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SPY Guide: The 9 Best Bands From the 90s

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Photo by Rab G.P. Lewin/PYMCA/REX/Shutterstock (3488084a) Kurt Cobain, Nirvana, Munich 13/11/1991 STOCK
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* More than twenty years later, here are 9 unforgettable acts
* Everything from grunge to R&B to boy bands
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For many of us, the 90s were the formative years of our lives. For others, the 90s are something you either read about or are currently experiencing thanks to the seemingly never-ending nostalgia trend. Not that I’m complaining. A lot happened during the 90s that even today continues to be relevant.

Regardless of what’s trending or not, however, is the everlasting power of music, and there is no doubt that the music born from or made popular during the 90s is still worth listening to today. In fact, a few acts are banking on the nostalgia train to resuscitate their careers nearly twenty years later.

Whether or not you lived through it the first time, here are 9 of the best acts to come out of the 20th century’s closing decade.

1. No Doubt 

Long before her solo career and even longer before she was the host of The Voice, Gwen Stefani was the front woman for No Doubt and this, the band’s third studio album, was the one that put the SoCal ska band on the map.

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2. The Smashing Pumpkins

Things were never quite the same for The Smashing Pumpkins after the release of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, but the 28-track double album is still to this day the best-selling double album of the decade.

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3. TLC 

Come November, it will have been 23 years since TLC released CrazySexyCool, the trio’s second studio album. Most will remember singles like “Waterfalls” and “Creep” but the entire album is worth a listen.

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4. Backstreet Boys 

Boybands might seem out of place today but in the 90s and 2000s you couldn’t get away from them, even if you tried. And the Backstreet Boys were one of the most popular groups of the era. Released in 2001, The Hits – Chapter One included the group’s most iconic songs from the previous ten years, as well as an unreleased track.

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5. Boyz II Men 

On the flip side of the boyband craze was Boyz II Men, an R&B group from Philadelphia, that saw unprecedented success during the 90s with chart toppers like “I’ll Make Love to You,” “End of the Road,” and “One Sweet Day,” which spent a record 16 straight weeks at the top of the Hot 100.

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6. Pearl Jam – Rearviewmirror

Pearl Jam is one of few bands born from the 90s grunge era of the NW to still be touring today. And this compilation of the band’s greatest hits from 1991 to 2003 is filled with 33 tracks to remind you why they’re one of the most influential bands of the decade.

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7. Spice Girls – Greatest Hits

No other group defined the latter half of the 90s the way the Spice Girls did, and the group’s Greatest Hits album, which released in 2007, will remind you exactly why they’re the best-selling female group of all time. Their message of “Girl Power” is still as powerful as ever today.

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8. Nirvana – Nevermind

When it was first released in September of 1991, both the band and record label didn’t expect much from Nevermind, Nirvana’s second studio album. Lo and behold, it went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide and is arguably one of the greatest albums of all time.

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9. Hanson – Middle of Everywhere

Even if you didn’t listen to another album after 1997’s Middle of Nowhere, the brothers debut studio album, their latest release, Middle of Everywhere includes every hit single off that first album — and a few hits you may have missed afterwards too.

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