I definitely recall hearing stuff about Matchbox and Hootie, but then once I got to college Hootie and Counting Crows seemed to be really cool again. Third Eye Blind, to me always kind of went under the radar until I went to college. Every college band was covering their songs and then some of the scene folks always stuck with them (the Bedlight For Blue Eyes cover comes to mind). But, I've always liked most of those '90s bands and thought their records aged pretty well despite a more fratty college crowd getting into it. Hootie is my least favorite in the group you listed and I really only return to the hits.