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Music of the 1990s

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  • Grunge: The new rock n' roll of the nineties, literally. The "big four" are Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden.
  • Hip Hop Soul was a direct offshoot of New Jack Swing that was created in 1989 by R& B producer Teddy Riley, and quickly displaced its parent genre as the decade progressed.
  • Nu Metal: The new (alternative) metal of the nineties. Coolly received by critics and traditionalists, but very successful with teens.
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  • New Jack Swing: continued to have popularity in the first half of the 90s though it would be seen as outdated by 1995 and gradually was replaced by other forms of R&B like Neo-Soul
  • Alternative Hip Hop: Made hip-hop very chic among some white college kids.
  • Boy Bands
  • The "electronica" boom that crested in the mid-late '90s, including among others: Daft Punk and The Prodigy. On the other side, Trance also gained stride, with producers like Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz starting out in this decade.
  • Trip Hop: Originated in the early '90s in Bristol with bands Portishead and Massive Attack.
  • Dancehall Reggae also crosses over during this decade
  • Britpop: Britain's response to Grunge, including acts such as Blur, Oasis, Pulp and Suede.
  • Riot Grrrl!
  • Midwestern rap acts
  • Gangsta Rap: The other new rock n' roll of the nineties.
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  • Third Wave Ska such as: Reel Big Fish and No Doubt.
  • The Melodic Death Metal movement, which was started in 1996.
  • Jungle/drum'n'bass, while we're at it: Goldie, Roni Size, UK Apachi, LTJ Bukem, Photek, Dillinja, DJ Krust, etc.
  • Black Metal was codified in the early and mid-1990's in Northern Europe, both musically and aesthetically. This is also the time of the infamous "Black Circle" hijinks such as murders, suicides, and church-burnings that helped give the popular image of black metal today.
  • Queercore began during the Nineties.
  • Eurobeat: The Italian-made version's initial popularity was primarily experienced in this decade.