Top Rock Groups of the 90s:  The Biggest Bands of Their Time



Kid rock

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Kid Rock A.K.A Robert James Ritchie is an American musician making headway out of Detroit Michigan.  Kid Rock began gaining the most recognition with his studio album “Devil Without a Cause” which was released in 1998.  He can probably be most recognized for his songs Bawitdaba, Cowboy, Only God Knows Why, and American Badass. 

Kid Rock is sort of the mix of country, rap, and rock all rolled into one.  He seemingly expresses his viewpoints and carries a sort of “badass vibe” everywhere he is present.  I’m sure most fans can recall the oh so memorable incident of Kid Rock punching Motley Crue’s drummer, Tommy Lee over a dispute at the video music  awards in 2007.  This was an epic day for Kid Rock fans everywhere. 

Having witnessed his more recent tours, I must say that Kid Rock has begun to settle down quite a bit since his days of Devil Without a Cause.  Appealing more to the country audience these days, Kid Rock has now begun to slow down as time passes.    


Limp Bizkit

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Headed by vocalist Fred Durst followed by Wes Borland on guitar, Sam rivers on the bass, John Otto on the drums, and DJ Lethal on the turntables, Limp Bizkit seems to have had the ability to pump up a crowd better than any other band of all time.

Beginning their road to stardom in 1994, the band began gaining headway and becoming popular by playing the underground music scene around Jacksonville Florida.  They released their debut album in 1997, “Three Dollar Bill Yall.”  This album although mildly successful didn’t bring the mainstream success they had been hoping for.

Soon after the release of Three Dollar Bill, the band released two albums in 1999 and 2000.  “Significant other” and “Chocolate Starfish and the Hot dog Flavored Water” were the albums that brought true mainstream success to this band in the long run. 

Having blown up in the mainstream realm rather quickly, Limp Bizkit quickly found themselves shrouded with controversy over their behavior and performances at major concert events such as Woodstock ’99.  As I said before, not many bands have the ability to pump up a crowd like this one.  Woodstock goers ended up rioting in the audience and lighting several fires throughout the venue. 

This controversy can be seen in a later music video created by the group in the song “Re-Arranged”.  In this video, the group can be seen receiving the death penalty for the charges of ensuing riots. 

Limp Bizkit, although with a member now replaced, continues to tour today.  They continue to work the crowds almost just as hard as they did in the past.


Linkin park

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Making their way out of Agoura Hills California and coming together in 1996, Linkin Park started with three friends from high school.  Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, and Brad Delson began taking their music careers very seriously after high school and began recruiting other members into their group. 

Upon recording some demo tracks, the band went through a stalemate period in which they received no record deal and saw no progression forward.  Because of this lack of success in the beginning, some members of the band strayed and moved onto other projects. 

Having gone through several band name changes and cycling through different replacement members, Linkin Park was finally able to land a record deal with Warner Bros. Records.  Upon emerging into success and signing with Warner Bros in 1999, Linkin Park pulled off what many bands fail to ever do.  They released the album “Hybrid Theory” in 2000 which turned out to be absolutely breakthrough in the mainstream culture.

Linkin park continues to create music and go on tour today.  Now having released their sixth studio album, the band continues to do much charity work, put on great shows, and create great music for their fans.



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Making their way out of Bakersfield California, this band saw their beginning formations in 1993 and seemingly never looked back since.  Having released their first studio and self-titled album in 1994 followed by their second studio album “Life is Peachy” in 1996, the band only began to see major mainstream success with their third studio album “Follow the Leader” in 1998. 

Riding this mainstream success through many years, Korn went on to release “Issues” in 1999, “Untouchables in 2002, and “Take a Look in the Mirror” in 2003.  All of which helped them remain topping the charts. 

Selling over 35 million albums worldwide, there is no doubting this bands success.  Holding a different sound with each album that ultimately keeps fans guessing, Korn has just released their 11th studio album which combines the old age rock with the new dub step influences of today.


Pearl jam

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Making headway in 1990, Pearl Jam is a successful band making their way out of Seattle Washington.  The bands line up consist of Eddie Vedder on vocals, Stone Gossard on guitar, Jeff Ament on bass, and Mike McCready on guitar.  The band has gone through many drummers in their time and now continues to use their fifth drummer Matt Cameron who also plays with the band Soundgarden. 

During the grunge movement of the early 90’s, Pearl Jam broke directly into mainstream music culture with the release of their debut album “Ten.”  Soon after the release of this album, Pearl Jam was deeply criticized for being sell outs to the corporate system during the rock explosion.  

As Pearl Jam continues to outlive many of the other bands formed in this era, a lot of people consider Pearl Jam to be one of the biggest influences on the decade.  Having sold over approx. 60 million albums worldwide, this band continues to be a success even today.


Green day

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Having more of a punk rock sound to them than any of the other bands on this countdown, Green Day is no exception to success.  Formed in 1987 with the guitarist and vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, drummer Tre Cool, and guitarist Jason White, Green Day began to see mainstream success with their release of “Dookie” in 1994.

Green Day released three other follow up albums after Dookie with “Insomniac” in 1995, “Nimrod” in 1997, and “Warning” in 2000.  None of which seemed to have the mainstream success that came from their album Dookie.  This is not saying that the albums were not successful at all considering  two of the three went double platinum with the third reaching gold status.  They were just never considered to be Dookie level albums.  

Releasing the album “American Idiot” seemed to re-kindle the bands popularity among the younger generation.  Released in 2004 and selling 5 million albums in the U.S. alone, Green Day’s best was still yet to come.

Releasing their eighth studio album in 2009, “21st Century Breakdown,” Green Day continued to ride their once again chart topping wave by achieving the band’s best chart performance of their careers. 

Green Day is one of the best sellers of all times.  Having sold over 75 million albums worldwide, the group continues to rock out to this very day. 



Top Rock Groups of the 90s:  The Biggest Bands of Their Time

You guessed it.  Subtle verses and screaming choruses!  Forming out of Aberdeen, Washington, Nirvana was started by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain, and bassist Krist Novoselic in 1987.  Never seeming to be able to hold onto a solid drummer for various different reasons, Nirvana cycled through many different names with the longest being Dave Grohl.

Having released one prior album, Nirvana finally met success with their hit album “Smells Like Teen Spirit” off of their second album “Nevermind.” 

After the success of Nevermind, the band went on to release a third album “In Utero.”  This album vastly deviated from the mainstream sound that had been produced by some of the earlier albums and really tested the fan base Nirvana had worked so hard to build.  While this third album didn’t reach the same success as the second it was still considered to be a successful release. 

Having a short lived success as a band, the death of lead singer Kurt Colbain in 1994 brought things to a sudden halt.  Even though the band only saw success for roughly 3 years, the numbers speak for themselves.  Nirvana has sold over 75 million albums worldwide and continues to sell posthumous releases to this day.