Hitting upon his perfect meld of street-tough gangsterism and hook-heavy commerciality, ‘Vol.2… Hard Knock Life’ turned Jay Z into a superstar.
Spawning megastars such as Snoop Dogg, 2Pac and Eminem, 90s hip-hop marked the point when the music came out of the suburbs and took over the world.
A reminder of why people started bands in the first place, Aerosmith caught the attentions a whole new generation with ‘Get A Grip’.
Reflecting his eclectic tastes, Rick Rubin’s American Recordings label covered metal, rock, country and all points in between, establishing its founder as music’s ultimate auteur in the 90s.
Even during a decade when the most improbable bands were topping the charts, some fell through the cracks. Here are 10 90s bands worth rediscovering.
Attracting instant acclaim and eventually storming both the US and UK charts, The Cranberries’ debut, ‘Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?’, proved that, actually, they really could…
With Mudhoney, Nirvana and Soundgarden at the helm, grunge music exploded in the early 90s – and the world didn’t know what hit it.
Unlike most other eras, the notion of 90s music is hard to pin down. Oddball and eclectic, the decade defies easy categorisation, but it’s this cross-pollination of sounds that left a boundary-breaking...
Laying down the gauntlet for all festival headliners that followed, Nirvana’s performance at Reading 1992 remains one of the greatest in history.
Trent Reznor and NIN revolutionised industrial music and wrote the soundtrack for a generation. This is that story in 20 of the best Nine Inch Nails songs.
Fusing lo-fi production with a singer-songwriter sensibility, Liz Phair helped shaped the “indie rock” sound with her standout sophomore album Whip-Smart.
Initially recorded for the 1992 film ‘Singles’, Chris Cornell’s five Poncier songs remain cult favourites, and provided Soundgarden with their breakthrough.
The possibilities seemed endless during the 1990s. As our Top 90s Songs shows, the icons & figures dominating the decade were both mercurial and diverse.
In 1996, double Grammy-winning ‘Odelay’ made Californian Beck a multi-platinum selling artist and an internationally-recognised name.