The Verve had what is without a doubt one of the biggest hits of the 1990s 'Bittersweet Symphony'. The band's lead singer was a friend of other 90s hitmaker Noel Gallagher from Oasis, and their music certainly shares some common roots. Critic Mike Gee said of this time "The Verve, as he (Richard Ashcroft) promised, had become the greatest band in the world. ...The Verve were no longer the question mark or the cliché. They were the statement and the definition."

As the 90s drew to a close the band began to implode under the pressures of superstardom. Their biggest hit 'Bittersweet Symphony' fell into legal dispute over its heavy sampling of "The Last Time" by The Rolling Stones. Ultimately all of the royalties for the song would end up in the pockets of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards after winning a legal challenge over the song. After the band's acrimonious split Ashcroft said of a possible reunion, "You're more likely to get all four Beatles on stage." Ultimately though they did reform in 2007 to tour, but broke up again in 2009 - possibly for the last time (until their other royalties run dry).

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Whether you showed off your bra straps and wore track pants like "Just a Girl" singer Gwen Stefani or blasted through a painful breakup screaming Alanis Morissette's mega-hit song "You Outta Know," the '90s produced a trove of hit-makers for everyone to sing along or jump around to. We catch up with some of our favorites and the most famous and where they are today.

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