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Let's Rock the 1990s
The independent scene bubbling in pockets across the country erupted into general popularity in the 1990s.
Nobody was more important than Nirvana. Their “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from Nevermind, and singer Kurt Cobain’s cry of “Here we are now, entertain us,” spoke for the post baby-boom Generation X.
Much as the punks rejected the hippies, Seattle’s grunge scene rejected glam rock. Nirvana and other influential bands such as Pearl Jam and Green Day set new style and attitudes. The ‘90s was also a big decade for women. Madonna just got bigger, and Mariah Carey had chart toppers, but Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill was the number one album of the decade, going on to sell 33 million copies.
One of the decade’s surprises is its diversity. There was renewed enthusiasm for country, led by legions of Garth Brooks and Shania Twain fans. There many independent and original performers such as Moby, and Bjork. And as the decade closed, a generation of black producers, composers and performers such as Jay-Z emerged, setting not only music styles but also crossing over into other areas of popular culture.
Check out Let's Rock in the New, Best and Fun lists to see more of what was happening in the '90s.