The 1990’s were as much a revolution for women as they were an explosion for varied musical genres in and of themselves. From the ashes of figures in the 1970’s and 1980’s such as Pat Benatar, Madonna, Joan Jett, Reba McEntire, and countless others came a flurry of vocalists and singer-songwriters. So let’s dive head long into the ascension of the female voice with a genre notoriously known as much for its Gangsta style as anything else in the 1990’s.
MC Lyte was one of the ground breaking pioneers for women in the rap game with releases in 1988 and 1989 that made her an immediate vocalist to be reckoned with in the midst of acts such as N.W.A. Despite her lack of chart topping success, her 1991 release Act Like You Know in 1991 was a bit of a departure towards more of a social political commentary on top of R&B rhythm compared to her earlier hardcore rap (which she would return to through the rest of her 1990’s albums to mild success).
As MC Lyte was making a name for herself, other women in the rap game started taking to the mic hard and fast. Yo-Yo made herself known through the label EastWest with three good albums in the early 1990s, starting with her debut Make Way For the Motherlode in 1991. Much like MC Lyte, and despite the presence of Ice Cube, she struggled to get mainstream success with her 1992 release Black Pearl or 1993’s You Better Ask Somebody and she largely faded from the scene by the late 90’s after two mediocre album releases.
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Despite two album releases in the 1980’s, Salt-N-Pepa finally broke through in 1990 with their album Blacks’ Magic and followed that up with 1993’s Very Necessary, including getting them an appearance at WWF’s WrestleMania 11 to help promote the Lawrence Taylor vs. Bam Bam Bigelow match up (in a rare crossover stunt). Their 90’s albums relied on harder R&B rhythm sections while their growing maturity from the mid 1980’s was immediately evident in their themes and lyrics. They would release one more album in 1997 but had unofficially disbanded by the early 2000’s.
Much like MC Lyte, Queen Latifah came onto the scene in the late 1980’s and made her name throughout the 1990’s and has still been releasing albums to this day. While 1991’s Nature of a Sista was moderately received, it was 1993’s Black Reign that really propelled her forward largely aided by the move to Motown and the return to her tough talking roots that she displayed on 1989’s All Hail the Queen.
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Missy Elliott was one of the rare MCs who came onto the scene later but exploded with a hammer thanks to 1997’s Supa Dupa Fly and 1999’s Da Real World. Despite a strong debut, Missy would ride a slew of videos and hits to prominence but hasn’t released an album since 2005’s The Cookbook.
Much like Missy Elliott, Faith Evans had been behind the scenes for a while before breaking out on her hip hop funk debut self-titled album in 1995 and followed that up with 1998’s Keep the Faith, an album that leaned more towards the R&B Soul genre described below. She too has continued to release albums throughout the 2000’s including 2012’s R&B Divas.
R&B, Soul, and Dance
By the mid 1990’s, Grunge had (mostly) fallen by the wayside and there was an explosion of genres ready to grab the reins and vanish just as quickly from 1996-1999. One of those genres was the mixture of R&B and dance, largely cultivated behind acts such as Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, and Jennifer Lopez. Jennifer Lopez, possibly a borderline selection for this article in the minds of some, exploded onto the scene with 1999’s On the 6 slammed higher by the hit single, “If You Had My Love.”
Even prior to Jennifer Lopez, there were stars such as Gloria Estefan whom made her name throughout the 1990’s thanks to furious strong albums from 1991’s Into the Light, 1993’s Mi Tierra, and 1995’s Abriendo Puertas to 1996’s Destiny and 1998’s Gloria!
One of the biggest R&B soul benefactors in the 1990’s, however, was Mary J. Blige whom has consistently been a dominant focal point in music since her 1992 album What’s the 411?. She’d really break out with 1994’s My Life, produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs, that started Mary’s shift from teasing hip hop to more of a pure soul sound. She continued to produce standout albums in 1997’s Share My World and 1999’s Mary cementing herself as the black soul voice of the 1990’s generation of kids.
Prior to her passing, Aaliyah was also a rising star in the R&B genre, however, she released just two albums in the 1990’s: 1994’s Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number and 1996’s One In a Million along with 2001’s self-titled album prior to her death.
TLC, following in the footsteps of Salt-N-Pepa, rode a blend of hip hop and soul with their hit albums in the 1990’s. Despite their debut in 1992 receiving mixed reviews, they exploded in 1994 with CrazySexyCool and kept the pace going in 1999 with FanMail. Unfortunately, the death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes curtailed what could’ve been one of the defining bands of the 1990’s through present day.
Out of the ashes of The Fugees came Lauryn Hill, as much known for her sudden (and tragic) fall off after releasing just one album: 1998’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill which featured multiple hits in “Doo Wop (That Thing” and “Everything is Everything.” Her single album, not including the MTV Unplugged performance released in 2002, remains cited as one of the best albums of the 1990’s and one of the best female hip hop albums of all-time.
Singer-Songwriters/Adult Alternative Rock
The founder of Lillith Fair, Sarah McLachlan is up there as one of the faces of the adult alternative pop rock that used mellower tempos, sometimes with acoustic guitars, and emphasis on the vocal attributes of the singer. Sarah has been releasing albums right up to 2014’s Shine On but made her name in 1990’s thanks to 1991’s Solace, 1993’s Fumbling Towards Ecstacy (with the memorably haunting hit “Possession”), and 1997’s Surfacing (which featured hits such as “Building A Mystery”).
Paula Cole also made a name for herself in the 1990’s with 1994’s Harbinger proceeding 1996’s This Fire, which included the Dawson’s Creek song, “I Don’t Want to Wait,” itself becoming a massive commercial hit song. She released Amen in 1999 and has continued to release albums in the 2000’s including 2013’s Raven.
Much like the proceeding artists, Jewel debuted with hit songs in 1995’s Pieces of You and followed that up with 1998’s Spirit. She has continued to release albums throughout the 2000’s despite never quite reaching the commercial heights that she landed with her debut album.
Despite sporadic releases (and unfortunate public meltdowns) since, Fiona Apple came onto the scene in 1996 with Tidal hefted by the hit, “Criminal,” and followed that up with 1999’s When the Pawn Hits…, which also had several moderate hits including, “To Your Love,” and “Fast As You Can.”
Yet another female to rise the ranks was Sheryl Crow. She soon became a consistent hit machine starting with 1993’s Tuesday Night Music Club (Strong Enough), 1996’s self-titled album (If It Makes You Happy), and 1998’s The Globe Sessions (There Goes the Neighborhood).
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Finally Tori Amos continued the contemporary focus with her 1992 release, Little Earthquakes and 1994’s Under the Pink. Despite not being as mainstream successful, the solid overall output of her albums extending into 1996’s Boys for Pele and 1998’s From the Choirgirl Hotel made her as synonymous with the 90’s as some of the artists mentioned prior. She’s continued to make albums in the 2000’s and released Unrepentant Geraldines in 2014.
The current crossover Country Pop appeal can largely be rooted down to Shania Twain and her explosion throughout the 1990’s to be one of Country’s biggest female stars, ever. Her debut self-titled album in 1993 was mostly met with mediocre reviews but 1995’s The Woman In Me, largely aided by being produced by Mutt Lange (the man behind AC/DC’s Back In Black and Def Leppard’s Hysteria). Although the album was a success, her crossover smash came with 1997’s Come On Over with several hit tracks. Unfortunately 1999’s On the Way was a bust and she’d release just one more album in 2002.
Faith Hill came onto the Country scene in 1994 with Take Me as I Am and immediately was a starlet on the genre following that with 1995’s It Matters To Me and 1998’s Faith. It was 1999 that really pushed her over thanks to the hit title track, Breathe that crossed over from Country to the pop rock charts and was inescapable.
Despite being unsigned, Lisa Loeb mustered a hit single in “Stay” released in 1994. Lisa would sign with Geffen and produce several solid albums right off the bat in 1995’s Tails and 1997’s Firecracker. Despite lacking critical acclaim early on, Lisa has settled into a critical groove with her releases in the mid 2000’s that has continued with her 2013 release No Fairy Tale.
Hard Rock and Alternative Rock
Riot Grrrl was touched upon in my Grunge/Post Grunge article so I won’t touch on it here.
Fusing their Irish roots with rock, The Cranberries exploded onto the scene with massive hits from their first two albums, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? in 1993 and 1994’s No Need to Argue but struggled to receive the same critical acclaim for their next two albums released in 1996 and 1999. Dolores O’Riordan, the lead vocalist, would eventually release a couple of solo albums in 2007 and 2009.
PJ Harvey and producer/engineer Steve Albini rocketed up the rock pantheon during the early 1990’s thanks to 1992’s Dry, 1993’s Rid of Me, and 1995’s To Bring You My Love. Much like contemporary artist Liz Phair (1993’s Exit to Guyville and 1994’s Whip-Smart), she hasn’t quite seen the same commercial success of her early 90’s albums despite continuing to release albums throughout the 2000’s.
Led by former guitarist Jennifer Turner, whom had backed Natalie Merchant, Furslide released just two albums but had moderate success with 1998’s Adventure, which was also produced by Nellee Hooper.
Prior to the rise of Gwen Stefani in the 2000’s, No Doubt was a hit making machine largely riding Stefani’s vocals in the 1990’s mostly thanks to their release of Tragic Kingdom in 1995 and the hit single, “Don’t Speak.” Although their self-titled debut in 1992 hinted at their future success with the moderate single, “Trapped In a Box.”
Jagged Little Pill launched Alanis Morissette in 1996 with a slew of hit songs. Much like Jewel, Alanis has released several albums since (most recently 2013’s Live at Montreaux 2012) but has not quite reached the commercial heights she sustained on her debut album.
Lacking critical acclaim for most of her works, Meredith Brooks is most remembered for her debut album Blurring the Edges from 1997 and it’s hit single, “Bitch.”
Other Noteworthy Artists
The 1990’s were known as much for the sparkled flash of the sudden pop hit ascent and subsequent mysterious vanishing of said acts and that was no stranger to female vocalists or their bands. Sixpence None the Richer rocketed to the top with the hit, “Kiss Me,” off their 1997 self-titled album despite prior releases in 1994 and 1995 that received very little acclaim from critics or fans. The Corrs were another band from Ireland, similar to The Cranberries, whom made a splash in the 1990’s thanks to two albums in 1996’s Forgiven, Not Forgotten (featuring the hit, “Runaway”) and 1998’s Talk on Corners. Their last albums came in the mid 2000’s with 2005’s Home receiving critical acclaim as arguably their best album.
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Other moderate to mega pop bands included B*Witched (with the hit, “Rollercoaster,” off 1998’s self-titled album) and The Spice Girls (releasing just two albums but were massively successful with “Wannabe” off 1996’s Spice).
Natalie Imbruglia followed contemporary acts but explored more of an electronic sound on her debut album, 1998’s Left of the Middle featuring the hit single, “Torn.” Afterwards, Imbruglia would release albums sporadically and not quite catch the same commercial success with her last album being 2009’s Come to Life.
So there you have it, just a small collection of the many female artists whom proliferated the various genres of the 1990’s. Got anybody I missed? Any fond memories of the bands/vocalists mentioned? Share below in the comments section!
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The Queen of Pop, Madonna, is the bestselling female artist of all time. She's released 14 studio albums, three soundtracks, five live albums and six compilations, plus 63 UK Top 10 singles. Since 1983, she's sold an estimated 335 million albums and singles worldwide.
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|Bananarama||United Kingdom||1979–present (43 years)|
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"Macarena" remained popular through 1996, but by the beginning of 1997, its popularity had begun to diminish. The song stayed in the Hot 100 chart for 60 weeks, the longest reign among No. 1 songs, only surpassed fifteen years later by Adele's "Rolling in the Deep".
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She tried her hand at singing and released her first solo album in 1983 and her music has topped charts and made history with bestsellers and number one hits ever since.. Next up is Canadian-born female singer Alanis Morissette whose career launched in the early 1990s with what would become a stunningly popular dance-pop album.. She quickly became one of the most successful women of the 1990s and has sold over 60 million albums throughout her career.. Releasing her first English-language album in 1990, Dion has been one of the world’s most influential female voices ever since.. Successful albums colored her time in the 90s, quickly becoming one of the best-selling female recording artists.. Her solo career came soon with massive hits like “ Rich Girl ,” “ Hollaback Girl ,” and “ The Sweet Escape ” although she still tours with No Doubt as the lead singer.. Perhaps one of the best-known female country singers of the 1990s, Shania Twain, was born in Ontario, Canada, before becoming one of the best-selling musicians ever.. Over her career, she has been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards and a four-time winner of the Country Music Association Award for Female Vocalist of the Year.. A singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer from Houston, Texas, Beyoncé started as the lead singer of the 90s group Destiny’s Child.. Beyoncé is more widely known now for her successful solo career that launched in the early 2000s, but the late 90s saw her leading Destiny’s Child as one of the best-selling all-girl groups of the time.. Although Aaliyah only released three studio albums, she reached critical acclaim with chart-topping albums and renowned singles that redefined R&B and the contemporary route that hip hop was taking.. Her debut album in 1994 brought her immediate critical acclaim, and her second album in 1996 sealed her place as one of the brightest stars of the 1990s.. With eight studio albums to her name and numerous singles and chart-topping hits, she became one of the more prolific female country musicians of the 1990s.
The women who made a difference in the music world through the 90s.. Here are the 50 most important female artists of the 90s.. After making one record with them, she formed Belly .. A survivor at heart, she continues to release albums today.. Ruby Hunter , Roach's life partner, wrote the song about her own life.. We heard plenty more of that in her 1994 album Thoughts Within , with great songs like ‘Let My Children Be' showing her talent as a solo artist in her own right.. While their first two albums had limited success, it was a remix of ‘Sing it Back' which gave Murphy her breakthrough success at the end of the decade.. Two years later we got an album of jazz covers.. I don't know why.. But I kept listening, and still do today, because that voice is one of the best instruments I've ever heard.. Funny, smart, loud and powerful, these four ladies made songs that made you feel like you could take on anyone or anything!. Missy Elliot absolutely changed the course of hip hop in the 90s.. Her lyrics were sex positive, all about empowerment and fun.. She inspired girls (and boys) to start bands and be fearless.. But the 90s was when she made her mark on many of us unsuspecting music fans.
Skin (Skunk Anansie) With rousing anthems like 'Weak', 'Charlie Big Potato' and 'All I Want' in their formidable musical arsenal, Skunk Anansie were at the forefront of British rock music in the late nineties.. After her band The Sugarcubes broke up in the early nineties, Björk broke to the fore in 1993 with her seminal masterpiece 'Debut' and she went on to release two further critically lauded albums 'Post' (1995) and 'Homogenic' (1997) before the decade was up.. Often cited as one the greatest rappers of all time, as the effortlessly cool co-singer with The Fugees Lauryn Hill obliterated barriers for other female hip-hop musicians and, fusing rap with soul music, helped further popularise the genre in the mainstream.. Rising to prominence with her alternative rock band Hole, Courtney Love's attitude, gloriously abrasive music, hard-hitting lyricism and engaging presence in the live arena marked her out as a potent force in the music world.. Louise Wener (Sleeper) Alongside Elastica's Justine Frischmann, Sleeper singer Louise Wener was one of Britpop music's biggest female stars.. In the first three years of the decade alone, she performed on Pixies' final two albums before their reunion in the noughties – 'Bossanova' and 'Trompe Le Monde' – and formed the Breeders, releasing two critically lauded albums 'Pod' and 'Last Splash', featuring their seminal smash hit 'Cannonball'.. Shirley Manson (Garbage) Formerly a member of Scottish band Goodbye Mr Mackenzie, Shirley Manson formed the offshoot band Angelfish in 1991 and it was when Garbage co-founder Steve Marker spotted their song 'Suffocate Me' on MTV, Manson was invited to audition for the band.. Gwen Stefani (No Doubt) No Doubt had already been going for a decade when they made their big breakthrough with third studio album 'Tragic Little Kingdom' in 1995, which propelled the band and Gwen Stefani in particular into international superstardom.. PJ Harvey One of the most revered female artists of all time (and rightfully so), singer and proficient multi-instrumentalist Polly Jean Harvey initially fronted the eponymous band named PJ Harvey for two critically-lauded studio albums 'Dry' (1992) and 'Rid of Me' (1993), before going solo under the moniker with 'To Bring You My Love' (1995) and 'Is This Desire?'. A truly unique talent, PJ Harvey's four albums in the nineties showcased her vibrant musical eclecticism, clever (and oft brutally honest) lyricism and beguiling vocal style.. Featuring a diverse array of artists from the worlds of Britpop, rock, grunge, hip-hop, pop, trip-hop and, in the case of Björk, the genuinely uncategorizable, these female icons helped shape the musical landscape of the 1990s and beyond.
Time flew by and they opened up the gates and it was time for the moment we have been waiting for for 9 long months.. Kaitlyn was ready to go back to her seat but before she left she said to us, "Not to say anything is going to happen or get your hopes up or anything but there were people from Taylor Nation watching you guys during both of the opening acts.". There was so many things in there that I couldn't believe were in there.. After about 45 minutes hanging out, eating food and socializing with other people in the room, Taylor Nation told us it was time to line up to get ready to meet Taylor because she was back in a curtained off room waiting for us to meet her.. Taylor then proceeded to say "I can't wait to meet you all and my mom is here and she's going to come hang out with you guys before you come back here and meet me!. The time with Andrea went by so fast and we were up next to meet Taylor, the moment I had dreamed about for 13 years was finally happening.. We then all hugged her and afterwards Abby had her moment with Taylor to tell her the things she wanted to tell her.. After Abby's moment, it was my turn to talk to Taylor so, I said "Taylor can I tell you two things?!". My sister told Taylor "I've been going to your concerts since I was 5," and Taylor's response was to give my sister a high five and to tell her "You go girl that is so cool.". I then asked her if they were there in the stadium with her that night and she said "Yes.. I couldn't think of lyrics at the top of my head when she asked me what I wanted her to write down and I knew the I love you from her would help me through a lot of things I go through in life.. When she finished writing things down for us she said "you guys ready to take a picture?"
Some of them are singers, actresses, daughters of famous people and more.. Today, she stars in the hit drama show, This Is Us.. Six years later, Alyssa got a more mature role when she starred in Charmed, a popular TV show about 3 witch sisters.. Since then, she has worked on multiple successful projects.. The actress clearly made career investments in television series as Ryder is also the start of two other television series named The Plot Against America and Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine.. Marcil can now be seen in various Hallmark Movies and continues to make appearances in television shows.. It was during the 90’s when she rose to fame after releasing hit songs such as My Love Is Your Love and I’m Your Baby Tonight.. She is also a model and an actress who has worked in films, television series, and reality shows such as The Simple Life.. After modeling, she became a television host on the dating series Singled Out.. After her role as Dionne, she landed more roles in different movies.. Jennifer Love Hewitt began her acting career as a commercial model before landing roles in films.. She also became a television star when she appeared in Party Of Five.. Her performance in this series earned her consecutive Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama.
Female singers of this era blazed through and set fire to the world through their voices and talents.. Perhaps the biggest icon that the 90s gave birth to was Madonna.. Furthermore, Madonna has sold over 300 million records worldwide, which makes her a certified best-selling recording artist of all time as well.. Bjork was everyone’s artist.. She was only 23 when she released her album.. Referred to as the “Songbird Supreme” by Guinness World Records, she got fame by signing to Columbia Records and releasing her debut album.. She was termed as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records.. Not only that, but she also remains the best-selling music artist of all time as she had sold over 200 million records worldwide.. Whitney Houston, throughout her career as a singer, had released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums.. Both albums reached number one on the Billboard 200 and are amongst the best-selling albums of all time.. Both albums were certified diamond in the U.S. Not only did Celine release albums in English but also in French as well.. Therefore, it would be safe to say that Lauryn Hill was one of the best female artists introduced during the 90s.. She held Hip-hop from one end and turned it completely around in the 90s.
The cultural impact of Queen of Pop Madonna speaks to how this icon has changed the game over the years.. Madonna is an artist who has continually pushed the envelope with her music and her message, and has paved the way for many female artists today.. Ella took home two awards for Best Vocal Performance and Female and Best Jazz Performance, Individual.. In fact, as of a few years ago, Mariah had written the most No.. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 than any other woman.. But Dolly has also helped inspired female musicians in several different genres to be the leader of their own careers, Kesha being one of them.. You write songs.'. Adele has only released three albums, but has broken many records — like becoming the first female artist to have two entries in the top five on both the singles and albums charts at the same time — and has helped changed the music industry.. As for the music industry, consider this: over the last few years, the EDM influence has crept its way into pop music, and in fact, collaborations among pop stars and dance music DJs are more common than ever.. In times of tragedy, many artists across all genres have come together to help in any way they can.. It shows that music is a universal language that really brings people together, and the person who really highlighted that in this last year was Ariana Grande .
I wasn’t as much of a fan of her second album, even though the singles were good and she went more Britney.. Then went into TV, then back to music again.. So it appears she has a good song in her every 10 years or so.. 9. do you know how many songs of hers i know?. What a song it is though!. She was good in Love Actually though.. I also maintain that her album, Don’t Stop the Music, is one of the best pop albums of all time, so it’s such a shame it was never released in the UK.
Ah, the 90s.. This decade of dangerous style and dodgy music was home to some incredible women, with entrepreneurs, writers, singers and politicians all lining up to break records and taboos with an abundance of flair and talent.. Take Martha Lane Fox, who cashed in on the power of the internet early by launching LastMinute.com in 1998.. Or punk rock band Bikini Kill, who kick-started a new wave of feminism.. Then there's the SATC girls, who revolutionised the way sex and relationships were discussed on TV, and Madeleine Albright, the first female US Secretary of State.. From cultural icons to sporting legends and political trailblazers, here are 40 inspirational women of the 1990s.... Have we missed out your favourite 90s icon?. Let us know your suggestions in the comments below or on Twitter. Photos: Rex Features and Getty Images, Words: Anna Brech
Getty Images On July 30, as part of our series Turning the Tables, NPR Music published a list of the 200 greatest songs made by women and non-binary musicians who debuted on or after Jan. 1, 2000.. In retrospect we can see how artists like Aguilera, who emerged in the final years of the 1990s, not only touched on innovations that would become the center of millennial music, but addressed central feminist concerns of autonomy, pleasure and self-determination in complicated and wide-ranging ways, resetting the parameters for women as agents of their own expressiveness and values in ways that are still playing out now.. In R&B, Destiny's Child came to embody the girl-group ideal by forthrightly embodying what independence feels like for women who still strongly valued their own conventional sex appeal for men.. But most pop historians would agree to mark the turning point with the platform-sandal footprint of the Spice Girls.. Most of these women were misunderstood in their moment of emergence, or critically lauded but still undervalued as major innovators.
But what makes ‘90s trends so enduring?. The famous trends, styles, and hits have all become part of our cultural identity, and the people who defined this decade still hold a presence that can be felt today.. So who exactly were these icons, and where are they now?. Leo’s face was plastered on the walls of practically every teenage girl in the ‘90s.. Because of the rise of equal representation in the music industry, a lot of influential 90’s women are icons!. The darling princess of the decade, Britney Spears lived a colourful life of music, partying, and media glamour like no other star at the time.. Rising to fame on one of the most beloved sitcoms of the '90s, Friends, Jennifer Aniston inspired envy all over the world with her perfect hair, girl-next-door looks and marriage to '90's heartthrob, Brad Pitt.. Since those days she has only gone from one success to the other, starring in many films, and most recently winning a SAG award for her work on Morning Wars.
And let’s be honest, for music, there’s not a decade that hasn’t made major contributions to the soundscape of today but the 90s were one of the most Notorious (pun intended) decades that made leaps and bounds in shaping music culture today.. Yep, the impact of 90s music culture is still surging over the industry today, so here’s every major 90s artist that helped shape music culture as we know it.. No Doubt’s debut album Tragic Kingdom (1995) was the furthest thing from tragic when it sent shock waves through the music scene which are still being felt today.. Post-No Doubt stint, Gwen Stefani continued to infiltrate the music industry with genre-bending music, which showed artists (specifically female artists) that taking risks in their own music pays off.. Their heavy impact on 90s rave culture formed a desired electronic sound that has shaped dance music into what we hear today.. Hit Me Baby One More Time sparked major controversy after its release in 1998 because of the minimal schoolgirl-style clothing she wore in the music video and with her numerous other attention-grabbing performances throughout the beginning of her career, she opened up a platform for pop princesses everywhere to be able to express themselves openly.. As part of the band’s second studio album Nevermind (1991), this song and LP for that matter truly kickstarted the 90s grunge movement and a revolution on the music scene.. Regularly donned a “one-in-a-generation” band, Nirvana revolutionised the power and reach of alternative and heavy music, marking out new lanes for modern artists and bands like Lana Del Rey, Fall Out Boy, 30 Seconds To Mars, as well as numerous other artists who owe their passion to the decade-defining band.
Her gift as a pianist and composer was evident early on; she started composing short piano pieces when she was only 6 years old.. She was first known as a classical vocalist before crossing over to pop music at the age of 16.. Patsy Cline's life may have been cut short, but her memory lives on through her music.. Considered one of the most celebrated women composers of her time, she wrote over 100 compositions throughout the course of her productive career.. It was her 1958 hit song titled " Who's Sorry Now " that propelled her to stardom.. Her powerful vocals, her prowess as a pianist, and her unique sound that fuses several music influences makes her one of music's most successful female artists.. Carole King - One of the artists who inspired and defined the role of a singer-songwriter, her well-crafted lyrics, captivating melodies and her unique voice make her songs timeless.. She is the artist behind hits like "So Far Away" and "It's Too Late.". Although she is mainly associated to jazz music, Peggy Lee was open to other music genres including pop.. Her compositions for the piano and her interpretation of works by other great composers are much appreciated to this day.. Whether it be through her singing or her many charitable causes, Beverly was someone who lived her life passionately.. Listen to her many songs and you'll surely feel the emotion behind her singing, which is why she earned the title "Empress of the Blues.". Her versatile vocal ability enabled her to record songs in various genres from blues to jazz to pop.