Top 10 Forgotten Bands Of The 90's

After grunge got big in the early years, many bands came into the spotlight and then vanished by the end of the decade...

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Eric Hebert's Evolvor.com blog has been recently updated with an interesting article listing some forgotten rock bands of the 1990's, and we thought it would be appropriate to present the list to UG readers. After grunge got big in the early years, many bands came into the spotlight and then vanished by the end of the decade. They may have not been the greatest band in the world, but they gave us some great songs. Bands like Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Stone Temple Pilots will always be remembered for the era, but many other band populated the airwaves as well. Bands like Live, Oasis, Jane's Addiction, the Smashing Pumpkins, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers still get some credit they deserve. But what of the others? Here's to some of the best rock of the 1990's.

10. Tonic

Tonic didn't make a splash until later in the 1990's; they would produce two big hits with Open Up Your Eyes and probably their most popular song, If You Could Only See. They would close the decade out in 1999 with the song You Wanted More.

09. Vertical Horizon

That same year another band would show up to provide a few hits to the post-grunge era. Vertical Horizon would pony up the hits Everything You Want, You're A God, and Grey Sky Morning before disappearing into rock folklore. It should be noted that the band enjoyed critical success even before making it big, and many have never heard their earlier works There and Back Again and Running on Ice, the latter featuring the drums of Carter Beauford of Dave Matthews Band fame.

08. Sponge

Sponge is a Detroit, Michigan, rock band formed in 1991 by Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross, and Joey Mazzola all formerly of hard-rock band Loudhouse. Soaked up the airwaves with the hits Molly, Plowed, and Have You Seen Mary.

07. Soul Asylum

Soul Asylum managed to put together a pretty decent catalog of music including the hits Black Gold, Somebody to Shove, Misery, and their most memorable song, Runaway Train. They recently hit the waves with their new single Stand Up And Be Strong.

06. Collective Soul

Collective Soul shouldn't be forgotten; they've managed to keep producing solid hits 'till this day. They did make a splash during the early '90s with songs like Gel, December, Shine, and The World I Know.

05. Better Than Ezra

Better Than Ezra made a name for it self in 1994 with the hits In The Blood and the ever popular Good. They would go on to produce hits throughout the 1990's including songs like Desperately Wanting and the hit Extra Ordinary in 2001. Their last album, Before the Robots, was released in 2005.

04. Candlebox

Who could forget Candlebox? The band was wildly successful in 1994 with the hits You and Far Behind off their self titled album, and would only go on to record two more albums (Lucy and Happy Pills) before disappearing for a while. Word on the street is that the band is back together and set to release an album sometime this year.

03. Silverchair

While many have forgotten about Australian rockers Silverchair, their true fans have not, as Silverchair have gone on to continue to make critically acclaimed album after album, and are set to release Young Modern in April. Many remember them from the hit Tomorrow which was released in 1995 while the band was still in high school.

02. Toad the Wet Sprocket

While having numerous hits in the early '90's, everybody throws their hands up when they hear the name Toad the Wet Sprocket. Then they're reminded of the hits All I Want, Somethings Always Wrong, Good Intentions, Fall Down, and Walk on the Ocean. Like many of these bands, they are back together and touring, so you still have a chance to check them out.

01. Gin Blossoms

Hey Jealousy, Allison Road, Until I Fall Away, Found Out About You, Follow You Down, and Till I Hear It From You; who could ever forget the Gin Blossoms? They've been on the road for the past year promoting their latest album, Major Lodge Victory. The 90's may be remembered for a lot of things, but for this blogger, the memories will always be about the music. The entire article, with video clips, can be found at Evolvor.com

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    rykoff sexton
    Oh yeah, "Wax Estatic" and "Anastesthia" by Sponge are awesome tunes. that intro on Wax is kick ass.
    BassNewbie
    HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH!!!! ANYONE???
    i love them, cheers im glad these bands were forgotten. like sponge and collecive soul. low rent music acts
    maiden4life
    these bands all suck they should do forgoten bands of the 80s like ratt and wasp and poison an skid row.
    rykoff sexton
    These bands were seriously great and got me through some tough times in high school man. Cool to remember them. I still rock Candlebox in my car. They are seriously a talented band with awesome guitar work in a variety of styles. Tonic is one of my faves, and how can you not feel young again listening to "Hey Jealousy." Reminds me of so many girls. Good review.
    Johnnyjoe
    silverchair are still going strong to this day, and their new album will be different and awesome. a giant band from Australia that are now, and will be high up in the music charts for years to come.
    fender24_70
    I've heard of most of them but some other bands names comes to my mind like Mother Love Bone, The Afghan Wings, Mad Season, Sonic Youth, The Screaming Trees,Temple of the Dog, and Mudhoney. Did anyone remember these bands.
    ballry
    Uh..Sorry Bradley Nowell, I guess Sublime just wasn't good enough to be mentioned amongst such TITANS as Silverchair, Tonic, and Vertical Horizon. Their one hit wonder prowess was just too much for the genius lyrics and guitar hooks, plus the instrumental prowess of Bud and Eric on drums and bass. Not even a mention? Really? Maybe the earth should be hit by a f--ing comet. I think i'm going to go vomit seven times. May God have mercy on all your souls. Oh, I agree, Pavement and At the Drive-In should have been mentioned as well.
    Chevelle454
    well pantera really isn't forgotten about at all, candlebox ftw. 10,000 horses, happy pills, hell yeah
    caught22
    i still listen to most of those. what about dishwalla, and blind melon?
    sbalzac
    Musicislife539 wrote: the clash should be on there. only the true punks and rockers really remember them, but ever since that stupid commercial advertizing v-cast with rock the casbah, everyone knows the song but not who its by. the clash were a great band and inspired all of the great punk bands of today. anti-flag, rise against, blink 182, so on.
    no1s forgotten the clash!! most people only know "rock the kasbah" and "london calling" tho
    Waterboy799
    i havent heard of the ones that were forgotten not the ones that were remembered sorry i should have been more specific
    zAg1619
    Metallicam wrote: I_Collect_Picks wrote: alienboy18241 wrote: The world would be a better place if Green Day would've been on this list. Everyone knows greenday... But I agree wit the guy who sed presidents of the usa I'm pretty sure he's saying that the world would be a better place if Greenday faded away and we forgot about them. Correct alienboy??? I can see how his post got confused though.
    That's what I would say.. If only those rats could be forgotten.. They put out a politically fueled album, and all of a sudden they think they are some kind of politician.. You are(or so you claim) a punk band, not f**king politicians..
    Dead_End
    RockhavenGuitar : Thanks UG for posting it. I remember all these bands an jsut had a nostalgic moment.
    same here, i can remember all these bands, and i still listen to all of them, i was thrilled when Collective Soul came to WV to do a reunion show about a year or two ago, that made my day
    _3Lm0_
    sorry about double post, but 28days were forgotten after stealing chairs. Everybody has heard Rip It Up.
    astrotrain77
    Siverchair are good.Soul Asylum are O.k.The rest of those bands REALLY SUCK!I sort of depresses me a little bit now that you made me remember them.Esp. Vertical Horizon!
    pjritts1
    your a jack ass...
    Hey jagstangkc, if you're going to insult, learn to spell!
    Ed Vedder19
    Silverchairs neon ballroom album is one of the greatest albums i ever heard. im excited for their new one. The Toadies should be included on here. Better than ezra's "deluxe" was my first cd i ever owned. Great article
    I_Collect_Picks
    alienboy18241 wrote: The world would be a better place if Green Day would've been on this list.
    Everyone knows greenday... But I agree wit the guy who sed presidents of the usa
    GEARS_OF_DETH
    i highly aggre on Soul Asylum i mean didnt you see the music video that they did for the first CLERKS movie it was good music with a good ass movie
    BlueSmoke
    I Love COLLECTIVE SOUL! But I'm also from Georgia. I don't know if Seven Mary Three was big anywhere else but here- but they were great too!
    cnc4c34
    musiclover2399 wrote: That's right the Smashing Pumpkins still get some credit, they have like 5 fan sites and their new cd is gonna come out this summer. Every time one of their rarities comes up on ebay they go for tons of money.
    That's because college kids loved em' in the 90's.
    Tmor586
    the clash should be on there. only the true punks and rockers really remember them, but ever since that stupid commercial advertizing v-cast with rock the casbah, everyone knows the song but not who its by. the clash were a great band and inspired all of the great punk bands of today. anti-flag, rise against, blink 182, so on. yea ur an idiot. the clash are far from forgotten. and thats even besides the point, they were 70s to late 80s, not the 90s. alienboy18241 wrote: The world would be a better place if Green Day would've been on this list. wtf? who the hell doesnt know greenday.theyre as big now if not bigger than they were in the 90s Justice-For-All wrote: Pantera #1 forgotten bands. forgotten. the only reason pantera arent ruling the metal scene today is dimebags death. and theyre all but forgotten. i swear u ppl get stupider by the day. read the ****ing article before u post ur incoherent thoughts.
    LynchMobster
    candlebox is great. their first album is one of the best albums i have ever heard in my life.
    Metallicam
    I_Collect_Picks wrote: alienboy18241 wrote: The world would be a better place if Green Day would've been on this list. Everyone knows greenday... But I agree wit the guy who sed presidents of the usa
    I'm pretty sure he's saying that the world would be a better place if Greenday faded away and we forgot about them. Correct alienboy??? I can see how his post got confused though.
    vanceboy
    Dan The Poet wrote: THIRD EYE BLIND!
    I haven't nearly forgotten about them...IDK, they came out with a few somewhat recent hits in the 2000 s. Great band though...
    coreyoftheyear2
    im d/l some songs from each band and going to make a 90s mix.. i was born in 89' but i still remember some songs.. i love 90's music.. very good music!! love it
    silverchair_89
    Love silverchair, although it pisses me off how they are labelled a grunge band still when they only had one album that could be considered grunge. Who ever said straight lines is crap well i like it but i can see why people dont like it. Anyway your an idiot if you judge an album from one song. Listen to the new songs, young modern, if you keep losing sleep, the man who knew to much and then say if silverchair are crap today. Some of the best stuff they have ever written will be on the new album. Who ever says silverchair are crap probably havent even head anything past frogstomp, listen to neon ballroom (one of the best albums of the 90's). Anyway make sure you check their new album out in march.