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90s in Music

16 January 2020

The best albums of artists and groups such as the Chemical Brothers, Nirvana, Marilyn Manson, The Smashing Pumpkins, Bjork, Oasis, Rolling Stones, Rage Against out of a year; '90s music... As musiconline, this is the subject of our blog post; memorable music that reflects the dynamic and innovative spirit of the' 90s and popular music of the time types. Enjoy your reading!

It is the period when music experienced its golden age, when cassette and Walkman culture became widespread, and techno rhythms emerged; the 90s.The rising pop music trends of the '70s and' 80s continued in those years, when the excitement in our midst had surfaced. The '90s, which can be described as a very productive period for Hip hop, also experienced a golden age of Alternative Rock, Reggae, R&B and Country Music in general.

Let's examine together these musical genres that were popular in the ' 90s and the popular artists of the era.

Alternative rock

Alternative rock bands like Nirvana enjoyed great success in the ' 90s due to the popularity of the 1990s grunge and Britpop movements and the influence of these music movements.

In particular, REM's success was the inspiration for many alternative new bands. In the aftermath, however, REM outlived many of its contemporaries and became one of the most popular bands in the world in the 90s.

Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP) played a major role in the rise of alternative rock with the album ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’. Combining Funk rock with more traditional rock music, RHCP achieved success with the release of the ‘Californication’ album in 1999, and still remains popular despite the hiatus of years.

A popular Britpop band at the forefront of alternative rock; Oasis, from the release of 'Definitely Maybe' to 'Morning Glory', had international success. The songs 'Slide Away', 'Wonderwall' and 'Don't Anger in Anger' have also taken their place on the popular music charts.

Hip Hop

In the '90s, Hip-hop started to get pretty popular. We can say that this dynamic, rhythmic and energetic genre of music was indispensable for the ‘90s. Rappers such as Salt-N-Pepa, MC Hammer, Coolio, Will Smith, Missy Elliot have enjoyed considerable success during these years.


We know that grunge bands, a subgenre of alternative rock, were hugely popular in the early 1990s. Grunge Music, and the subculture associated with it, was born in the states of America in the 1980s, with artists such as Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Pearl Jam bringing an alternative rock current to popularity in 1991. However, the demise of Kurt Cobain seems to have led to the gradual extinction of this genre, as is evident from the breakup of many grunge bands in the mid-1990s.


Contemporary, R&B and pop music genres lived out their popular days in the 1990s, but in the second half of the decade, they were eclipsed by pop-rock and dance music. Michael Jackson doubled his success with his 35 million-selling 1991 album ‘Dangerous’ and his 1995 album 'HIStory'. Jackson's debut album 'Black or White' was one of the most listened to songs on the popular music charts of the 1990s.

Another of the artists who made their mark on the period is Madonna. The star of 'Ray of light', one of the featured albums of that era, is of course 'Frozen'. With the album, the singer who took on a completely different Madonna managed to impress everyone at the time with this song, and the atmosphere in the clip is etched into the memories.

Here are a few examples of those memorable songs of the '90s we mentioned above;

Metallica - Enter Sandman (1990)

Michael Jackson - Black Or White (1991)

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)

Beck - Loser (1993)

Oasis - Live Forever (1994)

Madonna - Ray of Light (1998)


We have studied the music genres of this dynamic and innovative era, the most popular music that still makes us feel like we're in the ' 90s when we listen to it. We tried to share the music that stood out even though there were many good examples. Our music periods article series will continue in the coming weeks. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter in order to capture the music of the period that reflects you and not to miss the articles that we review the period music.

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