My first ever english song I heard was a song from Backstreet boys. With not having a great deal of exposure to english songs, I really had to look out for people who had the taste of such music and could help me explore a musical journey. Though I didn’t have a computer or any modern CD players, I was lucky to have a tape recorder, the one from Phillips. I think back in the 90s, every Indian household started having cassette players and FMs with later two sided cassette players coming to play, one could be utilized for recording while the other for playback. I started my music collection with cassettes. Not having the liberty to purchase a cassette, I would gather all my pocket money and buy empty cassettes and run to the recording company giving them a handwritten list of songs to be recorded on Side A and Side B.
From there, my collection started expanding to CDs. I still remember one of my best friends had just purchased a computer and the concept of CD writing was quite famous, but only the rich kids could afford that. The CD writing software called Nero was the most famous software which was used to write songs to a CD. I remember an empty disc would be priced at 10 rupees and no charge to copy songs. Though, musically my journey began when I was young as 8 but the actual collection and the passion started growing during teenage days.
So here I share some of my to go 90s songs and artists. Check em out and keep watching for this space. It’ll keep growing……
At some point in the early 21st century, Radiohead became something more than a band: they became a touchstone for everything that is fearless and adventurous in rock, inheriting the throne from David Bowie, Pink Floyd, and the Talking Heads.
The latter group gave the band its name — it’s an album track on 1986’s True Stories — but Radiohead never sounded much like the Heads, nor did they take much from Bowie, apart from their willingness to experiment. Read more
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Anthony Kiedis is the lead singer of the alternative rock group the Red Hot Chili Peppers. After getting into trouble at school, he moved to California to be with his dad. It was during these years that young Kiedis was exposed and influenced by the world of art, sex, music and drugs.
The Red Chili Peppers’ 1991 alternative rock album, BloodSugarSexMagik, was a career breakthrough for the band, selling more than 4 million copies. Later albums include One Hot Minute (1995), featuring the hit songs “Aeroplane” and “My Friends”; Californication (1999), which included the hits “Around the World” and “Scar Tissue”; and I’m With You (2011), featuring “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie.” Read more
Oasis is a British rock band, from Manchester. The band rose to fame during the ‘Britpop’ era of the 1990’s and has gone on to sell over 50 million albums across the world.
Oasis came into being from the remnants of a previous band, The Rain. The Rain consisted of Paul McGuigan (Guigsy), Warren Mackenzie, Paul Arthurs (Bonehead), Tony McCarroll and Chris Hutton.
When Liam joined, the band’s name was changed to Oasis; a move inspired by an Inspiral carpets poster hanging in Liam’s bedroom. Read more
Dave Matthews Band
Dave Matthews was born on January 9, 1967, in Johannesburg, South Africa. A self-taught musician, Matthews decided to assemble a band and put together a demo tape in 1990. Through college tours and grassroots marketing, the Dave Matthews Band developed a devoted following. In 1994, they released their major label debut, Under the Table and Dreaming, which went to No. 11 on the Billboard 200. The DMB followed with a string of chart-topping albums, including Everyday (2001) and Stand Up (2005). Read more
The Backstreet Boys (often abbreviated as BSB) are an American vocal group, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993. The group consists of AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell.
The group rose to fame with their debut international album, Backstreet Boys (1996). In the following year they released their second international album Backstreet’s Back (1997) along with their self-titled U.S. debut album, which continued the group’s success worldwide. They rose to superstardom with their third studio album Millennium (1999) and its follow-up album, Black & Blue (2000). Read more
NSYNC (sometimes stylized as *NSYNC or ‘N Sync) was an American boy band formed in Orlando, Florida in 1995 and launched in Germany by BMG Ariola Munich. NSYNC consisted of Justin Timberlake, J.C. Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass.
After heavily publicized legal battles with their former manager Lou Pearlman and former record label Bertelsmann Music Group, the group’s second album, No Strings Attached, sold over one million copies in one day and 2.42 million copies in one week, which was a record for over fifteen years. Among the group’s singles, “Bye Bye Bye”, “This I Promise You”, “Girlfriend” and “It’s Gonna Be Me” reached the top 10 in several international charts, with the latter being a US Billboard Hot 100 number one.
Ricky Martin began appearing in commercials at age six. He was a member of the teen singing group Menudo until he turned 18. After finishing high school, he appeared on stage and television while also pursuing his solo music career. His debut English album and single were hugely successful. He continues to make music in both Spanish and English today.
Born Enrique Jose Martin Morales IV on December 24, 1971, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Martin began appearing in commercials on local television around the age of six. He auditioned three times for the teen singing group Menudo before finally earning a spot in 1984. In his five years with Menudo, Martin toured around the world, singing in several languages. Read more
A four-time Grammy Award-winning rapper, singer, songwriter, dancer and producer, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott has consistently pushed the boundaries of hip hop with a string of classic hit singles — such as “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It,” “Lose Control” and “Gossip Folks.” She is also a formidable businesswoman who retains full creative control over her music, videos and productions. A longtime collaborator with her childhood friend from Virginia, the producer Tim “Timbaland” Mosley, she has also worked with Jay Z, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Madonna, Janet Jackson and many more. Read more
Musician Lenny Kravitz’s first album, Let Love Rule, was released in 1989. In 1998, his album Five won him his first Grammy Award. In 2004, his album Baptism expressed his renewed enthusiasm for making music. Baptism was followed by the albums It is Time for a Love Revolution (2008) and Black and White America (2011). In 2009, Kravitz made his screen debut in the film Precious.
Leonard Albert Kravitz, known to most as Lenny Kravitz, was born on May 26, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York. An only child, Kravitz is the product of an interracial marriage. His father, Sy Kravitz, is Jewish; his mother, Roxie Roker, who died of cancer in 1995, was African American. As a bi-racial child in the 1960s, endured an onslaught of prejudicial remarks. Read more
Jennifer Lopez danced on the TV show In Living Color before her starring role in the film Selena. She turned to music and found major success on the pop and dance charts with hits like “Get Right” and “Play,” while continuing to garner Hollywood film work. She married salsa icon Marc Anthony in 2004 and had twins; the couple split a few years later. Her recent TV projects include American Idol, Shades of Blue and World of Dance.
Born July 24, 1969, in the Bronx, New York, Lopez began her career as a dancer, appearing in stage musicals and various music videos. In 1990, she won a national competition and earned a spot dancing on the popular Fox comedy television series In Living Color as one of the “Fly Girls.” A series of small acting jobs followed, including parts in two more series and a TV movie, Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7, in 1993. Read more
Popstar Rihanna signed with Def Jam records at age 16 and in 2005 released her first album Music of the Sun, which sold more than two million copies worldwide. She went on to release more albums and an array of hit songs, including “Unfaithful,” “Umbrella,” “Disturbia,” “Take a Bow,” “Diamonds” and “We Found Love.” A global pop star with an unrelentingly edgy image, Rihanna has also won multiple industry accolades, including Grammys and MTV awards.
Singer Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on February 20, 1988, in St. Michael Parish on the Caribbean island of Barbados. She is the eldest of three children born to Monica Fenty, an accountant, and Ronald Fenty, a warehouse supervisor. Rihanna’s childhood was marred by her father’s struggles with addictions to alcohol and crack cocaine and her parents’ marital problems — they divorced when she was 14 years old. Read more
Britney Spears starred in The All-New Mickey Mouse Club at age 11 and began a highly successful career as a pop singer and performer with the release of the single “…Baby One More Time” in 1998. Spears achieved massive sales with albums like Oops!… I Did It Again and Britney, before experiencing a series of personal and professional setbacks. She rebounded with the chart-topping Femme Fatale in 2011 and later enjoyed an extended residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Singer, dancer and actress Britney Jean Spears was born on December 2, 1981, in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. For more than two decades, Spears has been one of the most successful—and sometimes controversial—solo acts in popular music. For a time, however, she was better known for her personal struggles. Read more
Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas (originally simply Black Eyed Peas) is an American musical group, consisting of rappers will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo and singer Jessica Reynoso. Originally an alternative hip hop group, they subsequently changed their musical sound to pop and dance-pop music.
Although the group was founded in Los Angeles in 1995, it was not until the release of their third album, Elephunk, in 2003, that they achieved high record sales. Since that time, the group has sold an estimated 76 million records (35 million albums and 41 million singles), making them one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time. As of 2011, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the Black Eyed Peas were the second-best-selling artist/group of all time for downloaded tracks, behind Rihanna, with over 42 million sales. Read more
Chris Cornell was a rock icon who thrived on contradictions. An innovator who resisted genre labels, he was nonetheless a chief architect of the 90s grunge movement. Frequently ranked as one of the best voices in music history, he successfully maintained his own unique identity over decades as a multi-Grammy award-winning musician and universally acclaimed singer, songwriter and lyricist.
Chris Cornell was born Christopher John Boyle on July 20 1964 in Seattle, Washington. He was the second youngest of six children, and was the son of Karen Cornell, an accountant, and Edward Boyle, a pharmacist. He was of mostly Irish, English, Scottish, and Norwegian ancestry, with many of his mother’s ancestors coming from Canada. His parents divorced when Chris was in his early teens, and Chris and his siblings changed their surnames from Boyle to his mother’s maiden name. Read more
Chris Brown became a teen heartthrob with R&B and pop hits that included “Run It!,” “Kiss Kiss” and “Forever.” In 2009, he physically assaulted his then-girlfriend, pop/dance star Rihanna, and found his songs dropped from the radio. Afterward, Brown rediscovered success on the music charts, earning a Grammy for his 2011 album, F.A.M.E., but also continued to receive attention for brushes with the law.
Singer Christopher Maurice Brown was born on May 5, 1989, in Tappahannock, Virginia. Brown became known for his smooth voice, amazing dance moves, boy-next-door charm and controversy surrounding his physical assault of former girlfriend Rihanna. Growing up in a small town of roughly 2,000 people, Brown enjoyed singing in his church choir and was inspired by such musical artists as Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. He also showed off his dance prowess by imitating the moves of another one of his idols, Usher. Read more
Blue are an English boy band consisting of members Antony Costa, Duncan James, Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe. The group originally formed in 2000 and has released three studio albums, All Rise (2001), One Love (2002) and Guilty (2003) that all peaked at number one in the United Kingdom alongside releasing 16 singles, over a four-year period. The group also worked alongside artists such as Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Lil’ Kim. In late 2004, the group announced a hiatus and released their first compilation album, Best of Blue, on 15 November 2004.
The group reunited once again in January 2011 and represented the United Kingdom at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf with the song “I Can”, coming in 11th place with 100 points. Blue released their fourth studio album, Roulette on 25 January 2013 with “Hurt Lovers” as the lead single. The following month, it was confirmed that the group would be joining The Big Reunion, in which six groups from the past (including Liberty X, Atomic Kitten and 5ive) reform for a one-off gig. Read more
A music lover early on, Shania Twain started writing songs at age 10. Twain enjoyed success with her second album, The Woman in Me (1995), before delivering the best-selling country album in history with Come on Over (1997). Following a lengthy hiatus due to personal and health problems, Twain returned to the spotlight with a memoir in 2011 and embarked on a Las Vegas residency in 2012. She released her first album of original material in 15 years with 2017’s Now, and made her feature film debut in 2019 with Trading Paint.
On August 28, 1965, Eilleen Regina Edwards — who would later change her name to Shania Twain — was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Her parents divorced when she was young, but her mother, Sharon, soon remarried, to a man named Jerry Twain, a member of the Ojibwa tribe. Jerry adopted Sharon’s three daughters, and the 4-year-old Eilleen became Eilleen Twain. Read more
System of a Down
Armenian-American rockers System of a Down have sold ten million records since their 1998 self-titled debut. With a style best characterized as metal-meets-Middle-Eastern-melodies, the California-based quartet has opened up a new door inside what had been a tradition-bound, often formulaic genre of arena rock. Yet perhaps even more groundbreaking is the band’s outspokenness, particularly regarding Armenian history and American foreign policy.
“System of a Down’s music expresses a social and political awareness rare in heavy metal,” noted Adam Sweeting of London’s Guardian newspaper, “railing against corporate enslavement, media propaganda and pornographic TV and the death of American democracy.” Read more
Justin Timberlake began his career on The New Mickey Mouse Club, starring alongside Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. In 1995, he became a teen heartthrob with the pop group *NSYNC. After the pop group’s immensely successful run in the 1990s, Timberlake went solo in 2002, releasing his own album, Justified.
He proved he could stand alone with the Grammy-winning album, and continued his success as a solo artist with FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006), the two-part The 20/20 Experience (2013) and Man of the Woods (2018). Aside from a prominent singing career, Timberlake also proved himself a talented actor, starring in Alpha Dog (2006), The Social Network (2010) and In Time (2011). Read more
Born in Spain in 1975, Enrique Iglesias is the son of popular Spanish singer Julio Iglesias. Iglesias grew up largely in Miami and began singing as a teenager. He released his self-titled debut album in 1995 and, like his subsequent studio works, proved to be a huge success. Iglesias had sold more than 100 million records worldwide, with a string of hit songs like “Bailamos,” “Rhythm Divine,” “Be With You,” “Escape,” “Maybe,” “Don’t Turn Off The Lights” and “Hero.”
Enrique Iglesias was born Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler in Madrid, Spain, on May 8, 1975. The youngest of three children, Iglesias is the son of popular Spanish singer Julio Iglesias and Isabel Preysler, a well-known Madrid socialite. Read more
Whitney Houston released her debut album at age 22 and scored three No. 1 singles. Whitney (1987) delivered four more No. 1s and earned Houston a Grammy, with later albums including I’m Your Baby Tonight (1990) and My Love Is Your Love (1998) as well as soundtracks to The Bodyguard (1992) and Waiting to Exhale (1995).
With her marriage to singer Bobby Brown in 1992 and ensuing drug use, Houston’s career got off track. She eventually made a comeback with 2009’s I Look to You and also co-starred in the musical film Sparkle. Houston died from accidental drowning in a hotel on February 11, 2012. Read more
Haddaway was born in Trinidad and Tobago in 1965. His mother was a nurse and his father was a marine biologist. His parents separated in the early 1970s and Haddaway first lived with his father in Europe and then with his mother in the USA. He was raised in Chicago and moved to the Washington metropolitan area at the age of 9. He listened to Louis Armstrong, which encouraged him to learn how to play trumpet at the age of 14. He attended Meade Senior High School in Fort Meade, Maryland, where he was a member of the marching band. This eventually resulted in him forming his first group which he called Chances. He enrolled in medical school, but dropped out the same year due to lack of excitement. Read more
Australian pop duo Savage Garden have taken the world by storm without the record company hype and career-establishing game plan that is often the background for pop-oriented acts.
Daniel Jones comes from a long line of musicians. When he was ten, he was already playing the keyboard and drums in bars and hotels. Darren Hayes’ show business experience extended no further than his involvement in many school plays. When Jones and the band he’d started with his brothers advertised for a singer, the inexperienced but enthusiastic Hayes was the only hopeful to answer. Read more
Audioslave was an American rocksupergroup formed in Glendale, California in 2001. The four-piece band consisted of Soundgarden’s lead singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell with Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello (lead guitar), Tim Commerford (bass/backing vocals), and Brad Wilk (drums).
Critics first described Audioslave as a combination of Soundgarden and Rage Against the Machine, but by the band’s second album, Out of Exile, it was noted that they had established a separate identity. Their unique sound was created by blending 1970s hard rock and 1990s alternative rock, with musical influences that included 1960s funk, soul and R&B. As with Rage Against the Machine, the band prided themselves on the fact that all sounds on their albums were produced using only guitars, bass, drums, and vocals, with emphasis on Cornell’s wide vocal range and Morello’s unconventional guitar solos. Read more
Keane’s piano-driven pop/rock cemented them as one of the best-selling and most-beloved bands in U.K. history. Debuting in the early 2000s as part of the wave of post-Coldplay sensitive indie that crashed the mainstream, their first album, the anthemic Hopes and Fears, was a commercial and critical success that endured well beyond its 2004 release, pushing darker sophomore effort Under the Iron Sea to the top of the charts in the U.K. After capping a successful decade with the synth-driven, Bowie-indebted Perfect Symmetry (2008) and its worldly companion EP, Night Train (2010), the quartet entered a period rife with personal struggle and uncertainty that resulted in an extended hiatus following the release of their fifth straight chart-topper, 2012’s Strangeland.
Addiction, divorce, and multiple side projects kept the spirit of Keane alive for much of the 2010s, while devoted fans held onto the hope that they would eventually return. In 2019, the band made their comeback with fifth LP Cause and Effect, their first studio full-length in seven years. Read more
Stereophonics are a Welsh rock band, formed in 1992 in Cwmaman, Wales, United Kingdom, by friends Kelly Jones (guitar/vocals), Stuart Cable (drums; died 2010) and Richard Jones (bass). Colloquially known to their fans as the ‘Phonics or the Stereos, in the years preceding their popularity, they went through shifting line-ups and were known by a variety of names including “KDR”, “Zephyr”, “Silent Runner”, “Blind Faith” and their most widely known pre-Phonics moniker “Tragic Love Company,” taking one word from each member’s favorite band (The Tragically Hip, Mother Love Bone, and Bad Company). The band’s official current line-up is Kelly Jones, Richard Jones, Javier Weyler and Adam Zindani.
Tragic Love Company had started out as a 4-piece band playing covers and original songs that had a blues vibe. After various fourth members, including childhood friend Simon Collier, left, the band decided to stick to being a 3-piece, ditching the blues for an edgier, punk sound which would translate better when played live. The band played up and down the country playing shows which ranged from less than 10 people to packing hundreds into small venues the length of the M4. Read more
Usher entered the fame game at age 14, two years after he moved with his mother and brother to Atlanta. After performing on Star Search, Usher landed a recording contract with LaFace Records. He released his first album in 1994, at age 15. For more than 15 years, Usher has dominated the airwaves, releasing such albums as Confessions (2004), which sold more than 1 million copies in its first week. In June 2012, he produced the album Looking 4 Myself, which found a No. 1 spot on Billboard‘s albums chart. Usher’s songs have repeatedly landed at No. 1 on the charts, earning him several Grammy and People’s Choice awards, among other honors.
Usher Terry Raymond IV was born on October 14, 1978, in Dallas, Texas and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He began singing in his church choir when he was six years old. Two years after moving with his mother and brother to Atlanta, Usher performed on the hit show Star Search, and landed a recording contract with LaFace Records soon after. He released his first, self-titled album in 1994, at age 15. Usher soon became known for his polished vocals, broad vocal range, chic style, sexy dance moves and sensual ballads. Read more
Steven Wilson has been writing, recording, and producing music continuously since the age of 10. A native of Hemel Hempstead in England, Steven was first exposed to music at the age of eight, when he started hearing his father listening to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” and his mother to Donna Summer’s “Love to Love You Baby,” two albums that were pivotal in the development of his musical direction.
His father, an electrical engineer, built him a multi-track tape machine, and he began to experiment with overdubbing and developing a repertoire of production techniques. Early demo tapes started to emerge in the mid 80’s while Steven was still at school, and at the end of the decade he created the two projects which gained him entry to the professional music world: Porcupine Tree and No Man. Read more
Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains both epitomized the solemn, heavy Seattle sound of the 1990s and stood apart from the grunge hordes. What separated Alice in Chains from their alt-rock brethren was how their roots lay in heavy metal, not punk. Guitarist Jerry Cantrell and vocalist Layne Staley both played in metal bands prior to the formation of Alice in Chains in 1987 and they released the band’s debut, Facelift, in 1990, well before Nirvana’s Never mind pushed the underground into the mainstream. Despite their connections to metal, Alice in Chains thrived in the glory days of grunge, and it wasn’t merely a question of timing, either. The band’s sensibility fit into the alternative rock zeitgeist of the early ’90s. Cantrell’s gloomy, minor-key riffs were an ideal match for Staley’s tortured lyrics, creating a sound that felt as heavy as their Seattle cohorts but also was slightly slicker and ready for radio. Read more
Swedens Opeth are preparing to release their most important record to date with “In Cauda Venenum”. Certainly, fans and critics will have their opinion, but few records in the Swedes oeuvre are as engaging, delicate, panoramic, intense, and musical as Opeths lucky thirteenth. Sporting a clever Travis Smith cover—replete with inside jokes and a nod to King Diamond—a masterful Park Studios (The Hellacopters, Graveyard) production, Opeths usual five-star musicianship, and lyrics entirely in Swedish, “In Cauda Venenum” raises the bar markedly. While a record in Swedish is a first—theres also an English version—for frontman and founding member Mikael Åkerfeldt, the 10 songs on offer feel and sound completely natural. As if years of listening to and being a fan of Swedish rock and hard rock has paid off. In a way, Opeth have come home. Read more
Contrary to popular belief, Limp Bizkit is not named for the fraternity game ‘limp biscuit’. They are really named after the way a friend of the band described his brain after getting high. Limp Bizkit was formed in 1994 by Durst, Rivers, and Otto. They toured in and around their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. About this time, they became friends with rap music’s House of Pain, which included DJ Lethal. Soon after House of Pain broke up, DJ Lethal joined the band.
In 1996 they released a five song-EP featuring songs such as ‘Pollution‘ and ‘Sour‘. 1997 saw the release of their first full-length album Three Dollar Bill Ya’ll. The album had a slow start. Read more
Bay Area trio Green Day stormed the mainstream in the early ’90s with their snarling, snotty brand of three-chord pop-punk, which was delivered with a heavy dose of anarchic attitude and headline-grabbing antics. Influenced by the late-’70s punk predecessors, they went on to introduce a new, younger generation to the genre. Major-label breakthrough Dookie was the jewel in the crown of their ’90s punk era, a modern classic regarded as one of the most defining albums of the decade. Maturing in the 21st century, the band hit a career peak with 2004’s Grammy-winning international success American Idiot, a socio-political rock opera that ushered in the next stage of their evolution as one of America’s most acclaimed rock bands. In 2015, 25 years after their debut, Green Day were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Read more
During the late ’90s, Creed emerged from a sea of post-grunge contenders to become one of the decade’s biggest-selling rock bands. At a time when many other Seattle disciples were lapsing into inactivity or experimenting with less commercial sounds, Creed carried the torch of straightforward, grungy hard rock without apology — and they were amply rewarded, selling millions upon millions of albums in just a few years’ time.
That success didn’t translate into critical acclaim, however. Many reviewers slammed the band’s music as derivative, and frontman Scott Stapp was lambasted by publications like Rolling Stone for being “irony-deficient, Jesus-haired and often shirtless in a way that reminded people of the guy from Lord of the Dance.” Read more
One of the most prolific rap groups, the Roots were also among the most progressive acts in contemporary music, from their 1993 debut through their conceptual 2010s releases. Despite the seemingly archaic practice of functioning as a rap band with several instrumentalists — from 2007 onward, their lineup even featured a sousaphonist — they were ceaselessly creative, whether with their own material or through their varied assortment of collaborations.
They went platinum and gold with successive studio releases and won a handful of Grammy Awards. After they gained a nightly nationwide audience through a close partnership with television host Jimmy Fallon, they continued to challenge listeners with works free of genre restrictions. Read more
Prior to Nirvana, alternative music was consigned to specialty sections of record stores, and major labels considered it to be, at the very most, a tax write-off. After the band’s second album, 1991’s Nevermind, nothing was ever quite the same, for better and for worse.
Nirvana popularized punk, post-punk, and indie rock, unintentionally bringing them into the American mainstream like no other band to date. While their sound was equal parts Black Sabbath (as learned by fellow Washington underground rockers the Melvins) and Cheap Trick, Nirvana’s aesthetics were strictly indie rock. Read more