An era whose style range from Hip Hop to Preppy, Grunge to Glamour. Made popular popped collars, Converse All Star, crop tops, over sized T-shirts, bandanas and dark makeup. Whose game console releases brought on a renaissance era in gaming. Toys delivered hours of entertainment with 3 simple commands: Bop-It™, twist it and pull it. TV networks dedicated to children’s television gain dominance. While other networks revolutionized reality shows. Sports icon’s sneaker Jumpman insignia became an industry standard. And the World Wide Web launched during this time. Yup we’re talking about you ‘90s.
With all these great events to mark an era, what else could there be to distinguish this decade? Pull out those headphones and turn on your Walkman, it’s time to listen to some ‘90s music.
Classifying this decade with a single genre would be incorrect. From the ‘90s spun various music styles, each leaving an impression on the music industry. Pop was still active, leading listeners to the dance floor. Boy bands dominated the airwaves. Female groups rose fast claiming parts of the pop territory. Hip hop became prominent. Rap was growing strong. And even genres like R&B and reggae were popular throughout the decade.
It’s impossible to imagine the ‘90s without bands like Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, Spice Girls, and 98 Degrees. Christina Aguilera gave us “Genie in a Bottle” while Britney Spears broke onto the scene with “…Baby One More Time”. Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, and Mandy Moore also competed to top the pop charts. Destiny’s Child grew to become a force to be reckoned with. Artists like Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston along with groups like TLC and Boyz II Men made R&B mainstream.
Dance crazes emerged with crowds participating in synchronized movements. In 1996, the Spanish music duo Los del Río introduced “Macarena.” Soon many countries would be dancing the Macarena across the globe.
The songs, melodies, and lyrics of the 90’s could probably withstand the test of time. These distinct sounds gave the ‘90s its feel, distinguishing it from past and future decades.
Unlike say, the 1950s, when rock and roll began, or the 1970s, which spawned punk and disco, the 1990s wasn’t an era in which any radically different genres of pop music emerged. Instead, it was a time in which styles morphed and/or merged into music that often sounded both edgy and oddly familiar.
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