Lashonde Lavelle Christian
August 27, 2020
4 Minutes
The 90’s, am I right? What a grand time to live in. With on point fashion sense and some of the best entertainment, if only time had frozen. But alas, wishful thinking.
Nevertheless, despite time, some things from the 90’s have indeed followed us. One of them being a few musical bands which are still relevant today in 2020.
Still used on TV shows/films, played over the radio, picked at a song box or soloing during showers, we have gathered the 10 bands from the 90’s whose everlasting songs so many still jam to.
Keep scrolling to find out if your favourite made the cut!

#1 No Doubt

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Made famous by co-founder, singer, songwriter and record producer Gwen Stefani, No Doubt made their debut album in 1992. It had failed to make an impact, but when they released a follow up called ‘The Beacon Street Collection’, the band begin to pave their way to greatness. With prodigious songs like ‘Don’t Speak’ and ‘Just A Girl’, this now 28-year-old band is still creating some good music and has still got all the chops to keep us wanting more!

#2 Blink 182

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Selling over 13 million albums in the United States alone, Blink 182 has been legendary ever since they started in 1992. With good music like ‘All The Small Things’ and ‘I Miss You’, the band became the best pop punk band in 1999. The group took a couple of breaks throughout the years, but always came back stronger. Just recently, on August 7th 2020, the band dropped their new song called ‘Quarantine’. Based on all their success, it is safe to say when New York Times said “no punk band of the 1990's has been more influential than Blink-182”, no truer words have been spoken.

#3 Green Day

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Although Green Day was a band that came about during the late 80’s, they made their official debut album in 1994, called ‘Dookie’. The album was a major success and managed to sell 10 million copies in the US. With smashing favourites like ‘Basket Case’ and ‘American Idiot’, the band has since been nominated for 20 Grammys and has won 5 of them. Rewarding fans with a short but free NHL concert in January this year, Green Day is probably one of those bands that will stay evergreen.

#4 Foo Fighters

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Another famous band of the 90’s, did you know that this band was formed in 1994 by a group member from Nirvana, after the group dissolved? How cool is that! He then recruited the other members and before we knew it, a phenomenon known as Foo Fighters came to exist. With good songs we still tune in to today like ‘Everlong’ and ‘The Pretender’, the members and their music have all certainly aged like fine wine.

#5 Nirvana

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Debuting their first album ‘Bleach’ in 1989, the group parted ways after the suicide of band member Kurt Cobain. Nevertheless, people still submerged themselves in their music. As a matter of fact, in 2009, the group became one of the best-selling bands of all time, selling over 75 million records worldwide. Fans adored songs like ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ‘Come As You Are’, and even though they only lasted shy of 4 years, you gotta admit their songs have lasted so much longer than that!

#6 The Cranberries

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The Cranberries was an Irish band formed in Ireland in 1989. With their hit song ‘Zombie’ from their second studio album ‘No Need To Argue’, they took the world by storm. It was the first song by an Irish band to surpass one billion views on YouTube. Releasing their last studio album in 2019 last year, sometime after the death of a band member, we’re certain all they have given us will continue to live on beyond the years.

#7 Westlife

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“If I let you go, I will never know, what my life would be, holding you close to me…”. Yeah we’re pretty certain that’s exactly how we feel should we ever move on from Westlife’s bests and greatest of all time. The band which began in 1999, has now existed for 21 years and we still hear their songs every other day! Becoming one the most famous 90’s boy bands of all times, their hit songs like ‘Uptown Girl’ and ‘My Love’ have since received over 94 million streams on Spotify.

#8 Backstreet Boys

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Selling over 100 million records worldwide, BSB is known to be the best-selling boy band of all time and one of the best music-selling artists globally. Soaring with their hit “I Want It That Way”, the boys are still very much thriving today. Just recently, they went ahead to announce the launch of their first-ever radio show called ‘All I Have To Give’ named after a song from their second album, ‘Backstreet’s Back’, and we are stoked!

#9 Pearl Jam

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The most popular rock and roll band of the 90’s, Pearl Jam debuted their first studio album called ‘Ten’ in 1991. The band very much agreed to the grunge movement in the early 90’s and shunned popular music practices like making music videos and giving interviews. Many stated that their reluctance to go that extra mile stood in the way of their success. However, they continued making fan favourites like ‘Alive’, ‘Even Flow’ and by 2018, had sold over 85 million albums worldwide!

#10 Radiohead

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Being inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just last year, this English rock band became famous after their debut album was released in 1993. The group since then achieved so much, including several Grammys, headlining at major music festivals like Coachella and Glastonbury, and even launching an online Radiohead Public Library which includes archives of their work. With famous songs like ‘Creep’ and ‘Karma Police’, we know we’re constantly guilty of jamming to them!