100 Greatest Rock Anthems Of The 90s

A new wave of alternative sprung forth in the 90s. Indeed, a fresh new era in music had dawned. This article brings to life the best rock anthems of the 90s.
100 Greatest Rock Anthems of the 90s
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When we talk about rock music we realize every decade in rock had something special to offer. The glam metal scene which defined the 80s was suddenly swept clean by the alternative revolution that emerged in the 90s. Alternative rock became the most popular rock genre in the 90s.

Rock Music Scene in the 90s

The alternative scene helped a number of new subgenres emerge in the realms of rock. Punk, nu metal and ska too became exceedingly popular in the 90s. Grunge a subgenre of alternative rock gained ground in the early 90s. A number of grunge bands with a raw

hard hitting sound found space for expression. A number of alternative songs and grunge songs went on to become rock anthems globally.

The Alternative and Grunge Revolution

The alternative metal scene took shape in the 90s. The sound combined elements of alternative and heavy metal creating unique sound in metal contexts. While alternative and grunge was never a part of mainstream rock, a number for alternative and grunge bands achieved mainstream success with their brand of music. Some of the alternative bands and grunge bands that achieved considerable mainstream success in the 90s are mentioned below.

  • Creed
  • Hootie and the Blowfish
  • Collective Soul
  • Nirvana
  • Alice in Chains
  • The Offspring
  • Matchbox 20
  • Green Day
  • Muse
  • Soundgarden
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • The Lemonheads
  • Counting Crows
  • Live
  • Weezer
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Foo Fighters
  • The Breeders
  • Cake
  • Soul Asylum
  • The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Garbage
  • R.E.M.
  • No Doubt
  • 4 Non Blondes
  • Stone Temple Pilots
  • Pearl Jam
  • Beck
  • Sublime
  • Goo Goo Dolls
  • Blind Melon  
  • Hole
  • Liz Phair

Towards the end of the 90s the grunge decline began and post grunge bands with a modern sound and traditional grunge influences emerged. Also, indie rock started being associated with underground bands in the alternative scene. The musical soundscape changed dramatically in the 90s. Newer forms of rock music started taking shape and this trend continued post 2000. A number of alternative songs, punk songs, grunge songs, hard rock songs and indie rock songs became massive rock anthems in the 90s. The nostalgia of the decade gone by is captured in anthems below.

The lines below showcase a list of the best rock songs of the 90s

100 Greatest Rock Anthems of the 90s

  1. Lightning Crashes- Live
  2. Smells Like Teen Spirit- Nirvana
  3. Wonderwall- Oasis
  4. Creep- Radiohead
  5. November Rain- Guns N’ Roses
  6. Semi Charmed Life- Third Eye Blind
  7. Nothing Else Matters- Metallica
  8. Under The Bridge- Red Hot Chili Peppers
  9. No Rain- Blind Melon
  10. Runaway Train- Soul Asylum
  11. Black Hole Sun- Soundgarden
  12. More Than Words- Extreme
  13. Killing In The Name- Rage Against The Machine
  14. You Oughta Know- Alanis Morissette
  15. Basket Case- Green Day
  16. One- U2
  17. Everlong- Foo Fighters
  18. Buddy Holly- Weezer
  19. Come as you Are- Nirvana
  20. Interstate Love Song- Stone Temple Pilots
  21. Tears In Heaven- Eric Clapton
  22. What I Got- Sublime
  23. Mr. Jones- Counting Crows
  24. Closing Time- Semisonic
  25. Smooth - Santana and Rob Thomas
  26. Song 2- Blur
  27. Losing My Religion- R.E.M.
  28. Enter Sandman- Metallica
  29. Zombie- The Cranberries
  30. Hunger Strike- Temple of the Dog
  31. You Get What You Give- New Radicals
  32. Are You Gonna Go My Way- Lenny Kravitz
  33. Good Riddance- Green Day
  34. Loser- Beck
  35. Cannonball- The Breeders
  36. Nothing Compares 2 U- Sinead O’ Connor
  37. I Don't Want to Miss a Thing- Aerosmith
  38. Give It Away- Red Hot Chili Peppers
  39. Alive- Pearl Jam
  40. Don’t Speak- No Doubt
  41. All Apologies- Nirvana
  42. Freak on a Leash- Korn
  43. Say It Ain’t So- Weezer
  44. Bitter Sweet Symphony- The Verve
  45. Paranoid Android- Radiohead
  46. Crash into Me- Dave Matthews Band
  47. Everybody Hurts- R.E.M.
  48. Rooster- Alice In Chains
  49. Been Caught Stealing- Jane’s Addiction
  50. Tubthumping- Chumbawamba
  51. Mysterious Ways- U2
  52. Thunderstruck- AC/DC
  53. Man in the Box- Alice in Chains
  54. Bullet With Butterfly Wings- Smashing Pumpkins
  55. All Star- Smash Mouth
  56. Closer- Nine Inch Nails
  57. Iris- Goo Goo Dolls
  58. Heart Shaped Box- Nirvana
  59. All I Wanna Do- Sheryl Crow
  60. Jeremy- Pearl Jam
  61. Love Will Keep us Alive- Eagles
  62. Two Princes- Spin Doctors
  63. The Unforgiven- Metallica
  64. Friday I'm in Love - The Cure
  65. Disarm- Smashing Pumpkins
  66. Even Flow- Pearl Jam
  67. Lovefool-
    Cardigans
  68. All The Small Things- Blink 182
  69. 1979- The Smashing Pumpkins
  70. My Own Prison- Creed
  71. Bed of Roses- Bon Jovi
  72. Far Behind- Candlebox
  73. Linger- The Cranberries
  74. Would?- Alice In Chains
  75. Scar Tissue- Red Hot Chili Peppers
  76. Better Man- Pearl Jam
  77. Karma Police- Radiohead
  78. Say It Ain’t So- Weezer
  79. One Week- Barenaked Ladies
  80. Bulls on Parade- Rage Against The Machine
  81. Plush- Stone Temple Pilots
  82. Californication- Red Hot Chili Peppers
  83. Longview- Green Day
  84. Champagne Supernova- Oasis
  85. Where It's At - Beck
  86. Ironic- Alanis Morissette
  87. Today- Smashing Pumpkins
  88. Black- Pearl Jam
  89. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams
  90. Don’t Cry- Guns N’ Roses
  91. Angels- Robbie Williams
  92. Hard to Handle- Black Crowes
  93. Can’t Stop Loving You- Van Halen
  94. High Hopes- Pink Floyd
  95. Streets of Philadelphia- Bruce Springsteen
  96. Fly Away- Lenny Kravitz
  97. Self Esteem- The Offspring
  98. Always- Bon Jovi
  99. Live Forever- Oasis
  100. Cryin'- Aerosmith


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  • samir  20-09-2017
    Rock music is the most trending music nowadays, I like romantic, pop, rock kinds of music etc depending on the composer or sometimes which one is good. There are lots of composers, music directors but few are the best.
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    • realityspeaks  20-09-2017
      Yeah, You're right. Rock music is a very popular genre. And yes, a number of rock bands in different genres.
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  • ortiz  20-09-2017
    Great article, some of the rock singers I listen to some of them they are great.
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    • realityspeaks  20-09-2017
      Yeah, It's truly amazing, the 90s bands, especially the grunge bands took music to new levels
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