The 500 Most Recommended Artists of the 1990s


1 Nirvana
2 Radiohead
3 Oasis
4 Blur
5 R.E.M.
6 Beck
7 Massive Attack
8 Björk
9 Pavement
10 Pulp
11 PJ Harvey
12 Smashing Pumpkins
13 Primal Scream
14 Pearl Jam
15 The Chemical Brothers
16 Beastie Boys
17 U2
18 Portishead
19 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
20 Dr. Dre
21 A Tribe Called Quest
22 Aphex Twin
23 Jeff Buckley
24 The Prodigy
25 My Bloody Valentine
26 Suede
27 Weezer
28 Elliott Smith
29 The Verve
30 Manic Street Preachers
31 Red Hot Chili Peppers
32 The Notorious B.I.G.
33 Belle and Sebastian
34 Rage Against the Machine
35 Public Enemy
36 Madonna
37 Daft Punk
38 Wu-Tang Clan
39 Nine Inch Nails
40 Underworld
41 Soundgarden
42 DJ Shadow
43 Sonic Youth
44 Hole
45 The Flaming Lips
46 Tricky
47 Green Day
48 Air
49 Foo Fighters
50 Bob Dylan
51 Wilco
52 TLC
53 Pet Shop Boys
54 Lauryn Hill
55 Fatboy Slim
56 Snoop Dogg
57 Moby
58 Supergrass
59 Depeche Mode
60 Fugees
61 2Pac
62 Metallica
63 The Breeders
64 Nas
65 Happy Mondays
66 Bonnie "Prince" Billy
67 Sinéad O'Connor
68 Spiritualized
69 Neil Young
70 Liz Phair
71 Stereolab
72 Neutral Milk Hotel
73 Yo La Tengo
74 Eminem
75 Tori Amos
76 Guided by Voices
77 Teenage Fanclub
78 Mercury Rev
79 Jay-Z
80 Pixies
81 OutKast
82 Garbage
83 The Orb
84 Elastica
85 Sleater-Kinney
86 Sigur Rós
87 Cypress Hill
88 Tortoise
89 Built to Spill
90 Orbital
91 Fugazi
92 Alanis Morissette
93 Ice Cube
94 Super Furry Animals
95 Leftfield
96 Tom Waits
97 Basement Jaxx
98 Erykah Badu
99 Jane's Addiction
100 Morrissey
101 Guns N' Roses
102 Slint
103 The KLF
104 Tindersticks
105 Missy Elliott
106 Lucinda Williams
107 The Lemonheads
108 The Magnetic Fields
109 Mary J. Blige
110 Goldie
111 Arrested Development
112 The Afghan Whigs
113 Deee-Lite
114 Cornershop
115 Manu Chao
116 Eels
117 Saint Etienne
118 The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
119 Alice in Chains
120 Boards of Canada
121 The Beta Band
122 dEUS
123 De La Soul
124 The Offspring
125 Gang Starr
126 Janet Jackson
127 The Roots
128 The Black Crowes
129 D'Angelo
130 Kyuss
131 Fiona Apple
132 Mazzy Star
133 Prince
134 Blumfeld
135 Bruce Springsteen
136 Mogwai
137 Placebo
138 Johnny Cash
139 Ash
140 Sugar
141 Ride
142 Buena Vista Social Club
143 LL Cool J
144 The Boo Radleys
145 The Jayhawks
146 Roni Size / Reprazent
147 Talk Talk
148 The Charlatans
149 Everything But the Girl
150 Crowded House
151 Paul Weller
152 Sepultura
153 Marilyn Manson
154 Alain Bashung
155 Ol' Dirty Bastard
156 The Pharcyde
157 Korn
158 George Michael
159 The La's
160 Stereo MC's
161 Lenny Kravitz
162 Mos Def
163 The Dismemberment Plan
164 En Vogue
165 The Cranberries
166 Mobb Deep
167 Billy Bragg
168 Raekwon
169 Ministry
170 Stardust
171 Modest Mouse
172 Travis
173 Autechre
174 Kelis
175 Tool
176 Lou Reed
177 Naughty by Nature
178 Blink-182
179 Eric Clapton
180 LFO
181 Destiny's Child
182 k.d. Lang
183 Method Man
184 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
185 New Order
186 Dinosaur Jr.
187 Sebadoh
188 Faith No More
189 The Cardigans
190 No Doubt
191 L7
192 Sarah McLachlan
193 Sheryl Crow
194 GZA/Genius
195 The Sundays
196 Le Tigre
197 Matthew Sweet
198 Counting Crows
199 Cocteau Twins
200 The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
201 Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth
202 Scott Walker
203 Element of Crime
204 Refused
205 Pantera
206 Godspeed You! Black Emperor
207 Blackstreet
208 Michael Jackson
209 Dr. Octagon
210 The Divine Comedy
211 Noir Désir
212 Coolio
213 Ben Folds Five
214 The Sabres of Paradise
215 Busta Rhymes
216 Rancid
217 Tocotronic
218 Death in Vegas
219 Uncle Tupelo
220 Elvis Costello
221 Urge Overkill
222 Bikini Kill
223 House of Pain
224 Frank Black
225 Jawbox
226 Sloan
227 Black Grape
228 Screaming Trees
229 Khaled
230 Spice Girls
231 Britney Spears
232 Geto Boys
233 The Cure
234 Red House Painters
235 Digital Underground
236 Warren G
237 Shellac
238 Edwyn Collins
239 Stone Temple Pilots
240 They Might Be Giants
241 Temple of the Dog
242 Cassandra Wilson
243 New Radicals
244 Derrick May
245 Therapy?
246 Cat Power
247 Emmylou Harris
248 Sublime
249 P.M. Dawn
250 The Jesus Lizard
251 Boredoms
252 Moloko
253 Calexico
254 Bonnie Raitt
255 UNKLE
256 Prefab Sprout
257 McAlmont and Butler
258 Los Lobos
259 Carl Craig
260 Aaliyah
261 Mariah Carey
262 Sparklehorse
263 Beth Orton
264 Maxwell
265 Photek
266 Ali Farka Touré
267 Electronic
268 Veruca Salt
269 The Future Sound of London
270 Seal
271 Mr. Oizo
272 The Auteurs
273 Ice-T
274 Miossec
275 Low
276 A Guy Called Gerald
277 John Zorn
278 John Cale
279 Macy Gray
280 The Stone Roses
281 EMF
282 Cesaria Evora
283 Aimee Mann
284 Shania Twain
285 Grant Lee Buffalo
286 Whitney Houston
287 World Party
288 XTC
289 David Holmes
290 Buju Banton
291 Shelby Lynne
292 Sunny Day Real Estate
293 Salt 'n' Pepa
294 Brandy
295 David Gray
296 Sizzla
297 Midnight Oil
298 Plastikman
299 James
300 Body Count
301 Robbie Williams
302 White Town
303 Queens of the Stone Age
304 Blind Melon
305 Joey Beltram
306 Shack
307 Propellerheads
308 Herbert
309 The Tragically Hip
310 Backstreet Boys
311 Angelo Badalamenti
312 Armand Van Helden
313 Tom Petty
314 Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
315 Oval
316 Helmet
317 Morphine
318 Take That
319 Mouse on Mars
320 Silver Jews
321 Badly Drawn Boy
322 Soul Asylum
323 Black Dog Productions
324 Black Star
325 Motorpsycho
326 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
327 The Bucketheads
328 Black Sheep
329 Jim O'Rourke
330 Ani DiFranco
331 Dave Matthews Band
332 Robin S.
333 Hanson
334 MF Doom
335 Social Distortion
336 Natalie Imbruglia
337 Patti Smith
338 Slowdive
339 Wyclef Jean
340 Living Colour
341 Archers of Loaf
342 Faithless
343 Deftones
344 Soda Stereo
345 Santana
346 Kriss Kross
347 Isolée
348 Sophie B. Hawkins
349 L.V.
350 Richard Thompson
351 Jeru the Damaja
352 Ry Cooder
353 Mark Hollis
354 DMX
355 US 3
356 Dawn Penn
357 Chumbawamba
358 Gomez
359 The Artful Dodger
360 Slayer
361 Luniz
362 Turbonegro
363 Anthrax
364 The Folk Implosion
365 Josh Wink
366 Slipknot
367 Adamski
368 Kruder & Dorfmeister
369 Live
370 Robert Wyatt
371 John Lydon
372 Leonard Cohen
373 Smash Mouth
374 Ben Harper
375 Craig Mack
376 System of a Down
377 Crystal Waters
378 Company Flow
379 Dominique A.
380 Suprême NTM
381 Steve Earle
382 The Wedding Present
383 Neneh Cherry
384 Digable Planets
385 The Olivia Tremor Control
386 The Dandy Warhols
387 Café Tacvba
388 Fito Páez
389 Kylie Minogue
390 Ghostface Killah
391 Belly
392 Jurassic 5
393 Kristin Hersh
394 Rocket from the Crypt
395 Robert Hood
396 Console
397 Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
398 All Saints
399 Simply Red
400 Juvenile
401 Cher
402 Son Volt
403 Lambchop
404 Youssou N'Dour
405 Megadeth
406 Annie Lennox
407 American Music Club
408 Roy Davis Jr.
409 The Fall
410 Azzido Da Bass
411 Everclear
412 Inspiral Carpets
413 Ween
414 Flowered Up
415 Sasha
416 Puff Daddy
417 Buffalo Tom
418 The Farm
419 Souls of Mischief
420 Global Communication
421 Rufus Wainwright
422 Codeine
423 Shaggy
424 Duran Duran
425 Sonny Sharrock
426 Mansun
427 Tom Cochrane
428 Boyz II Men
429 The Wallflowers
430 Mano Negra
431 Embrace
432 Common
433 Aterciopelados
434 Ricky Martin
435 Mark Morrison
436 Bill Callahan
437 Bark Psychosis
438 Candi Staton
439 BabyBird
440 Enanitos Verdes
441 I-F
442 Bran Van 3000
443 Q-Tip
444 4 Hero
445 DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
446 The Presidents of the United States of America
447 Kiko Veneno
448 Bell Biv Devoe
449 Garth Brooks
450 Rob Dougan
451 LTJ Bukem
452 Pharoahe Monch
453 Chaka Demus & Pliers
454 Los Rodriguez
455 Primitive Radio Gods
456 MC Hammer
457 Squarepusher
458 MJ Cole
459 Jimmy Page
460 Alex Reece
461 Big Punisher
462 Positive K
463 Divinyls
464 Superchunk
465 D.N.A.
466 Los Planetas
467 Rob Thomas
468 Laurent Garnier
469 Huggy Bear
470 Quad City DJ's
471 Disco Inferno
472 Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas
473 Human Resource
474 Juliana Hatfield Three
475 Molotov
476 Judas Priest
477 Hardfloor
478 SWV
479 Betty Boo
480 Black Box
481 Harvey Danger
482 Semisonic
483 You Am I
484 Plastilina Mosh
485 Acen
486 Cake
487 The Soup Dragons
488 Das EFX
489 The Jesus and Mary Chain
490 The Wannadies
491 Nicolette
492 Alex Gopher
493 Jesus Jones
494 Fear Factory
495 Robert Plant
496 Celine Dion
497 Ginuwine
498 Fun Lovin' Criminals
499 Joe Henderson
500 Ace of Base