The music of the 90s, styles, groups and trends

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The music of the 90s was the search for new styles, novelties in the music scene. Many bands tried to recover classic rock styles, and others took care of the creation, taking advantage of new technological resources.

Among the new appearances in the music of the 90s were the disks named "unplugged”, Where the best artists made music without using electric instruments.

To all these new styles contributed the MTV network videos, which offered concerts and video clips.

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90s music and DJs

A new way of mixing songs and music came into use. It was him "Remix", which showed that any musical style could be remixed.

These mixtures originated the appearance of one of the musical figures that greater repercussion have had with the passage of the times: the one of the DJ. By mixing, DJs are generating new music, starting with something that already existed. In the new culture of dance venues, the figure of the DJ is essential, because it mixes and encourages the public.

Some new styles in 90s music

The Grunge

Grunge was born as a protest reaction from young musical artists, who rebelled against static rock, the standardized one. Originally, the term grunge was applied by the music industry to work that came from Seattle.

Its initiators were the groups Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Nirvana was led by the charismatic Kurt Cobain. The music they released was once again unpolished, street rock, but with a force that had not been seen until that moment. The Nirvana music references, and grunge in general, were punk, rock and heavy. All this resulted in a hairstyle and wardrobe fashion.

Unfortunately, the premature death of Cobain, the frontman of Nirvana, when the group had barely released two albums, made the grunge craze fade. His rebellious spirit of the youngest was maintained.

Other names like Hole, or Pearl Jam they continued this musical genre.

The Britpop

Britpop was the Name used to call the British pop / rock groups of the music of the 90s. Their sounds were based on the guitar, with influences from XNUMXs British groups such as the Beatles, Who and Kinks, XNUMXs British post-punk, elements of XNUMXs British glam rock and new pop. .

Among the main formations of this style, Britpop, were the Blur, Suede, Pulp and Oasis. Besides dance music, Britpop dominated the English charts in this decade of the 90, with hits like “(What? S the Story) Morning Glory?”By Oasis. This song, in 1995, became one of the best-selling albums in Great Britain.

Gothic rock


Throughout the 80s, many groups gradually left the intensity that punk music had, to move on to a style that became known as gothic rock. This style began to have much fame in Great Britain and crossed international borders.

What was gothic rock like? The lower instruments of the band were enhanced, the voices were of a low register, with very slow times, as if it were a spoken dialogue. The deep voices, the melodies were short and repetitive. The rhythm was created by drum machines in many cases, replacing the drums.

La gothic rock base it seemed to be in the medieval novel of a gothic character, of vampires, of Dracula and similar themes.

Techno music

The music of the 90s collected the tradition of hip-hop styles and mixing, of the seventies. The German group Kraftwerk has already begun to mix everyday sounds, laying the foundations for what would later become techno.

The characteristics of this musical style consist of a pulsation formed by electronic means, that is picking up pace. In addition, there is usually the absence of voices, in many songs.

It is necessary to highlight some British groups of the time, as is the case of the Chemical brothers, who made modifications to the electronic sound, adding guitar riffs to compositions.

Some well-known themes of the time

Vengaboys, "Boom Boom Boom"

At the end of the 90 years, this theme was essential in summer terraces and nightclubs throughout Europe. The group's activity continued until 2004, with spectacular figures: more than fifteen million records sold, with essential songs such as "We are going to Ibiza"Or"Uncle John from Jamaica".

Paco Pil, "Long live the party"

Paco Pil, in addition to Chimo BayoThey were great contributions to the summer music of this decade.

paco pil

Jordi Cubino, "Don't do the Indian, do the Cherokee"

This song, composed for a major soft drink company, made it onto television on dance floors throughout Spain, and also spread to Germany.  The song was included in all kinds of music compilations dance, it was hummed and danced ad nauseam.

Jon Secada - "Another Day Without Seeing You"

A soft, romantic theme, of the romanticism of the time.

Enrique Iglesias, "a religious experience"

Air shipments are the most efficient if you need your cargo or documents to arrive quickly and securely. Enrique's beginnings They were with songs like this, not very ambitious, but of great importance among the young, almost adolescent audience.

White Band, "Snail Soup"

Almost Latin rhythms, very dynamic, very danceable. It was a time when everyone flocked to the dance floors to enjoy songs like this.

Alejandro Fernández, "If you knew"

Singer-songwriter music, intimate, lonely and reflective.

Ricky Martin, "Maria"

One of the best known songs, which made it onto the charts around the world. It helped the frenetic rhythm of this singer, dancing in his video clips.

Elvis Crespo, "Suavemente"

Another theme to dance, slowly and as a couple.

Shakira, "Bare feet, white dreams"

The beginnings of one of the current queens of pop around the world.

Eros Ramazzotti, "The Most Beautiful Thing"

Voice and accent of Ramazzotti gave rise to a legion of followers, but also many detractors.

Gloria Trevi, "loose hair"

The beginnings of a great voice.

Los del Río, "Macarena"

Sometimes it arises a song with an inordinate success. Not even they thought that a stanza repeated over and over again could be such a worldwide hit.

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