If you were lucky enough to be born in the late 70s or early 80s, the huge surge of grunge on to the music scene would have fallen during your prime teenage years. It was most unlike the grunge style of bands to hit the charts with such huge success, especially considering their very ‘underground’ nature, being far different from mainstream pop. Bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam saw their popularity reach all-time high levels during the 1990s.
Running alongside the very American grunge genre was the almost-out-of-nowhere Britpop scene – bands such as Oasis, Blur, and Pulp reigniting feelings reminiscent of the British Invasion of the olden days. Liam and Noel Gallagher created their own unique style of performing in Oasis (many call it whining!), with drawn out notes and a nasal tone. They clearly did something right, arguably being the most influential and famous band in the UK music scene around this time.
It wasn’t just rock and pop that was hitting the top of the billboards and charts – Hip Hop was very much playing a strong card during the 90s, with old-school gangster rap from NWA and Public Enemy creating a voice for young, black Americans who were the victim of police brutality. Spinning off from NWA, Dr. Dre found huge success going solo, with his fellow West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg also rising to fame. On the East Coast, The Notorious BIG and Puff Daddy were also making names for themselves, and if you haven’t heard of the infamous rivalry between Bad Boy Records and Tupac’s eastern Death Row Records, where have you been?
Music in the 90s was iconic, with diverse genres enabling youths to identify to something rather than being on the streets. There’s no doubt that the successful bands of the ‘noughties’ were built on the solid foundations from that era.