Best Hard Rock Bands of the 90s
The Top Ten
One of the most influential and gifted frontman of all time. Kurt Cobain one of the greatest. Spawning another great band, Foo Fighters. Nirvana will be remembered generations upon gernerations.
Best band I love it! A legend. A magnificent band. The band that changed rock and kurt cobain was a legend too bad he killed himself. Long live Nirvana! Nirvana will be remembered generations upon generations!
Nirvana was truly an idol in the world of rock for a lot of reasons. There songs had meaning. They experimented with what you could do with music period. Kurt was a legend and will be remember for years to come. His music was truly inspirational to many people and bands
Nirvana is grunge, not hard rock. It even says it in the description of the band! - KingSlayer93316V 56 Comments
Come on we need this to be #1.
Not hard rock. - Userguy44
The only huge rock band to retain its popularity all decade, the Chili Peppers sold about 7 million copies of 1991's Blood Sugar Sex Magik in the U.S. and about 5.5 million copies of 1999's Californication. This is amazing when contrasted with all their multi-platinum peers. Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day... all those bands' record sales leveled off severely by the end of the decade, to the point where they sold a tiny fraction of their biggest albums. We'll never know how Nirvana would have fared, unfortunately.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are a band that evolved beautifully throughout the 1990's. They had two gigantic hits in the decade with Blood Sugar Sex Majick and Californication. Even the "dud" album One Hot Minute contains 4 or 5 alt rock classics. It's no mistake they were just inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame... They are legends and their music will continue to be popular for a long long time!V 23 Comments
Metallica is one of the soundtracks of my life - Mattia
Metallica is one of the greatest rock bands that even experts say helped pave the way and helped mold hard rock.
Hands down, started my love affair with metal. My friends and I could sit for hours in the car and rock out.
The band that started my torrid love affair with metalV 19 Comments
The greatest that ever was
Pearl Jam is the 2nd most influential hard rock band of the 1990s right behind Nirvana. (3rd if you want to make an argument for Alice in Chains. They were the biggest band in the world for at least half of the decade, (The first three albums were mega-huge, selling in the range of 25 million copies). Pearl Jam's last album released in 2009 went to #1 on the charts. They are excellent live and still continue to sell out arenas world wide.
P.S. this is supposed to be a list of the top hard rock bands of the 1990s?!? Get Bon Jovi the hell off of here! They are an 80s band all the way! I would rather see Seven Mary Three make the list because at least they were a 90's band!
Starting with the grunge archetype, they blossomed into so much more. Pearl Jam as broken many boundaries of modern rock to remain relevant and sounding great 20 years later. They're live shows only amplify this as they can draw more emotion from a crowd than any band I've ever seen live.
My personal favorite from the 1990s, Pearl Jam sound like The Who or Led Zeppelin might if they grew up listening to The Ramones, as Vedder and Co. did. This is a band with classicist roots and terrific stage presence that sounds equally good cranked to 11 or performing a ballad. Their range sets them apart from their 1990s peers. Bonus points for very few "baby, baby" songs, at least until later in their career.V 23 Comments
I love all the Seattle bands. Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Mudhoney, etc..
But Alice in Chains are a very special unit. Listen to Jar of Flies, it's a beautiful work of art. No band from the Seattle "grunge" scene comes close.
Best Rock Band of the 90s? Alice in Chains #8, stunning. The music this band put out was great, and withstands the test of time. I still listen to these CD's a lot. There are a lot of good bands on this list. Nirvana at #1 for "hard rock" is questionable. Alice was definitely harder, darker and amazingly talented. It goes without saying that this band had the most powerful, soulful, incredible singer on this planet. RIP Layne Staley
Better than Nirvana. - Userguy44V 50 Comments
Guns N' Roses is a God hard rock band, why people don't just deep listen to Slash guitar and the pain, the love and the sweet words through Axl voice
You’re in the jungle
Welcome to the jungle remix- " Welcome to the jungle, we got fun and games! The bands above suck and honey we don't know their names! " these bands above are no names. Guns and roses weren't in their prime in the 90 s and ac dc were and amazingly not on the list but for the top ten this band wins.
Welcome to the Jungle rulez! - zibblewitsV 35 Comments
The only band to properly incorporate black sabbath and the beatles, which in my opinion, was what grunge was attempting to do. Heavy metal and soft rock, not to mention chris cornell could take this title alone. Love all of grunge music, soundgarden just had the most talent in my opinion.
WAY underrated! When I think of my childhood and reflect on the 90's, I think of Soundgarden. What a band. In my opinion the most diversity of any band of the 90's, from the more mellow "Blow up the Outside World" or "The Day I Tried to Live" to the harder "Fell on Black Days" or "Pretty Noose", this band did it all. Greatest band ever...
Number one on the list is Soundgarden!
With Chris Cornell's vocals and Kim Thayil's guitar riffs. Soundgarden is with out a doubt the greatest rock band of the the 90s. "Superunknown" alone secures the title.I don't need to say much more.V 20 Comments
STP is #1 in my heart because they had diversity in their musical styles throughout each album. You never knew exactly what you were going to get from a new STP album -- all you knew was that it was going to sound amazing. Most of these other bands can be boiled down to three or four general sounds that repeat through their entire discographies (if you're lucky). That is not the case with STP -- they were so talented that they could allow themselves to explore a wide range of styles and sound damn good doing it.
They couldplay it all, put on the best live shows and to this day their music is on radio more thanthe others.
You picture or hear 90s rock, you see STONE TEMPLE PILOTS.
Among so-called alt-rock bands, only Pearl Jam and Nirvana sold more albums in the 1990s than Stone Temple Pilots, but STP was the dominant singles band of the era. Plush, Vasoline, Interstate Love Song, Big Bang Baby, Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart, Lady Picture Show... all those songs reached No. 1. Creep, Big Empty and Sour Girl all made the top four, and the indelible quality of those songs make this band an easy top 10 for the 1990s.V 13 Comments
Pop punk and not hard rock! - Userguy44
Green had a lot of great songs in the 90s: Basket Case, When I Come Around, Brain Stew, Geek Stink Breath, Hitchin a Ride, Scattered, Redundant not to mention songs from 1039 and Kerplunk. They revitalized punk and brought it back to the world. Number 15 is way too low!
Green day was at its best in the 90's. Dookie their best album brought them into the mainstream and brought us classics like basket case and longview. Insomniac had an angrier punk sound but still continued to have mainstream success with classics like walking contradiction and armatage shanks. Finnally Nimrod evolved green days sound by incorporating acoustic guitars, trumpets and other odd instruments but still retaining a punk sound. Nimrod had classics like hitchin a ride and prosthetic head
Dude... All I have to say is Dookie. Basket Case, When I Come Around, Longview, She, Welcome to Paradise. And not to mention all the stuff after that. Time of Your Life... Hello... More hits than *cough* Nirvana.V 31 Comments
Best band ever known to man. 10th place? Come on people, stop listening to today's trash music (aside from rock).
I CANNOT believe SP are this low. understanding that there music can be a bit dark and I generally like music that isn't coming from depression this band is absolutely the best band since the 70s (except possible Guns N Roses although I personally prefer the pumpkins but I can see how that argument could be made). Understanding that I am comparing them to a time when bands like Led Zeppelin, Queen, and Aerosmith were what you got when you turned on your radio (today we get some ass taking garbage into a microphone while a machine plays a beat in the background... because that's music). Nothing against Pearl Jam, Mettallica, Nirvana or even the Chili Peppers (love John Frusciante) but Billy Corgan is truly amazing and everything just worked. Whether it was Billy's creepy voice and complete talent on guitar (my favorite guitar player who's band started in my lifetime with Frusciante a close second), the strangeness of a female bassist in what could easily be considered a male rock band ...more
One of the most innovative bands of the 90's. Billy Corgan is a lyrical poet in every sense of the word! I love how the Smashing Pumpkins took a risk on each album they released and each has a different sound. Not to mention is there a better thematic concept album than melon collie and the infinite sadness? I think not!
I have so much love for this band. There is no other band that can even come close to have a sound like The Smashing Pumpkins. When I think back to the 90's I think about bands like this one and songs like "Today", "1979", "Bullet With Butterfly Wings", "Tonight, Tonight", "Landslide", "Cherub Rock", and on and on. I could talk about this band all day. But those of use that know and love this band, know that this band should be at least in the top 5!V 17 Comments
One of the most innovative and underrated mainstream acts of the 90s. "The Downward Spiral" and "The Fragile" are way ahead of their time. I would argue that Trent Reznor's contributions to music are as important as Nirvana's. Plus, he's the reason anyone gives a damn about Marilyn Manson, which is a huge contribution in-and-of itself.
The most creative hard rock band of the 90s... Hands down
And still making great music. Spin magazine labeled Trent Reznor the most vital artist in music.
Downward Spiral is one of the top albums of all time!V 3 Comments
The Foo Fighters are the best, wow and they're on of the few bands that are STILL TOGETHER
The best modern rock band that started from alternative rock all the way to hard rock
The colour and the shape was their best album ever (other than maybe wasting light). The first album was not great but Dave was the only one doing anything, so that's 1/4 of the creativity. There is nothing left to lease had great songs too (learn to fly, stacked actors, breakout).
But they were definitely better in the 2000's. Aurora, Generator, Breakout, For all the cows: all quality songs from the 90's!V 7 Comments
Literally the most technically and lyrically advanced band. Danny Carey is legendary on drums and considered by many to be up there with Neil Peart, Justin Chancellor redefined how to play bass, Adam Jones's creativity on guitar is incomparable to any other guitarist, and Maynard's very complex lyrics, pure emotion, soul, and energy on stage makes listening to Tool's music a very intense experience.
Helped keep Metal on the surface without out selling out, the sheer genius of Adam Jones, Maynard James Keenan, Danny Carey and Justin Chancellor ( Paul D'Amour) is collectively explosive. Best band alive.
Creativity has never been so delicately assembled in a band like this one before. Adam Jones and his hard, haunting, and unique riffs complement Maynard's voice and vocal delivery in a way no other band has achieved. The bass line can hardly be called "rhythm" or "backround" because Danny Carey's ingenius syncopated and dissonant drum lines with bass lines that lead as much as guitar, this band can easily be named one of the greatest masterpieces of music and art on the planet.
I am glad to see Tool so high up on this list. So underrated and so talented. Danny is an awesome drummer and Maynard is brilliant always. My favourite band ever.V 29 Comments
Great political songs.
What is RATM doing at 14? They should be number 1. - DarkBoi-X
The hard rock sound of Morello and Commerford along with great rapping skills of De La Rocha complete with the simple yet awesome drumming makes Rage the best 90s band ever and, in my opinion, one of the best ever.
Tom Morello... Enough said.V 11 Comments
They just released 3 albums in the 90's - Keep the Faith, Cross Road and These Days and all were absolutely amazing! Songs like Keep the faith, dry county, always, In these arms, This ain't a love song etc were all superhits! The Best Band ever!
MOST POPULAR IN THE WORLD, NUMBER 1 HERE IN THE PHILIPPINES BACK IN THE 90'S
bon jovi is simply the best... listen 2 living on a prayer and you give love a bad name, it's my life, have a nice day, wanted dead or alive..1 word : classic
Sorry, Bon Jovi doesn't belong this high on the listV 11 Comments
Should be higher. Most of the bands above aren’t even hard rock. Most are grunge, rock, metal etc as well as below. - Userguy44
For me acdc is a top 5 band in the 70s and 80s. The tone of Malcolm and Angus are downright scary good. They have stood the test of time and there isn't a band in the world who's riffs are being played more in commercials, ads, movies, super bowls, etc than acdc. They didn't call it quits after losing a singer or after a few good albums. They produced massively inspiring albums like High Voltage and Highway to Hell with the great Bon Scott and developed themselves even further with the great Byron. Absolutely legends. And they may even be a top 10 in the 90s.. but definitely top 5 in the 70s and 80s.
How can they not be the greatest of all time.. So many great songs - and still playing for us! It's gotta count for something that they are still touring and releasing new stuff 20 PLUS years later...
AC/DC deserves to be #3 or #4! They're at least better than The Red Hot Chilli Peppers... Some of the bands on the Top 17 are just there because they're more famous.. But that doesn't mean that their music/songs are betterV 13 Comments
Best by far.
When u sell millions of albums without radio or MTV you are a musical Phenomenon.
LITERALLY every album is GOLD. All but one Platinum. Some of the most consistent album sales in music history shows have impressive they were LIVE as that was their only REAL promotion
Dimebag, Vinnie Paul, Rex and Phil. Best band to ever live, definitely most talented metal act to walk the earth. RIP DIME.
Two decades of unrepeated display of power, time shows the real value of this band. Pantera rules, walk!
The best guitarist, best drumer, add in a great singer and a good bassist. You get the best band of all time. The band got me through so many times in my life from anger to having my children. Number 1 for me all the way!V 6 Comments
Yea, this is WAY too low for KoRn! Are you kidding me? When MTV played music KoRn beat out the ridiculous Backstreet Boys, NSync, and Britney Spears for #1 song/video, and the Got the Life video had to be retired because it was on top for so long! KoRn put hard music on the mainstream map and kicked Pop in the face! They are easily top ten if not higher.
Freak on a Leash and Blind defined the 1990's! Way underrated band. Should be much higher than this!
Revolutionized... A new genre... Grunge metal... Never been done till KoRn came around
Huge in the 90's. Like the biggest band by the end of the 90's. They released very good music right up to the end of the 90's.V 6 Comments
It's because they're not a 90's band. They were around since 1970 really. And they only had a couple of hits in the 90's. They're luck to even be on this list. But as for best rock bands of all time, they'd be higher (probably).
HOW COULD YOU PLACE AEROSMITH AT 28 IT SHOULD BE AT TOP 5 THEY DESERVE BEING THAT HIGH AND WHAT CRAP IS THIS NIRVANA BEING PLACED number 1? He's NOT A HARD ROCK HEAVY METAL ARTIST!
Most Of These Bands Are Grunge Not Hard Rock
Even Heavy Metal Is on this list
I thought this is meant to be Hard Rock not Grunge/Metal/Punk or Alternative
One hit every year since 1973.
Biggest band ever.
They actually formed in 1992. They changed the band name in 1997, but they started in 1992 as Groundswell.
They should be number 1
Come on damn it go highr
I love them
Definitely leopard has to be one of the best bands of all time!
One of my all time favorite. bands. These guys rocked rocked till you dropped
Greatest rock band ever!V 1 Comment
They changed the sound of Metal forever... So many bands today owe White Zombie for paving the way with their innovative sound and style
Honestly, I was surprised how low Manson was. He was such a controversial figure for 90s Rock. Even to this day I love his stuff from the 90s, and find it almost a perfect way to describe 90s Rock and metal. Manson was the perfect 90s rock star, he should be higher up on the list easily.
Marilyn Manson should definitely be at least in the top 10. HE DOMINATED THE 2ND HALF OF THE 90'S DAMN IT! - ComaWhite21
Should definitely be number 1 best band ever for sure more famous than most bands on this list
He is my favorite singer and I'm only 12V 5 Comments
Biggest albums of the 90s, Green Day needs to leave.
They have very many hits and deserve number 1
The offspring is my all time favorite band. I reckon the guitar work is just magnificent
Top 10 no problem. Smash and Americana? Both in the '90s.V 2 Comments
Although they may not be hard rock, you can say that about many other bands that made this list. Oasis is lyrically, vocally, and just flat out musically brilliant.
Oasis should top this list. Noel and liam Gallagher, their lyrics, their vocals, the instruments. They make amazing music. They're the best band of the 90s!
Noel continued to pump out great music all throughout oasis' career, and still writes music today.
They're impact on the world is top-10 material at least.V 6 Comments
I haven't been listening to these guys for very long, but like everyone says the more you listen the better they get. I agree.
One of favorite bands of all time, they are better than everybody on this list and should be number 1.
Just listen to them. You will know why
It's about rich music.V 1 Comment
One of the best modern rock band
Easily one of my favorite bands of all time.
Perfect blend of quiet and meaningful lyrics to relax to and hardcore scream an heavy riffs to get you pumped up for a big game or a workout set.
The deftones r a really hard band but there also very melodic I love them they deserve a ranking
Even the new albums that they release are amazing. To this day, still the best live band I've ever seen!V 4 Comments
A great band with lots of different music styles throughout their whole discography; started with rock and now they are both rock and electronic music, since they started to change their music since the album Black Holes and Revolutions. They are still active today, with their latest album being The 2nd Law. They are one of the few bands that started good and gone to the better, lasting throughout time. Their debut album, Showbiz, has a great rock song called "Sunburn". Have a look for their music!
I love Muse, but I don't think they count as a 90s band, because they only released one album in 1999.
And steel one of the best bands
Amazing use of everything.V 2 Comments
Wind of change is one of the best song that has a good meaning
Best band out there still today
63.? come on.. this just can't be true.
Why is Bush at 96? Some of the best singles of the mid 90's. This list is ridiculous. Butthole Surfers ahead of Bush and Three Days Grace? Really?
Should be so much higher in this list.
They have definitely get to be high up. They had so many iconic songs and a wide range of styles. At the point of the album Angel Dust they were one of the most listened to bands at that time. They were huge. Internal disputes eventually ruptured the band and ended an immense set of albums. Mike Patton is a genius though!
They should belong to top 10, very unique band... Don't know how to describe them.. But they rock hard with their unique style... You should listen to them if you are a band member
The albums The Real Thing and Angel Dust are definitely 90's classics! Very talented yet obscure band.V 7 Comments
This band was totally original and had some of the catchiest songs ever written.
WHY IS THIS NOT HIGHER UP?!? Most of these bands aren't even from the 90's!
The Blue Album ALONE should be enough reason they should be in the top 10. But then we also get Pinkerton AND The Green Album!
Weezer 101? THIS VOTINGS RIGGED. WEEZER IS THE BEST BAND OUT THERE
Amazing guitarist & singer x'D the girls are just fantastic, rocking out & they r very known from their popular song 'barracuda' wats better is that they r talented sister c: I deserve to be higher
good band - Mattia
Great band when you see them live
Only released one 90s album.
UP THE IRONS!
VOTE FOR N.1!
this band is one of the most important in metal history! - Mattia
Iron maiden one of the most influential and hardest working bands out there should be top 5 easy
Do me a favor...this band should be number 1V 6 Comments
Probably low just because radiohead isn't considered "hard rock"
I'm listening to "Lucky". No band here comes close to this display of godly music. Best band not only for the 90's. Perhaps the whole damn century.
Did I seriously have to add this on the list? Why don't more people like radiohead?
I wouldn't call them hard rock, I'd put them on the top ten list for 90's bands easily though
Throwing copper changed the direction of the entire industry. Remember it was that or hootie and the blowfish at the time
Most influential band in my life. The charisma depth and rawness of Ed especially back in the throwing copper days to me has never been surpassed
I saw Live at South Park Meadows in Austin in 1995. It is still the best concert I've ever seen.
These guys are a bit of an afterthought now, but they were definitely one of the top bands of the 90s. Mental Jewelry, Throwing Copper, Secret Samahdi and The Distance to Here were all solid albums.V 3 Comments
Greatest band ever!
please come to Indonesia again.
They aren't a 90s band what... I vote anyways though because they are good - Mattia
Just the best band ever.
Well. The fact that they are this far down, even though they aren't a 90s band, shows that most people have a terrible taste in music. Seriously the greatest band of maybe all time
They are this far down because they aren't a 90s band, they shouldn't be on this list at all, duh.V 1 Comment
Him is pest band!
Never lost Their style
More on the metal side, but you can classify them as hard rock. Beautifully poetic, deep lyrics combined with heavy, energetic instrumentals is just what's needed for a great band.
One of a kind sound that is still classic, but all of the top 25 bands are legit
Released 4 albums in 2000s as opposed to 1 in the 90s.
Wish they still did shows!V 2 Comments
Mr. Big had a very good song and a great musician like we now Erick Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan, Pat Torpey, and Richie kotzen who replaced Paul in 1997
Mr.big is the best band
The song that Mr.big makes are the best because metals and other music are good to listen but song that has a good meaning with a little melody mix with rock is the best and only few band like Mr.big has it
Breaking Benjamin is the BEST! Enough said!
Should be in the top 10 easily. One of 90's hard rocks biggest influences
One of the bet not as good as red hot chilli peppers but still good
Perry Ferrell's work with Jane's and Porno for Pyros must make the ten! This is the music that actually paved the way for Nirvana and Soundgarden, both bands that get WAY more props!
One the influential band of the 90's in the philippines they are unique and very talented when it comes to songwriting a truly great, great rock band I can't say anything else, they are the best in the Philippines!
Maybe you do not know this, but this is truly a great band.
God, I hope you are kidding me. This is a terrible band... At best.
How in the world is Silverchair not on this list. Amazing Aussie band!
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