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Jul 23 2008

The Undisputable List of Best Rock Bands of the 90′s

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Now we just went over the few bands that took over post 1993, but how about the legendary bands who in those first 3 years basically owned and represented all that was rock in the 90′s?

While this list can easily be debated in terms of who is number 1, 2, etc etc, I think the bands that are on it, whether you like them or not, cannot be argued.

There are seven.

Pearl jam

Pearl Jam

I’m a little biased here but I think “Ten” is one of the top 5 albums of all time. It’s a shame because it was so much friggin’ better than the rest of their stuff. Maybe it’s that I was in high school and it brings up so much nostalgia, but it’s really impossible to find a better band in the 90′s than these guys.

Red Hot Chili peppers

Chili Peppers

While these guys were around for a while before, it wasn’t until “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” hit the scene and “Under the Bridge” tore up the charts that these guys really got rolling. I had a chance to see them in concert and they were incredible. “Give it Away” owns. Plus, they’re still going strong. P.S. the drummer looks like Will Ferrell.

Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins

They were weird, Billy Corgan scared the hell out of me, but their sound was unique. The guitar was incredible and Corgan’s twangy voice definitely gave great representation of the Alternative Rock era.  “Siamese Dream” is arguably a top 50 all time album.

Stone temple pilots


Did anyone else confuse Scott Weiland for Eddie Vedder when these guys first became popular? So did I. However, “Core” clearly established these guys as another elite force in Rock during the early 90′s. “Creep” and “Plush” remain classics, among others.



Is it even possible to mistake Chris Cornell’s voice for anyone else’s? Not a chance. From “Spoonman” to “Pretty Noose,” these guys had an unmistakable sound that will never be duplicated.



I won’t lie. I do think part of the massive popularity is Cobain’s death. However, I won’t deny that these guys clearly paved the way for Alternative Rock and in the 90′s they definitely were among the elite. Nevermind remains one of, if not, the most famous albums of the 90′s.

*Dave Matthews Band is also part of this list, but their music is much different than those I have just discussed. Matthews obviously merits a mention here, however I will state their true success came after 1993, and not before.

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11 responses so far

  • Hairball

    Alice In Chains?

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  • Jake Jones

    these are awesome bands

  • YouRock

    You have some great bands here. I would argue Soundgarden is far better than Pearl Jam. Ten was a great album, but poorly produced…just a bunch of cool songs. I agree…you probably put too much weight to it because you were attached to it in HS.

    Soundgarden on the other hand had three masterpieces… Badmotorfinger, Superunknown, Down on the Upside. You allude to “Spoonman” as one of the songs to recognize Cornell and Soundgarden by…you certainly could have picked a laundry list of better tunes than that! Slaves and Bulldozers, Mailman, Burden in My Hand…many more classics that make Spoonman out for what it really is…an average crack at main stream.

  • Federico

    Definetly agree with you with on exception:
    where is Rage Against The Machine?

  • Nathan

    In my personal opinion, I thin that Tool is MUCH better than Stone Temple Pilots

  • J.

    This list is fail without Hum.

  • JB

    Great list but missed 2 important bands of the 90′s
    Rage against the Machine and Alice in Chains.



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