Popular music in the s saw the continuation of teen pop and dance-pop trends which had emerged in the s and s. Furthermore, hip hop grew and continued to be highly successful in the decade, with the continuation of the genre's golden age. Similarly to the s, rock music was also very popular in the s, yet, unlike the new wave and glam metal -dominated scene of the time, grunge ,  Britpop , industrial rock and other alternative rock music emerged and took over as the most popular of the decade, as well as punk rock , ska punk and nu metal , amongst others, which attained a high level of success at different points throughout the years.
The 50 best ’90s songs
The Nineties music boom was a gold rush for singles — everywhere you went on the radio, you heard a high-speed collision of different beats. Every style of music out there was booming, from grunge to gangsta rap, from dancehall to disco, from riot-grrrl punk to TRL midriff mall-pop, with a thousand different electronica schools and nearly as many Wu-Tang solo records. Whatever kind of noise was ringing your bells, the Nineties held more of it than any fan could absorb. But these 50 crucial songs capture glorious moments from all over the Nineties music explosion — hits, obscurities, cult classics, dance-floor jams, guitar ragers, karaoke standards. Here we are now. Entertain us.
The answer will indicate how future generations will characterize the decade. And to test this belief, I used 3 million data points that I collected via a music quiz , which asked readers if they recognized thousands of songs that charted on the Billboard Hot Using the recognition data we collected, we can begin to define the canon. These will be the artists and songs that Gen Z and beyond seem to recognize and value among all the musical output from the decade. Song knowledge erodes with each passing year.