Top 10 Best Bands of the 90s?

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Old-Wizard.com
Who does everyone think is the best/most influential band of the 90s?

I made my own list, but wondering what the KMC people think?

www.old-wizard.com/top1090sbands.htm

WrathfulDwarf
Betcha a coke that the name Nirvana will be thrown in a lot. 313

Old-Wizard.com
Thats the beauty of my list. Nirvana doesnt even make it.

Wlshy
i think nirvana should be on there

you could see by that list that the 90s were full of indie bands

i think blur should be on that list too

Pezmerga
I personally think the list should look something like this...

Sonic Youth
Soundgarden
Rage against The Machine
Opeth
Alice In Chains
Dream Theater
Smashing Pumpkins
Radiohead
Porcupine Tree
Mr. Bungle

papabeard
Nirvana
Smashing Pumpkins
Weezer
Green Day
Oasis
Radiohead
Beta Band
The Stone Roses
Pearl Jam
REM

Old-Wizard.com
Originally posted by Pezmerga
I personally think the list should look something like this...

Sonic Youth
Soundgarden
Rage against The Machine
Opeth
Alice In Chains
Dream Theater
Smashing Pumpkins
Radiohead
Porcupine Tree
Mr. Bungle

Thats a list we can respect.

Bardock42
Jeff Buckley should make the list.

Nellinator
Originally posted by Bardock42
Jeff Buckley should make the list. Not a band imo. But definitely top 10 band/musician imo.

My personal one would probably be something like:
Alice in Chains
Pearl Jam
Porcupine Tree
Oasis
Anacrusis
Solitude Aeturnus
Megadeth
Smashing Pumpkins
Rage Against the Machine
The Offspring

D00m
My 10 would be:

Radiohead
Built to Spill
The Flaming Lips
Tool
Porcupine Tree
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Massive Attack
Boards of Canada
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Pavement

ragesRemorse
Originally posted by Pezmerga
I personally think the list should look something like this...

Sonic Youth
Soundgarden
Rage against The Machine
Opeth
Alice In Chains
Dream Theater
Smashing Pumpkins
Radiohead
Porcupine Tree
Mr. Bungle


thumb up

Old-Wizard.com
Originally posted by D00m
My 10 would be:

Radiohead
Built to Spill
The Flaming Lips
Tool
Porcupine Tree
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Massive Attack
Boards of Canada
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Pavement

Pavement was a tough ommission.

Bat Dude
I'm not very "educated" in the ways of 90s music, so my list might be kinda "WTF?!?", but what what can ya do? (80s music suits me better anyway, which you can see in some of my choices)

Faith No More (my FAVORITE band from the early 90s)
Megadeth
Alice in Chains
Pearl Jam
Metallica (Black Album)
Warrant (Listen to April 2031 to see what I'm saying)
Soundgarden
Smashing Pumpkins
Nirvana (they're ok)
Slaughter (laugh all you want, but Fly to the Angels is a touching song with meaning)

chillmeistergen
Modest Mouse
Radiohead
Blur
Pulp
Nirvana
The Flaming Lips
The White Stripes (debut in 1999)
Queens Of The Stone Age
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Nine Inch Nails.

ESB -1138
I'll have to think about this but my number 1 would be Sublime

SpaceMonkey
Why is STP nowhere on those lists? IMO they were one of the best bands, musically and Weiland's voice was better than most other rock singers(excpet Staley and Cornell) from the 90's.

Just curious as to why they would be ommited from your lists.

Mr.Biscuits
Soundgarden
Temple of the Dog
Nirvana
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Radiohead
Mr.Bungle
Faith No More
Jeff Buckley
Rage Against The Machine
Opeth.

Nellinator
Originally posted by SpaceMonkey
Why is STP nowhere on those lists? IMO they were one of the best bands, musically and Weiland's voice was better than most other rock singers(excpet Staley and Cornell) from the 90's.

Just curious as to why they would be ommited from your lists. I forgot about them. I'd scratch Oasis and add STP.

Victor Von Doom
Silly without FNM.

Old-Wizard.com
Originally posted by SpaceMonkey
Why is STP nowhere on those lists? IMO they were one of the best bands, musically and Weiland's voice was better than most other rock singers(excpet Staley and Cornell) from the 90's.

Just curious as to why they would be ommited from your lists.

our list was based on what we listen to, and mainly consisted of solid rock bands with big hooks. we basically ignored everything anyone has ever told us about music, and went with what we feel were the best bands of the era.

chillmeistergen
Originally posted by Old-Wizard.com
our list was based on what we listen to, and mainly consisted of solid rock bands with big hooks. we basically ignored everything anyone has ever told us about music, and went with what we feel were the best bands of the era.

Now I understand why you put Oasis at number 1 then.

Deja~vu
Originally posted by Bardock42
Jeff Buckley should make the list. Defiantly.

SpaceMonkey
Originally posted by Old-Wizard.com
our list was based on what we listen to, and mainly consisted of solid rock bands with big hooks. we basically ignored everything anyone has ever told us about music, and went with what we feel were the best bands of the era.

Obviously. My question was ment to mean why is it that STP doesn't rank in more people's top of the 90's lists. I'm just curious to see if they were not as popular as I thought, considering how much I like them.

Thoren
Nirvana
Tool
Sepeltura
Greenday
Sound Garden
Alice N Chains
Korn
Pantera
Soulfly
Foo Fighters

Reverend Axel
I enjoy Deftones as well.

Bardock42
Some of the major bands/artist I enjoy that are mainly considered 90s and going into 00s

Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Massive Attack, Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Jeff Buckley, Pulp and Godspeed You Black Emperor.

papabeard
How could I forget Rage Against The Machine, Godspeed and Mogwai, I gotta lay off the crack, scratch The Beta Band, Oasis and Weezer from my list.

Fo shizzle

Old-Wizard.com
Can scratched Weezer and Oasis...come on now...

bodach
My ten:

Nine Inch Nails
The Prodigy
The Chemical Brothers
Beck
Massive Attack
Portishead
Garbage
Rage Against the Machine
Radiohead
Smashing Pumpkins.

Most of those bands spanned the late 80's - the 90's.

Honourable mentions:

Oasis
Weezer
Deftones

Now I'm gonna load my iPod with my 90s shit.

RSSR
I'm sure my list of the top bands from the '90s will look a little bit different than the other lists already posted:

DMB
Pearl Jam
Radiohead
Phish
Smashing Pumpkins
Wilco
Tool
Rage Against The Machine
The Grateful Dead
REM

Yup, that be my list.

Tempe Brennan
Not a band, but I have to say Alanis Morissette - JLP was simply amazing.

Kram3r
Originally posted by RSSR
I'm sure my list of the top bands from the '90s will look a little bit different than the other lists already posted:

DMB
Pearl Jam
Radiohead
Phish
Smashing Pumpkins
Wilco
Tool
Rage Against The Machine
The Grateful Dead
REM

Yup, that be my list.

Ummm...How are The Grateful Dead from the '90's?

ElectricBugaloo
Originally posted by SpaceMonkey
Why is STP nowhere on those lists? IMO they were one of the best bands, musically and Weiland's voice was better than most other rock singers(excpet Staley and Cornell) from the 90's.

Just curious as to why they would be ommited from your lists.

perhaps because STP is widely acknowledged as a Pearl Jam knock-off?

papabeard
Yeah, STP were pretty weak, they wrote a couple of half decent songs and thats it

I also enjoyed the first 2 Counting Crows albums. And id like to reinstate the beta band and omit green day.

Mister White
I just read this list. I have heard of only 3 of the bands on that list.

ElectricBugaloo
After much thought:

1) Radiohead (though their post-90s career is even arguably better. And this is definitely despite Pablo Honey)

2) Pearl Jam (the thing people forget about Pearl Jam is they were not only considered a better band than Nirvana when Cobain died, but were much more popular.)

3) Smashing Pumpkins (sure, Billy Corgan is a bit of a musical dictator, but he just made great music... until he started Zwan.)

4) Beck (did Beck make a bad album in the 90s? Before you look, the answer is no.)

5) The Flaming Lips (like Beck, didn't make a bad album in the 90s.)

6) Uncle Tupelo (arguably the best alt-country act out there; fans still are pining for a reunion, 15 years after they broke up.)

7) Pavement (Just listen to Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain and you'll see why.)

8) Rage Against the Machine (militantly angry and loud. Some of the best hard rock to come out of the 90s.)

9) Soundgarden (if only for Chris Cornell's brilliant rock voice)

10) Red Hot Chili Peppers (John Frusciante really is a guitar god. Even though Anthony Kiedis is a horrible songwriter, the rest of the group's musicianship brings the band up enough to squeeze into the top 10).

theuniverseknow
1. counting crows (prob. my fav band ever)
2. alannis morrisette (jagged little pill - 5 star rolling star review - brilliant album)
3. stone temple pilots - plush - need i say more?
4. rem - awesome indie band - how van you not think of rem when you look back in the 90's???
5. dmb - all talented musicians - take it from a drummer
6. blues traveler - great band
7. alice in chains - great lyrics, voice, vibe
8. gin blossoms - love these guys
9. cranberries (still one of my favorite bands ever - linger is in my top ten songs all time)
10. live - synonomous with the 90's :-)

honorable mention:
nirvanna, smashing pumpkins, pearl jam, toad the wet sprocket, neds atomic dustbin (lol), red hot chili peppers, oasis, 311, rage against the machine, bush, sponge, spin doctors, third eye blind, the sundays

occultdestroyer
In no order:

KoRn
Slipknot
Opeth
In Flames
Rage Against The Machine
Limp Bizkit
Tool
Nirvana
Deftones
Orgy

Smallville
^^^ Limp Bizkit? Seriously? À chacun leur propre.

In no particular order:

Radiohead
Foo Fighters
Deftones
Green Day
Offspring
Alice in Chains
Dave Matthews Band
Stone Temple Pilots
Weezer
Oasis

... There are others that made the 90's a great TRANSITIONAL period for music, but not my favorites.

occultdestroyer
Originally posted by Smallville
^^^ Limp Bizkit? Seriously? À chacun leur propre
People tend to forget that Limp Bizkit revolutionized the "BreakDown" era.

They popularized the textbook "scene" get-up of the late 90's:
Baseball cap, Adidas sweats/hoodies or oversized T's, baggy pants/shorts, skater sneaks.

In the early 2000's up until now, the "emo" scene has taken over.
Almost every guy/girl I know has the typical generic Florence Henderson haircut.
Body-fit T's, skinny pants, pink/black stripped stockings(for girls), black eyeliner.

And honestly, I don't know which band is responsible for it (emo crap).

Slay
Radiohead
Weezer
Jeff Buckley
Smashing Pumpkins
Opeth
RATM
Kyuss
Porcupine Tree
VAST
Jimmy Eat World (Because of nostalgia. And they're good.)

The Grey Fox
(In no specific order)

RATM
Tool
Weezer
Radiohead
Beck
Nirvana
Pearl Jam
Nine Inch Nails
RHCP
Smashing Pumpkins

leonheartmm
oasis
no doubt
nirvana
jeff buckley
aqua
back streat boys
boy zone
spice girls
verve
alanis morisette
red hot chilli peppers
hanson
pearl jam
blue
n sync

just going by fame. not by my personal choice in music. and only bands, not individuals.

backdoorman
Sonic Youth, Faith No More, Cafe Tacuba, Neutral Milk Hotel, PJ Harvey, Jeff Buckley, Tori Amos, Sigur Ros, Soda Stereo and REM.

Bardock42
Originally posted by backdoorman
Sonic Youth, Faith No More, Cafe Tacuba, Neutral Milk Hotel, PJ Harvey, Jeff Buckley, Tori Amos, Sigur Ros, Soda Stereo and REM. Why is Radiohead not on that list?

SnakeEyes
Mine (more of a favorites list):

- Weezer
- Green Day
- Rage Against the Machine
- Foo Fighters
- The Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Jimmy Eat World
- Blink-182
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor
- Mogwai
- The Smashing Pumpkins

Ax3l
RHCP
Tool
Alice in Chains
Faith No More
Smashing Pumpkins
Pearl Jam
NIN
Beck
Radiohead
Bush

No order, of course

backdoorman
Originally posted by Bardock42
Why is Radiohead not on that list?
Nah not so terribly into their earlier stuff. Massive Attack maybe should have been on there though.

MurderTramp
(In no specific order)

1. Bikini Kill
2. Babes in Toyland
3. No Doubt
4. Smashing Pumpkins
5. Soul Coughing
6. Sublime (even though they formed in '88, their career was mostly '90s)
7. Nirvana (naturally)
8. Seven Year *****
9. Brat Mobile
10. Weezer

SnakeEyes
Originally posted by SnakeEyes
Mine (more of a favorites list):

- Weezer
- Green Day
- Rage Against the Machine
- Foo Fighters
- The Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Jimmy Eat World
- Blink-182
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor
- Mogwai
- The Smashing Pumpkins

Definitely add or replace two of mine with Sigur Ros and Muse. Can't believe I forgot them.

Slay
Originally posted by SnakeEyes
Definitely add or replace two of mine with Sigur Ros and Muse. Can't believe I forgot them.
Definitely better be Blink 182 and Green Day you replace them for.

SnakeEyes
lol, well you see, Blink 182 and (to a lesser extent) Green Day both have nostalgic value for me. Blink 182 is basically the band that got me into music. And I remember my older brothers listening to Green Day when I was a little kid. Sigur Ros and Muse are definitely better bands, though.

Alpha Centauri
Originally posted by leonheartmm
oasis
no doubt
nirvana
jeff buckley
aqua
back streat boys
boy zone
spice girls
verve
alanis morisette
red hot chilli peppers
hanson
pearl jam
blue
n sync

just going by fame. not by my personal choice in music. and only bands, not individuals.

Why would you go by fame? That doesn't indicate "Best" in anything besides sales and stuff.

-AC

Slay
And Blue aren't even from the 90's. I think.

jenkinscrs
infest
infest
infest
madball
infest
infest
infest
infest
infest
infest

wicker_man
Akercocke (1997)

Opeth (1990)

Nile (1993)

Satyricon (1990)

Emperor (1991)

The Diablo Swing Orchestra (2003)

Limp Bizkit (1995)

Decapitated (1996)

The Prodigy (1990)

Ephel Duath (1998)

& Mastodon (1999) *cheating I know, oh well.

Amusei
cannibal corpse
napalm death
rage against the machine
pantera
deicide
mayhem
sepultura
children of bodom
dimmu borgir
in flames

wicker_man
Originally posted by Amusei
cannibal corpse
napalm death
rage against the machine
pantera
deicide
mayhem
sepultura
children of bodom
dimmu borgir
in flames

Dude, whilst you have awesome taste a fair few of those bands are from the 80s -

Napalm Death
Cannibal Corpse
Pantera
Deicide
Mayhem
& Sepultura

But good list anyways mate.

Amusei
Originally posted by wicker_man
Dude, whilst you have awesome taste a fair few of those bands are from the 80s -

Napalm Death
Cannibal Corpse
Pantera
Deicide
Mayhem
& Sepultura

But good list anyways mate. oh i understand they started in the 80s - but i find their best work to be in the 90s myself, especially CCs and Napalm Deaths. but you are still right.

HAYWOODJABLOWME
TOOL
NIRVANA
RATM
SOUNDGARDEN
SMASHING PUMPKINS
ALICE IN CHAINS
SUBLIME
RANCID
KYUSS
FOO FIGHTERS

calvs
Nirvana
Smashing Pumpkins
Pearl Jam
Alice in Chains
Soundgarden
Live (Throwing Copper was good, but Secret Samadhi was amazing)
Sublime
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Radiohead (Their stuff never got better IMO)
Nada Surf
Rage Against The Machine
R.E.M.
Sonic Youth


EDIT: more than 10, but w/e sad

yesac2015
1.ALICE IN CHAINS
2.GREEN DAY
3.NIRVANA
4.SMASHING PUMPKINS
5. Rage Against The Machine
6.Red Hot Chili Peppers
7.SOUNDGARDEN
8.THE WHITE STRIPES(I GUESS)
9.Metallica
10.WARRENT

Darth Jello
Nirvana
The Sundays
Mazzy Star
Sonic Youth
Free Kitten
Pavement
Beck
Hole
Dinosaur Jr.
Garbage

Rain Dog
Modest Mouse
Sonic Youth
Built to Spill
Blur
Pavement
Ride
My Bloody Valentine
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Spiritualized
Beck.

kendricktamis
1. Pearl Jam
2. Soundgarden
3. Alice In Chains
4. Metallica
5. Pantera
6. Live
7. Collective Soul
8. Stone Temple Pilots
9. Primus
10. Smashing Pumpkins

kendricktamis
Nirvana
Smashing Pumpkins
Weezer
Green Day
Oasis
Radiohead
Beta Band
The Stone Roses
Pearl Jam
REM

Ultraviolence
10. Oasis
9. The Smashing Pumpkins
8. Wu-Tang Clan
7. Tool
6. Opeth
5. Soundgarden
4. Mastodon
3. The Cranberries
2. Radiohead
1. Pearl Jam

Esomark
Faith No More
Mr. Bungle
Clutch
Monster Magnet
Godflesh
Fear Factory
Machine Head
Meshuggah
Morbid Angel
Type O Negative
Cathedral
Corrosion of Conformity
Dream Theater
King's X
Living Colour
Amorphis
Gwar
Prong
Soundgarden
Tool
Godsmack
Cold
Offspring
Live
Collective Soul

Yes, I'm aware a number of these bands are from the 80's but a good portion of their respective discographies are from the 90's.

Slay
Originally posted by Ultraviolence
10. Oasis
9. The Smashing Pumpkins
8. Wu-Tang Clan
7. Tool
6. Opeth
5. Soundgarden
4. Mastodon
3. The Cranberries
2. Radiohead
1. Pearl Jam
Mastodon? Their first release was the Lifesblood EP which was in 2001, I think.

Cloverpark33
Definately Has to Be :

In No order

Alice in Chains
Pantera
Blink-182
Tool
Soundgarden
Dream Theater
Warrent
Collective Soul
Bush
Beck

Cloverpark33
Oh and I also feel that System of a Down should be recognized even though most of their best songs came out in the early 2000's they were formed in the late 90's smile

Cugi
1, Nirvana
2, Blur
3, Placebo
4, Radiohead
5, Garbage
6, Green Day
7, The Offspring
8, The Verve
9, Cranberries
10, Beastie Boys
...Guns 'N Roses, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Suede, Sonic Youth, Hole...

Well, I love Beck but this should be about bands!

UnorthodoxMoron
Not in a particular order:

Nirvana (a classic band, without a doubt)
R.E.M. (can be a bit whinny at times but they are amazing)
Radiohead (i LOVE)
Queens of the Stoneage (one of my all-time favourite bands)
Modest Mouse (i love all of their songs)
Built to Spill (big grin)
Beck (not one bad album in the 90's i can guarentee)
Blur
Smashing Pumpkins
Weezer
Greenday (now they really irritate me tho)
Nine Inch Nails
Garbage
The Flaming Lips
Sonic Youth
Cranberries (genius's)
Rage Against The Machine
Oasis (sometimes)
Jimmy Eat World(<3 some of their songs still make me cry my eyes out)
Verve
The Prodigy
Dinosaur Jr.
Guns N' Roses(if you don't like them you dont deserve to listen to music)
Sage
Fun Lovin Criminals
White Stripes
The Pixies
Cake ("bowel-shaking earthquakes of doubt and remorse" such a great line!)
Jesus and Mary Chain
Pulp
Bloc Party

Okkk i know thats wayy more than 10 but i can't decide :/ i have more too but that wud be a bit excessive. If you disagree please reply!

Btw WTH Pearl Jam are crap!

BobbyD
...not in any order, but to name a few...

Pearl Jam
Guns n' Roses
Nirvana
RATM
Alice in Chains
Metallica

Wargasm
1. Radiohead
2. U2
3. Pearl Jam
4. Counting Crows
5. Offspring
6. Smashing Pumpkins
7. Metallica
8. Jewel
9. Alanis Morissette
10. No Doubt
11. Third Eye Blind
12. Red Hot Chilli Peppers
13. Stone Temple Pilots
14. Nirvana

Not in any particular order..


--edited-- and The Pixies

Slay
Nirvana
Yo La Tengo
Smashing Pumpkins
Sonic Youth
Pixies
Fugazi
Radiohead
Jeff Buckley
Kyuss
Eliott Smith

Honorable mentions: Drive Like Jehu, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Pavement and Modest Mouse.

Rac247
I'm surprised that after reading all these lists, Blind Melon wasn't mentioned even once. I mean, even the ****ing SPICE GIRLS were mentioned (I'm really hoping sarcastically).

srankmissingnin
I absolutely hated them when I was a kid since I primarily listened to metal (and still do), but I think Matthew Good Band is a really underrated band that made some truly killer tracks in the late 90s.

frankktillery82
Nirvana
Pearl Jam
Stone Temple Pilots
Korn
Soundgarden
Rage Against The Machine
Tool
Alice In Chains
Green Day
The Offspring

Darth Jello
REVISED
Sonic Youth
Nirvana
Gits/French Liberals/Evil Stig
Garbage
Hole
Free Kitten
Cat Power
Pavement
Dinosaur Jr.
Breeders

Slay
Originally posted by Rac247
I'm surprised that after reading all these lists, Blind Melon wasn't mentioned even once. I mean, even the ****ing SPICE GIRLS were mentioned (I'm really hoping sarcastically).
They had one decent album, Shannon Hoon's voice made half of the band and after his death they never really released anything that could be of interest to anyone.

golf_wang
Rage against the machine is such a good band, and they did awesome in the 90's.

Teal
Sorry for reviving an old topic, but I'm doing a project on 90s rock music and have found this thread useful. Anyways, my Top 10 based on quality, popularity, and influence would have to be..

-Nirvana
-Oasis
-Blur
-Smashing Pumpkins
-Pearl Jam
-REM
-Red Hot Chili Peppers
-The Stone Roses
-Radiohead
-Soundgarden

Honorable Mentions: Beck, CAKE, Alanis Morissette, Jewel, Pulp, U2, Live, Ride, Suede, Gin Blossoms

Those aren't in any particular order, except the first two were probably the "winners" of my list because they represent the two most successful scenes of 90s rock: grunge (Nirvana) and Britpop (Oasis). Any comments to improve my list are appreciated! Thanks.

Ascendancy
Nirvana (Smells Like Teen Spirit, The Man Who Sold the World, Come as You Are)
Bush (Everything Zen, Letting the Cable Sleep, Machinehead)
Smashing Pumpkins (Zero, Bullet with Butterfly Wings, Disarm, Tonight, Tonight)
Alice in Chains (Stay Away, Over Now, Angry Chair, No Excuses)
Soundgarden (Black Hole Sun, Spoonman, Rusty Cage)
Rage Against the Machine (No Shelter, Down Rodeo, The Ghost of Tom Joad)
Tool (Aenima, 46 and 2, Stinkfist)
Pearl Jam (Nothing as It Seems, Jeremy, Black)
STP (Interstate Love Song, No Way Out, Creep)
The Red Hot Chili Peppers (Under the Bridge, Breaking the Girl, My Friends, need I say more).

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