YW Blog – Top 5 Most influential bands of the 90’s

5. Red Hot Chilli Peppers

The group’s musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock and psychedelic rock. When played live, their music incorporates elements of jam band due to the improvised nature of much of their performance. The band was formed in 1983, but they found their success in the early 90’s.

4. Weezer

Weezer has been described as alternative rock, power pop, pop punk, and indie rock. Weezer has sold 9.2 million albums in the US and over 17 million worldwide.

3. Green Day

Green Day was originally part of the punk scene at the DIY 924 Gilman Street club in Berkeley, California. Green Day’s sound is often compared to first wave punk bands such as the Ramones, The Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, and the Buzzcocks. Citing the band’s musical style prevalent on Dookie, Stephen Erlewine of AllMusic described Green Day as “punk revivalists who recharged the energy of speedy, catchy three-chord punk-pop songs.

2. Foo Fighters

It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the death of Kurt Cobain and the resulting dissolution of his previous band. When Grohl first started the band, its music was often compared to that of his previous group, Nirvana. Grohl acknowledged that Nirvana singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain was a major influence on his songwriting. Foo Fighters also utilized the technique of shifting between quiet verses and loud choruses.

1. Nirvana

Formed in 1987 the punk rock band burst onto the scene in 1991. Despite releasing only three full-length studio albums in their seven-year career, Nirvana has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and important rock bands of the modern era. Nirvana used dynamic shifts that went from quiet to loud. Cobain had sought to mix heavy and pop musical sounds; he commented, “I wanted to be totally Led Zeppelin in a way and then be totally extreme punk rock and then do real wimpy pop songs.”