The 1990s were a decade of many diverse scenes in music. However, they are perhaps best known for grunge, gangsta rap, R&B, teen pop; eurodance, electronic dance music, the renewed popularity of punk rock; (which would also help create a new genre pop punk) and for being the decade that alternative rock became mainstream. U2 were one of the most popular ‘90s bands, their groundbreaking Zoo TV and PopMart tours were the top selling tours of 1992 and 1997. Celine Dion became the best-selling music artists of all-time, with sales of over 200 million albums.
Glam metal dies out through its own accord in the music mainstream by 1991. Grunge music becomes popular in 1991 because of the success of Nirvana's Nevermind. Punk pop also becomes popular with such artists as Green Day , Blink-182, Weezer and The Offspring. Other successful alternative acts included Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gin Blossoms, Soul Asylum, Third Eye Blind, Stone Temple Pilots, Faith No More, The Smashing Pumpkins, and the Goo Goo Dolls.
Dr. Dre’s 1992 album The Chronic provided a template for modern gangsta rap. Due to the success of Death Row Records, West Coast gangsta rap commercially dominated hip hop during the early 1990s, along with The Notorious B.I.G. on the East Coast. Hip hop became the best selling music genre by the mid 1990s. By the end of the 1990s, attention turned back towards dirty south and crunk, with artists such as Outkast, Ludacris, Missy Elliott and Lil Wayne.
In the United Kingdom , the uniquely British alternative rock Britpop genre emerged as part of the more general Cool Britannia culture, with Oasis, Blur, The Verve, Supergrass, Pulp, Radiohead, Manic Street Preachers, Suede, Elastica, Ride and Shed Seven. Female pop icons "Spice Girls" took the world by storm, becoming the most commercially successful British group since The Beatles.
Their impact brings about a widespread scene of teen pop acts around the world such as Backstreet Boys, Hanson, N Sync, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera who come to prominence into the new millennium. 1991 also saw the death of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury from AIDS-related pneumonia.
The 1990s also became the most important decade for ska punk/reggae rock, with the success of many bands like Buck-O-Nine, Goldfinger, Less Than Jake, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Murphy’s Law, No Doubt, Reel Big Fish, Save Ferris, Sublime and Sugar Ray.
Making a post out of every one of the great bands that came during this time would take a looooong time so I did this one. The only band I considered to post alone is Blur. Nirvana and Oasis are as important but you probably know those bands enough.
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