Voting on the Best 90’s Rock Bands – Put Your Favorites on Top!

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Hey friends, After making the poll for the best artists and bands from the 70’s which was a great success, I wanted to turn and have you guys vote about another golden age of music! So who were the best 90’s rock bands?

The 90’s: The rise of grunge, alternative rock and many other great rock bands, some of them are still going strong today and definitely have a lot of influence on most of the stuff we’ve seen later – from pop to rock to indie. We surely needed it after way too much tasteless synthesizers in the 80’s…

I worked on creating a narrowed down list of the top 23 rock bands that probably had their most fruitful years during the 90’s. I left metal, hard rock bands and one hit wonders (which there are plenty of in the 90’s) outside for a different list, so if one of your faves might not be here, there surely are going to be a lot of your beloved ones who did make it in the list, so head down and vote for ’em!

Two unique differences between this list of top 90’s artists versus the 70’s list of top artists and bands that came to my mind while I worked on this list are:

  • The 90’s top rock lists consist almost exclusively of bands, while in the 70’s there was a lot more solo artists out there.
  • On the 70’s, a lot of the major powers in Rock N’ Roll were coming from the UK while in the 90’s other than Oasis and Radiohead there isn’t much from outside the USA, and especially from the west coast. Just food for thought.
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The poll is at the bottom of the post, don’t miss it! Share this with your friends so we can get a wider and more reliable point of view of the 90’s favorites among musicians.

Click a name of a song to have a listen, click on the album for the Amazon page, and click on the name of the band to go to the matching Wikipedia page for some fun facts about your band. And since we all like fun facts, on the list I have added the hometown of the band or the town where they were formed at to be more correct. Enjoy!

Voting on Your Favorite Rock Artists and Bands From the 70’s – the 23 Runner-Ups

Weezer

Formed in Los Angeles, California

Among their most popular hits: Buddy Holly, My Name Is Jonas, Island In The Sun, El Scorcho

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Pearl Jam

Formed in Seattle, Washington

Among their most popular hits: Jeremy, Yellow Ledbetter, Alive, Even Flow

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The Pixies

Formed in Boston, Massachusetts

Among their most popular hits: Debaser, Hey, Here Comes Your Man, Gigantic

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R.E.M.

Formed in Athens, Georgia

Among their most popular hits: Everybody Hurts, Losing My Religion, Man On The Moon, Shiny Happy People

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Soundgarden

Formed in Seattle, Washington

Among their most popular hits: Black Hole Sun, The Day I Tried To Live, Jesus Christ Pose

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Dave Matthews Band

Formed in Charlottesville, Virginia

Among their most popular hits: Crush Into Me, #41, Two Step, Ants Marching

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Third Eye Blind

Formed in San Francisco, California

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Among their most popular hits: Semi-Charmed Life, How’s It Going To Be, Jumper

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Bush

Formed in London, England

Among their most popular hits: Glycerine, Machinehead, Swallowed

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Stone Temple Pilots

Formed in San Diego, California

Among their most popular hits: Plush, Big Empty, Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart

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Jane’s Addiction

Formed in Los Angeles, California

Among their most popular hits: Mountain Song, Been Caught Stealing, Superhero (Entourage theme song)

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Oasis

Formed in Manchester, England

Among their most popular hits: Live Forever, Wonderwall, Don’t Look Back In Anger, Lyla

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Greenday

Formed in East Bay, California

Among their most popular hits: Basketcase, Time Of Your Life, Jesus Of Suburbia, When I Come Around

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No Doubt

Formed in Anaheim, California

Among their most popular hits: Spiderwebs, Just A Girl, Don’t Speak

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Nirvana

Formed in Aberdeen, Washington

Among their most popular hits: Smells Like Teen Spirit, Come As You Are, Heart Shaped Box, Lithium

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Foo Fighters

Formed in Seattle, Washington

Among their most popular hits: Big Me, Learn To Fly, Breakout, Everlong

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

Formed in Los Angeles, California

Among their most popular hits: Californication, Under The Bridge, Scar Tissue, Road Trippin’

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Everclear

Formed in Portland, Oregon

Among their most popular hits: Father Of Mine, Santa Monica, I Will Buy You A New Life, Wonderful

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Blur

Formed in London, England

Among their most popular hits: Song 2, The Universal, She’s So High

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Blink 182

Formed in Poway, California

Among their most popular hits: All The Small Things, Adam’s Song, Man Overboard, What’s My Age Again

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Radiohead

Formed in Abingdon, England

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Among their most popular hits: Karma Police, High And Dry, Creep, Fake Plastic Trees

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Individual Artists:

Jeff Buckley

From Anaheim, California

Among his most popular hits: Lover You Shouldv’e Come Over, Grace, Hallelujah, Mama You Been On My Mind (Dylan cover)

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Alanis Morissette

From Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Among her most popular hits: You Oughta Know, Thank U, Ironic

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Beck

From Los Angeles, California

Among his most popular hits: Loser, Where It’s At, Guess I’m Doing Fine

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That’s it! Now all that’s left is to cast the votes. Try to keep it down to your 3-4 absolute best favorites. Thanks for dropping by and voting and you’re more than welcome to share this! Peace.

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1 comment for “Voting on the Best 90’s Rock Bands – Put Your Favorites on Top!

  1. Cliff
    February 22, 2016 at 6:35 AM

    Problem. The Smashing Pumpkins are not on your list.

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