- The top rock music hits of 1990
- The most popular rock songs of 1990
- The biggest rock anthems of 1990
- The best rock ballads of 1990
- The most influential rock albums of 1990
- The greatest rock bands of 1990
- The most iconic rock moments of 1990
- The most exciting rock concerts of 1990
- The richest rock stars of 1990
- The most controversial rock stories of 1990
A look at the top 1990 rock music hits. You’ll find information on the artists, the songs, and the albums that made up the year in rock music.
The top rock music hits of 1990
The top rock music hits of 1990 include:
-Aerosmith’s “Janie’s Got a Gun”
-Guns N’ Roses’ “You Could Be Mine”
-Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”
-Pearl Jam’s “Alive”
-Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Give It Away”
-Scorpions’ “Wind of Change”
-Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”
-Van Halen’s “Poundcake”
The most popular rock songs of 1990
The 1990s was a musical decade of transition. The lines between musical genres began to blur and new subgenres like alternative rock, grunge, and metalcore began to emerge. Hip hop also became a force to be reckoned with during the decade. Despite all of these changes, rock music still remained popular throughout the 1990s. Here are some of the most popular rock songs of 1990.
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana
“Enter Sandman” – Metallica
“Welcome to the Jungle” – Guns N’ Roses
“Livin’ on a Prayer” – Bon Jovi
“Pour Some Sugar on Me” – Def Leppard
“I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
The biggest rock anthems of 1990
The early 1990s was a golden era for rock music, with some of the genre’s biggest anthems released during this time. From Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to Pearl Jam’s “Alive”, these songs defined a generation of rock fans.
Other iconic 1990 rock hits include Alice in Chains’ “Man in the Box”, Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”, and Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”. These songs remain some of the most popular rock songs of all time, and continue to be played on radio stations across the world.
The best rock ballads of 1990
– “Friends” by Led Zeppelin
– “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston
– “With or Without You” by U2
– “Heaven” by Bryan Adams
– “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Kiss
– “Faith” by George Michael
– “Living in a Box” by Living in a Box
– “Look Away” by Chicago
– “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” by AC/DC
– “Wind of Change” by Scorpions
The most influential rock albums of 1990
1990 was a significant year in the history of rock music. Nirvana’s “Nevermind” and Pearl Jam’s “Ten” were released, arguably two of the most influential rock albums of the 1990s. Other notable releases included R.E.M.’s “Out of Time”, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” and Metallica’s self-titled album, commonly referred to as “the Black Album”.
The greatest rock bands of 1990
The greatest rock bands of 1990 were Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Metallica. These bands defined an era of music with their unique sounds and styles. Nirvana was a grunge band that gained popularity with their second album, “Nevermind.” Pearl Jam was a Seattle-based rock band that rose to fame with their debut album, “Ten.” Metallica was a metal band that became one of the most popular bands in the world with their self-titled album, “Metallica.”
The most iconic rock moments of 1990
The top rock songs of 1990, as determined by Billboard Magazine, are compiled here. These songs represent some of the most iconic moments in rock music history. You’ll find classics from different genres, including hair metal, grunge, and alternative rock. These are the songs that defined a generation of rock music lovers.
The most exciting rock concerts of 1990
In 1990, rock music was still going strong, with some of the biggest names in the genre touring the world and playing to packed stadiums. Here are some of the most exciting rock concerts of that year:
-Guns N’ Roses played a now legendary show at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, which was attended by over 100,000 fans.
-Bon Jovi played a massive show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, which was part of their “New Jersey Syndicate Tour.”
-The Rolling Stones played a huge show at Wembley Stadium in London as part of their “Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour.”
-Led Zeppelin reunited for a one-off show at London’s 02 Arena, which was their first concert together since 1980.
The richest rock stars of 1990
The top rock stars of 1990 were Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Guns N’ Roses. These bands made a lot of money that year, thanks to their popularity and success. Nirvana was the biggest band of the year, thanks to their hit album “Nevermind.” Pearl Jam also had a very successful year, with their album “Ten” selling millions of copies. Guns N’ Roses rounded out the top three, thanks to their album “Use Your Illusion I” which was a huge hit.
The most controversial rock stories of 1990
The early 1990s were a tumultuous time for the music industry. With the advent of Nirvana and other grunge bands, the popularity of hair metal and glam rock began to wane. This, combined with the rise of rap and hip hop, created a perfect storm that would change the face of rock music forever.
As the genre continued to evolve, there were plenty of controversial stories making headlines. Here are some of the most controversial rock stories of 1990:
-In January, Pearl Jam released their much-anticipated debut album, Ten. The album was an instant success, but it was also notable for its dark and edgy lyrics. Some critics accused Pearl Jam of glorifying suicide, depression, and drug use.
-In February, Nirvana released their now-legendary album Nevermind. The album quickly shot to the top of the charts and became one of the most popular albums of all time. However, it was also embroiled in controversy due to its graphic artwork and explicit lyrics.
-In March, Guns N’ Roses released their highly anticipated third album Use Your Illusion I & II. The double album was a commercial success, but it was also criticized for its misogynistic lyrics and violent imagery.
-In April, Metallica released their self-titled fifth album, commonly known as “The Black Album.” The album was a massive success, but it was also criticized for its lack of metal elements and increased use of pop sensibilities.
-In May, MTV held its annual Video Music Awards show. One of the most talked-about moments from the show was when Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails took the stage to accept his award for Best Metal Performance. He proceeded to give an expletive-laden speech that bashed both MTV and the music industry in general.
-In June, Stone Temple Pilots released their debut album Core. The album was a massive success thanks to its catchy singles “Sex Type Thing” and “Plush.” However, it was also criticized for its misogynistic lyrics and dark themes.