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The 1990's

Popular music in the 1990s saw the continuation of teen pop and dance-pop trends which had emerged in the 1970s and 1980s. Furthermore, hip hop grew and continued to be highly successful in the decade, with the continuation of the genre's golden age. Aside from rap, reggae, contemporary R&B and urban music in general remained extremely popular throughout the decade; urban music in the late-1980s and 1990s often blended with styles such as soul, funk and jazz, resulting in fusion genres such as new jack swing, neo-soul, hip hop soul and g-funk which were popular.

Similarly to the 1980s, rock music was also very popular in the 1990s, 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.

Electronic music, which had risen in popularity in the 1980s, grew highly popular in the 1990s; house and techno from the 1980s rose to international success in this decade, as well as new electronic dance music genres such as trance, happy hardcore, drum and bass, intelligent dance and trip hop.

In Europe, Eurodance, Bubblegum dance and Europop music were highly successful, while also finding some international success. The decade also featured the rise of contemporary country music as a major genre, which had started in the 1980s.

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

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PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey

British musician PJ Harvey was a distinctive voice in the early-'90s alternative rock explosion.

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Pretenders, The

The Pretenders

The Pretenders, led by lead vocalist Chrissie Hynde, crossed the bridge between punk and pop with their melodic yet hard, spiky songs

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Pulp

Pulp

Pulp are considered to be one of the most innovative and popular bands of the late 20th century and key figures of Britpop

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American funk rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983 combining funk & punk with macho, sexed-up lyrics.

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REM

R.E.M.

R.E.M. was an American rock band formed in 1980, they were pivotal in the creation and development of the alternative rock genre.

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Artwork by Storm Thorgerson for Rick Wright's album Broken China

Rick Wright

Rick Wright was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter and solo artist. He was also a founding member of Pink Floyd.

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Rolling Stones, The

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band who were in the vanguard of the British music Invasion that became popular in the US in 1964–65.

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Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwrigh is an American-Canadian singer-songwriter & is considered one of the great male vocalists & songwriters of his generation.

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Simply Red

Simply Red

Simply Red is a British soul and pop band drawing upon influences ranging from blue-eyed soul, New Romantic & rock to reggae & jazz.

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Sinead O'connor

Sinead O'connor

Sinéad O’Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s & is best known for her hit single 'Nothing Compares 2 U'.

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Smiths, The

The Smiths

Critics have called The Smiths the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s.

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Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981 & were part of the 'no wave' art & music scene in New York City.

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Stereophonics

Stereophonics

Stereophonics are a Welsh rock band formed in 1992 that are best described as "classic UK rock delivered with whiskey vocals"

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Stone Roses

Stone Roses

The Stone Roses are an English rock band, formed in Manchester in 1983, meshing '60s-styled guitar pop with an understated '80s dance beat.

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Tom Waits

Tom Waits

Tom Waits is an American singer-songwriter known for his musical tales of bohemians, drifters, misfits & his blend of blues, folk & jazz.

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U2

U2

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group are one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time.

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Pete Townshend

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Björk captured in 1995 by Jill Furmaovsky

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Contact sheet of Joy Division backstage at the YMCA, London in August 1979

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Artwork by Storm Thorgerson for Pink Floyd's live single of Wish You Were Here

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Cover art for the live single of Wish You Were Here. 'What you see is what you get - two lost souls, swimming in a fish bowl'

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The Jam

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Featured Artists

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

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Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as a member of the rock band The Who.

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Joy Division

Joy Division

Joy Division (originally named Warsaw), an English rock band formed in 1976 were one of the pioneers of the post-punk movement.

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Beatles, The

The Beatles

The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960 and widely regarded as the most influential acts of the rock era.

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Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher is best known as the charismatic, self-assured front man of Manchester Britpop band Oasis.

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Elton John

Elton John

Sir Elton John is an English pianist, singer-songwriter, composer & pop icon who has sold millions of records and won countless awards.

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*There is a Light That Never Goes Out*

A photographic celebration of Manchester's rock music history. Free exhibition at the University of Manchester

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Jazz & Blues Collection

Welcome to our Jazz & Blues Print Collection - over 50 years of iconic images of the world's greatest Jazz & Blues musicians

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Barry Schultz Collection

Barry Schultz Collection

A fantastic curated collection of museum quality fine art prints by leading music photographer Barry Schultz

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The Duffy Archive Collection

The Duffy Archive Collection

For eight years photographer Brian Duffy worked with David Bowie and shot his most iconic and enduring images. View his fantastic collection

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Born In The USA

Born In The USA

The USA has given us many of the world's greatest music artists - we celebrate the best of the best

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The Beatles Print Collection

The Beatles Print Collection

The Beatles were one of the most popular & influential bands of all time. Here we showcase our collection of their iconic fine art prints

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