You old guys used to just turn on mainstream commercial radio to find your music, because you could. But meritocracy is rare and doesn't last long. Music didn't die, it moved, and you lost track of it. In the 90s, the great music had to be searched for and found in record stores, by the people who cared enough to not settle for overrated pop. Small labels and the punk rock business model freed music makers from the pressure of making money for someone else that they'd never see, long before the 90s. But the 90s was one of the best times to reap the fruit of a healthy independent record ecosystem. There was so much great music made in the 90s, and you really wouldn't know. You can't look at a pop chart to find out. It wasn't on commercial radio. Your list isn't as strong as you think, either.