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Riot Girls: 6 Alternative artists from the 90s

The 90s brought in a new voice for women as musicians. The songs were edgy and raw. Girls were ready to get rid of the roles society expected them to fill.




Courtney Love is one of the most familiar faces of the 90s. Some think she’s a trainwreck and others think she’s a genius. This song is the best of both imperfect worlds. It’s an ode to all things young and torn apart.

Bikini Kill

Bikini Kill was straight out of the riot grrrl scene. Radical feminist group members Kathleen Hanna, Billy Karren, Kathi Wilcox, and Tobi Vail sang music for a generation that was challenging the status quo. We she talks we definitely hear the revolution.


Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette

Her “Jagged Little Pill” album was most famous for the break up song of the century. “You Oughta Know” blasted out of the car windows and bedrooms of girls who finally found their split up rant they could sing along to. This made late night drunken Karaoke really awkward.

4 Non Blondes

“What’s Going On” is the ultimate sing-at-the-top of your lungs song. It’s the one everyone shouts when the bar lights come on and you’re in a mid-twenties “life” crisis. It could probably sum up every episode of HBO’s Girls even though it came out 20 years ago.

The Breeders

There’s nothing more delicious than the intro to “Cannonball” by the Breeders. The bass is just killing it. The band members are twins and one of them is from the Pixies. This makes sense because the Pixies were amazing. Take it all in.

Veruca Salt

Obviously I was intrigued by a band named after the spoiled girl in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Veruca Salt pretty much delivers us the 90s wrapped up in a grungy little bow. I guess that would just be a greasy scrunchy hair tie.