The 90's was a fantastic decade full of neon colored apparel, roller blading as a legitimate recreational activity, and pants so baggy they were practically ankle accessories. Bill "Slick Willy" Clinton ran America for most of the decade, supermodels like Cindy Crawford told us what soda to drink, and 95 million Americans put their workday on pause to watch a judge tell former NFL star O.J. Simpson that he was a free man. But the best thing about the 90's was the music. I'm not talking about Nirvana or Tupac -- I'm talking about the awesomely terrible pop music you heard on repeat that got stuck in your head for days at a time during the final decade of the 20th century.
Some of the artists who created these musical masterpieces have survived the test of time. Singers like Britney Spears and Mariah Carey had huge success in the 90's and were able to continue that success in later decades, hysterical mental breakdowns aside. Some artists who got their start with a group in the 90's, like Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake, went on to have wildly successful solo careers and are considered some of the biggest names in music today.
However, there are many other 90's artists who weren't so lucky. Some even seemed destined for greatness, but slowly faded into the background over time and have hardly been seen or heard from since. Whether by choice or because we decided they just couldn't hack it, these 90's pop stars have all disappeared from Hollywood, one way or another.
15 Chris Kirkpatrick - Bye Bye Bye
14 Mandy Moore - A Walk To Nowhere
At only 15 years old, Mandy Moore was one of the youngest late 90's pop stars to come on the scene in the same sexy, teeny-bopper category as Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, and Christina Aguilera. Mandy had a lot of success with her first few albums and eventually transitioned to acting as well, winning an MTV movie award for her role in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' tearjerker A Walk to Remember.
Mandy hasn't exactly disappeared from Hollywood altogether but she hasn't released an album since 2009 and her acting career has dwindled to voicing animated characters in kids' movies and a role in the now-cancelled Amazon series Red Band Society. These days the only time she seems to appear in headlines is when a tabloid is gossiping about her and soon to be ex-husband, musician Ryan Adams.
13 Emma Bunton - Lack Of Spice
12 Fiona Apple - Failed Comeback
Fiona Apple was hugely popular but also hugely controversial in the mid-90's. Her song "Criminal" reached number 21 on the pop charts, but at the same time she was speaking publicly about being raped at age 12. She appeared in the video for "Criminal" wearing only her underwear, yet openly criticized the music industry for the damaging influence they have on young people.
11 Hanson - MmmBop-ed Out Of Hollywood
If you grew up in the 90's you know all the words to Hanson's infamous 1997 hit single "MmmBop," but not many people know where the blonde trio of brothers ended up after. Unbeknownst to many, Hanson has released five studio albums since 2000 as well as a string of live recordings and EP's. They continue to tour internationally where only their most devoted fans (now late 20s to early 40s fangirls with their pissed off husbands in tow) attend the shows and scream until they lose their voice.
10 Sinéad O'Connor - 15 Minutes Of Fame
Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O'Connor's 1990 single "Nothing Compares 2 U" (written by Prince) shot to number 1 on the charts and earned her international fame. But Sinéad's outspoken personality and struggles with mental health (she revealed to Oprah in 2007 that she has bipolar disorder) ultimately forced her to step away from music for a while.
9 Seal - Where's Heidi When You Need Her
8 Chumbawamba - "Tubthumping" Into Oblivion
7 Kriss Kross - One Hit Mediocrity
6 Aqua - Barbie Has Seen Better Days
5 Coolio - Gangster Without A Paradise
4 Ace of Base - No Base For Success
3 New Kids On The Block - From Concerts To Cruise Ships
2 Savage Garden - "Truly Madly Deeply" Irrelevant
1 Sir Mix-A-Lot - Sir Mixes No More
Known primarily for his fierce tribute to women with large, round butts, Sir Mix-A-Lot transitioned from rap to some pop success with "Baby Got Back." He stirred up quite the controversy with the song's raunchy lyrics, but ultimately this was his only popular song. Sir Mix-A-Lot has had a number of small projects since his 90's success, but has primarily stayed under the radar. He briefly made headlines once again in 2014 when Nicki Minaj sampled "Baby Got Back" in her song and video "Anaconda."
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