Best 90's Artists Still Releasing Music
Updated: Oct 29, 2021
Nostalgia is big in music right now, with entire festivals like the Summerland Tour dedicated to the best of the '90s. Many bands still tour on their old music - after all, why not play the classics everyone wants? But what about your old favorites - bands you've forgotten and wonder 'where are they now?' - who are still making new music today?
If you're anything like me, life got busy. I remember fondly the 90s, the concerts, scream-singing along to the catchy hooks and choruses of my favorites on the radio. Then I got old. I had kids. I forgot to keep up with what was new in music.
But it turns out, what's new in old music is a lot. You don't have to relive your youth with the old hits, There's plenty of new material by your old favorites to see you through.
Keep reading for an update on 90's bands still releasing music today, including Eve 6, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Counting Crows, The Wallflowers, Our Lady Peace, Hootie & The Blowfish, and Wheatus.
Why You Know Them: Their biggest hit was "Inside Out," often referred to as "the heart in a blender song" by the band itself. It peaked at #1 on Billboard in August 1998.
How About Now: You've probably heard that lead singer Max Collins stays busy on Twitter, with random and irreverent takes on just about anything in the current zeitgeist. But they still make music, too. Eve 6 recently released Grim Value with Velocity Records in June 2021. Reviews are largely positive, and Holly Hazelwood of Spectrum Culture calls it "a comeback you never knew you needed."
Toad The Wet Sprocket
Why You Know Them: Alternative rock hit "All I Want" reached #4 on the Billboard charts, and was a pop-culture mainstay. You might have heard it featured on shows like Doogie Howser, M.D., or Dawson's Creek.
How About Now: Starting Now is their newest album, released August 2021. It has the same folksy-acoustic sound that the band is known for, brought to you from the band's independent label Abe's Records. You can stream the album a variety of ways here, or you can still check them out on tour - they have dates through 2022.
Why You Know Them: Oof. There's a lot to list, but their best-known songs might be "Long December" (1996) or "Mr. Jones," their breakout hit from 1993.
How About Now: It's been nearly 7 years since their last project, but it's finally here. Butter Miracle, Suite One is available now. The band has begun touring to promote the album.
Why You Know Them: The 90's classic "One Headlight," which peaked at #1 on Billboard in December 1996.
Our Lady Peace
Why You Know Them: Post-grunge Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace is best known for "Superman's Dead" and "Clumsy."
How About Now: The band recently dropped their single "Stop Making Stupid People Famous," featuring Pussy Riot. The new album Spiritual Machines 2, the long-waited-for sequel to Spiritual Machines (2000) is expected to be out anytime, though the only official release date is fall 2021. Since they begin touring in November, it's likely to drop sometime just before.
Hootie & The Blowfish
Why You Know Them: Hootie & The Blowfish had a number of hits, but their biggest was "I Only Wanna Be With You," peaking in 1995.
How About Now: It's been a long time for fans - the band went on hiatus in 2008. But they finally came back in 2019 with Imperfect Circle, their first new studio album in 14 years. They're also hosting a destination concert event called HootieFest in January 2022. It's a 4-day event, with bands like Barenaked Ladies, Blue Traveler, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Better Than Ezra, Spin Doctors, Toadies, Sister Hazel, and Drivin N Cryin.
Why You Know Them: "Teenage Dirtbag" was their huge hit, and the music video starring Mena Suvari and Jason Biggs is still probably stuck somewhere in your memory.
How About Now: Wheatus is an independent band, with no record label or management. They're still active, and their most recent album M (Live In America) came out in 2020.
They also have an active Patreon account that is raising money for their 7th album. The band states that patron supporters "will be offered tremendous access to the band in a way we have never granted before. We will be posting previously unheard live versions and demos of songs, arranging private live-stream concerts, hosting Q&A sessions with band members, sharing behind-the-scenes footage of our recording sessions, and giving our patrons the very first listen to our new album when it's complete."
Hopefully, somewhere on this list, you found at least one of your old favorites. It's not too late to catch them in concert. And with new music releases, you can check them out without having to stick exclusively to nostalgic throwbacks. If you don't remember some of the names on this list, check them out anyway - everyone has room for a new favorite.
Jamie Dixon is a contributing writer here at The Pyrrhic. She's a content writer by profession, but this is more fun. She's also working on her first novel in her spare time.
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