Most Popular Bands of the 90’s

When it comes to waxing nostalgically, music that represents the culture of any decade not only defines the times, but the music of any time can also become timeless, with sometimes numerous covers sustaining its life in decades to follow. Of all the aspects and elements belonging to any specific decade, it’s truly music that has the most staying power, the most time-conveyable component of them all. More period-specific music is carried from one generation to the next – decade to decade – than any other manifestation. While there may be protests that counter with a myriad of elements found in a particular culture – especially with regard to the arts – both performing and fine arts, but music – and specifically pop music, is the one aspect that reaches the greatest number of members in any period of time-of them all. And, not surprisingly, the people whose youth was spent in any given decade will argue that “Our music was the best.”

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90s Decade Music Stylings
The 90s produced its own brand of poetry in music, with a lot of harder sounds that conveyed considerable angst. Many songs told stories that depicted all the foibles of love gone awry, and 90s music set MTV ablaze, taking advantage of the venue having been established over a decade previously. Music of the 1990s brought us poppy girl bands and boy bands (think the Spice Girls and the Backstreet Boys,) Music lovers were provided with an unprecedented increase of different, highly contrasting style venues, and introduced us to grunge and punk rock. Music has a uniquely effective power to take us back to exact memories of places, people and practices of the times from which it reigned.

Comebacks Ahead
There were many bands and solo artists whose megastar musical careers both began and ended during the 90s. Some abruptly ended, and some seemed to have gently faded away into obscurity. There is good news for everyone who misses the times and the music: many of these 90s chart-toppers are now once again touring, as part of a new kind of venue that’s coming to be recognized as Nostalgia Tours.

Do You Remember?
(These bands are listed in no specific order.)

  • Pearl Jam
  • the Dave Matthews Band
  • Nirvana
  • En Vogue
  • Green Day
  • Goo-Goo Dolls
  • U2
  • the Cranberries
  • Smashing Pumpkins
  • No Doubt (with Gwen Stefani)
  • REM
  • Guns n’ Roses
  • Boyz II Men
  • Spice Girls
  • Foo Fighters
  • TLC
  • Blink 182
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Alice in Chains
  • Destiny’s Child
  • Radiohead

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