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The Biggest Bands of the 90s

The 90s saw the emergence of new music genres such as Alternative Rock, Indie and Brit Pop as well as the introduction of Country as a mainstream contemporary music genre. There were many big selling albums and artists some literally selling ten's of millions of records.

Big successes in the form of the Smashing Pumpkins album 'Californication' and Nirvana's hugely popular single 'Smells like Teen Spirit' arguably assisted in propelling Alternative Rock to new heights of popularity. Brit Pop was another trend born from the 90s which represented the experiences of British youth. This kind of music was heavily influenced by rock bands of the 60s and 70s and 80s and many of the biggest bands to emerge from this counter culture such as The Verve, Blur and Oasis would go on to top the charts time and time again.

A number of songs define music during the 90s more so than many others. Their representation of the youth and culture of the decade is undeniable to some they could be construed as arbitrary choices and by no means definitive. However, they undoubtedly became hits which would forever remain in the hearts of millions of fans across the globe.

Songs that define the 90s

The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Oasis - Wonderwall

Blur - Park Life

Radiohead - Creep

REM - Losing My Religion

Alanis Morissette - Ironic

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication

Fugees- Killing Me Softly

2pac - California Love

No Doubt - Don't Speak

Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise

DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince - Summertime

Spice Girls - Wannabe

Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby

MC Hammer - Can't Touch This

TLC - Waterfalls

Biggest Selling Music Artists of the 90s

When considering popular recording artists of the 90s there are a number of factors to consider, such as, how many records they sold but also what kind of impact they had on the culture of their time, which is an intangible quantity. Singers such as country superstar Garth Brooks was not as big in the UK as he was in the US, but he sold millions of albums and went on to be one of the biggest selling singers of the 90s. Mariah Carey defined the diva era of the 90s winning countless awards and selling more records than you can shake a stick at, she certainly cannot be left out from any most popular singer of the 90s list.

Shania Twain country songstress who became one of the most popular female singers of the decade performed 'Come on Over' which would end up being the biggest selling album of the 90s selling well over 35 million copies worldwide. Elton John did not do too badly either with his single 'Candle in the Wind' recorded as a tribute to Princess Diana who tragically died in 1997. The single went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide. Other notable entries include Backstreet Boys, Take That, Celine Dion, Alanis Morissette and Whitney Houston who all sold tens of millions of records.

In many respects the 90s ignited a new dawn in music with meteoric rises and catastrophic falls, it will forever be remembered as a decade which delivered a variety of all time classics from an eclectic mix of performers.