Into the 90s...
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The 90s birthed the age of alternative rock. The term 'alternative' implies there is more than one possibility. With so many different rock genres, this gave music lovers one more choice. It is important to understand alternative rock is merely an umbrella term encompassing numerous sub-genres among which is indie rock and grunge. Pop punk, another strand of alternative music, also gained mainstream popularity. Each of the rock groups brought their own kind of music, style and showmanship to the stage.
Here are but a few of the notable alternative rock groups of the 90s decade, some who blossomed out of the 80s: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Goo Goo Dolls, The Smashing Pumpkins and Stone Temple Pilots. Grunge music, which combines rock, punk and metal sounds, was popularized in the 90s by groups such as Pearl Jam and Nirvana. Pop punk's popularity boasts thanks to the success of groups such as Green Day, Blink-182, and Weezer as they combined elements of punk rock with pop music to varying degrees.
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Contemporary R&B brought forth elements of rhythm and blues, pop, soul, funk, and hip hop. During the mid-1990s, Michael Jackson, Zapp and Roger, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, R. Kelly, Janet Jackson, Aaliyah, TLC, Brandy and Boyz II Men brought contemporary R&B to the mainstream. Boyz II Men are the most commercially successful R&B group of all time.
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Adult contemporary artist Celine Dion is one of the biggest international stars in music history, selling more than 220 million albums worldwide. In 1991, Dion was a featured soloist in Voices That Care, a tribute to American troops fighting in Operation Desert Storm. Also at the top of the contemporary charts in the early 90s were Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.
Whitney Houston's version of the Dolly Parton song, "I Will Always Love You" (1992), stands as one of the best selling singles of all time.
Celine Dion's real international breakthrough came when she performed a duet with Peabo Bryson on the title track to Disney's animated film Beauty and the Beast (1991).
I really have to ask myself, "Is this for real?"
Since the visit to the 90s began with a tribute to America, it is only fitting to end it in the same way.
Following the September 11 attacks, Dion returned to the music scene, and in a televised performance sang "God Bless America" at the benefit concert America: A Tribute to Heroes. Chuck Taylor of Billboard wrote, "the performance... brings to mind what has made her one of the celebrated vocalists of our time: the ability to render emotion that shakes the soul. Affecting, meaningful, and filled with grace, this is a musical reflection to share with all of us still searching for ways to cope." [Source: en.wikipedia.org]
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...