10 Bands that Changed the Face of Rock Music in the 90s


The 10 most influential heavy rock bands of the 90s.

The years between 1990 and 2000 proved to be a golden generation for rock music, and we also got to see and hear the development of many different styles of sounds within the rock genre.  Here, we take a look at some of the most influential heavy rock bands to grace the stage in the 90s. Notable mentions should go to Link Park, System Of A Down, and Pantera, who all did not make the list. 

10  Slipknot

Slipknot is an American heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. The band was founded in September 1995 by percussionist Shawn Crahan and drummer Joey Jordison. Once regarded as the most badass band on the planet, Slipknot helped develop heavy metal into a genre that could be appreciated throughout the mainstream, without being too commercial.

09  Limp Bizkit

Limp Bizkit is an American rap rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland. Limp Bizkit was the first band to achieve considerable mainstream success with the combination of rock and rap.

08  Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. Since its inception, the band's line-up has consisted of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. Pearl Jam played a significant role in the development of 90s rock, inspiring a bunch of other upcoming bands.

07  Rage Against the Machine

Formed in 1991, the group consists of rapper and vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk. Rage Against the Machine inspired a new generation of rap-rock, which would be set to dominate the latter part of the decade.

06  Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the dissolution of Nirvana after the death of Kurt Cobain. Foo Fighters took grunge metal to a whole new level, and still remain one of the very few 90s bands who are able to sell out a major stadium.

05  Blink-182

This American rock band was formed in Poway, California in 1992. Since 2015, the lineup of the band has consisted of bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus, drummer Travis Barker, and guitarist and vocalist Matt Skiba. Bink-182 started the whole pop-rock craze, which dominated much of the mainstream charts from 1996 to 2000.

04  Soundgarden

Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Soundgarden helped change the face of rock music with their heavy grunge genre, paving the way for more modern bands like Linkin Park.

03  Metallica

Formed in the 80s, heavy rock band Metallica did something in the 90s that not many 80s rock bands managed to achieve so successfully - they altered their musical genre from their typical 80s thrash metal, to a more heavy, busty, darker tone. Even today, Metallica still manage to stay current and ever engaging with their fans.

02  Korn

Korn is an American band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. Korn played a pivotal role in the development of rock music in the 90s, with the introduction of nu metal. Nu metal was one of the most important rock sounds of that particular decade, playing its part in the mainstream world too.

01  Nirvana

Nirvana changed the face of rock music in the 90s with the introduction of the grunge genre. Out went motorbikes and fuzzy long hair, and in came skateboards and beanie hats. Grunge was the coolest genre of rock music, and it paved the way for bands like Soundgarden and Bush to thrive. Nirvana were, without doubt, the most influential rock band in the 90s.

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