Then and Now: Popstars of the 90s


The pop music scene in the ’90s exploded with a hodgepodge of grunge to gangsta rap and pop punk to country pop. While the decade couldn’t be credited with the emergence of any radically new genre, it was a time when different styles merged to form music that sounded edgy yet familiar. The ’90s gave birth to some of the most popular music artists and bands who are sought-after even today.

If you are one of the 90s kids, then you are going to enjoy this quick flashback. There’s nothing like seeing your childhood or teenage idols. Here are some of the famous Popstars of the 90s.

10. Spice Girls

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If you’re a 90s baby, then you wouldn’t forget the biggest girl group of that time. This English pop girl group took the world by storm. Their song was played everywhere, and young girls dressed up like them.

The Spice Girls have sold 85 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling female group of all time, one of the best-selling pop groups of all time, and the biggest British pop phenomenon since Beatlemania. Now, they have gone their separate ways and had their families.

9. Alanis Morissette

Who would forget singing along Alanis’ songs? The Canadian-American alternative rock singer-songwriter had one of the best songs. Every time you would hear her song played on the radio, you would turn it up and sing out loud. Who didn’t do that, right?

On May 22, 2010, Morissette married rapper Mario “Souleye” Treadway in a private ceremony at their Los Angeles home. They have a son born in 2010 and a daughter born in 2016.

8. Mariah Carey

The chart-topping diva is a veteran in the music industry. Every time she releases an album, it’s impossible not to have at least a single hit song. Not only that, she reinvents herself to keep up with the younger ones. Let’s not forget her bags of awards she has earned throughout her career.

But just last December 2016, she got involved in a controversy where she was caught lip syncing. Her performance was considered a disaster. But Mariah’s camp never commented on the incident. We’re pretty sure she’ll be able to move on from that.

7. Ricky Martin

The Puerto Rican singer started his career at age twelve with the all-boy pop group Menudo. Then after five years with the group, he went solo and branched out into acting. Ricky Martin is considered as the one to bring Latin pop to the forefront of the U.S. music scene. His song Livin’ La Vida Loca is one of the best-selling singles of all time.

After the success of his single, his sexuality has been the center of controversy. He refused to comment, but in 2010, he posted on his official website saying, “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.”

6. Britney Spears

Britney Spears was one of the most recognizable artists of the 90s. The former Princess of Pop had a huge following and gained worldwide success. Aside from singing, she also had a starring role in a film. She is recognized with influencing the revival of teen pop during the late 1990s and became the ‘best-selling teenage artist of all time.’

Her career may be a roaring success, but her personal life was a roller coaster. We all saw how she broke down and shaved her head. Since then she’s been scrutinized by the media and public. But she’s now back in the game and will be touring around the world since 2011.

5. Jay Z

The rapper, businessman, and investor is one of the best-selling musicians of all time, having sold more than 100 million records while receiving 21 Grammy Awards for his music. Aside from his successful music career, he co-owns the New York 40/40 Club sports bar and is the co-creator of the clothing line Rocawear. In addition to that, he is also the co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records and the founder of the entertainment company Roc Nation. He also founded the sports agency Roc Nation Sports and is a certified NBA and MLB sports agent.

No wonder he is insanely rich. To top off his wealth, he married the gorgeous and talented singer, Beyonce. When they got married, they became a power couple in the music industry. Despite their fame and fortune, the two keeps a low profile and doesn’t talk much about their personal lives.

4. Celine Dion

The Canadian singer and businesswoman first appeared as a teen star in the French-speaking world. She released several French albums before releasing her first English album in 1990. During the 1990s, with the help of her manager-turned-husband, she reached worldwide fame after releasing several English albums along with additional French albums.

Celine Dion remains the best-selling Canadian artist and one of the best-selling artists of all time with record sales of over 200 million copies worldwide. After her husband’s and brother’s death, she resumed all of her show business activities and had a sold out crowd and rave reviews at her residency show. In August 2016, she released a French album with more uplifting lyrics.

3. New Kids On The Block

The 90s was a prime time for boy bands and girl groups. New Kids on the Block was one of the successful boy bands of that time. They enjoyed fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s and have sold more than 80 million records worldwide.

The group disbanded in 1994, after which several attempts were made to get the group back together but all of them were unsuccessful. New Kids on the Block was listed as number 16 on Rolling Stone’s Top 25 Teen Idol Breakout Moments. The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 9, 2014. In 2016, the group announced a tour with Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul.

2. Shania Twain

Shania Twain is another Canadian singer and songwriter who made it big in the 90s. She has sold over 85 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in the history of country music and one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Her success earned her several titles including the “Queen of Country Pop.”

In December 2016 in an interview with Billboard, she spoke about her forthcoming album, describing the finished product as “kind of schizophrenic musically” maintaining “She’s the glue.” In February 2017, Twain again spoke to Rolling Stone about the album; select song titles were confirmed, as Twain detailed that she not only hoped to release a single by March but that she plans to release the album in May. She is set to perform at the 2017 Stagecoach Festival, scheduled to be held on April 29.

1. Enrique Iglesias

The Spanish singer, songwriter, actor and record producer is popularly considered as the King of Latin Pop. He started his career in the mid-90s under the name Enrique Martinez, before changing to the stage name Enrique Iglesias and becoming one of the biggest stars in Latin America and the Hispanic market in the United States.

In 2003, Enrique Iglesias had surgery to remove a mole from the right side of his face for concerns that over time it could become cancerous. He and longtime partner Anna Kournikova have a mansion in Miami worth approximately $26 million.

Although we don’t get to see or hear from as much, they still made our childhood and teenage years memorable. Just seeing these familiar faces brings back so many memories.

Some of these pop stars are still active while some have decided to lay low. But wherever they are, their music will always be a part of our younger, more adventurous years.