing early because of grunge but because later after kurt cobain died rap crap came out and music died in 1994-2000 - TheAlterPlace

Good rap, Tupac, Biggie, EZ-E, Good ole snoop, etc. Great music at this time for rap.

4th place? Are you kidding me? 90s music is cheesier than the contents of my fridge!