By Catherine Nyorani
To choose a “band from the 90s” they had to have been prolific during the period in question, done some of their most seminal work during that period, and be largely identified with that timeframe.
Perhaps most famous is a man who would give his life to symbolize the East Coast vs. West Coast rap scene, and the seriousness with which music was taken at that time.
Probably no single band was nearly as influential as the grunge rock of the murky, angsty, disillusioned Nirvana.
Garth Brooks managed to make country more fun, with his stadium appearances and approachable lyrics, and gave city folks a more relatable kind of pickin’ and grinnin’ than the standard twangy steel guitarist.
Led by Gwen Stefani’s musical vision, No Doubt was a quiet riot of strong, catchy lyrics with socially conscious overtones, all fronted by the classy yet aggressive Stefani.
Crooning at times and then switching over to rampant attacks against social injustice, Pearl Jam is a mix of human interest and derisive condemnation.
He used to get high and make really incredible music that comes from street level reality.
Evidence that female minorities can bring the noise and empower, this legacy is both shamed and continued every time Beyoncé loses album of the year to a set of out-of-touch Grammy voters.
Hate them for being pretentious or adore their bold vision, Radiohead joined with oddity bands like Pink Floyd and Daft Punk as unique outlooks that are often not fully understood by the dominant culture.