Whether you were into angst-ridden rockers, edgy hip-hop bangers or quirky pop distractions, the 90s gave rise to a whole new breed of superstar. In the afterglow of the alt-rock boom, guitar music received a new lease of life; meanwhile, a new school of rap icons expanded the commercial appeal of hip-hop, dance music flowered and female songwriters also found their voice. To understand what made the era so special, here is our list of the best 90s musicians – 20 great artists who did their part to make it a decade worth remembering.
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20: The Corrs
Irish band The Corrs were one of the most surprising success stories of the 90s, winning listeners over with their knack for pop melodies and wistful Celtic influences. With tin whistle and violins at the ready, their debut single, Runaway, not only reached No.2 upon its re-release in the UK in 1999, but it also became a modest hit in the US. The band’s second album, 1997’s Talk On Corners, saw The Corrs hit their stride with a joyous fusion of Irish folk and pop-rock which has so far sold a remarkable 2.9 million copies worldwide. Led by siblings Andrea, Caroline, Jim and Sharon, The Corrs are easily one of the most successful bands to hail from Ireland, so they deserve to be considered among the best 90s musicians, too.
Must hear: Runaway