The 90’s was a decade filled with a lot of changes. The one subject that changed the most was the music scene. A lot of new bands were transformed and made a huge change in the music industry.
1. Nirvana- Kurt Cobain and the rest of the band landed a record deal with “Seattle Label” and released their first album, “Bleach” in 1990. This album flopped, but Cobain’s voice and lyrics were recognized right away. Their next album, “Nevermind” was released in 1991 and shot them to stardom and in some form changed rock music forever.
At first, this album wasn’t a great hit, but over a small amount of time the album climbed to the top of the charts and gave Nirvana a good name. The end of 1993 became another great year for the band when they made a drastic change and went acoustic. Nirvana appeared on MTV’s “Unplugged” and performed their hit songs along with songs from their favorite artists. Nirvana changed the meaning of rock music and it’s industry forever. To this day, Nirvana still climbs the charts of Rocks biggest radio stations. Nirvana was given the name of a new label, “GRUNGE.”
2. Pearl Jam- Pearl Jam became one of the most influencial bands of the 90’s. Their success did not come easily and it took a lot of hard work and struggle to accomplish their goals. Instead of a hair heavy metal band like the popularity back then, Pearl Jam decided to play moody and introspective music. They were influenced a lot by punk and hard rock music. In 1991, Pearl Jam released their first album, “Ten.” This album became a huge seller and blew “Nevermind” out of the water. Then, in 1993 their second album “Vs.” was released and by then they had gone through two drummers. Once again, Pearl Jam blew Nirvana’s albums out of the water, while Nirvana still maintained a good reputation. All throughout the 90’s, Pearl Jam continued to release album after album and continued to hold their stardom.
3. The Smashing Pumpkins- During this period of time, The Smashing Pumpkins were creating powerful and emotional music in a Punk scene. Although this was the case, the band still became popular with the music they were making. In the late 80’s, the band joined the “Independent Label” and began recording. In 1991, their first album, “Gish” was released. This album showed a different side of music and became a blow out. “Siamese Dream” is the bands second album and was released in 1993. This album made it to the top of the Mainstream and Modern rock charts in weeks. For a long period of time, The Smashing Pumpkins were the greatest band in the world. After their second album was released, the band came across problems and eventually got over them and became back on top. All throughout the 90’s and 2000’s, The Smashing Pumpkins continued to release more albums and to this day, still hold records.
4. Sublime- An Indie-Ska band from Long Beach, California became a huge success and became a well known band of the 90’s. For years they won over radio audiences and topped the charts bigger and better than the rest. Before they could rise to the top more than they were, lead singer Brad Nowell died of a drug overdose in 1996. The band had only released two albums, but that’s all that was needed to take them to the top.
5. Red Hot Chili Peppers- Became one of the the most celebrated rock groups in the 90’s and 21st century. Their music revolved around Punk, Funk, and Pop and that became Contemporary Rock. The band formed in the mid 80’s, but there career didnt take off until the early 90’s. Their first album of the 90’s, “Blood Sugar Sex Majik” pulled away from the struggles of the 80’s and became a huge selling album. Losing band members throughout the years put them in a hard time. Then in 1995 they released another album called “One Hot Minute” and it became another success but didnt bring in the same ratings and singles as the first. Going on to the late 90’s, RHCP released albums for the rest of the decade and the next, breaking records.
6. Stone Temple Pilots- The Stone Temple Pilots had instant success when they signed with “Atlantic Record” in 1991. The follwing year they released their first album, “Core.” Surprisinlgy, this album sold 8 million copies and gave the band good ratings. In 1994, their second album, “Purple” was released and became a huge hit. Two singles from the album topped the Mainstream Rock Billboard charts. By the time, Stone Temple Pilots were popular and became a diverse rock band. In the 90’s, the band made two more albums and stopped due to drug addictions. Then in the 21st decade they made a come back and still had the magic.
7. Rage Against the Machine- This group came together in 1991 and performed protest music. This was the beginning of the Rap/Rock genre. Rage Against the Machine signed with “Epic Records” and released their first album in 1992. The band became a landmark for Rock and Hip Hop and became popular quick. Four years passed by and finally their second album was released and it caused a lot of controversy. Finally, in 1996, their third album “Evil Empire” gave them some headway and exploded the charts. Their last studio album, “The Battle of Los Angeles” was released in 1999, expanded their winnings and career. Rage Against the Machine became a well known band of the 90’s and to this day, their music is still remembered.
8. Alice In Chains- Alice In Chains are one of the bands that actually made up the ‘Seattle Sound’ in the 90’s. This band didn’t get the attention like most of the other grunge and rock bands of this era, but somehow gained the correct amount of popularity. They got together in the mid 80’s but never released anything until 1990. The first album released is entitled, “Facelift.” This opened the door for the upcoming bands of the 90’s. In 1992, “Dirt” being their second album was released and became very successful. Five singles from their second album became top hits on the Billboard charts. The band continued to release LP’s and another album and then the lead singer died of a drug overdose. Nothing has been done since.
9. Bush- Bush expanded Grunge’s popularity in the mid 90’s. Bush formed in 1992 and didn’t release their first album “Sixteen Stone” until 1994. At that time, grunge was becoming very commerical and mainstream but Bush seemed to have broken that barrier. In 1996, Bush’s second album “Razorblade Suitcase” and hit number one on the Billboard charts. Three years passed and finally another album entitled “The Science of Things” was released but at the time, the grunge scene lost it’s spark. Bush continued through their career up until the early 2000’s and stopped recording. It is rumored that Bush will be reuniting with the band sometime in 2010.
10. Candlebox- Another Seattle band, Candlebox formed in 1991 and struggled to get where they were. They didn’t release their first album “Candlebox” until 1993. After releasing their first album, Candlebox went on tour for two years non stop. Finally, in 1995, they released their second album entitled “Lucy.” The first two albums brought them to the top, but couldn’t hold their position. This band still had it and gained a lot of popularity within the 90’s. Candlebox released only one more album and hasn’t been heard of since.