Rock Music of the 90’s

Similarly to the 1980s, rock music was also very popular in the 1990s, yet, unlike the new wave and glam metal-dominated scene of the time, grunge, Britpopindustrial rock and other alternative rock music emerged and took over.

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With the breakthrough of bands such as Nirvana and the popularity of the grunge and Britpop movements in the 1990s, alternative rock entered the musical mainstream and many alternative bands became commercially successful during the 1990s.

From January 1, 1990 through December 31, 1999 My radios were blaring both pop and college stations 24/7 while I subscribed yearly to Rolling Stone and SPIN. I also spent most of my free time and money at the local Indie CD shop collecting well over 300 discs of the decade’s most interesting and enjoyable music.

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Rock Music of the 90’s

Alternative Metal
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During the early 90s a new style of alternative music emerged, which combined elements of alternative rock with heavy metal, this new genre dubbed “alternative metal” is considered a precursor to the nu metal movement of the late 90s. This style was typified by bands such as Tool, Helmet and Jane’s Addiction. Other bands including Faith No More, Primus and Rage Against the Machine also blended funk & hip hop elements, creating sub-genres of this style such as funk metaland rap metal. Wiki

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Nirvana is considered to have brought both grunge and alternative rock to the mainstream in late 1991.


Nirvana -Come As You Are

A sub-genre of alternative rock, grunge bands picked up popularity for the early 1990s. Grunge music, and the culture marketed around it, was born out of the Pacific Northwest American states of Washingtonand Oregon in the 1980s. Artists such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam brought alternative rock to popularity in 1991. However, many bands were uncomfortable with their success, and were equally suspicious of the grunge label. Wiki

Indie rock
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Following the immense success of alternative rock in the 1990s, the term “indie rock” became associated with the bands and genres that remained underground. Bands like Sonic Youth and Pixies set the stage for the rise of indie rock in the underground scene, with bands Rock Music of the 90’s such as Pavement and The Flaming Lips gaining popularity in the early years.

Ska –By the late 1990s, mainstream interest in third wave ska bands such as Reel Big Fish, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sublime, and No Doubt waned as other music genres gained momentum.[13]

Punk rock
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Punk rock in the United States underwent a resurgence in the early to mid-1990s. Punk rock at that time was not commercially viable, and no major record label signed a punk rock band until Green Day’s breakthrough in 1994. Both these factors contributed to the emergence of a number of independent record labels, often run by people in bands in order to release their own music and that of their friends. The independent labels Lookout! Records, Fat Wreck Chords and Epitaph Records achieved commercial success. Wiki