NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- If you were to tune into a top 40 station right now, you'd hear a series of dance hits, house music, and teenaged pop divas. Ask anyone that grew up in the '90s what they think of today's hits and they'll tell you "our music was better."
The sounds generating from our speakers in the 1990s were much harder, had more angst, and in some cases was more poetic.
The '90s music scene was dominated by grunge and punk rockers. Of course, you had your poppy girl and boy bands (Back Street Boys, Spice Girls, etc.) but pumping from your speakers most of the time was the hard core, shredding sounds of a guitar.
Listeners were inspired by lyrics like Nirvana's: "I'm worse at what I do best, and for this gift I feel blessed, our little group has always been, and always will until the end."
Music has a way of reaching us when we're at our lowest, a great song can change our mood, making us feel better.
Author Hanna Harrington once wrote, "He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that's what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you."
The following is my list of the best bands of the 1990s:
10. No Doubt
Formed in 1986 No Doubt hit the mainstream in 1995 with the release of their third album "Tragic Kingdom." The songs "Don't Speak" and "Just a Girl" catapulted the pop-punk band to fame.