This, of course, has to go to the Pixies. So many bands of the 1990s list them as their influence it is hard to argue this any other way.
You’re gonna hate me for this Mike, but I’d say Coldplay. That is if the 90’s are even the decade we want to assign them to. Critically, there’s not much to complain about. In a world full of auto-tuned pop-stars and DJ-super-producers, not many haven taken the path that Coldplay has. Even in the 90’s we started to watch “band-music” start to die, but somehow these guys still became one of the biggest bands in the world.