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25 Best 90s Male Singers (Most Popular)

December 22, 2023
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I’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best 90s male singers, showcasing the voices that defined a decade.

This article celebrates the iconic male artists of the 90s, whose diverse talents and memorable hits left a lasting impact on the music industry and continue to resonate with fans around the world.

Top 90s male singers

  • Michael Jackson
  • George Michael
  • Bryan Adams
  • Enrique Iglesias
  • Ricky Martin
  • Mark Wahlberg (Marky Mark)
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Jon Bon Jovi
  • Boyz II Men
  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince)

1. Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was a pop icon famous for his electrifying stage performances, innovative music videos, and potential to write catchy pop songs.

His hits include “Thriller,” ”Billie Jeans,” and “Black or White.”

Michael Jackson dominated the industry in the 80s and 90s.

2. George Michael

He was one of the most talented and versatile artists of the 90s. 

He proved his solo mastery with hits like “Freedom! ’90,” “Father Figure,” and “Careless Whisper.” 

He always promoted the LGBT community and is known for his charitable work.

3. Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams was a well-liked Canadian singer, songwriter, and photographer with hits like “Everything I Do (I Do It For You),” “Summer of ’69,” and “Please Forgive Me.” 

He has sold over 100 million records around the globe. 

He is one of the best-selling artists of all time

He has published several books on his photography as well.

4. Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Iglesias was a famous Spanish singer of the 90s.

His father, Julio Iglesias, was also a famous Spanish singer.  

He has sold over 170 million records worldwide and has released several hit songs like”Bailamos,” “Be With You,” and “Hero.” 

He won awards like American Music Awards and acted in movies.

5. Ricky Martin

He burst onto the scene in the late ’90s with the hit “Livin’ La Vida Loca.”

Ricky Martin instantly became a symbol of sex, making him one of the most popular Latin artists ever. 

He continued to dominate the industry with hits like “She Bangs” and “Maria.”

He started his career as a member of the Latin boy band Menudo; after that, he pursued his solo career.

6. Mark Wahlberg (Marky Mark)

Mark Wahlberg, familiar as Marky Mark, was a rapper and actor with a short but memorable streak in the 90s. 

He was known for his hit single “Good Vibrations” hit single and his angular physique. 

By then, he had turned to act and became one of Hollywood’s highest-paid stars.

7. Justin Timberlake

He started in the 90s as a boy band *NSYNC member. 

He eventually went solo and became one of the most well-known male artists of the 2000s. 

In the ’90s, he gave hits like “Tearin’ Up My Heart” and “It’s Gonna Be Me.” 

He has won various awards, including Grammy, Emmy, and Billboard Music Awards.

8. Jon Bon Jovi

He was the frontman of the famous rock band Bon Jovi, which dominated the charts in the 80s and 90s. 

He had a unique voice and was known for catchy anthems like “Bed of Roses,” “Always”  and “Livin’ on a Prayer”.

Bon Jovi has sold over 130 million records worldwide. 

In addition to his work in Bon Jovi, he also released some solo albums and acted in TV shows like “Young Guns” and “Sex and the City.”

9. Boyz II Men

This was a famous American R&B group in the ’90s with a string of hits such as “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” and “On Bent Knee.” 

Boyz II Men were known for their gentle harmonies and romantic ballads.

10. Will Smith (The Fresh Prince)

Will Smith, also known as The Fresh Prince, was a successful 90’s rapper and actor known for his hit songs “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” “Miami,” and “Men in Black.”

With his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, he founded the Will and Jada Family Foundation, which worked on education, sustainable living, and empowerment.

11. Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams was a member of the popular boy band Take That before going solo in the late ’90s. 

He became known for his charisma and hits like “Angels,” “Rock DJ,” and “Millennium.” 

He dominated the industry and became one of the best-selling artists ever.

12. Sting

Sting fronted the famous rock band The Police in the ’80s before going solo in the ’90s.

He had a string of hits like “Fields of Gold,” “Shape of My Heart,” and “Desert Rose.” 

He was famous for his unique voice and ability to fuse different styles of music, such as jazz, pop, and reggae

13. Seal

He is an English singer-songwriter who found success in the 90s with hits like “Kiss From a Rose,” “Crazy,” and “Prayer for the Dying.” 

He was famous for his soulful voice and ability to mix different genres, such as R&B, pop, and rock.

Seal has won many awards, including Grammy, Brit, and MTV Music Video Awards.

14. Elton John

Elton John was a classical singer and songwriter who succeeded in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.

He had hits like “Candle in the Wind,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” and “Circle of Life.” 

He was famous for his energetic stage presence and ability to write catchy pop songs. 

He started the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992; this Foundation works for research and treatment of HIV and AIDS.

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15. Phil Collins

He was a singer, songwriter, and drummer who had a successful solo career in the ’80s and ’90s. 

He had a string of hits like  “Against All Odds,” “In the Air Tonight,” and “Another Day in Paradise.”

He was known for his powerful voice and ability to write emotional ballads.

Phil Collins also acted in Movies and has been involved in charitable work on children’s welfare and environmental conservation.

16. Prince

He was a successful and versatile artist in the ’80s and ’90s.

He had a string of hits like “Purple Rain,” “Kiss,” and “When the Dove Cries.” 

Prince was known for his unique singing voice and ability to mix funk, rock, and pop genres.

Besides his singing career, he is known for his humanitarian work, especially in education and poverty elimination.

17. Kurt Cobain

He was the frontman of the popular grunge band Nirvana, which dominated the charts in the early ’90s. 

He had hits like “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Lithium” and “Come As You Are.” 

He was known for his unique voice and ability to write robust, emotional rock songs.

Kurt Cobain was also known for his outspoken views on various social and political issues like gay rights, feminism, and environmental protection.

18. Usher

Usher was a successful and famous R&B artist in the late ’90s and early 2000s. 

He had a string of hits like “You Make Me Wanna,” “U Remind Me,” and “Yeah!”.

He was known for his smooth vocals and expertise in writing catchy R&B jams.

He sold 75 million records and won eight Grammy Awards in his professional career.

He also worked in a reality competition show, “The Voice,” as a judge.

19. Lenny Kravitz

He was a renowned American singer-songwriter in the 90s with hits like “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” “Fly Away,” and “American Woman.” 

He was known for his rock and roll sound and his expertise in mixing different genres such as funk, soul, and blues.

Lenny Kravitz has sold over 40 million records and has won four Grammy awards. 

He is also known for his social work in education and environmental protection.

20. Eddie Vedder

Eddie Vedder was the lead singer of the popular grunge band Pearl Jam, which formed in the early 1990s.

He was a singer and multi-instrumental. 

He had a string of hits like “Jeremy,” “Even Flow,” and “Alive.” 

He was known for his unique voice and ability to write socially conscious and emotional rock songs. 

Besides his music career, he has also been involved in philanthropy.

He has worked on behalf of veterans’ rights.

21. Brandon Boyd 

He is an American musician, visual artist, and author. 

Boyd is best known as the lead singer of his rock band Incubus. 

Incubus has released several successful albums, such as Morning View, A Crow Left of the Murder… and If Not Now, When?.

 In addition to his music career, B. Boyd is a visual artist and has published several books featuring his poetry. 

Boyd has also collaborated with other artists on projects.

22. James Hetfield

James Hetfield is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. 

He was the lead singer and guitarist of the heavy metal band Metallica. 

J. Hartfield said he co-founded Metallica in 1981, and the band has become one of the most successful and influential heavyweights ever. 

Metallica has released Master of Puppets, Metallica (also known as the Black Album), and Hardwired… to Self-Destruct.” 

Hetfield has also collaborated with other artists and has appeared as a guest musician on several albums.

23. Gavin Rossdale

He is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Bush. 

In addition to his work with Bush, Rossdale pursued a solo career, releasing several solo albums, including Wanderlust and Black and White Rainbows. 

He’s also starred in movies and TV shows, including “Hawaii Five-0” and “Constantine.”

24. Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell is the vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. 

Audioslave has released several successful albums, including their self-titled debut album Out of Exile.

In addition to his work with Soundgarden and Audioslave, he also enjoyed a successful solo career, releasing several albums, including Euphoria Morning and Carry Sur

He is also known for his collaborations with other artists.

25. Dave Grohl 

Dave Grohl is an American singer and producer, well-known as Foo Fighters’ band’s founder and lead guitarist. 

Grohl started his career as the drummer of the famous rock band Nirvana. 

This band was recognized for its energetic stage performance. 

Foo Fighters have released several hit albums, including The Color and the Shape, There Is’ Nothing Left to Lose, and Wasting Light.

Best 90s Male Singers – Final Thoughts

The 90s was a decade that saw the emergence of many talented and influential singers.

The era’s music continues to be celebrated and listened to today, with many singers and bands still famous and influential. 

Technological advancements in new recording techniques and digital tools were made in the 90s, allowing artists to experiment with music in unprecedented ways.

This era will be remembered as a time of musical experimentation and innovation, and the emerging singers will forever be part of music history.

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Will Fenton

Will, the founder of MIDDER, is a multifaceted individual with a deep passion for music and personal finance. As a self-proclaimed music and personal finance geek, he has a keen eye for futuristic technologies, especially those that empower creators and the public.

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