Guide to 90s Music

people having fun in a concert

Compared to other eras, the concept of 90s music is quite difficult to pin down. Eccentric and wide-ranging, the decade challenges easy labeling. The cross-pollination of music in the 1990s has left a boundary-breaking legacy that remains today. Teen pop and dance-pop trends, which started in the 1970s and 1980s, continued in … Read more

The Top 20 Bands of the 90s

Red Hot Chili Peppers band in live performance

Like any decade, the ‘90s had its share of musical greats – the popularity of hip-hop as a cultural force to be reckoned with, the abundance of catchy dance hits, and the influx of poppy girl and boybands (Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, NSYNC, TLC, etc.). But what dominated the ‘90s music scene … Read more

Artist Profile: Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins performing live in 2010

Formed in 1988, Smashing Pumpkins is one of the most influential alternative rock bands of the ‘90s. Disavowing the punk rock roots of many alternative rock contemporaries, the Smashing Pumpkins offered a diverse, guitar-heavy, densely layered sound containing heavy metal, dream pop, and goth rock, progressive rock, and psychedelia. Formation and Early … Read more

Artist Profile: Weezer

Weezer band performing in 2008

Weezer is unlike the long-haired, tough-looking rock icons that the ‘90s audience was used to seeing. Specializing in geekery, catchy melodies and heavy guitars, these alternative rock icons of the ‘90s maintained a devoted fanbase for decades. Their geeky appearance drew in a new audience, as Weezer’s music laid in true feelings … Read more

Artist Profile: Oasis

Oasis’ Liam and Noel Gallagher performing on stage

Oasis distinguished themselves during their heyday in the 90s. Unlike the many grunge rockers around them, Oasis were celebrated as classic rock stars. It may not be the most popular form of rock at the time, but they made it cool again. Also, instead of drawing inspiration from punk and metal, the … Read more

Artist Profile: Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters band in 2009

Featuring members of Germs, Sunny Day Real Estate, and Nirvana, Foo Fighters put on out in the world three back-to-back records in 1995, 1997, and 1999. Founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain, Foo Fighters became known as one of the world’s most iconic rock bands. Though … Read more