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’90s Music – A Decade in Review

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If you’re in your 30s, chances are that you are familiar with ‘90s music. The 1990s was dominated by pop and R&B music, where artists such as MC Hammer, Boyz II Men, Paula Abdul and Britney Spears all thrived.

Not everyone is a fan of this music, but whether you like it or not, ‘90s music will soon be making a comeback on your local radio stations.

The first three years of the last decade of the 20th century belonged to Bryan Adams, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Paula Abdul and Vanessa Williams, all of whom possessed and used a very adult sounding voice in their content as compared to the pop music produced in the late 80s.

In spite of that, other more diverse sounds, like Vanilla Ice and Kris Kross, also created their space and were given considerable airplay on the radio stations.

By the end of the first quarter of the ‘90s, a new phenomenon arrived on the music scene.

A smooth-voiced group of four musicians called Boyz II Men got their big break when their “End of the Road” was selected to feature on the original soundtrack of the Eddie Murphy movie “Boomerang.”

In the second quarter of the decade that ranged from 1992 – 1995, several recording artists such as PM Dawn, Jade, Arrested Development, Ace of Base and Jodeci blossomed from time to time, but the real pop boom was still to come.

The second half of the ‘90s showcased the strongest roster of pop artists, with names such as Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Madonna, all of whose success coincided with the diminishing demand for alternative rock music.

Boy bands also came back in fashion with the emergence of Backstreet Boys, ‘N SYNC and 98 Degrees – the former two reaching worldwide success both on commercial and critical levels. The boy band trend proved longer lasting than people thought and even managed to do well in the 2000s.

The demand for the ‘90s sound is back – and it’s no surprise because today’s generation can’t reproduce that sound. For example, a Sacramento radio station permanently changed its alternative rock theme to adopt a strict ‘90s-only program list, after receiving tons of public requests.

Don’t be surprised if the next time you tune in to your local radio station that the sounds of proven ‘90s hits are there to satisfy your musical cravings.

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